Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim restored order to the Bangladesh innings on the first day of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday, after the touring side had threatened to implode once again.
Former captain Shakib and current captain Mushfiqur put on an unbeaten partnership of 46 for the fifth wicket to take Bangladesh to tea on 171-4, after the top four batsmen had all gifted their wickets.
Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful were dismissed in the first session, with Jahurul caught by Malcolm Waller after an ungainly sliced drive off opening bowler Keegan Meth.
Ashraful was caught by Graeme Cremer at gully after making a mess of an attempted pull shot off pace bowler Shingirai Masakadza.
Tamim Iqbal then ran himself out in search of a 50th run, before Mominul Haque chipped a tame catch to Masakadza at mid-off to leave Bangladesh reeling on 125-4 after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe.
However, Mushfiqur brought an air of calm to the crease and scored an unbeaten 21, while Tamim took a more aggressive approach on his way to 38 not out.
Bangladesh made four changes to the side that was bowled out for 134 and 147 in the first Test, with all-rounder Ziaur Rahman making his debut and Sajidul Islam playing his first Test in more than five years.
Tamim and Mominul also came into the side as Rubel Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Mahmudullah and Enamul Haque Jr dropped out.
Left-hander Tamim, 24, missed Bangladesh’s 335-run defeat in the first Test because of a broken thumb.
Zimbabwe made one change, with Regis Chakabva brought in to open the batting after Timycen Maruma injured his knee in training earlier this week.
While Chakabva is usually Zimbabwe’s first-choice wicketkeeper, Richmond Mutumbami kept the gloves because Chakabva has not fully recovered from a finger injury.
Additional reporting by staff writer