Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Mirpur December 6, 2010

Razzak's four secures comfortable win

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Bangladesh 246 for 7 (Shakib 73, Mushfiqur 63, Utseya 4-38) beat Zimbabwe 181 (Utseya 67, Razzak 4-14, Shafiul 4-43) by 65 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mid-way through an overcast morning, Bangladesh were in a familiar predicament: the top-order had failed and Shakib Al Hasan, the reluctant captain, was saddled with the responsibility of achieving a target his spinners could defend on a pitch that assisted turn. Having had ample practice at this challenge, Shakib went about it manfully, but he also had an able ally. His risk-free batting was at odds with Mushfiqur Rahim's impish stroke play but their 116-run stand was the bedrock of the highest total of the series. It proved more than enough.

Shakib waited only three overs before entrusting the defence of 246 to a spinner. He had to wait only three balls to see that decision yield results. Abdur Razzak continued his torment of Zimbabwe in this series: his quick strikes decapitated the chase, his economy brought it to a standstill and Bangladesh were assured of a 2-1 lead by the time the mandatory Powerplay was over.

The heart of the victory lay in the way Bangladesh, for the second time in succession, batted satisfactorily. They didn't begin in that manner, though, and were 71 for 4 in the 20th over, when Shakib and Mushfiqur began their alliance. The Zimbabwe spinners had tightened the tourniquet on the run-flow and Shakib had been watchful - a back-foot cut through point would be his only boundary for 54 balls. Little Mushfiqur, in contrast, was anything but watchful at the start of his innings, slicing Prosper Utseya just wide of the fielder at point before dispatching the next ball to the midwicket boundary with a dismissive swat.

The partnership would not have reached the proportions it did, had Tatenda Taibu stumped Mushfiqur on 14, when the batsman advanced and missed an on-drive. Mushfiqur, undeterred, attempted a flamboyant cut next ball and edged over the short third man. Thereafter, he too reduced the risk.

Utseya made so many bowling changes during the middle overs that it was hard to keep count, but Shakib and Mushfiqur played them all adeptly. When Shakib reached his fifty in the 38th over, Bangladesh were in control. Mushfiqur's cutting was the highlight of his innings and one off the stumps against Ray Price brought up his half-century. Shortly after, Mushfiqur swung Graeme Cremer over midwicket for the innings' only six in the 42nd over.

Bangladesh kept the batting Powerplay for the last five overs, the intention being for Shakib and Mushfiqur to surge. Those plans were undone by Utseya, standing in as captain for the injured Elton Chigumbura. He had Mushfiqur caught at deep backward square just before the Powerplay, and trapped Shakib lbw while attempting a reverse-scoop soon after. Bangladesh's set batsmen were gone, but wayward bowling yielded 30 runs from the final two overs of the innings.

Three overs into the chase, Shakib had seen enough of seam from both ends and gave Razzak the ball. Moments later, Chamu Chibhabha went back into his crease to play a ball. Mistake. Razzak skidded the arm ball through and it would have hit leg stump had the pad not been in the way

Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza made an effort to play Razzak off the front foot. Masakadza took the ploy too far, though. His charge and heave against the spin connected with nothing, and Mushfiqur stumped him. At the other end, Taylor continued pressing forward and nearly survived the mandatory Powerplay. To its final ball, he was unsure whether to move forward or not. Razzak got the ball to turn, kick, and take the edge towards first slip. Zimbabwe were 29 for 3.

Shakib gave Razzak a break after that and brought back Shafiul Islam, who induced an edge from Craig Ervine that went to the third-man boundary in the 12th over - only the second four of the innings. In his next over, Shafiul drew another edge from Ervine, this time to Mushfiqur.

While wickets tumbled at one end, none had fallen from the other where Mortaza was bowling, even though he found movement at a brisk pace. In the 15th over he also found the top of Tatenda Taibu's off stump after the batsman shouldered arms. At 40 for 5, Zimbabwe were finished, and Shakib hadn't bowled a ball. By the time Shakib brought himself on, Razzak had already taken a wicket in his second spell, trapping Regis Chakabva lbw.

