Harare, Aug 7: Zimbabwe are closing in on victory in the one-off Test against the visiting Bangladeshi side by mounting a huge target of 375, thanks largely to a second-innings unbeaten century from captain Brendan Taylor. Then the hosts reduced the visitors to a dismal 112/3 as the latter still trailed by 262.
Day 4 began with Zimbabwe attempting to repair their flagging second innings which was at 92/4. Taylor on an overnight score of 5 and Tatenda Taibu, yet to one his account, warded off the opponents' spin attack admirably well. They confidently negotiated the returning pace of Rubel Hossain and Robiul Islam as well.
In due course, the batting duo amassed a 5-wicket stand of 102, taking the total to over 200. After Taibu departed for 59, Taylor motored along with Craig Ervine who pitched in with 35. Soon afterward, Taylor smacked Abdur Razzak for a four to bring up his century. At 291/5, Zimbabwe declared their innings, leaving Bangladesh with a target of 375 to win.
In their chase, Bangladesh got off to a positive start with Tamim Iqbal (43) and Imrul Kayes (31) putting on 65 in 14 overs. But that's when the trouble started for the visitors with Jarvis and Chris Mpofu taking 3 quick wickets between them that left Bangladesh in distress at 112/3. Shariar Nafees had been out for 9 and Mohamad Ashraful, batting on 19 and Mushfiqar Rahim on 4 were holding fort at stumps.