Tigers are on solid ground after a record-breaking 9th-wicket partnership

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Bangladesh made a stunning recovery on the second day, riding on Mahmudullah Riyad’s spectacular unbroken century and Taskin Ahmed’s maiden Test fifty in the lone Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club Ground yesterday, where the pair amassed a record 191 runs in the ninth-wicket stand.

Bangladesh put up a strong first-innings total of 468 runs thanks to Mahmudullah and Taskin’s tenacity and patience. After the first day, with the visitors were battling on 294 for 8, that total seemed improbable.

Zimbabwe also responded well with the bat, finishing the day on 114 for 1, with Shakib Al Hasan taking opener Milton Shumba for 41 runs, as the hosts trail by 354 runs in their first innings.

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But it was Mahmudullah and Taskin’s partnership that stole the show, as the two faced a massive task when they resumed the second day and ended up registering Bangladesh’s highest ninth-wicket stand, surpassing the previous record of 184 runs set by Mahmudullah and Abul Hasan against Pakistan in 2012.

When Taskin was eventually bowled for 75 off 134 balls with eleven boundaries, the two were only four runs short of the 195 runs shared by the South African Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox against Pakistan in 1995, the highest ever ninth-wicket partnership in Test history.

The veteran Mahmudullah, who was a last-minute addition in the Test squad and was making a comeback to the Test team after 16 months, struck his fifth Test century just when it mattered the most, as the right-hander went on to strike his fifth Test century just when it mattered the most.

Mahmudullah, who has played Test cricket for the past twelve years, finished unbeaten on 150 off 278 balls, which included 17 boundaries and a maximum.

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It was also his 50th Test match for the Tigers, and the experienced performer made a style statement to commemorate the occasion.

Taskin’s bat abilities, on the other hand, were a surprise package given his limitations as a batter, but the left-hander showed remarkable resilience to give Mahmudullah equal support from the other end.

The 26-year-old also relished his time in the middle, as evidenced by his break-dance performance after leaving a delivery from pacer Blessing Muzarabani, and a follow-through brawl with the bowler.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh added 110 runs in the first session to reach 404 for 8 at lunchtime. In the next hour, the visitors continued to frustrate the hosts until Ebadot Hossain became Muzarabani’s fourth victim of the session, resulting in Bangladesh being swept out, with Mahmudullah remaining undefeated at the other end.

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