Razzak did not bowl again until the 44th over, which allowed Zimbabwe to reach 181 and Utseya to make a half-century, which he celebrated with a smile. Utseya's 67 was one short of a career best, his 4 for 38 in Bangladesh's innings was a career best. He will aim to reprise the performance in the next game and hope his team-mates lift too.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • ASM_Ashraful_Huq on December 12, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Difference is significant. lets accept rising Bangladesh (BD).

    They've got best ODI all-rounder (Sakib), top 10 best ODI bowlers (Razzak, Sakib), best test player of the year (Tamim). BD is now rich with plenty more talents.

    If BD shows tough in World Cup with 1-2 upsets, we won't be surprised. There shouldn't have a upset word in BD's dictionary.

  • on December 11, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Good news !! Abdur Razzak is now second best ODI bowler with his Shakib Al Hasan according to latest ICC Player Ranking. Two bowlers from Bangladesh in TOP TEN best ODI bowlers Ranking !! That speaks everything I believe !!

  • on December 11, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    To Zim Fan: guys you should understand that zim batsmen can't play spin !! Even Alan Butcher has admitted that. Every time you lost a game to Bangladesh, you always try to say that you have the same capability as Bangladesh. Then why you lost 6 series to Bangladesh consecutively. Last three series result 5-0, 4-1 and 4-1. I read a comment that Bangladesh shouldn't rely on spin !! But they beat England in England with spin !! So it's not relying on spin, its about quality spin bowling. Shakib got 5 wickets or more twice in SA. So ??

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    WELL done !!!!!!!!!! KeeP ITT upp....@@@@@@

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    well done bangla keep on the pressure.

  • tupee on December 8, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Zimbabwe has a problem !, no one seems to understand the word consistance amoungest their players . Senior player Taibu, Masakadza, Taylor are sleeping at work can some one please wake them up!

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    I love Bangladesh Team and wishes always for its success....

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    I love Bangladesh Team and wishes always for its success....

  • urmi-alam on December 8, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Razzak is now the best spin bowler in the world. Only not getting the wickets but also his line and length. The variety of his deliveries are very nice and important, more important is to use him as perfect time. Shakib did it better. For the third game win I specially gave thanks to Shakib and Musfiq first. They begun first and gave inspiration to the team. Now the team play very nicely and they have an excellent team spirit. They know how to win and how to go ahead. it's only cause Shakib for his excellent experience and honesty,commitment and sincerity to the game as well as country. During his play time in country cricket in England he knows the patience and responsibility and perfect duty to the team and team spirit. Razzak is our natural talent player now a days he begin to play and get experience as a great player. This team has a definite team plane and vision. I like it very much. Carry on tigers and go ahead for win and fair play.

  • Namara on December 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    wish Zim all the best in the remainig 2 games,bring Butterworth i think he can do both with the ball & bat.Bangladesh dont rely too much with Spinners bcz in some countries the pitch dznt favour spinners have a wide range of ballers for the sake of the future of Bangladesh cricket.Prosper well done we need more like u up the order.

  • ASM_Ashraful_Huq on December 12, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Difference is significant. lets accept rising Bangladesh (BD).

    They've got best ODI all-rounder (Sakib), top 10 best ODI bowlers (Razzak, Sakib), best test player of the year (Tamim). BD is now rich with plenty more talents.

    If BD shows tough in World Cup with 1-2 upsets, we won't be surprised. There shouldn't have a upset word in BD's dictionary.

  • on December 11, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Good news !! Abdur Razzak is now second best ODI bowler with his Shakib Al Hasan according to latest ICC Player Ranking. Two bowlers from Bangladesh in TOP TEN best ODI bowlers Ranking !! That speaks everything I believe !!

  • on December 11, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    To Zim Fan: guys you should understand that zim batsmen can't play spin !! Even Alan Butcher has admitted that. Every time you lost a game to Bangladesh, you always try to say that you have the same capability as Bangladesh. Then why you lost 6 series to Bangladesh consecutively. Last three series result 5-0, 4-1 and 4-1. I read a comment that Bangladesh shouldn't rely on spin !! But they beat England in England with spin !! So it's not relying on spin, its about quality spin bowling. Shakib got 5 wickets or more twice in SA. So ??

