Miraz bags a fifer as Tigers dominate proceedings in Harare
Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz was on fire, bagging a fifer, as Bangladesh took back control after Tea on the third day of their one-off Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club today.
The Tigers bundled Zimbabwe out for 276 in 111.5 overs and will resume with a 192-run lead in their second innings. Bangladesh posted a mammoth 468 in their first innings after recovering from an early slump.
With the ball keeping low in almost a three-day-old Harare pitch, Miraz picked up four wickets in space of 20 deliveries post Tea. He started with the all-important wicket of Zimbabwe opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano, who had been frustrating the Bangladesh bowlers for a long time.
However, the opener would be disappointed the way he fell after a super patient 311-ball 87. A good length ball on the middle going in with the arm and Kaitano flicked it, only managing a faint edge as wicketkeeper Liton Das took a good catch down the leg side.
Kaitano should still be proud of what he had done, batting more than three sessions on his debut.
Miraz then trapped in front Donald Tiripano in his next over before knocking the stumps of Victor Nyauchi and Blessing Muzarabani to complete his eighth Test fifer. He ended with splendid figures of five for 82 in 31 overs that included five maidens.
Shakib Al Hasan wrapped things up when he induced an edge off the left-hander Richard Ngarava with Najmul Hossain Shanto taking a good catch at first slip after a slight fumble. Shakib finished with figures of four for 82 in 34.5 overs, featuring 10 maidens.