Day 4: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Live Streaming 2013 1st Test Match
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day Live Streaming
Zimbabwe 389 and 187 for 7 (Taylor 80*, Robiul 6-55) lead Bangladesh 134 (Masakadza 4-32, Jarvis 4-40) by 442 runs. Skipper Brendan Taylor's 81 not out took Zimbabwe to a 442-run lead against Bangladesh at stumps on Day 3.
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They are ahead by 442 runs with 3 wickets remaining and their captain on the verge of yet another ton. Bangladesh had a brain fade after the lunch break, they lost wickets in a heap and were shot down for 134. Zimbabwe also started their second essay badly and were reduced to 84/6, but Taylor and Cremer once again bailed them out. Bangladesh have an uphill task tomorrow as they have to bat for almost 2 full days to save the match and remember they will be chasing a record 4th innings total.
Zimbabwe are in control of this one. An excellent day's cricket for them, with nine Bangladesh wickets falling for just 35 runs. Five of them for no run. The Zimbabwe seamers Jarvis, Meth and Shingi did a fantastic job, splitting the wickets between them, though the Bangladesh batsmen played their part in the implosion. Robiul bowled superbly to grab the first six wickets and Bangladesh, at one point, seemed to be a in a good position to limit the lead under 400. But Taylor rose to the occasion again and received invaluable support from Cremer for the second time in the game, that stand may have just batted Bangladesh out of this one. Zimbabwe could either declare overnight, or come in and try to have a bit of a hit-out in the morning tomorrow. Bangladesh have too much to chase here, you would think, on a track that is taking turn and has enough for the seamers.
Bangladesh's reaction to the collapse came through Robiul, who took the first six wickets. He bowled a beautiful full delivery to bowl Sibanda for the second time in the match. Hamilton Masakadza gave Robiul a simple return catch in his next over, before he got rid of Timycen Maruma with another full delivery. He took three wickets in successive overs before he added Waller's wicket an over later as Zimbabwe slipped to 27 for four.
After the tea break, Robiul had Elton Chigumbura caught at gully by Jahurul Islam to give him a first five-for at this level. Wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami missed a late-moving inswinger and was adjudged out leg-before off the next ball. But the Taylor-Cremer partnership rescued Zimbabwe from 85 for 6.
Zimbabwe had lost their last five Tests before this match but against Bangladesh they turned into a competitive unit. The lead is handsome and should be more than enough to give them a well-deserved win but Bangladesh's collapse said a lot about overcompensating on an approach that is relatively new to them.