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B’desh close in on series tying win

Bangladesh will go into the final day of the second Test against Zimbabwe requiring just six wickets to earn a share of the two-match series after dominating another day at Harare Sports Club. Having set Zimbabwe 401 for victory on the back of half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain, Bangladesh reduced their hosts to 138 for four to give themselves every chance of avenging their heavy defeat in the first Test. All of Zimbabwe’s top five made starts, but Hamilton Masakadza was the only one able to hold off the twin threat of Shakib Al Hasan and Ziaur Rahman, who claimed two wickets apiece. Masakadza went to stumps unbeaten on 46, with his younger brother Shingirai sent up the order to see out 30 deliveries for his 7 not out. Zimbabwe’s task was clear in the statistical evidence on offer, they have never successfully chased more than 162 to win a Test.
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