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    WELL done !!!!!!!!!! KeeP ITT upp....@@@@@@

  • on December 9, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    well done bangla keep on the pressure.

  • tupee on December 8, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Zimbabwe has a problem !, no one seems to understand the word consistance amoungest their players . Senior player Taibu, Masakadza, Taylor are sleeping at work can some one please wake them up!

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    I love Bangladesh Team and wishes always for its success....

  • on December 8, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    I love Bangladesh Team and wishes always for its success....

  • urmi-alam on December 8, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Razzak is now the best spin bowler in the world. Only not getting the wickets but also his line and length. The variety of his deliveries are very nice and important, more important is to use him as perfect time. Shakib did it better. For the third game win I specially gave thanks to Shakib and Musfiq first. They begun first and gave inspiration to the team. Now the team play very nicely and they have an excellent team spirit. They know how to win and how to go ahead. it's only cause Shakib for his excellent experience and honesty,commitment and sincerity to the game as well as country. During his play time in country cricket in England he knows the patience and responsibility and perfect duty to the team and team spirit. Razzak is our natural talent player now a days he begin to play and get experience as a great player. This team has a definite team plane and vision. I like it very much. Carry on tigers and go ahead for win and fair play.

  • Namara on December 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    wish Zim all the best in the remainig 2 games,bring Butterworth i think he can do both with the ball & bat.Bangladesh dont rely too much with Spinners bcz in some countries the pitch dznt favour spinners have a wide range of ballers for the sake of the future of Bangladesh cricket.Prosper well done we need more like u up the order.

  • luvgee on December 7, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    hats off 2 u utseya.wts bn happening with our batting hah, i du admit razzak has bn bowling wel bt i must say we du ve quality batsmen in our ranks thru taylor taibu ervirne.its high tym u ol wake up & i du blv butterworth shud gt hiz col its bn long overdue,as 2 y coventry wsnt selected i dont knw.go out thr & du us proud boys,e key lies in restricting shakib & razzark

  • on December 7, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Good Job Bangladesh. Keep it up!

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 7, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    @ Meety - I beg to disagree on a few points...i dont know why people think that our batting is way too dependent on Shakib...its not so according to me...Imrul is getting runs with Rahim and Raqibul also chipping in...Tamim is consistent, just that out of the 3 matches, 2 lbws he got was totally a mistake...however, i dont think Mahmudullah should be there...Naeem compared to him is better in all respect, correct me if i am wrong...he can negotiate powerplays, ball well and is an awesome fielder...Mahmudullah has lost his touch since after the Tri-Series against India and Sri Lanka...

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 7, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    A great performance by Bangladesh...inspite of the weakness in handling powerplayes, as mentioned by some members...the batting was good, fielding was fantastic according to me and Shakib's captaincy with field placing was almost accurate...Julien has done a good job and the fielding has particularly caught my attention...keep it up...but we need to solve our weaknesses soon...good luck for that... After Zim won the first match...some were exceptionally excited...just a line for them..."never fight a wounded tiger"...!

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the World Cup 2011.

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    A few things from yesterday's match: 1. Great to see a fantastic recovery from Bangladesh. 2. Masrafe came back to his old form to some extent. 3. Bangladesh still weak in Powerplay overs, also admitted by Shakib. 4. Rubel & Shahriar Nafees should be given chances.

    Bangladesh still have a long way to go. With performances like these (Top order failing consistently), we do not stand much chances in worl cup. And don't make yourselves laughed at by stating we will beat India where we lost to Ireland and Zimbabwe. Indians have the strongest batting line-up in world cricket today and no #1 team in my book.

  • Meety on December 7, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    @ hasib9 - I think Siddique has far more application then Ashraful - but I agree that Nafees should be in the side. @swat1999 - true, the only worry I have for the Bangars is that the batting relies so much on Shakib. I think Mahmudullah should return for Naeem, & Nafees open with Kayes down to 3 - & no Ashraful!!!!!!

  • hasib9 on December 6, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Very good recovery from the early loss. Only negative thing about this match was the inclusion of Junaied Siddique. He is a newer version of Ashraful who can't seem to pull his average above 25. For the next 10 odd matches, his average will be below 10. Selectors need to start believing in the number game. Nafees has the highest batting average. Definitely put him in place of Siddique so he can get ready for the world cup.

