Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful scored a defiant 59 against Zimbabwe 'A' to give the tourists a chance of winning their opening match.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
Harare:Diminutive Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful scored a defiant 59 against Zimbabwe 'A' at the Harare Academy ground today to give the tourists a chance of winning their opening three-day warm-up match. And Alamgir Kabir helped himself to five home side wickets for 47 in their first innings. Ashraful's tenacity enabled Bangladesh to reach 170-7 when poor light brought proceedings to an early close. This gives them a lead of 186 overall with three second innings wickets remaining. In their first knock Bangladesh had scored 199 all out, Zimbabwe 'A' responding with 183, a lead on first innings of just 16. Kabir's efforts retained the advantage for the tourists. The home team had struggled on 25-4 early on and were 71-5 overnight, but all-rounder Gavin Ewing's fighting 71, put together while his colleagues faltered, kept the match evenly balanced on the second day despite Kabir. Ewing hit a six and eight fours. (PTI)