Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Mirpur December 1, 2010

Zimbabwe survive dogged Shakib for close win

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Zimbabwe 209 (Chakabva 45, Razzak 4-41) beat Bangladesh 200 (Shakib 63, Mpofu 3-25) by nine runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe overcame a stubborn Shakib Al Hasan to outlast Bangladesh by nine runs in the opening one-dayer in Mirpur. The margin of victory did not do justice to the Zimbabwe spinners' control for most of the chase, and emphasised Shakib's excellence in retrieving a cause that had seemed out of bounds at one point. He played the defining innings on a day dominated by the bowlers, but his team-mates succumbed to the pressure in a spate of poor shots and run-outs to end their team's dream run, and hand Zimbabwe an upset victory.

Bangladesh were in the middle of a major top-order collapse when Shakib walked out: in under six overs, they had gone from 76 for 1 to 98 for 5, with Ray Price and Prosper Utseya breathing down their necks. When Suhrawadi Shuvo was cleaned up with the score on 115, Bangladesh were pushed right to the edge of the precipice. Shakib, however, knew that the run-rate was under control, and chose to wait for the weaker bowlers to come on.

Displaying the kind of composure that made Michael Bevan famous, he turned things around without ever looking like taking a risk. When Price and Utseya hustled through their overs, he resorted to cautious dabs into the gaps before opening up against Keith Dabengwa who came on as back-up. Shakib used Dabengwa's angle and spin to find the leg-side boundary with a variety of sweeps, looting 13 runs off the 36th over. That assault reduced the equation to 65 from 14 overs and Zimbabwe began to sweat again.

With Mahmudullah holding up the other end, Elton Chigumbura was forced to bring back the lead spinners. Shakib seamlessly shifted back into nurdle-mode, bringing up his 16th half-century in the 41st over, with one of several check-drives to long-off. Zimbabwe eventually broke through in the 43rd, Mahmudullah holing out against Chris Mpofu after adding 54 with Shakib. With the batting Powerplay in place for the last five overs, Mashrafe Mortaza helped Shakib narrow the gap further, biffing a couple of boundaries through the off side. Twenty-three to get off 21 and time for Bangladesh to show they could close things out. Unfortunately for them, there were more twists to follow.

A dreadful mix-up left Mortaza stranded mid-pitch, forcing him to sacrifice his wicket for the team's cause. It did not help; With 15 needed at run-a-ball, Shakib committed his first error of the day, top-edging a scoop into short fine-leg's lap. It was all over in the 49th over when Shafiul Islam perished to the fourth run-out of the innings, leaving Zimbabwe's fielders jumping for joy.

The sad part for Bangladesh was that their errors in the second half came after a very professional job in the first. Once again, they executed the slow left-arm choke they have become dangerously adept at, overcoming a strong opening and a resilient middle-order recovery to dismiss Zimbabwe for 209. Abdur Razzak played the lead role for the home side, prising out four wickets to go past 150 one-day scalps, while the supporting cast tied up things at the other end.

Razzak came on in the 10th over and he promptly made an impact with his variations, after the seamers had wasted the morning's favourable weather conditions. Chamu Chibhabha perished to an ambitious swipe across the line, before Brendan Taylor's back foot was coaxed out of the crease with lovely flight and spin. The track suddenly seemed full of demons, with Razzak getting every other delivery to bite and spit across the right-handers. As is often the case in such circumstances, Chigumbura fell to one of the poorer deliveries, chopping a wide ball onto the stumps.

After Tatenda Taibu's dismissal, Zimbabwe quickly reassessed the innings and Craig Ervine combined with Regis Chakabva in a risk-free repair job. With Razzak out of the attack, survival became easier and both batsmen settled in to work the bowling around. Chakabva swept a couple of leg-stump offerings and Ervine guided a full toss through the covers, all for fours, but otherwise their 65-run stand was characterised by deft placement and smart running.

Mahmudullah eventually broke through with a flighted offbreak, foxing Chakabva into a return catch for 45. By then, Zimbabwe had survived the toughest phase of the innings without losing much ground. They failed to make the most of the platform, though, losing their way towards the end.

Ervine and Utseya departed in the batting Powerplay, exposing the tail to the spinners. The result was that the last five wickets fell for 25, ending the innings in the 49th over. At that stage it looked like a fighting score. A couple of hours later, it seemed to be more than sufficient, but Shakib was not going to go down without a fight. On the day, though, he could not do enough to deliver the knockout punch.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY lovedale on | December 2, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    GO GO GO ZIMBABWE. THATS EXCELLENT PERFOMANCE

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    A good win for Zim, Ray Price,Prosper Utseya & Chris Mpofu were brilliant. Its time for Elton Chigumbura to come to the party, he has done NOTHING since getting the captaincy. He is no longer bowling and can we afford to keep him in the team when you have Ryan Butterworth? A great knock by Regis Chakabva who exudes more confidence than Chigumbura. The Zim middle order must better handle Abdul Razzak as he seems to be the scourge of the team. Taibu has to start getting better scores as he is capable.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    masrafi also a bad news for bd alone with asraful as he also is not performing for last couple of years as most of the time he was in injury. so instead of letting him fully recovered and getting his full performance back from playing domestic cricket, BCCI is just keep taking him in the team where there were few bowlers who were performing way better than him.

  • POSTED BY lovedale on | December 2, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Good news. Arise and Shine Zimbabwe. That was a positive development. we a humbled. Any team can underate us at its own peril.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Well done Zim keep at it. They're still four more games to win lol!!

