Bangladesh spinner, Taijul Islam’s 11 wicket-haul has helped the Asian nation in a comeback win over Zimbabwe.
Islam claimed a total number of 11 wickets to lead Bangladesh’s fightback in the first test against Zimbabwe on Monday.
In-spite of that, though, the host team are still in the hunt for a record chase to triumph in Sylhet.
Bangladesh thumped Zimbabwe for 181 in their second innings with Taijul making a return of impressive bowling figures of 5-62.
Taijul’s effort gave a huge boost to Bangladesh after Zimbabwe had bowled them out cheaply for just 143.
And that was in their effort to give a quick response to the tourists’ first innings haul of 282 runs.
Bangladesh led 26-0 in their chase of 321 when bad light stopped play on day three at Sylhet International Stadium.
The duo of opener, Liton Das and Imrul Kayes, however, both stayed unbeaten on 14 and 12 respectively.
That was the case as Bangladesh enter day four with another 295 runs for them to re-write the record books.
No team has ever had to chase so many runs to win a test match in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s highest successful chase at home is 101 against Zimbabwe and that was back in the year 2014.
Zimbabwe on their way to bigger lead
Zimbabwe, though, were on their way to a bigger lead after reaching 165 for six at tea.
But spinners made a quick work to pick the remaining four wickets in only 3.4 overs after the break.
The pair of off-spinner, Mehidy Hasan and left-arm spinner, Nazmul Islam, however, both complemented Taijul with 3-48 and 2-27 respectively.
Taijul, who also claimed 6-108 in the first innings, fittingly claimed the final Zimbabwe wicket.
And he actually achieved the great feat when he trapped Tendai Chatara leg-before.
Bangladesh had to wait until the ninth over of the day for their first breakthrough.