Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Mirpur

Zimbabwe hope to tackle spin threat

The Preview by Nitin Sundar

December 5, 2010

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Monday, December 6
Start time 9:00 (03:00 GMT)


Abdur Razzak's five wickets included a hat-trick, Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, December 3, 2010
Will Zimbabwe look to hit Abdur Razzak out of his stifling rhythm? © Associated Press
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The Big Picture


Bangladesh rectified their errors after the reversal in the first match to put up a clinical batting performance to complement the spinners and level the series. Watching their unit in the second game suggested they were putting in an extra effort to please Shakib Al Hasan after he had ripped into them following the shoddy show in the series opener. With the momentum back in their favour, the home side will fancy their chances of taking the lead in the third straight fixture in Mirpur.

The opening exchanges in the first two matches followed strikingly similar scripts: Bangladesh fielded under foggy skies in both games, but their seamers wasted the conditions to gift Zimbabwe good starts. The spinners then checked the visitors' progress and restricted them to gettable targets, which Bangladesh failed to reach in the first game and cantered to in the next. The thin seam resources in either side could preclude the morning juice from being capitalised on, and spin will continue to be the decisive factor. Can Zimbabwe come up with a new plan to counter the rampant spin attack led by Abdur Razzak? Zimbabwe rely on spin almost as heavily as their opponents, and Ray Price will fancy his chances of pulling off a slow left-arm choke on the master practitioners of the art. The visitors will, however, hope for a big lift from their batsmen, especially the top order that has thrown away strong starts twice.

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Bangladesh: WLWWW
Zimbabwe: LWLLLL

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The time has come for Elton Chigumbura to deliver. Twice in two games, he has been guilty of exacerbating batting collapses by attempting careless shots against the spinners early in his innings. A batting strike-rate of 84.06 suggests that Chigumbura is capable of increasing the tempo if he is at the crease for a considerable period of time, so the challenge for the Zimbabwe captain will be to play within himself until he can get accustomed to the conditions.

Don't bet against another strong performance from Abdur Razzak. Nine wickets in two matches, including a hat-trick, make him Zimbabwe's biggest worry for the rest of the series. Will they look to hit him out of his stifling rhythm? Brendan Taylor is one of their most aggressive players against spin and, having got off to starts in both matches so far, he will look to kick on and combat Razzak and co. this time around.

Pitch conditions


The third match was originally scheduled to be held under lights, but was shifted back to a morning start once it was found that the stadium's new floodlights were not yet fully functional. So far in the series, the Mirpur pitch has played true to it's day-game history, slowing down and affording spinners assistance right through. There will be more of the same in the third match, and, if Zimbabwe bowl first, Chris Mpofu will hope to hit better lines than Bangladesh's seamers did in the previous two matches.

Teams


Shakib got the changes he wanted after the first match, and the men who came in - Raqibul Hasan and Naeem Islam - played key roles in the turnaround. It is unlikely that Bangladesh will break the winning combination, though they will want Mashrafe Mortaza and Shafiul Islam to get into the game with the new ball.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Raqibul Hasan, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Shafiul Islam

Keegan Meth has been unimpressive and may struggle to keep his spot for the third match. Shingirai Masakadza will be a like-for-like replacement but, given their batting woes, Zimbabwe could consider bringing Hamilton Masakadza back into the top order.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Brendan Taylor, 2 Chamu Chibhabha, 3 Regis Chakabva, 4. Keith Dabengwa, 5 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 6 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 7 Craig Ervine, 8 Shingirai Masakadza / Keegan Meth, 9 Prosper Utseya, 10 Raymond Price, 11 Chris Mpofu

Stats and Trivia


  • Abdur Razzak's hat-trick in the second match was the 27th in one-day history and Bangladesh's second. Shahadat Hossain got the previous one, also against Zimbabwe, and Prosper Utseya was a part of the hat-trick on both occasions.
  • Shakib Al Hasan is currently Bangladesh's third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs. Razzak leads the way with 158 wickets, while Mortaza has 142

Quotes


"I need some time to get my rhythm back and I believe things will get better only if I keep playing matches"
Mashrafe Mortaza asks for patience as he struggles for rhythm

"The batsmen applied themselves, the bowlers were good today and everyone chipped in, the fielding has also improved, we are playing good cricket, we are confident now."
Shakib Al Hasan is no more the grumpy man he was after the first match

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by crickeye on (December 6, 2010, 2:50 GMT)

Bangladesh was tested in the first match and they failed narrowly. There will be occasions when definitely Zims will test the nerve of Bd Batsmen again.Anyway pressure was visible in the style of batting by Bangladeshis and freeflowing batting by neither the openers nor the middlers were displayed. May be they are too anxious not to loose, but keeping the world cup in mind I would like see Bangladeshi batsmen at ease on the crease.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2010, 22:45 GMT)

Would like to see Bangladesh bat first for a change. Tamim is due a big innings before the World Cup.

Posted by luvgee on (December 5, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

i strongly blv d@ its tym 2 introduce shingi,lamb & hami for meth,chamu & elton.it might nt sound rit 2 drop e skipper bt he is becoming a liability ea & evrydy

Posted by   on (December 5, 2010, 19:21 GMT)

these teams are pretty equal but zimbabwe is often underrated and banglaesh is overrated.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

Go ahead Bangladesh.. we wants A century for Tamim & Few wickets for Mashrafee, which one will get back to him full confidence. How worthy is Mashrafee for us, people will see in this world cup.... Shakib, play your natural game.. Keep playing match by match. You Trio are our Nation pride...... Best of Luck Bangladesh Cricket.

Posted by emperoreresh on (December 5, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

MASHRAFEE still in d side!! he should replace to RUBEL the guy who was awarded man of d match in last 2 successive match of ban-nzl series a month ago. why BCB is not using the proper gun? only 3 international match to b played 4 bangladesh before the ultimate show (wc) & they are not stiff enough to build up a proper combination 4 it. may BCB hold the right thought.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2010, 17:48 GMT)

Most probably Elton Chigumbura will miss the third match due to injury.

Posted by Jahan.MS on (December 5, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

WAKE UP TIGERS!!!!!!!You won one match does not mean that you will win every match RULE DO NOT THNK YOU ARE A CHANPION.I am trusting you and telling this..........FROM JAHAN.MS SON TEHSIN JAHAN.

Posted by Farsi85 on (December 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

I don't understand why BCB forgot the hero of last ODI against NZ.He played the key role after giving NZ such a small target as 172.His 4 big wickets helps Bangladesh by 4-0 win.He was the man of the match on that match,,He is a match winner.None other then Rubel Hossain.The fastest bowler in BD.When the Zim team are busy with practicing slow or spine bowl in the net.Rubel is the good idea to bring them a Good surprise as NZ got in the last match.

Posted by Farsi85 on (December 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

I don't understand why BCB forgot the hero of last ODI against NZ.He played the key role after giving NZ such a small target as 172.His 4 big wickets helps Bangladesh by 4-0 win.He was the man of the match on that match,,He is a match winner.None other then Rubel Hossain.The fastest bowler in BD.When the Zim team are busy with practicing slow or spine bowl in the net.Rubel is the good idea to bring them a Good surprise as NZ got in the last match.

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