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Taibu misses ton fighting for Zimbabwe

Tatenda Taibu helped Zimbabwe avoid a follow-on with a courageous career-best 92 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Chittagong (bangladesh)
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2005 01:17 AM IST

Tatenda Taibu helped Zimbabwe avoid a follow-on with a courageous career-best 92 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.

The tiny Zimbabwean captain shattered Bangladesh's hopes of enforcing the follow-on with a 119-run stand for the seventh wicket with teenager Elton Chigumbura, who made a solid 71 in only his third Test.

The tourists finished the day at 308-8 in reply to Bangladesh's mammoth first-innings total of 488, thanks to Taibu's fifth Test half-century and Chigumbura's first.

Veteran left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique (4-64) dismissed both Taibu and Chigumbura in the last session to ensure a big lead for Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe were facing the follow-on at 152-6 before Taibu and Chigumbura rose to the occasion with impressive knocks under pressure.

Bangladesh, seeking their first victory in 35 matches since gaining Test status in 2000, put pressure on Zimbabwe in the morning session when fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza bagged two wickets.

Taibu and Chigumbura then applied themselves remarkably well on a slow track to deny Bangladesh success in the afternoon session.

Chigumbura, 18, outscored his senior partner during his attractive knock, swinging left-arm spinner Enamul Haque's no-ball over mid-wicket for the only six of the innings. He continued to play his shots before falling in the last session.

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