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

Abdur Razzak is making the difference - Alan Butcher

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Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, has said Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been the difference between the two sides during the ongoing one-day series. Razzak took 4 for 14 in the third ODI in Mirpur on Monday, helping Bangladesh to a win and a 2-1 lead in the series. He now has 13 wickets in the series and many of them have come in a clutch, early in his spells.

"Razzak is winning matches for them as a bowler," Butcher said. "Our bowlers, though effective, haven't given a match-winning performance, so I think that's the difference.

"It's disappointing that we keep giving him three wickets in two overs. It is as much a technical problem as anything else. Whether it is psychological or that we are not picking him, we have to work on it in the next couple of days."

Razzak, who has taken 53 wickets against Zimbabwe at an average of 15.30, said the conditions were helping him. "I am confident and there's help from the wicket," he said. "These two things are combining and working in my favour."

Bangladesh bowled Zimbabwe out for 181 on Monday and Razzak was supported by the seamers, with Shafiul Islam taking 4 for 43 and Mashrafe Mortaza, who missed the series against New Zealand in October with an ankle injury, taking his first international wicket since July. "The performance of the fast bowlers was the most pleasing part of the match," Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, said. "Mashrafe-bhai's bowling was a big positive. I said before that it would take him a few matches to get back to his old self, so that's what happened today."

Shakib set up the win with his 73 that took Bangladesh to a total of 246, but was out in the batting Powerplay for the second time in the series. "It seems my responsibility is till the Powerplay," he said. "The moment it starts, I'm gone. We should work at it but I don't know what's going on."

In the first match, which Zimbabwe won by nine runs, the batting Powerplay worked against Bangladesh as they lost three wickets for 25. On Monday, they fared much better and scored 46 runs during the restrictions, which were in force for the last five overs. "We didn't take the Powerplay earlier because we don't do well in it," Shakib said. "If we took it earlier, the innings would've been over earlier. I don't think we did too badly [today]; we scored over 40 and anything over 50 is good. We played 10 dot balls in this Powerplay, so if a boundary came off one of those balls, it would have been better."

Shakib said he was happy with the assistance his bowlers got in Mirpur, the venue of the first three games. "Whenever we have bowled in this series, we have got help from the wicket," he said. "We bowled first twice, and today the wicket hardly changed throughout the day. It worked as an advantage for us."

The last two matches of the series will be played in Chittangong, which, along with Mirpur, will host Bangladesh's league games in the 2011 World Cup. If Bangladesh make it past the first round - and their backers think they have a fair chance given their mastery of home conditions - their quarterfinal fixture could also be a home game.

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  • Redwan on December 9, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @ Nduru - Zim do have players to win matches i would say...but just that they need to be utilized or coached to be do so...and that takes time...Bangladesh faced the same problem earlier but we worked on it...thanks to siddons and co...and i am sure his counterpart Butcher can achieve the same...however talking about pitches, i agree that spinners cant be effective on every venues in the world but our pace attack is gainig back the form and spin can be, at that time, be utilized to stop runs and to run through its all a strategy depending on your venue and location...

  • Andrew on December 8, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    OK guys, I do take your points. You are right that Zim has not performed well and our players have failed to impose themselves. I actually think that the first game we won was not really through playing well but was due to some poor choices in running from Bangla and good fielding - but our batting and bowling was not good enough. In the next two games, believe me I was frustrated because we played like absolute idiots - especially the likes of Chigumbura. I don't mind losing if at least we put up a good show. Rahman, I have not forgotten all those wallopings Zim has had over the last five years by Bangladesh. But you must also remember that we used to have a world-class team before 2004 and we always used to beat you. Then politics came in and messed the whole thing up. Our team is still recovering, so give it time to improve and be consistent. But I do think you will probably win the rest of the matches on current evidence.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    @ Nduru.......if you say, you have players who match to the quality of Shakib,Tamim, Mortaza.....than you probably shouldn't bring it up that Zim is not being able to perform well because of the tricky conditions! cmonnn dude, match winners tend to play well and adopt well in any sort of it the continent of Africa, Asia or Europe! if you can, just have a look at how Tamim, Shakib, Razzaq, Shafiul have performed in both home and away games including tours of England and Newzealand. BD has also outplayed Zim in Zimbabwe.....!!! The thing is....Zimbabwe is a good team, i do have a respect for them...but the truth is, they just don't yet have match winning characters like we do in the form of Shakib,Tamim etc!