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Bangladesh at the most will only do well against weaker opposition in their own conditions..they can beat West Indies(third string side) in tests & feel good...they can beat under prepared Kiwi side....but when it came to beat a strong Zimbabwe side...they failed again...they keep failing...Zimbabwe will Zim-wash Bangladesh in current series !!

  • POSTED BY Namara on | December 2, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I praise Zim for a splendid perfomance esp Price u gave Bangs a taste of their own medicine,i predict 3-2 in favour of Zim.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Huh. And these Bangladeshi fans were making fun of India a couple of weeks agon. Now they were beaten by Zim at home. Pride goes before fall!

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 2, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    there was a talk of Bangla-wash(joke of 2010)...Zimbabwe will win this series....Bangladesh beat Kiwis..it was a fluke...Bangladesh should dump M.Rahim & Kayes...they dont deserve to be part of even 30 probables...bring back Nafees...& a new wicket keeper...Zimbabwe are playing good cricket...they will race ahead of Bangladesh in test rankings next year surely...!!

  • POSTED BY Zimbo00 on | December 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    This analysis is totally biased, how can a journalist of his calibre write a one sided atricle like this, Cricinfo please rectify this

  • POSTED BY lovedale on | December 2, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    GO GO GO ZIMBABWE. THATS EXCELLENT PERFOMANCE

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    A good win for Zim, Ray Price,Prosper Utseya & Chris Mpofu were brilliant. Its time for Elton Chigumbura to come to the party, he has done NOTHING since getting the captaincy. He is no longer bowling and can we afford to keep him in the team when you have Ryan Butterworth? A great knock by Regis Chakabva who exudes more confidence than Chigumbura. The Zim middle order must better handle Abdul Razzak as he seems to be the scourge of the team. Taibu has to start getting better scores as he is capable.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    masrafi also a bad news for bd alone with asraful as he also is not performing for last couple of years as most of the time he was in injury. so instead of letting him fully recovered and getting his full performance back from playing domestic cricket, BCCI is just keep taking him in the team where there were few bowlers who were performing way better than him.

  • POSTED BY lovedale on | December 2, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Good news. Arise and Shine Zimbabwe. That was a positive development. we a humbled. Any team can underate us at its own peril.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Well done Zim keep at it. They're still four more games to win lol!!

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Bangladesh at the most will only do well against weaker opposition in their own conditions..they can beat West Indies(third string side) in tests & feel good...they can beat under prepared Kiwi side....but when it came to beat a strong Zimbabwe side...they failed again...they keep failing...Zimbabwe will Zim-wash Bangladesh in current series !!

  • POSTED BY Namara on | December 2, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    I praise Zim for a splendid perfomance esp Price u gave Bangs a taste of their own medicine,i predict 3-2 in favour of Zim.

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Huh. And these Bangladeshi fans were making fun of India a couple of weeks agon. Now they were beaten by Zim at home. Pride goes before fall!

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | December 2, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    there was a talk of Bangla-wash(joke of 2010)...Zimbabwe will win this series....Bangladesh beat Kiwis..it was a fluke...Bangladesh should dump M.Rahim & Kayes...they dont deserve to be part of even 30 probables...bring back Nafees...& a new wicket keeper...Zimbabwe are playing good cricket...they will race ahead of Bangladesh in test rankings next year surely...!!

  • POSTED BY Zimbo00 on | December 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    This analysis is totally biased, how can a journalist of his calibre write a one sided atricle like this, Cricinfo please rectify this

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 2, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    After one series win BD fans were in moon. They compared Ind -NZ Test Vs BD-NZ ODIs ! And call themselves as great team!. BD is a good team and they can defeat any team at their day. But lot of hard work to do be in top 5 or 6.

  • POSTED BY A_Proud_Bengali on | December 2, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    @nurahmed - well said sir...frankly speaking i dont want BD getting embarassed after thumping NZ...what i personally feel was that the players were in a mental stress, over the fact that they have a lot in stake against Zim...a case that didnt exist against NZ...however, this feeling got the worst out of them...there is by, any means, no reason to justify 4 run outs...all lack of confidence...but i still expect BD to bounce back and take the series...and to all the Zim fans here, well done! Zim's improvement just goes to show what a competitive WC is awaiting us...but for the current series, dont be too happy...i again say, its not over yet...!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 2, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    @Bang_La, hello, any predictions for this series? Your previous predictions were absolutely correct. may be you can change your name to -paul the octopus- LOL :P

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 2, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    @hasib9 - good points - except I think Siddique is improving. My Banga side would be 1. Nafees, 2. Tamim, 3. Kayes, 4. Shakib, 5. Mahmudullah 6. Siddique, 7. Raquibal, 8. Rahim, 9. Shuvo, 10. Mortaza/Shafiful, 11. Razzaq I would deliberately play either Siddique or Kayes down the order for a safety net if things go wrong. Tamim & Nafees at the top of the order I think could do a Sanath/Kuru in 1996 - that is creat mayhem for fielding captains & bowlers. The bowling attack really is very relaint on spin - the spinners in the team I have selected can easily all bowl 10 overs, leaving 10 overs for a pace bowler. The bowling line up is with the W/Cup in mind.

  • POSTED BY reyme on | December 2, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Its a strong ZIM team. They had a close fight against SA and already beat IND and full strength SL this year. And they won 1 game against BD, at their second homeground. It does not mean that BD need to lose its test status. If yes, then so should IND, SL and SA.

