Basundhara Cement Test Series and ODI Series

As far as Bangladesh's performers were concerned the second day of the third Test against Zimbabwe belonged to Rubel Hossain. Not only did the pacer come in at number ten and smack a vital 45, but he also took the lone wicket for the Tigers on the day. For a bowler who has one of the worst averages in Test cricket, 78.79, this kind of days doesn't come very often. While Rubel had 'fun' with the bat, he reckons that bowling on the flat wicket at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium would be no fun at all."The wicket is really good for batsmen. There isn't any swing or turn for the spinners. The main thing for us is to be patient. Getting wickets here will be tough," the pacer admitted at the post-day press conference yesterday.

"But still we are in a good position after putting up a good score. There will be runs on this wicket, but what we have to do is try to get wickets in the morning session. I can't say for sure if there will be any cracks here," he added.At 450 for 9, Bangladesh were headed for a below-expectation total and that was when Rubel surprised everyone. He smacked four sixes -- something he claims not to have done in alley cricket either -- and a couple of boundaries to help Bangladesh get past the 500-run mark."It's always fun when a batsman times the ball well. I swung my bat and the wicket was good, so everything just fell into place. I timed it well so I felt really good. I honestly didn't expect to bat like that," said Rubel.While his highest score prior to this Test and first-class cricket was 17 and 44 respectively, Rubel claims to have a century for Bagerhat and a half-century in third division cricket.His wrath in the last wicket frustrated the Zimbabweans."It was me who was getting hit for sixes so yeah it was disturbing for me definitely. I also think when you see a tail you want to wrap it up quickly, we were trying and it didn't work and every time he hit one it went out of the park. Yeah it was frustrating," claimed Raza.