Twitter Reactions: Shanto, Mominul’s fifties see Bangladesh inch closer to first-innings lead

Twitter Reactions: Shanto, Mominul’s fifties see Bangladesh inch closer to first-innings lead

The Tigers' skipper ended the day, unscathed, scoring 79 off 120 with nine fours.

Mominul Haque
Mominul Haque . (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh would be the happier side at the close of the second day’s play at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The Tigers are only 25 runs behind Zimbabwe’s first-innings’ score of 265. It took only 16.3 overs on the day for the hosts to brush off the opposition tail. From there on, the Bangladesh batsmen made sure that Craig Ervine’s men weren’t allowed to get a foothold back.

Jayed and Taijul clean up the tail

Regis Chakabva was the only specialist batsman at the start of the day and had Donald Tiripano as the other overnight batter. The latter tried hard, but nicked one off Abu Jayed, who kept on floating the ball outside the off-stump. In his next over, Rahi trapped Ainsley Ndlovu for a duck. Taijul Islam worked hard in the opening day without luck and he was rewarded with Charlton Tshuma’s wicket.

The fall of wickets didn’t perturb Chakabva, who added 21 runs to his overnight tally of nine. But in the end, he became Taijul’s second victim. The batsman went for an ugly hack and was caught by Nayeem Hasan at mid-wicket. Zimbabwe were eventually bowled out for 265. For Bangladesh, Ebadot Hossain couldn’t pick up a wicket with Abu Jayed and Nayeem getting four scalps each.

Mominul stands tall for Bangladesh

The hosts got off to a poor start as Victor Nyauchi found Saif Hassan’s outside edge. The opener spanked a couple of fours before perishing. However, Tamim Iqbal and Najmul Hossain Shanto’s 78-run stand helped the Tigers make a comeback. Donald Tiripano gave the visitors a breather, pinning Tamim, who got 41 with seven fours. Shanto notched his maiden Test half-century off 108 balls.

Debutant Tshuma nipped him out after the middle-order batsman scored 71 off 139 with seven fours. With Bangladesh still 93 runs behind, Zimbabwe’s first-innings score, skipper Mominul Haque (79*) and the returning Mushfiqur Rahim (32*) put their heads down for an unbeaten 68-run stand. Interestingly, none of the visitors’ spinners- Sikandar Raza and Ndlovu- could churn out a wicket.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the day’s play: –