  • POSTED BY googletalk on | December 2, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    I'm Bangladeshi and I want my team to loose 5-0. Why? Because I dont wanna be fooled anymore by BCB and some part of Bangla sports journalists who are backing Ashrafool. Imagine, if we beat Zim, Ashrafool would warrant his place in world cup even though he fails to perform [by taking someone else's deserved place]. This has to be settled once and for all. Ashrafool is such a bad influence, a testimony, a symbol of ineptness of our cricket administrators. Nafis could have been an automatic choice considering his awesome average [over 65] against Zim [3 notout centuries], and his recent form against NZ. Instead, they asked Ashrafool, who's ODI average is mere 23 after playing more than 150 matches, just for scoring most runs in local cricket. How strange! Ashrafool did everything he could do to be defeated, he dropped a dolly catch, he ran out one batsman, then got out immidiately. A mission successfull match for Ashrafool. I hope Siddons and Shakib will lead selecting team instead BCB.

  • POSTED BY Dewan_Jaglul on | December 2, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Wrote on the day when the team was selected, But wise editiors here chose not to publish. I had mentioned that Ashraful will have someone get runout while he is batting and he himself cannot do any better than a conitiuned dismal show interspered with momenarly flash of brilliant strokeplay, that selectors wifh is coming on the next match as he keeps getting selected. But it is not to be. There is probably some sort of string pulling going on. Or else, how can they be so idiotic in their team selection. They are competing to be more idiotic than God originally made them. We should have a better wicket keeper that Musfiqur. He is simply not up to the task. Drop Juanaed and Ashraful and replace them with Nafees and Jahurul, before they former 2 drag the team down the drain.

  • POSTED BY Rony.Mazumder on | December 2, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Disappointed a lot, would appreciated the team effort. What would have and what could have or, Negative comments will not make the difference as we know that the team is not totally politics FREE zone. Just hoping for the Best in next games. Good luck, Tigers (in paper/???).

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | December 2, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    I look forward to how the rest of this series unfolds, and even more so I look forward to Zimbabwe's return to Test ranks. Are these guys due to play each other in 5-day cricket any time soon? I hope so! Anyways, it was good to watch the match unfold online, once Shakib was in it really was anyone's guess who would win. Did they ever discover who would win in a "runt-off" between the respective wicket keepers?

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    Agree with Mehedi Hasan, the team should be like that 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Jnaued/Nafees 4. Shakib 5. Mushfequr/Jahurul or some other better Wkt keeper who can bat well 6. Mahmudullah 7. Naeem 8. Shuvo 9. Razzak 10. Rubel 11. Shafiul/Nazmul/Rasel. Mash is not in his touch anymore and involved in the sea-saw game of captaincy which harms team spirit. Raqibul is a good batsman but probably for longer version. Ash is no fit for i/cricket. Shakib should be long term captain.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | December 1, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    To be honest, Bangladesh selectors lack common sense/education. Ashraful (23 average), Junaied Siddique (23 average) get picked over Raqibul (30 average), Sahriar Nafees (35 average). It requires really common sense and high school level education to be a selector. Bangladesh can never dream to win the world cup with such uneducated selectors in the BCB. Nafees has the best record against Zimbabwe. I just don't understand why he wasn't picked.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | December 1, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    @L.Pearce. if they've brought Meth on tour and he's didn't do anything majorly wrong in this games why drop him (they've obviously decided to have another look at him so then they should). We have a good idea of Dabengwa at this level and he's sufficient if nothing more - swapping him for Cremer may be an option but Dabengwa may score a few more so they should stick Buterworth in for Dabengwa and leave Met in and Cremer out (like Dabengwa, we know what he can do). Theoretically that still leaves them with their usual choice of 4 'front-line' bowlers: Price, Utseya, Mpofu, (in this case)Meth and the usual array of part-timers Chigumbura, Chibhaba, Masakadza, Taylor. i think that's better because you only make one change in a winning side while giving the newbie an outing (Dabengwa and Cremer will have many more opportunities for Zim)

  • POSTED BY kryon on | December 1, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    just a pointer guys Ashraful got out in exactly the same way like he did in the Asian games final.And both times it wasn't outside off stump.No wonder he gets out.I have come to conclusion quite some time ago that this guy will never learn and its high time that the selectors realize that as well.Just like our batsmen our umpires are also below class.Enamul haque didn't give tamim out because he thought he was out.it was only the intense appeal by zim players that made him give a verdict on their favour.trying to prove that you r an honest ump really doesn't work if u r that bad. I wonder how he umpired in SA.I have a feeling that things could get worse for bd.We should brace ourselves for series defeat cause things are pretty bleak.

  • POSTED BY proteasfan99 on | December 1, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Now whose laughing?? I didnt like the comment by the Bangladesh coach that he did not see any of the Zim players as a threat meaning that he did not see Zim as a threat in anyway. Even when we use to dominate Bangladesh in the early 2000s we use to give them due respect. Hope they will learn their lesson. Of course Utseya, Price, Taylor and Taibu are a threat to Bangladesh anyday and deep down they know it

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    What's going on....... nothing ? Really Zim played good cricket so , result was ban-0 n Zim - 1 . I 'll hope that ban 'll be come back next match but question is our middle order batsman . okay keep going........

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Very pleased Zimbabwe won today. I'm a England neutral by the way and am neither from Bangladesh, India, pakistan or Zimbabwe. I just thought i'd mention my stance on this as I have had a few vilifications from "very bitter about losing Bangladeshi's" before who show their immaturity through their ignorance. If they'd just concentrate on their cricket they may actually start winning some big matches for once

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | December 1, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    cricinfo, why does it take you so long to publish comments? why can't publishing comments be automatic like on yahoo?

