Elton Chigumbura led Zimbabwe’s fightback as Bangladesh threatened to seize control of the second Test in Harare.
The hosts closed day two on 158 for four in response to their opponents’ first-innings 391, 233 runs behind with Chigumbura unbeaten on 45 and Malcolm Waller 30 following an unbroken stand of 61.
Their efforts helped dig Zimbabwe out of a hole after Tigers paceman Robiul Islam had removed both openers to help reduce them to 47 for three at tea.
Elton Chigumbura’s 45 not out thwarted Bangladesh’s attempts to take control of the second Test in Harare
Having hit a quick 24 in the tourists’ innings, Robiul had Vusi Sibanda and Regis Chakabva caught behind as Zimbabwe slipped from 23 without loss to 26 for two.
Shakib Al Hasan then bowled Hamilton Masakadza for 14 shortly before the break, though skipper Brendan Taylor – so impressive in Zimbabwe’s first-Test victory – responded with 36.
Yet, when he holed out t0 deep midwicket off Sohag Gazi, it appeared the hosts would take control.
However, Chigumbura had other ideas and upped the ante immediately – eventually ending the day five short of a deserved half-century having struck five fours.
Earlier, Bangladesh resumed on 300 for six and continued to build a promising total, helped by 77 from Nasir Hossain.
Ziaur Rahman was the first man to fall this morning, lbw to Keegan Meth playing across the line, but Gazi provided useful support for Nasir by adding 21 before he was caught at long-on by Chigumbura off Graeme Cremer.
Nasir’s 103-ball knock, which featured 11 fours, was finally ended by Cremer, who bowled him between bat and pad.