Chittagong - Zimbabwe's top order came good to put up a strong reply to
Bangladesh's huge first innings total of 503 on the second day of the
third and final Test in Chittagong on Thursday.
Raza remained unbeaten on 54 and Hamilton Masakadza was on 51 as the
tourists reached 113-1 by stumps, still trailing by 390 runs with nine
wickets in hand.
The pair added 104 for the unbroken second wicket after opener Brian Chari was caught behind off Rubel Hossain without scoring.
had earlier shone with the bat, making an entertaining 45 off 44 balls
to help Bangladesh post their highest total against Zimbabwe, surpassing
the 488 in Chittagong in 2005.
After nine wickets had fallen for
452 runs, Rubel smashed four sixes and two boundaries during a
last-wicket stand of 51 with Jubair Hossain.
Openers Tamim Iqbal
(109) and Imrul Kayes (130) had laid the platform for a big total on
Wednesday and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh's batting charge on the
second day with 71.
Zimbabwe's bowlers prevented a bigger total by
claiming eight wickets in the first two sessions after the hosts
resumed the day at a commanding 303-2.
Mominul Haque added just
two runs to his overnight score of 46 when he was caught the slips by
Brendan Taylor off Tinashe Panyangara.
Shingi Masakadza trapped
Mohammad Mahmudullah leg-before for 16 before Bangladesh captain
Mushfiqur Rahim dragged a low ball from Hamilton Masakadza on to his
stumps after making 15.
The hosts are hoping to sweep the series 3-0 after winning the first two Tests in Dhaka and Khulna.
The Test series between the two lowest-ranked teams will be followed by five one-day internationals.