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    ASHRAFUL should be EXPELLED!!!! Getting him back on the squad was such a waste; the silly way he got out proves it all. It became so OBVIOUS that BD team is fully depended on SAKIB for wining the matches for them. Indeed, he has done it numerous times; however, he finds no support from any of the other players. This could get real ugly!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm very disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I beg off you please don't put on Ashraful. He came in ran Juanaid out and then got out himself in the space of 10 deliveries AND he comes in hitting boundaries straight away. I guarantee you that if Ashraful plays the whole series he will score a half century in one match and a combined of 20 in all the rest. Replace him with Raqibul or Jahurul please and unlucky Tamim for the bad lb decision and Junaid for ashrafools mistake. Great batting by Imrul and Shakib. Shuvo should play down the order or swap with Naeem/rubel and Mahmadullah is too soft now we need the runs tell him to get his game on or swap for naeem. don't want to get humiliated after thumping NZ

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | December 1, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    @Troyd. Yup, avoiding whitewash was more of an expectation than a hope (given last few series) - the hope was to get two and that hope is far more realistic after having got the first win in the first game (surely?). Anyway, moving on to 'pace' bowlers - Mpofu is far better than he used to be by all accounts but still slightly lacking in pace and Meth seems to be rated as medium pace which i guess may suit the subcontinent if you're lloking to the WC but surely we need to find pace. do you know what happened to Jarvis? Was Panyangara ever fast?

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @ Bengali-Tiger007 I love your comments mate.... I too wonder the same... That short guy is of no good...

  • POSTED BY sanin on | December 1, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Ashraful is too talented for us, he can be devastating, cause a man of his caliber is always ready to through his wicket away when his team needs a good partnership.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | December 1, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    ashrafal is an odd case - must be the most talented underperformer around...the key word being underperformer...drop him. i just assumed Nafees was unavailable, he's a good player and should certainly be there if avaiable. well done zim - would love you to win the series!!! missed the match but will watch the highlights in a min. hoping mpofu was worth his three

  • POSTED BY A_Proud_Bengali on | December 1, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Well, its probably ashraful again-he reason behind the loss...a small partnership worth 25-30 with him on the crease should have done the job...but whom are we expecting it from...however, i do not have any words to for the selectors and i am waiting for their team selection for the second match....but at the end of the day, i support my team and a loss is excusable...i urge the BD members here to have patience and wait for the upcoming matches...its not over yet....zim did play well and executed their plans and we fell for it....i still see the series going to us inshAllah on 4-1 or 3-2....

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | December 1, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    BCB will never really learn. I just do not understand why they keep including Ashraful when he can't even score more than 12 runs in five ODIs or Test matches for that matter. He always gets out in the same fashion. This is so frustrating.

  • POSTED BY ghumant on | December 1, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    its again ashraful who spoils the match. he did play his part quite well bringing the team down in tempo and put an extra pressure. he is surely my man of the match. same goes for mashrafee too. it seemed that sakib was quite in psychological pressure when it came to bowling change concerning masrafee. it seemed he didn't want any controversy or hidden brawl. i might be wrong but it really seemed to me like that and also that both ash and mash disturbed the composure of the whole winning team. if there is any invisible political cause behind the selection, hope this ends in this series and frees the world cup. surely we cant afford another apparently invincible khaleda or hasina in the form of ash and mash. we need minus two formula in cricket too.

  • POSTED BY sanin on | December 1, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Balanced performance by ZIM. I Why on earth that little crap ASHRAFUL is back in the squad? How long SAKIB will win matches by one man show?? I just simply cannot justify our loss with FOUR run outs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Why in the world did BD take out Nafees and put Ash?!?!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    We have seen that many great player were good in international cricket though not in form at domestic cricket.Shahrear nafees is that kind of player.We should not yet blame tamim.Zunaid should be test player.Imrul is okey only because of creating partnership with a few test innings in ODI...

  • POSTED BY NurAhmed on | December 1, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwean team.

    BD team… OMG LOL!

    Oh well … better now then in WC. Time to wake up and perform. You wouldn't wanna screw up like this where it will matter the most.

    By the way, when the team lost 2 top order batsmen in the last 15 deliveries, do you really take a risky shot like the one Ashraful took? Can somebody teach him how to assess a situation? No..really! This guy made a real rookie mistake. You only go for such kinda shots when you are well set and seeing the ball like football. Brain is also needed besides your batting. So much for all that "talent" talks! I will say the same thing to Mushfique and Mahmudullah. When you know you are the bottom of the bucket, you gotta hold it together. Make a game out of it is part of your task. Get it??

    Nonetheless it was a good entertainment... and that's what competition is all about! Well done Zimbabwe!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @Andrew Simoes, Exactly, when are you giving BD a chance mate? And who are you to give chance? You are from England right? BD actually beat full-strength Eng few days ago. The team is playing texts for only 10 years and you are playing test from over 100 years. Please do yourself a fovor, if you do not like BD just do not comment like this, save your time.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | December 1, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I'll say in all honesty it is good to see Zim win. They have improved and they are no pushovers. Hoping they cont. to improve, seeing as batting is their strength, they will want to do better in the near future.

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | December 1, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ..................................................................

    Anyway --- well played ZIM !!!!!! ZIM is a good team now - I did watch their recent series with SA - they have potential. So far I remember I wrote a comment yesterday before the match ' we should not take ZIM lightly'. I don't know on what basis Ash was selected ????????? Again thanks to Sakib - he tried his best - keep it up man !!!!! & Good Luck for the rest !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    So many people(including BCCB) like to watch Ashrafool, to play for Bangladesh... I suggest them PLEASEEE watch the VEDIO of Australia vs Bangladesh at Cardiff match!!! How many time as you like!!! but don't recommend him to play for Bangladesh... Bring back Shariar Nafis, he played really well under pressure against NZ. And also Mashrafi (bring Shahdat/Rubel or Alok Kapali) Good luck team BANGLADESH for the remaining match.

