Harare, Aug 6: An enterprising maiden Test ton from Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza helped his side post an imposing 370 against Bangladesh in the one-off Test. The tourists had however managed to peg the hosts back considerably after the latter began Day 2 on an ominous 264/2 with Masakadza not out on 88 and captain Brendan Taylor, unbeaten on 40.
Masakazda had progressed to 104, sharing in 142-run stand with Taylor for the third wicket to take the total over 300, before paceman Robiul Islam removed him. Craig Erwine was the next to depart, for just 6 with the score at 317/4 , before a collapse ensued. With just wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu (23) offering some resistance, the rest the order fell cheaply, adding just 106 to their overnight score.
Bangladeshi paceman Rubel Hossain and off-break Shakib al Hasan picked up 3 wickets each while fast bowler Robial Islam took two and tweakers Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak pitch in with one apiece.
In reply, Bangladesh got off to a diffident start with Zimbabwe paceman Brian Vitori sending back openers Tamim Iqbal for 15 and Imrul Kayes for 4. With the score at a dismal 36/2 in 10.3 overs, Shariar Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful set about putting the house in order. But no sooner had Nafees notched up a 50 than off-break Ray Price bowled him. Then Ashraful and new batsman Mahmuddullah played out the last few overs of the day to take Zimbabwe to 107/3.