Dhak - Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed his third consecutive
five-wicket haul on Tuesday to put Bangladesh in command in the second Test
against Zimbabwe despite a defiant century by Brendon Taylor in Dhaka.
The home side bowled out Zimbabwe for 304 runs in the first
innings to take a 218-run lead after they had declared their own innings for a
mammoth 522-7 the previous afternoon.
Zimbabwe need only a draw to win their first Test series in
seven years, with the visitors having won the opening match in Sylhet by 151
runs, their first Test win away in almost two decades.
Taijul dismissed Regis Chakabva for 10 to complete his haul
and Zimbabwe's innings ended immediately, 19 short of the follow-on mark as
last man Tendai Chatara was unable to bat due to injury.
Zimbabwe edged towards avoiding the follow-on once Taylor
hit 110 off 194 balls and Peter Moor added a career-best 83 to rescue the side
from a precarious 131-5 in the final session.
Bangladesh had occasional medium pacer Ariful Haque to thank
for breaking Moor's 139-run sixth-wicket partnership with Taylor when he
trapped the right-hander leg before in his first over.
Moor, who was dropped on 75 by substitute fielder Nazmul
Islam at cover off Mustfizur Rahman, hit 12 fours and a six in his fifth Test
50, his second successive half-century in the series.
Taylor brought up his hundred off Taijul but off-spinner
Mehedy Hasan soon ended his innings to put Bangladesh back in control.
Taijul took a stunning catch at square leg to end the fine
innings off Taylor, who hit 10 fours in his fifth Test century - his first ever
away from home.
Bangladesh also dominated the opening two sessions of the
day after Zimbabwe resumed play on 25-1.
Brian Chari led Zimbabwe's initial resistance, hitting 53
off 128 balls before he was snared by Mehidy on the stroke of lunch.
Mominul Haque took the catch at short leg that was confirmed
by television replay after Bangladesh reviewed the initial not out decision.
Taijul dismissed night-watchman Donald Tiripano for eight
early in the morning but Chari provided some counter-punch, hitting six fours
and two sixes in his second Test fifty.