  • POSTED BY Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on | December 1, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    the way today bangla newspapers featured the returning of trios - tamim, ash & mash as if world class performers are returning to the team! yes, it is time to realize that these 3 cricketers are really top-class in quality but the thing is that, 2 of them are not top-class performers & another one was never a regular performer. i don't understand with never-in-form ash & tamim just returned from injury, to whom BCB focused on in the batting lineup? day by day imrul kayes is turning to become another javed over, mahmudullah riadh playing too defensive when it is needed to play aggressive, who is their in the lineup to play the lead role? since it is once again proved that shakib is a good batsman but something goes wrong when he tries to chase in the slog overs. i believe BCB made 2 serious mistakes in selecting the squad against zimbabwe - removing shahriar nafees & bringing back ash in the team.

  • POSTED BY Judas503 on | December 1, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    As always, the Bangladesh team succumbed to pressure. One man can't always anchor the ship- the players seriously need to understand their roles. Their communication was way below par today, resulting in the four run outs. And lastly, what is Ashraful even doing here? Haven't the selectors learned any lessons yet? Surely they haven't as I would say. Zimbabwe really played well- they stuck to their plans and the Tigers played at their hands. Reckless shots coupled by horrendous communication downplayed Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    The BCB XI beat Zimbabwe but the national team couldn't. This tells you that there are players who are not good enough for the national side never mind the BCB XI. Ashraful is one of them. He was dropped for the series against NZ and we won. Jamie Siddons, Ashraful's experience counts for nothing if as a player he isn't capable of performing. Drop him and play Nafees, or even Asif Ahmed who scored 46 and took 3 wickets in the practice match.

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | December 1, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Dear,

    BCB selectors, Ashraful is too talented and yes I am also blind & a complete retard like yourselves that I believe he is the best batsmen in the World. We have seen too much of his natural talent over the years and our bellies are full. ICC should run an enquiry in regards to Ashraful & selectors and find out which ministers of Bangladesh are related to him???? Bring back Shariar & Rubel. However, welldone to Zim, they played really well.

  • POSTED BY gmukhtadir on | December 1, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Ashraful must be kicked out.

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | December 1, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    With due respect to Bangladeshi Team Selectors I want to request them, " please learn how to do your job!". I simply don't get this fact why Shahriar Nafis as well as Raqibul Hasan is not in this squad against Zimbabwe ? And as usual Mr. Talent is back on the team only after few weeks. Winning a gold medal in Asian games is a big achievement, but was he leading the team or the circumstances was leading him ? Was that a professional cricket against B teams mostly and the selectors were in a hurry again to give him a reward ASAP?

  • POSTED BY Troyd on | December 1, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Great win. The progress continues. I hope this doesn't raise false expectations though, the Banlgas will bounce back. We need to remember the expectations we had at the beginning, avoiding a whitewash i thought would be a good starting point. Good performances but winless in SA, good performances with a win in Bangla. Well Done to Mpofu, and OK to Meth. Hope these 2 continue to perform, we're OK for spinners, we need these 2 (or others) to do well....

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | December 1, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Its Ashraful again! The politics of nepotism by BCB president has paid the price.

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 1, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Bangladesh's over-reliance on Tamim is costing them many matches. If Tamim gets out early during a chase, they tend to shut shop and subject the viewers to a pathetically painful and excruciating display of batting.

    @ Arun Lobo-seems like you are not a great Test match fan. Would be highly stupid of you to not to tune into the excellent Ashes coverage and watch this series instead. Sorry to say, ODIs and T20 s do not really reflect a nation's strength. Test matches on the other hand do.

  • POSTED BY IftekharAhmed on | December 1, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    choosing Ashraful is an awful mistake the selectors keep making over the years... he should be allowed to play domestic cricket another two years before he gets the head of international cricket... we have had enough of his talent

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    So no BanglaWash this time.............waiting for the time when Shakib says "We can still win 4-0"..........he said that last year and Bangla won 4-1. He said that after 2 matches against NZ and Bangla won 4-0. All the best to the two teams...........you are putting a better show than the overrated Ashes

  • POSTED BY Chunati on | December 1, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi fan. Sorry to say, our batting is really not our strong side. There were also fielding lapses and comical running between the wickets. Now it will be a matter of getting the basics right. It is always difficult to score against Utseya and Price. I hope they don't make a lot changes before the second ODI. How long will it be a one man show?

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Hope the Zimbabwean team will get better as the series progresses. It would be thrilling to win a series in Bangladesh!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Ohh seriously when has ever Zimbabwe beating Bangladesh become an upset victory? Nitin Sundar this is obviously not one of your best commentary pieces. You dwell too much on Shakib and how Bangledesh almost crawled their way back to win the tie. I guess as you were writting this piece during the match you expected Bangladesh to win. You could have at least redone the piece to emphasis more on how Zimbabwe. Commenting on the specific aspects that won them the game. We expect better from you lads. Probably as ou wrote this you were running of to get a beer with the players.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    where is my last comment?

  • POSTED BY Mateveke on | December 1, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Do you think zimbabwe can be defeated by bangladesh..fountain has eaten a humble pie....for his lack of respect of zimbabwe..do your homework fountain..or u will found yoself in 5-0 drubbing like real madrid..

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | December 1, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Zim played well & were in fighting mood . Bangla players were complacent , hope they will fight back .No team can be taken lightly . Zim spinners adapted well .

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    how long does it take cricinfo to post the comments. are you guys sleeping or what?

