Shakib Al Hasan grabbed an early breakthrough for Bangladesh as they began their push for victory on the fourth day of the second Test against Zimbabwe yesterday.
Shakib bowled Regis Chakabva with an excellent, spinning delivery to dismiss the Zimbabwe opener for 22, leaving Zimbabwe on 43-1 at tea as they went in pursuit of a highly unlikely 401 to win.
Vusi Sibanda was 21 not out at the interval, with Hamilton Masakadza yet to get off the mark, but Zimbabwe’s task of avoiding defeat was obvious in the statistical analysis.
The African side have never successfully chased more than 162 to win a Test, while the highest run chase by anyone on the ground in Harare was 192 — achieved by Pakistan in a three-wicket win over Zimbabwe 15 years ago.
Bangladesh began day four at the Harare Sports Club on 163-5 — an overall lead of 272, which they extended to exactly 400 before declaring on 291-9 midway through the second session.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim’s 93 was at the heart of their second innings, but he received excellent support from Nasir Hossain, who registered his second half-century of the match, before finishing unbeaten on 67.
Brothers Shingirai and Hamilton Masakadza claimed seven of the nine wickets to fall in the Bangladesh innings, with the former claiming figures of four for 58 and the latter taking three for 24.
Zimbabwe hold a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.