Bangladesh completed a 218-run victory over Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to level the Test series 1-1. Bangladesh picked up the remaining five wickets they needed after lunch.
Right-arm spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 5 for 38 to finish with eight wickets in the match as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 224.
A brilliant unbeaten ton from Brendan Taylor in the second innings was not enough to thwart Bangladesh as Mehedi cleaned up the tail with Taylor stranded at the other end.
Following Lunch, Bangladesh broke the important 64-run partnership between Moor and Taylor as Mehedi removed Moor. Following that wicket, Regis Chakabva was run out as Zimbabwe tried to sneak in a cheeky single and lost their sixth wicket.
Miraz got one to turn slightly after pitching and Moor hung his bat to it and got a slight inside edge which was caught by Imrul Kayes at silly point after an initial fumble. Then after the run-out of Chakabva, Mehedi got three more wickets to finish of Zimbabwe.
Mustafizur Rahman got the early morning breakthrough before Taijul Islam got his second of the innings as Bangladesh picked up two more Zimbabwe wickets in the morning session before lunch but it was once again Brendan Taylor, the centurion of the first innings who stands between Bangladesh and a victory.
Mustafizur Rahman was finally rewarded for some great deliveries in this Test match as he removed a watchful Sean Williams with a delivery that straightened after pitching. Williams played inside the line but the ball did just enough to miss the edge of the bat and shatter his off-stump. Taijul Islam bagged his second wicket as Sikandar Raza gave a return catch back to the bowler. Taijul needs one more wicket to join Mehedi Miraz as Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in a two-Test match series.
Bangladesh needs five more wickets with two more sessions of play left on the fifth day. Brendan Taylor continued his dominance even amidst the wickets as he remained unbeaten on 54 at lunch. He was joined by Peter Moor at the crease; the duo had contributed with a 139-run sixth-wicket partnership in the first innings and now stand between the Tigers and victory.
Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4. The second Test of the two-match series began at Mirpur on Sunday.
Zimbabwe won the first Test at Sylhet.