  • POSTED BY L.Pearce on | December 1, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    good start for ZIM. batting unit wasnt 100% Chibhabha and Taylor set decent platform not a big fan of Chigumbura at 4, Taibu didnt get on, Chakabva and Ervine were great they really fought hard and laid again a decent platform for the final 10 overs at the end but low order couldnt capitalise (Dabengwa/Meth). The bowling is good enough to defend 209 Price and Utseya did what they do and where well backed up by the impressive Mpofu. Taylor was useful but was holding my breath at the end with Meth and Dabengwa but that was because of the sub-par batting unit.

    Chibhabha performance shouldnt warrant a question for Hamiltons selection next game at the top with Taylor. Chakabva good at 3, Taibu 4, Ervine 5, Chigumbura 6/7, Butterworth in for Dabengwa at 6/7, and Cremer for Meth. Utseya, Price, Mpofu. 1.Taylor 2.Chibhabha 3.Chakabva 4.Taibu 5.Ervine 6.Chigumbura 7.Butterworth 8.Utseya 9.Cremer 10.Mpofu 11.Price

  • POSTED BY Anders_the_Red on | December 1, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    That was vintage Zimbabwean fielding-- on the ball on the time. Front-line spinners did an excellent job, too, with Price outstanding. Concern has to be the batting, and the seamers are a bit random although Mpofu looked solid. But a good team effort to secure victory. Now, GWF and AB need to get to work on the batters. And don't let up in the field.

  • POSTED BY luvgee on | December 1, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    bangla u r ol tok & 2dy u rily succumed 2 quality spin,it was high tym u fell 4rm yo high horse...congrats zim u made us ol proud

  • POSTED BY milwardk on | December 1, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    good work zim. go zim go we are behind you. show the tigers that you are really improving your game. keep it up guys

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    ash or ashole should be kicked out from the team , getting favouritism is no use for the team, or our selectors had good feast from ashrafool, why these dumb headed select ashrafool instead of shariar nafeez, ashrafool is never a tellent he is just a fluke klick sometime fortunately in one in hundred matchs and murtozaneed more rest to overcome every injury

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I Think Its obvious result for Bangladesh to loss against Zimbabwe Since they included Mohammad Ashraful (A Complete Fool) in the team; Made Junaid Siddique run out and then bowled with a straight delivery trying a foolish shot; before missing a catch. I think Shahriar Nafees & Naeem Islam must present in top 11 & Aftab may get a chance.My Team 11 for World Cup 2011 is - 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Imrul Kayes 3.Shahriar Nafees/Junaid Siddique 4.Shakib Al Hasan 5.Mushfiqur Rahim 6.Mahmudullah Riad 7.Naeem Islam 8.Suhrawadi Shuvo 9.Abdur Razzak 10.Mashrafe Mortaza 11.Rubel Hossain/Najmul/Rasel too much spinners! Its our strength and left armer(3) should bowl to the right-handed batsman and off spinners(2) to Lefty most often. Sakib being the best batsman should bat at 4. Naeem is a very good fielder , economic bowler and a good finisher. Shuvo is in very good form.So both should play. Rakib is a test batsman. 2 Pace bowlers should bowl 16 over max including 3 overs of power play.

  • POSTED BY Honest_fan1 on | December 1, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Bangladesh will InshaAllah win rest of the matches, 4-1 is very much possible on the cards for bangladesh, however few decisions in this match went against them, Tamim Iqbal was definitely not LBW, it had great influence on the match. However, Zimbabwe is a very formidable side, with array of spinners in their side, watch out for them in the coming World cup. Don't underestimate them at all, remember they defeated India and Srilanka earlier this year, with Srilanka being full strength, and they gave fright to SouthAfricans. They are very good side, however Bangladesh are cornered tigers now, and we know how dangerous cornered tigers can turn out to be.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    "Zimbabwe quickly reassessed the innings and Sean Ervine combined with Regis Chakabva" Sorry Mr, it was his brother Craig, not Sean.

  • POSTED BY olivermtyambizi on | December 1, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Well done zimbabwe.Our effort forever will be realised.I dont see any wrongs by the umpire here guys.We should admit this is a game kike any other games.We have succesful domestic games here in zimbabwe and its paying divident.We played well though we could not defeat South Africa but believe me,the guys can admit that we gave them a full run of their money

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Good win for the Zims. Delighted to see that 'Sean' Ervine is back in Zimbabwe colours too (?!!)

  • POSTED BY alexmudiwa on | December 1, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    this article is completely biased towards the losing side, wonder why. it's just too obvious that the writer was supporting Bangladesh, and somehow feels that Zimbabwe didn't deserve to win. for me that's unprofessional journalism and in future i recommend that the article writer learns how to write a balanced article even if your team is on the losing side

  • POSTED BY JouzionZim on | December 1, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Nice one by the Zim boys who were all but written off by the Bangladeshi's, just goes to show you can't be condescending to anyone these days.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    All credit to zimbabwe , they have one this one and look good to take the series. Bangladesh played welll in their bowling innings but cme undone batting , i feel their arrigance did them in , having won 4-0 against new zealand they thought zim would be a walk over, good stuff from mpofu and meth , good to see the seamers finally stepping up for team zimbabwe. Rather than this being a bangladeshi slip up that handed zim victory i chose to see it as being a sign of things to come from zim , they beat bang in spite of their top order not really firing, the bowling did the job, cant wait for next game hopefully the first three bats will come to the party ...would love to see shakib and ashraful in full flight as well , razzak is on fire ....zim has just showed that even smallish totals can be defended even against the hosts at the world cup since they themselves cant seem to be able to negotiate spin . howzat!