  • swat1999 on December 6, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Congratulation!!, Wel done Shakib, he is now in tremendous form. But everytime you guys don't depends on him for the victory. Bangladesh needs to improve pinch hitting particularly on the powerplay, I think they are lacking in this area.

    Good Luck guys

  • on December 6, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I want knw wer is rubel hussain he played really we vs NZ

  • cholo_Bangladesh on December 6, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    I hope to see many more performances like this where they come back from behind!!! Keep it up tigers! CHOLO BANGLADESH!

  • Nirjon007 on December 6, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Well done BANGLADESH! by wining next match claim the series well advance. Today fielding wasn't up to the mark should improve in next matches.

  • on December 6, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Beware of Bangladesh....its nice to see that Mashrafi back in form..Well done Bangla Tigers.

  • Tuhin_Zahidul on December 6, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Hello,

    Shakib should be best player in world at present & one of the greatest all rounder in future, No doubt about it Bangladesh will be beat India 2011, 19th Feb !!. Zahidul Khabir, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

  • SheikhZaman on December 6, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I think everybody is happy seeing Masrafee back to form. Bangladesh played really well today. Well done!!!

  • on December 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Tigers have back,with a hope with a dream!!!!!!!!

  • L.Pearce on December 6, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    sigh... what can i say im without words to descrbe ZIM ): wrong personnel, guys that were picked didnt apply team effort in relation the stats. happy to see Cremer and Hamilton in 11 but the team team balance was wrong,and im not sure about the whole Elton Chigumbura unavailability if SOMEONE CAN CONFIRN INJURY I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THANKS! . it should have been 1.Taylor 2.H.Masakadza 3.Chakabva 4.Taibu 5.Ervine 6.Chigumbura 7.Butterworth 8.Utseya 9.Cremer 10.Mpofu 11.Price 12th man S.Masakadza and if Elton was not available then Shingirai in at 8/9 bumping order up 1. so then it would be Butterworth in for Chibhabha

  • on December 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Third time in a row Zim was not been allowed to bat 50 overs, what a pity...... they are looking for playing test matches.....

  • on December 6, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    clinical performance............ well done bangla... still need to improve top order before the world cup.....

  • ASM_Ashraful_Huq on December 6, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Actually, Bangladesh took it lightly at the first game out of 5. So, chances of another Bangla-wash is missed. Well done boys!

  • ripont on December 6, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    this is the right combination of bangladesh team to qualify to quarter final of world cup 2011, i think. well done bd team.

  • sunny.shiny on December 6, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    well done Bangladesh.....

  • on December 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Good thing about today's game was, Mashrafe's bowling. If he does well, there will be more positive results in the upcomming matches. As usual, spinners does the trick for Bangladesh. Good work. Well done. Keep on winning

  • on December 6, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    congrates to BD team for their honesty

  • on December 6, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Great show Razzak. Congrats!

  • on December 6, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    A very good performance from Bengal Tigers...a real team display.. tigers were really in trouble with 5/2..a real good partnership between mushfiq and shakib..junaid is flop yet again..

    Razzak once again bowled tremendously in this match 10-2-14-4.. more importantly fast bowlers done well with shaifiul picking up 4 wickets and a real gud bowling from mashrafe..

    although the team is doing well, yet shahriar nafees i feel is a better choice to open with tameem and as a solid batsman imrul kayes should bat in no 3 and junaid should be dropeed..

  • on December 6, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    mashallah razzak is undoubtedly an awesome player wishing him all the very best..may he always play like this u make the bangladeshis proud!

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    well done Bangladesh go ahead ...........

  • 263_zimbo-sun on December 6, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Is it another hammering or we win dead rubbers, i hope not. The Zim team is full of potential or is it still potential. When i look at Taylor, Chibhabha, Taibu, Williams, Coventry, Masakadza, Sibanda, Utseya, Price, these are playes who have proved to come with huge individual perfomances but with the exception of Taylor, Price & Utseya, they lack consistence. If on a single day any two of these guys come to the party, we could score respectable totals. I really wonder where the problem is, is it the players, the coach or the administrators. If a coach picks a bad player, he is a bad coach, if an administrator picks a bad coach, he is a bad administrator, if there are no systems, it shows that the administration of the game if poor.

