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Tamim, Mahmudullah keep bowlers at bay

Opener unbeaten on 250-ball 74 as Bangladesh reaches 193 for 3 at stumps on first day of second Test

Tamim, Mahmudullah keep bowlers at bay - Cricket News
Tamim, known to be an attacking batsman, showed tremendous grit.
The Bangladesh batsmen showed composure and determination, keeping the Zimbabwe bowlers at bay on an attritional first day's play on Monday (November 3) in Khulna.
 
Bangladesh had reached 193 for 3 in 90 overs at stumps on the first day of the second Test, with Tamim Iqbal, the opener, unbeaten on a 250-ball 74. He received good support from Mominul Haque (35 from 101), and later Mahmudullah (56 from 152), as the top order withstood Zimbabwe's disciplined attack through the day. Only Shakib Al Hasan, who remained unbeaten on 13 from 21 deliveries, scored at a strike rate above 50.
 
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh lost Shamsur Rahman lbw to an inswinger from Elton Chigumbura for just 2, leaving the home team 6 for 1. Tinashe Panyangara, who took seven wickets in the first Test, and Chigumbura used the moisture on the pitch to good effect and bowled testing spells to Tamim and Mominul, but the duo showed admirable restraint to take Bangladesh to 62 for 1 at lunch.
 
Mominul chipped a return catch to Panyangara a few overs after lunch, ending a 72-run partnership, but the wicket did not change the script. The pitch was on the slower side and Natsai M'shangwe the debutant legspinner, troubled the batsmen, particularly Mahmudullah, with turn and variable bounce. However, the batsmen curbed their natural instincts and put their heads down, intent on making their stay in the middle a long one.
 
Tamim, known to be an attacking batsman, in particular showed tremendous grit. His half-century, which took 169 deliveries, came only in the last over before tea. It was his slowest fifty in Test cricket.
 
Mahmudullah was equally cautious, reaching 50 off 140 balls shortly before he was trapped in front by Panyangara. 
 
Earlier, Bangladesh brought in Rubel Hossain, the paceman, for Al-Amin Hossain, who opted out because of his university examinations. Zimbabwe made three changes from the first Test, handing debuts to Brian Chari and M’shangwe, and also bringing in the experienced Malcolm Waller. Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tafadzwa Kamungozi and John Nyumbu were dropped.
 
Bangladesh is sitting on a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, having won the first Test at Mirpur by three wickets.

To see the scorecard and review the Bangladesh v Zimbabwe match in full, please click here.

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