Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  

Shahadat after Mushfiqur

Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib started from where he had left off in the first Test as his second five-for in consecutive innings put Bangladesh A in control on Day Two of the second Test against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on Sunday.

Coming off his match-winning effort (five for 63) in the second innings of the first Test, Shahadat's bagged five for 53 this time to send the home side's innings stumbling to 201 all out from 90 without loss. That gave the tourists a healthy first innings lead of 110 but it would not have been possible without the heroics of wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose unbeaten 111 saved his side from embarrassment. Bangladesh were precariously placed on 142 for six when Mushfiqur came in on Day One and single-handedly guided the A side to 311.

After Shahadat's demolition act, Bangladesh finished on 78 without loss by stumps in their second innings stretching the lead to 188.

The second string Bangladesh side lead the three-match series 1-0.

Shahadat got into the act after Saqib Al Hasan had trapped Vusi Sibanda lbw on 42 as Zimbabwe A lost ten wickets in the space of 111 runs. Dion Ebrahim (5) became his first victim after when he edged the ball to Mushfiqur.

Opener Terrence Duffin had moved on to his third half-century of the series but Shahadat clean bowled him on 59. Only Tafadzwa Mufambisi (31) put some resistance towards the end.

Part-time bowler Tushar Imran chipped in with 3-22 from 4.5 overs while left-arm spinner Saqib al-Hassan bagged 2-43.

Earlier, batting at number eight, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur completed his maiden first-class century on the first day. The 16-year-old right-hander hit ten boundaries in 187 balls. Shahadat had also caused Zimbabwe problems with the bat on the first day, helping Mushfiqur put on 47 for the ninth wicket.

Vice-captain Shahriar Nafees Ahmed, who was deputising for Enamul Haque Jr. who had been rested, made 35 while Raqib Al Hasan (40) as they negotiated the 20 Overs remaining on Day Two with ease.

Bangladesh A set an improbable 388-run winning target for Zimbabwe A in the second Test at Bulawayo yesterday, according to a message received in Dhaka.

The home side crashed to 34-2 with nine overs remaining on the third day. Left-arm pacer Sheikh Russell grabbed both the wickets of Vusi Sibanda and Terrence Duffin.

Zimbabwe A, trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, will need a further 354 runs to win on the final day today.