HARARE (AFP) – Elton Chigumbura registered his highest score in Test cricket, but his removal by Bangladesh’s relentless fast bowler Robiul Islam left Zimbabwe facing a daunting first-innings deficit on day three of the second Test on Saturday.
Chigumbura’s aggressive 86 threatened to turn the tide in the match as he hit Zimbabwe out of serious trouble, but Robiul’s unflagging efforts with the ball brought him four wickets and sent Zimbabwe to lunch on 257 for seven.
That left the hosts still trailing by 134 runs in the first innings and with only tailenders to face up to Robiul after he bowled Chigumbura with the final ball of the first session.
Zimbabwe had resumed on 158 for four, but lost Malcolm Waller for 32 when he pulled a long hop from Sohag Gazi straight to deep midwicket.
It was a soft dismissal for Waller, who failed to cash in after successfully taking the sting out of the Bangladesh attack in a patient partnership with Brendan Taylor on Friday.
However Richmond Mutumbami joined Chigumbura with Zimbabwe on 163 for five and provided strong support in an 85-run partnership that ticked along at four runs an over.
The second new ball eventually did for Mutumbami when he padded up to a straight one from Robiul to depart for 42.