Twitter Reactions: Mushfiqur Rahim's double ton pushes Zimbabwe on back foot in the Only Test

Mominul Haque also scored a brilliant ton against Zimbabwe.

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Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Bangladesh are currently involved in the Only Test match against Zimbabwe. ‘The Tigers’ have certainly taken a mammoth lead against the visitors which has put them in a prime position to clinch the game and get their hands on the one-game Test series.

On Day-3, Bangladesh began from where they left on Day-2 with Mushfiqur Rahim (203*) and Mominul Haque (132) on the crease. They looked pretty settled and began scoring runs without any difficulty. The Zimbabwe bowlers looked quite helpless throughout the day as they had to work very hard to get wickets. Rahim and Haque stitched a record-breaking partnership of 222 runs for the fourth wicket. There is no doubt over the fact that the day went into the hands of the hosts due to the mesmerising batting display produced by their batters.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque star as Bangladesh take a big lead 

Rahim managed to pull off his third double ton with 28 boundaries. He was well supported by his skipper Mominul Haque, who muscled 132 runs for his team. However, Zimbabwe got their first wicket on Day-3 after a long wait of 39 overs as the Bangladesh skipper got out off Ainsley Ndlovu.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who was playing at his best scored his double ton in style as he Ndlovu for a boundary in order to score his third double century. And soon after that, Bangladesh declared their innings at a score of 560 runs for the loss of six wickets. This inning by 32-year-old veteran cricketer also helped him in becoming all-time leading Test run-scorer in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

Mohammad Mithun, who came out to bat on number six failed to score big runs with the bat. He scored only 17 odd runs before getting dismissed by Ndlovu. Later on, Liton Das scored a swift knock of 53 runs that helped him in registering his fifth half-century in Test cricket. The batsmen were playing their strokes in an effortless fashion and it looked like Zimbabwe might come out with an emphatic response in their chase but that was not the case.

Zimbabwe got off to a worse possible start, who lost their opener got out on the second delivery of their innings. He failed to anticipate the delivery bowled by off-spinner Nayeem Hasan that castled out his stumps. It was a major blow for the visitors, who were already under the pressure of chasing a big score of 295 runs in the second innings.

Nayeem Hassan looked unplayable as he was getting some good turn from the wickets. On the very next delivery, he dismissed Donald Tiripano, who was sent as the nightwatchman in the final overs of the day. Finally, Zimbabwe had to send their experienced batsman Brendon Taylor to bat and he was successful in putting a full stop on the flow of wickets on Day-3.

By the end of day’s play, Zimbabwe had scored 9 runs for a loss of two wickets. And, they were held in a critical situation with clouds of defeat were hurling around them in the ongoing Test.

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