Harare - An 84-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim
tightened Bangladesh's grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe, but it
was fast bowler Robiul Islam who deserved the plaudits on day three at
Harare Sports Club.
Robiul became the first seamer to take five
wickets in consecutive innings for Bangladesh as Zimbabwe were bowled
out for 282 - a first-innings deficit of 109 - but the tourists required
a calm stand from Shakib and Mushfiqur to rescue their second innings
after a calamitous start.
Although Shakib was out to part-timer
Hamilton Masakadza for 59 shortly before the close, Mushfiqur's unbeaten
50 took Bangladesh to stumps on 163 for five, giving them an overall
lead of 272.
Zimbabwe were aided by some controversial umpiring as
they bounced back from their disappointing first innings to reduce
Bangladesh to 18 for three, with Tamim Iqbal dubiously given out caught
behind and Mohammad Ashraful adjudged lbw.
However with the
Decision Review System not in place due to the prohibitive costs, the
decisions from umpires Tony Hill and Ian Gould were final.
Haque helped rebuild the innings with a steady 29 in a patient stand
with Shakib, before he became Shingirai Masakadza's third wicket when he
was caught by the bowler's older brother, Hamilton.
At that stage
Bangladesh's ability to set Zimbabwe a difficult target was under
question, but Shakib and Mushfiqur ensured their dominance, and also
enjoyed some fortune as Shakib was dropped twice.
"We're in a
pretty good position going into the last couple of days," said
Bangladesh assistant coach Corey Richards. "It hasn't all been smooth
sailing today but fortunately a bit of experience showed in Shakib and
Mushy putting on a pretty important partnership for us."
Robiul was undoubtedly the star of the day, following up his 6 for 71
in the second innings of the first Test by charging in for 33 overs to
claim figures of 5 for 85 in the first innings of the second.
Elton Chigumbura's career-best 86 threatened to turn the tide in a
brisk 85-run partnership with Richmond Mutumbami, who made 42, Robiul
promptly dismissed both batsmen with the second new ball.
"His efforts have been unbelievable - he's taken 14 wickets in the series so far," said Richards.
got the best first-class record of any of our bowlers and so far on
this tour he's put the ball in the right areas more often than not - and
that's what you've got to do in these conditions."