DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Mushfiqur Rahim did not beat 219, the highest individual score of a Bangladeshi batsman, to steer the hosts in a position of domination against Zimbabwe on Monday, the second day of the final test.
Rahim, the first wicketkeeper batsman who scored two double centuries in Test match cricket, helped Bangladesh to explain the first 522-7 innings for his highest score against Zimbabwe and take a firm grip on the test by reducing the visitors to 25-1 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
No Bangladesh batsman has ever hit more than a double century, with Tamim Iqbal (206) and Shakib Al Hasan (217) his other two double centuries.
Following his record 266-run fourth wicket partnership with Mominul Haque (161) on the first day, Rahim made two important partnerships on day two to slowly swim Zimbabwe.
He and the master Mahmudullah were combined for 73 runs for the sixth wicket before sharing a 144-run partnership with Mehidy Hasan in an uninterrupted eighth wicket partnership.
Bangladesh met 105 runs in the second session at the expense of two wickets after accumulating only 62 runs in the opening day of day two and resuming the day at 303-5.
After a wicketless session, fast bowler Kyle Jarvis (5-71) Zimbabwe gave his first breakthrough shortly after lunch and took away Mahmudullah for 36.
Two later, Jarvis finished his third five-for, getting better by Ariful Haque (4) with short delivery.
But it was Zimbabwe's last success on the frustrating day, as it was a ball player shortly after the fast bowler Tendai Chatara exerted his left quadriceps and ruled him out of the game after he only delivered two balls in the morning session.
In an otherwise chanceless innings, the Rahim bowlers completely dominated 18 fours and six in a 421 innings innings.
Mehidy Hasan helped him with 68 not out, shattered five fours and a six.
To win his first series of tests since 2011, Zimbabwe began carefully before the left hand spinner Taijul Islam broke through with captain Hamilton Maskadza's wicket, who made a twist to the first slip for 14.
Brian Chari and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano beat 10 and 0 before the end of the day.