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 1, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    This is not an upset. Zim too are as good a side as Bangladesh. Just cause Banlga handed a 4-0 drubibng to NZ, does not mean that they have broken into the top cadre of international teams. In fact, I won't be surprised if Zim take the series here.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    The humble Zimbabwe deflated the inflated ego of Bangladesh. The fielding coach should now be 'scared' of Mighty Zimbos whose battery of spinners is the finest in world. With Tamim and Murtaza, Bangla fielded their best ever possible XI but Zimbabwe fielded their weakest ever squad on this tour (by ignoring Hamilton, Cremer) and still outclassed the hosts. Just add Lamb and Cremer and witness the Zimbabwean Spinning Army weaving magic at the world cup.

  • POSTED BY FlowerPower on | December 1, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Good moral victory for Zim! But I thot they erred by bringing in Utseya (who did well) ahead of Meth and Dabengwa just before the powerplay, hence I felt they were 20/30 runs short! But better bowling, and Mpofu, that was brilliant!

  • POSTED BY AnotherFlowerFan on | December 1, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    We will see how the series progress but I can only say that these two teams are pretty much the same. Kiwis are probably in the same ranks as well. I rank westindies above them though. I think Price, Taylor and Chibhabha are the men to watch for ZIM. For Bangla it will be the usual Shakib and Tamim.

    Good luck Zimbabwe!!

  • POSTED BY madhala on | December 1, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    @emperoreresh he who laughs last lughd the most. That should be very clear haaaaa!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    It is indeed a very bad match by Bangladesh. Also Umpire Enamul(former cricketer of Bangladesh) played against his own country in the middle. I think Bangladesh was very average and relaxed in the field. They thought that win was in the card. Asharaful's out was a shocker. His out was a replica of the one in the final of Asia Cup. He didn"t learned from his mistake. I think Bangladesh could have squeezed their target more if they have brought their spinners earlier in the innings. I think this lose will shake things up for the Bangladeshis who i guess had their feet up in the air after a clean sweep against Black Caps.

  • POSTED BY SHAHEDHAWK on | December 1, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    One thing is for sure, some umpires give harsh decisions against the players of the country he hailed from, in order to prove their neutral stance (a bit more than it is expected). They suffer from the complex that someone will think they are biased if they do not do that. Umpire Enamul Haque is setting that example more frequently.

  • POSTED BY emperoreresh on | December 1, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    shame on the selectors picking up Asraful who are continuously under-performing,showing his true color even in this match & Mashrafee,the unfit injured horse,who was very generous giving away the runs,both high in poor form - must b axed from the squad(Nafees & Rubel must replace to them respectively). more desperately ICC elite panel bd representative Enamul Haque should expiate n beg pardon before public for his poor umpiring.

    ASH,MASH & E.HAQUE --- we are dismayed what u trio have shown us

  • POSTED BY SHAHEDHAWK on | December 1, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Once again Ash has failed to materialize his ability (!) into performance when the team needed it most. He is creating a dilemma for selectors on regular basis, as he performs well when he is out of team and when the selectors bring him back to team after his success in home cricket, he starts scoring single digits match after match without any fail. It is unfair to expect that Shakib will always be successful in carrying the drowning ship to port. However, four run outs cost Bangladesh the match. Well done Zimbabwe…

  • POSTED BY dashee on | December 1, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    hahahahahahah excuses excuses excuses, come on guys zim is not weak we can even beat you guys 5 0 if you not carefull, we played better than you guys today it was a good match lets go zim!!

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | December 1, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    The moment Mohammad Ashraful comes back to the team,something goes wrong for them.Disturbing presence.What was the need of calling him back?can't bat,can't bowl,can't field,& can't shown any semblance of commitment.

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | December 1, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    All hail the TRUE Bangladesh cricket team which has once again shown up ! :P

  • POSTED BY khurdum on | December 1, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    I humbly agree with emperoreresh that if BC looses today then that will be attributable to Moni for his bad umpiring upto some extent. But then what? Who was responsible for further damage or closing the door for recovery? A team may fall in a ditch but some must try to pull the team out for salvation.What role Ashraful has played today? He got Zunaid run out and then went back to pavilion after 06 runs (of course he has got back his form- but could not do better for his journey from China with heavy loads of gifts, at least was not out with 0 etc), smiling crookedly for putting Sakib and others in dangerous pressure. He wanted BD to loose to make Pakistan happy and at the same time to bring discredit to Sakib's Captaincy. On his persuasion News Papers will write against Sakib and will recommend for replacement by him. Some selectors are pro Pakistani but what about Akram Khan, Lipu Bhai and Mostafa Kamal? Our FM should look into the matter 2 save our team and our beloved Country.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    1 bad umpiring decision shouldn't have stopped us from reaching 210 against Zimbabwe...We need to look into the number 3 & number 4 positions of our batting order...What a pathetic example for young players to see the biggest failure in Bangladesh cricketing history ASHRAFUL getting picked despite his consistently pathetic performances...Well done BCB

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Good game of cricket, Zimbabwe has truly shown the bangladeshis that they are superior & experienced one to handle pressure. Bangladesh has a long way to go to play good cricket.

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | December 1, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Just goes to show Bangladesh is still the same ordinary side it has always been... The win against NZ was just a fluke repeated 4 times in a row thats all... either that, or the NZ is almost as bad as the Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY Namara on | December 1, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Zim went to Bang as underdogs,now they have shown Bangs there is nothing like that in the game of cricket,come on Razor,Prosper taste the Bangs with their own medicine 'spinners' i predict 3-2 in favour of Zim.Thanks Alister for dropping hamilton he wz costing us,i think drop him either @ # 4 or 5,cme on Zim show them.Mpofu kep on bowling straight on the line,that wz economical.Meth u are second to none,go on guys we nid more wins.

