Sylhet - Offspinner Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets as Zimbabwe
zeroed in on their first victory in five years against Bangladesh in Sylhet on
Kyle Jarvis and Brendon Mavuta also chipped in with a wicket
apiece as Zimbabwe reduced the hosts to 111-5 by lunch on the fourth day of the
Bangladesh, chasing a record target of 321 runs in the fourth
innings, resumed play on 26-0 but within half-an-hour had lost their first
wicket, with others following quickly.
Play started 30 minutes early to make up for lost time after
bad light brought a premature end to day three, with Bangladesh still needing
295 runs on a wearing pitch.
The home side - whose best run chase was 217-6 against the
West Indies in 2009 - started collapsing once Raza reviewed a leg-before appeal
against opener Liton Das.
The umpire gave Liton not out but a TV replay indicated the
ball would have hit the stump after pitching outside off - ending Liton's
innings on 23.
One down, Mominul Haque dragged a Jarvis delivery onto his
stumps for nine before Raza bowled Imrul Kayes for 43 to leave Bangladesh at
Skipper Mahmudullah promoted himself to No 4 but could not
rescue his side and perished for 16, giving a catch to substitute fielder Craig
Ervine at short leg off Raza.
Raza then took a spectacular catch at cover on the stroke of
lunch to hand debutant Mavuta his maiden Test wicket and send back Nazmul
It also put Zimbabwe only five wickets away from their first
win in five years since defeating Pakistan at home in 2013.