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Surely Zimbs are not the opponents as they were in their golden past; still, it seems they are not working it out before the Bd tour.We all know the BD is full of miserly left spinners with devastating japping arm balls, can tie down even the bigger opponent in the world cricket. In this perspective Zim boys should learn the art of sub continent spin facing. Try to read the ball from the hands not from the pitch. However, it is really tricky as we all know Newzeland faild to do so. From the BD point of view the out played the opponent. Mashrafee should be in good match practice before playing the big matches. But as long as you are winning little mistakes can be overlooked.Well done boys.

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    takaomerwa zviri worse!! z it team spirit iri low or mune mahouse-keepn issues arikutitadzisa kutamba....boys dzekuZ.C ngadziite basa...this is a disgrace

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    clinical performance by Bangladesh, back on track and now Zimbabwe is rightly shown where they stand

  • emperoreresh on December 6, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    RAMPANT RAZZAQ RATTLE ZIMBABWE

  • Jashim-Ban on December 6, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    hello everybody. Bangladesh done well.

  • djuice_rasel on December 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Good luck BANGLADESH. inshallah bangladesh win today

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Bravo Tigers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Thanks to Shakib, keep it up! and also to Mushfique

    Thanks to Shakib and Mushfiq. Now we may expect Shuvo more effective today in this pitch and playing condition.

    Lets put the role on our fielders....

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Early damage done by Zim bowlers though lbw decision against Tamim seemed unfortunate for BD team. After departure of Zunaid due to splendid catch, the score was 5 for 2. Rakibul marched in and tried to score as quickly as possible. But his departure rang a bell of bad day for us. 100 run partnership between Sakib and Musfik put BD in surviving level at the ene of 40th over. So, Bangladesh is fighting valiantly as they did in 1971. What seemed very very bad day for BD, is no longer seem that bad now. This has been possible because Mr. Ash is not there to eat balls, to run out his partner and leave the wicket after scoring 10 or 12 runs. It has been reported that Ash cried for the whole day- let him cry for the whole week, month and years together. If people laugh, sacrifice of Mr. Ash will be remembered by all.

  • on December 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    the toss win and early overcast condition is the main factor.....

  • Abaa on December 6, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Good luck Zimbabwe ... Hope the batsmen perform !

  • on December 6, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    What is going on in Dhaka Stadium?

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  • on December 6, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    What is going on in Dhaka Stadium?

  • Abaa on December 6, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Good luck Zimbabwe ... Hope the batsmen perform !

  • on December 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    the toss win and early overcast condition is the main factor.....

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Early damage done by Zim bowlers though lbw decision against Tamim seemed unfortunate for BD team. After departure of Zunaid due to splendid catch, the score was 5 for 2. Rakibul marched in and tried to score as quickly as possible. But his departure rang a bell of bad day for us. 100 run partnership between Sakib and Musfik put BD in surviving level at the ene of 40th over. So, Bangladesh is fighting valiantly as they did in 1971. What seemed very very bad day for BD, is no longer seem that bad now. This has been possible because Mr. Ash is not there to eat balls, to run out his partner and leave the wicket after scoring 10 or 12 runs. It has been reported that Ash cried for the whole day- let him cry for the whole week, month and years together. If people laugh, sacrifice of Mr. Ash will be remembered by all.

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Thanks to Shakib, keep it up! and also to Mushfique

    Thanks to Shakib and Mushfiq. Now we may expect Shuvo more effective today in this pitch and playing condition.

    Lets put the role on our fielders....

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Bravo Tigers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • djuice_rasel on December 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Good luck BANGLADESH. inshallah bangladesh win today

  • Jashim-Ban on December 6, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    hello everybody. Bangladesh done well.

  • emperoreresh on December 6, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    RAMPANT RAZZAQ RATTLE ZIMBABWE

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    clinical performance by Bangladesh, back on track and now Zimbabwe is rightly shown where they stand