  • POSTED BY Kudzie1 on | December 1, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    good win for Zim, very few gave us a chance in this game before the game started and it was even worse after we posted 209. given that the par score at the Mirpur was 187, it wasnt a bad effort, one which we were eventually able to defend, but only just. both sides have strong spin attacks and for Zim today, Chris Mpofu who i felt let us down in South Africa had 2 reasonably good spells. although Bangladesh got of to a steady start, they did not run away with game and that gave us a fighting chance

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Dear BCB selectors, how long you will be testing ASHRAFUL and give us bitter experiences? Never mind BD lost today, its a game, but why ASHRAFUL again? Did he perform well in Asian games? Wake up dears............

  • POSTED BY fadms on | December 1, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    We beat you by 9 runs...Well done Zim

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    We see another loss from the bottom ranked team of Test Cricket. It has been many years now, and frankly we are tired of giving repeated chances to the team. Pull up your socks and try to beat Zimbabwe, at least . How is it one country loses to another whoses population is 8% of that country and cricket followed by a mere 10% of that 8% ? Just shows the standard of cricket at the 'Asian Games' .. hoot ! Not good enough to play county cricket, division 2.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Bangladesh lost for including ashraful. He is totally unfit for international match. If he is in the team, there is no team spirit because of he is a paper tiger for international match who has an average only 23 like a bowler's batting avg. BCB should thrown him forever from the team.

  • POSTED BY BulawayoWarrior on | December 1, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Well done Elton and the boys, you proved that there are no longer any underdogs in world sport. Just like BAN beat NZ you have done the same on a day when no one was giving ZIM a chance. Hopefully this is a tonic for the whole series.

    Thanks for flying the flag high.

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | December 1, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    zimbabwe wins , that's why no team wins before the last ball get bowled . Afterall cricket is a game of uncertainity . Zim spinners & pacers (especially mpofu) were better.

  • POSTED BY masud69 on | December 1, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    If Bangladesh wants to win their next match they must drop Ashraful and Mashrafee

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful & Mashrafe Mortaza need to be banned forever

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | December 1, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Bangladesh once again gamble with Ashraful! why not they try younger batsman? You should not be always depends on Shakib.

  • POSTED BY emperoreresh on | December 1, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    yes...totally agree with with anwar ali.........he should work,assess on his performance on the field........if bd loses today he do have to eat a humble pie....we cant fall a victim over som1's bad decision

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Umpire Enamul Haque has been making more bad decision than good over the years, he certainly does not deserve this job and icc should review his performance

  • POSTED BY emperoreresh on | December 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    well done bangladesh for restricting the zimbabweans for a meager 209 which wud b,i reckon,a easy & comfortable total to chase down in fashion.bangladesh,however,did"nt well executed the early hrs moreover the fielding was not up to their mark despite being under the coacing of julian fountain-their fielding coach.& so far as to masrafee & ashraful- the come backers didnt left the vestige of their presence giving run-a-ball runs by masrafee & 2 mis-fielding by ashraful including a drop catch tat could have been costly if the god didnt bless upon razzaq the next ball.but the aftermath of zim's inings is they lost their ground on the score of the fightback of the left-arm trio..let's see what happens next

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  • POSTED BY emperoreresh on | December 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    well done bangladesh for restricting the zimbabweans for a meager 209 which wud b,i reckon,a easy & comfortable total to chase down in fashion.bangladesh,however,did"nt well executed the early hrs moreover the fielding was not up to their mark despite being under the coacing of julian fountain-their fielding coach.& so far as to masrafee & ashraful- the come backers didnt left the vestige of their presence giving run-a-ball runs by masrafee & 2 mis-fielding by ashraful including a drop catch tat could have been costly if the god didnt bless upon razzaq the next ball.but the aftermath of zim's inings is they lost their ground on the score of the fightback of the left-arm trio..let's see what happens next

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Umpire Enamul Haque has been making more bad decision than good over the years, he certainly does not deserve this job and icc should review his performance

  • POSTED BY emperoreresh on | December 1, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    yes...totally agree with with anwar ali.........he should work,assess on his performance on the field........if bd loses today he do have to eat a humble pie....we cant fall a victim over som1's bad decision

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | December 1, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Bangladesh once again gamble with Ashraful! why not they try younger batsman? You should not be always depends on Shakib.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful & Mashrafe Mortaza need to be banned forever

  • POSTED BY masud69 on | December 1, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    If Bangladesh wants to win their next match they must drop Ashraful and Mashrafee

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | December 1, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    zimbabwe wins , that's why no team wins before the last ball get bowled . Afterall cricket is a game of uncertainity . Zim spinners & pacers (especially mpofu) were better.

  • POSTED BY BulawayoWarrior on | December 1, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Well done Elton and the boys, you proved that there are no longer any underdogs in world sport. Just like BAN beat NZ you have done the same on a day when no one was giving ZIM a chance. Hopefully this is a tonic for the whole series.

    Thanks for flying the flag high.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Bangladesh lost for including ashraful. He is totally unfit for international match. If he is in the team, there is no team spirit because of he is a paper tiger for international match who has an average only 23 like a bowler's batting avg. BCB should thrown him forever from the team.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    We see another loss from the bottom ranked team of Test Cricket. It has been many years now, and frankly we are tired of giving repeated chances to the team. Pull up your socks and try to beat Zimbabwe, at least . How is it one country loses to another whoses population is 8% of that country and cricket followed by a mere 10% of that 8% ? Just shows the standard of cricket at the 'Asian Games' .. hoot ! Not good enough to play county cricket, division 2.