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    @RAZOR88: I agree with you and zim should play their natural game. When Bangladesh plays against India, they try to play their natural game. Because they don't have Tendulkar or can't produce a player like him. But they play their natural game.

  • Md. Saifuddin on December 8, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    The caption of the picture is wrong, Razzak took 13 wkt against ZIM not NZ..

  • Sibhi on December 7, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Nduru - Tricky wickets is a Lame Excuse if a team wants to be Competitive against the better team.India left NZ high and Dry in spite of a daunting total.But Still in the End Dan Stressed that his Bowlers didn't bowl well Enuf as he would have liked.Which Cost them the Match.He was asked if the Wicket and Due played a major factor,but his reply was the same "we didn't bowl as well as we would have liked and Pathan Factor".Adaption is much Important to Any era of Cricketers.For me Zim Did not play well enuf to win the last 2 games.Weakness is Different from Adaption.Plz don't get it Wrong Guys..Taylor and Tibu are International Cricketers,They jus could not adapt well Enuf.Yes!!they will be Disappointed.In the End You cannot compare them with Tamim,Shakib & Razzaq.Who have a Lot of Experience against better team.They all have won a match against better teams Single-handedly.Its a Fact that Zim has to play out of their skin against bangla.Clearly the latter is the Better n the favorites.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    @Nduru: Nduru you also forgot that Bangladesh won the series in Zimbabwe last time by 4-1 margin and 5-0 in Bangladesh and 4-1 in Bangladesh last year. It's not about world-class quality, it's about delivering what you have !! You can't just compare Brandon Tylor or Ray Price with Tamim Iqbal or Shakib Al Hasan. Tamim or Shakib performing for years against best teams of the world. You might have one good series against SA, but that's not enough. I think Zim should capitalize what they have and make it harder for Ban. Bangladesh also had good series against England and beat them in one ODI and outplayed in last TEST, but fought hard in 1st TEST. Both Shakib and Tamim won Wisden Test Player of The Year 2010 and 2009. I believe Zim should forget about Razzak or Shakib and play their natural games.

  • Andrew on December 7, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    One more thing Meety. Price is actually a very good wicket taker as well as being a strangler. In 2009 he was the second top wicket taker in ODIs, with around 40 wickets - second only to Mitchell Johnson. He missed the SA series because his father was dying so could not make a contribution there.

  • Andrew on December 7, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @Meety, I agree that Shakib is playing well and so is Razzaq, but let's not forget that these are Bangladesh conditions in which these guys thrive and opposition traditionally struggles (just look at NZ, who today posted 308/7 against India). Zim just had a good series against SA in which our batting (not our bowling) was touted as our strength. Guys like Taylor, Taibu and Chibhabha did well. I actually think our strength is our spin bowling. But I disagree that we don't have world class batsmen. You are forgetting that Masakadza scored over 1000 ODI runs last season, and Elton Chigumbura had a very good county season, but is out of form at the moment. Charles Coventry also did not make 194 not out for nothing. I think these guys are at least as good as Shakib and Tamim, but are just out of sorts at the moment. You will see in future games - especially when not played on such tricky pitches.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I would like to see Tamim and Kayes gets run early in the innings. It is very important for especially for Tamim to stay on the crease and get big score. Mashrafe is always good, he is still best pace bowler for Bangladesh but i am still missing Rubel Hossain, we need him back too. One thing i didnt understand yesterday about Suvo to come for bat before Mashrafe.

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