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Bangladesh close to first test win


CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh are on the brink of their first test victory in 35 attempts after reducing Zimbabwe to 46 for three as the visitors chase 381 for victory in Chittagong.

"I am 100 percent confident of winning. But we have to take seven wickets in 90 overs, and that may not be easy," said Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashir,who made 55 out of their second innings 204 for nine declared.

Zimbabwe were soon in deep trouble, losing their first two wickets for two runs.

They face a stiff task to save the game, with spinners Mohammad Rafique and Enamul Haque likely to extract plenty of turn on the last day.

Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu took a much more optimistic view as he looked to his middle-order batsmen to save the match.

"We are close to winning. We have a lot of solid batsmen who are capable," Taibu said.

This is Zimbabwe's first test match since losing the International Cricket Council test status after a boycott by most of its top players prompted a massive loss to Sri Lanka in May.

Subsequent tours by Australia and England featured limited-overs matches only.

Zimbabwe have not won an international match since beating Bangladesh in a limited-overs series earlier last year.

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