Bangladesh on top after Mushfiq double

Staff Correspondent | Published: 11:51, Nov 12,2018 | Updated: 16:43, Nov 12,2018


Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during the second day of the second Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday . AFP photo

Mushfiqur Rahim struck unbeaten 219 while Mehedi Hasan made 68 not out as Bangladesh declared their first innings at 522-7 against Zimbabwe in the second Test in Dhaka on Monday.

Mushfiq, who played 421 balls in his phenomenal journey towards becoming first Bangladeshi player to score two double hundreds, also surpassed Sakib al Hasan to become the highest individual scorer for the Tigers in Test cricket.

The visitors reached 25-1 at stumps with Taijul Islam removing Hamilton Masakadza for 14.

Mushfiq pulled leg-spinner Brendon Mavuta for a single at square leg after the tea break to become first Bangladeshi player to score two double hundreds in Test cricket.

Mehedi also completed his second Test fifty and put up a unbroken 144-run stand with Mushfiq for the eighth wicket – highest in the eighth wicket stand despite pacer Kyle Jarvis claimed 5-71 on the second day at Sher-e Bangla National Stadium.

Bangladesh lost Mahmudullah in the second over after lunch break as he was caught behind off Jarvis after scoring 36 runs.

Mushfiq and Mahmudullah put up 73-runs for the sixth wicket to avoid any blow in the first session.

Ariful Haque soon was caught by Brian Chari at point for four – handing Jarvis his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Zimbabwe suffered a major blow in the morning session when their pacer Tendai Chatara sustained a muscle stain during the third ball of the 100th over of Bangladesh innings and was taken off the field with stretchers.

Later it was confirmed by Zimbabwe Cricket that the player wouldn’t be available for rest of the match.

Earlier, Bangladesh put up a strong performance against Zimbabwe in the first day thanks to Mominul Haque (161) and Mushfiq – as both struck hundreds to lift the Tigers in the final match

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