Harare, Aug 7: In a one-off Test which is shaping up to be a keen contest, hosts Zimbabwe were leading Bangladesh by 175 runs with 6 wicket left in their second innings at stumps on Day 3. While the visitors allowed Zimbabwe to secure a sizable 83-run first-innings lead, they have at least cut through the home side's top order that had caused them so many problems on Day1.
Resuming in their precarious position of 107/3, Bangladesh demonstrated a fair amount of resolve to claw their way back into the match. Bravely attempting to counter the destructive pace of Chris Mpofu and Brian Vitori, Mohammad Ashraful put up 73 in an innings which reeked of the class he has been known for, while captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqar Rahim pitched in with 68 and 27.
Smaller contributions from the latter order took the deficit to less than a 100. By the time the visitors were bowled out for 287, they were trailing Zimbabwe by 83 runs. Vetori was the destructor-in-chief, picking upo 4 wickets while fellow paceman Mpofu and off-break Ray Price took 2 apiece.
Zimbabwe began on their second innings confidently with the heroes of Day 1 - Tino Mawoyo making 35 and Visu Sibanada adding another 38 to chalk up a 69-run opening stand, before they were dismissed in quick succession by Bangldaeshi pacers Rabiul Islam and Rubel Hossain. A middle-order collpase ensued with Shakib Al Hasan sending back centurion of the previous innings Hamilton Masakadza, for 5, and Abdur Razzak trapping Ray Price for 5 as well, as Zimbabwe ended the day on 94/4.