Taijul Islam claims 2nd 5-wicket haul against West Indies
SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed his second five-wicket haul to finish with a career best 11-170 on Monday, but Zimbabwe stayed in a position of dominance in the first cricket test.
Before the bad light brought a premature end to the third day, half an hour earlier than the scheduled time, the hosts reached 26-0 after Zimbabwe set a target of 321 to win the test.
Bangladesh’s highest successful fourth innings chase is 217-6 against the West Indies at St. George’s in 2009. The hosts have won only three matches in 28 when chasing a target in the fourth innings.
“I think the dressing room is quietly confident,” Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said. “They recognize that we have to reach the highest score in the game, which doesn’t happen often. We certainly are ready for batting a bit better in the second innings.”
Taijul, however, was instrumental in triggering a collapse in Zimbabwe’s second innings, when they were bowled out for 181 from a dominating 101-2.
Taijul’s 5-62, following his 6-108, was complemented by offspinner Mehidy Hasan’s 3-48 and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam’s 2-27.
“There will be more emphasis on the spinners and hopefully the spinners will oblige,” Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput said. “We will be having a combination of medium pace and spinners, but the bulk of the bowling will be done by the spinners, because we’ve seen that the wicket is helping the spinners.”
Mehidy broke through by dismissing opener Brain Chari for 4 to give the hosts hope in the morning session when Zimbabwe began the day on 1-0. But Brendan Taylor counterattacked in a bid to keep Bangladesh’s spinners at bay.
Islam ended Taylor’s attacking knock by inducing him to play a big shot, resulting a catch at long-on. Taylor scored 24 off 25, hitting four boundaries.
Mehidy, however, got the prized wicket of Hamilton Masakadza for 48, ending his 104 ball knock. Taijul then took three wickets in five balls to raise the prospect of bowling Zimbabwe out cheaply.
But the resistance came from Regis Chakabva (20) and Wellington Masakadza (17), who played 116 balls between them to add 35 runs for the sixth wicket.
Bangladesh was bowled out for 143 in the first innings, its seventh straight test innings below 200, in reply of Zimbabwe’s 282.