Bangladesh stumbled to 143 in their first innings during the Sylhet Test against Zimbabwe on Sunday. They now trail visiting Zimbabwe by 140. The Tigers lost Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mahmudullah early on in the innings as Zimbabwe attempted to work their way back into the game. Tendai Chatara picked up the wickets of Liton, Shanto, and Mahmudullah while Kyle Jarvis bowled out Imrul.
Mominul Haque edged a delivery from Sikandar Raza to Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza after he and Mushfiqur Rahim (31) attempted to rebuild from the poor start.
Mushfiq was then dismissed on 31 by a returning Kyle Jarvis.
Ariful Haque attempted to put up a fight, scoring 41*, but ran out of partners at the other end.
A miscommunication with Abu Jayed brought the Tigers innings to a close with a run-out.
Chatara and Raza were the leading wicket-takers for the visitors, nabbing three each. Jarvis picked up a couple, while Sean Williams took one.
ZIMBABWES FIRST INNINGS
Taijul Islam has taken six wickets as Bangladesh closed out Zimbabwes first innings for 282 on the second day of the Test.
Taijul Islam picked up the wicket of Regis Chakabva soon after the start of play to give the Tigers a breakthrough and struck again in the 110th over to dismiss debutant Wellington Masakadza.
He also took out Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara on consecutive deliveries to halt the visitors at 282.
Nazmul Islam picked up his second Test wicket, catching Brandon Mavuta in front of the stumps.
Zimbabwes Peter Moor battled his way to a 66*, but was left holding the bag by the quick fall of wickets at the other end.
The first days play saw the visitors win the toss and choose to bat before posting 238/5 in 91 overs.
Zimbabwean Captain Hamilton Masakadza and batsman Sean Williams scored half-centuries at the crease on Saturday, but the pressure was also kept up by Bangladeshs bowlers, who broke up partnerships as they began to gather steam.
Taijul Islam was also the most successful of the bowling attack on the first day, taking the wickets of Brian Chari and Brendan Taylor early on.
Taylor, who has been one of Zimbabwes highest scorers, was dismissed after a superb catch by Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Williams, who scored an 88, was looking set at the crease when he was dismissed by Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah in a breakthrough for Bangladesh.
But, before the Tigers could capitalise, Peter Moor and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva built a steady and stubborn partnership that saw out the first days play.
Nazmul Islam picked up his maiden Test wicket on Saturday. Abu Jayed also took one wicket.
MAVUTA, WELLINGTON MASAKADZA DEBUT
Zimbabwe handed debuts to spinners Wellington Masakadza and Brandon Mavuta. Craig Arvin, the left-hander batsman too, made it to the Test team after the one-day team.
Zimbabwe Line-Up: 1.Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 2 Brian Chari, 3 Brendan Taylor, 4 Sean Williams, 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 PJ Moor, 7 Regis Chakabva (wk), 8 Brandon Mavuta, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara
ARIFUL AND APU DEBUT, SHANTO RETURNS
Bangladesh handed debuts to middle-order batsman Ariful Haque and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu after making four changes from their last Test line-up.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto will be playing his first Test since making his debut in January 2017 while Imrul Kayes will open with Liton Das. Mushfiqur Rahim is the wicket keeper.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are injured while Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Nurul Hasan were dropped from the squad due to poor form.
Bangladesh line-up: 1.Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah (capt), 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu Jayed
BANGLADESH FIELD FIRST
Zimbabwes Hamilton Masakadza won the toss in the match and decided to bat first.
The wicket is quite dry and will slower over time in the first test, giving a boost to the spinners. Masakadza decided to choose batting on this context.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said he would have chosen batting too.