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Bangladesh Sets Zimbabwe 477 to Win Test


Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Bangladesh set Zimbabwe a target of 477 to win their one-off test in Harare and already had three wickets in its push for victory as the home team finished day four on 140-3 in its second innings and still 337 runs short.

Bangladesh forced home its first-innings advantage on Saturday by romping to 284-1 declared in its second innings, with centuries by opener Shadman Islam and No. 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Islam made 115 and Shanto 117 and their unbeaten 196-run stand almost certainly put the game beyond Zimbabwe.

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz claimed two of the three Zimbabwe wickets in the second innings after the spinners shared nine wickets in the first innings.

Mehidy had the most important breakthrough of the day when he dismissed Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor caught and bowled for 92.

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