Bangladesh hold the aces in the second cricket test match against Zimbabwe with a 366 run lead after declaring on 224 for 6 at the Shere Bangla national stadium in Dhaka.
At stumps, Zimbabwe were 76 for 2 and will go into the final day on Thursday targetting to keep their wickets intact to at least salvage a draw.
Day 4 of the second test ended with the hosts in full control, leading the tourists by a massive 366 runs.
Despite Zimbabwe having failed to avoid the follow on after posting 304 all out in response to Bangladesh’s massive first innings total of 522, the Tigers chose to go back to bat.
It was not long before Kyle Jarvis tore into Bangladesh’s top order, removing the two openers Imrul Kayes (3) and Liton Das (6).
Donald Tiripano also weighed in with the wickets of Momunul Haque (1) and Mushfiqur Rahim (7).
The hosts however soon steadied their ship with Mohammad Mithun getting 67 runs.
The Chevrons’ tormentor in chief was however Mahmudullah who struck a century and was still unbeaten on 101 as Bangladesh declared on 224/6.
The other two wickets for Zimbabwe came from Skanda Raza Butt who dismissed Mithun and Sean Williams who accounted for Afriful Haque.
By the time Hamilton Masakadza and Brian Chari came to the crease for Zimbabwe’s second innings, the tourists were staring at a massive 442 runs.
After a solid start racing to 68 without loss, disaster struck at the very death with Zimbabwe losing two wickets in quick succession to end the day on 76 for 2.
Masakadza departed for 25, while Chari was dismissed for 43.
With 8 wickets in hand, Zimbabwe will need to find a balance between keeping the score board ticking as well as defending for a possible draw on the final day.
The Chevrons’ two night watchmen are Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams.
Zimbabwe lead the series 1-nil after winning the first test by a massive 151 runs.