Tigers’ take control after Mushfiqur hits record-breaking double tons
DHAKA – Wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored record braking and career best second double centuries in Test as Bangladesh took control of the second day as the hosts declared their first innings at 522 for 7 against Zimbabwe on the second day of the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Monday.
The right handed batsman reached towards his second double century in style. Bangladesh went on a tea at 470/7 with Mushfiqur remaining not out on 195 runs. He got his next five runs with singles. He brought up the magical moment with a pull off Sikandar Raza’s delivery on the fifth ball of 154th over after the tea break. His 200 runs came in 407 balls laced with 16 boundaries and one over boundary.
The right handed batsman Mushfiqur, who resumed the day with his overnight score at 111 runs, achieved the new feat on the second day as he went past fellow mate Shakib Al Hasan to become to record holder for the highest individual innings by a Bangladesh batsman with his unbeaten 219 runs off 421-ball that contained 18 boundaries and one over boundary, after the Tigers resumed the second day with overnight score at 303 for 5.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim batted cautiously in the first session on the second day keeping their wicket unhurt negotiating some good bowling from the Zimbabweans as the Tigers went to lunch on a commanding 365 for 5.
But, the host lost two wickets in the second session. Skipper Mahmudullah, who looked solid with bat in the morning session lost his wicket two overs into the session after lunch, giving away a back catch wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva off a Kyle Jarvis delivery as Bangladesh lost their sixth wicket.
There was no real footwork from Mahmudullah as he hung his bat away from the delivery moving away from him. Kyle Jarvis then got his second of the day and his fifth wicket in this innings as Ariful Haque provided an easy catch to Chari at point.
Despite losing two quick wickets in the second session, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehidy Hasan steadied things with an unbeaten 144-run partnership for the eighth wicket stand, during which Rahim brought up his double century and Mehidy scored fifty.
Apart from Kyle Jarvis’s five wickets for 71 runs, Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano shared one Bangladesh’s wicket conceding 34 and 65 runs respectively.
In reply, Zimbabwe suffered early batting jolt in their first innings as they finished the day with 25 for 1 losing their skipper Hamilton Masakadza for 14. Taijul Islam provided the early breakthrough dismissing Masakadza who gave a catch to Mehedi Hasan.
Brian Chari with 10 and Donald Tiripano with 0 on the crease as the bails were drawn or the day.
Taijul Islam picked up the lone Zimbabwe’s wickets giving away 5 runs.
Bangladesh 1st innings – 522 for 7, Mushfiqur 219, Mominul 161, Mehidy 68 n.o, Mahmudullah 36, Jarvis 5/71, Chatara 1/34 and Tiripano 1/65.
Zimbabwe 1st innings -25 for 1, Masakadza 14, Chari 10 batting, Tiripano 0 batting, Taijul 1/5.