Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2008/09 / Commentary

Zimbabwe in Bangladesh ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe

Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

Welcome to the Cricinfo coverage of the 3rd and last ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The series all square after Zimbabwe took the first match and Bangladesh leveled it with a convincing win on Wednesday.

All to play for today with Bangladesh, the home team, maybe having a slight advantage.

We have had good weather all week but today there is a heavy fog hanging over the ground and we might have a delayed start. The fog is very thick and one can not see the far side of the ground, the only action being the TV crew playing their own little cricket game behind the sight screen.

It is very difficult to tell when the match will get under way, but we will keep you informed. Today Keith Lane will be your eyes and ears and hopefully his keyboard will bring you a close exciting match. The latest news is that they expect the fog to lift within the next hour.

In the meantime you can keep your eyes on the other ODI taking place this morning, Australia and South Africa square up in Sydney with Australia batting first.

09:30 am We have lost 30 minutes now and no real sign of any change

09:45 am Still no chance of play starting here

10:00 am We are still waiting for the skies to clear

10:20 am At this rate we might end up with a 20:20 match, there has been a slight improvement, one can now just make out the other end of the field

10:45 am And still we have no play, while in Sydney Australia are having a "Warm(n)er" day

11:00 am I wish I had better news for you all waiting out there, but at this stage we have not even had a toss

11:05 am At last some action, will start in 10 minutes, with the match reduced to 37 overs each

The toss was won by Bangladesh who will bowl

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sibanda, no run, starts wide of off, left alone

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sibanda, no run, gets forward on the drive, beaten as that swings away off the pitch

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sibanda, no run, and once again, swing beats him on the drive

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sibanda, no run, gets well forward after starting outside the crease, leaves that alone

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sibanda, OUT, thats done him, this one comes back, he his forward, but hits low enough for the finger to go up

V Sibanda lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, confident looking stroke to the off first ball up, gets it through the gap at cover

What a start for bangladesh Nazmul Hossain to share the new ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 2/1
S Matsikenyeri    2* (1b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-2-1
H Masakadza    0* (0b)     

1.1

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, thats full, almost a yorker, well dug out to the on side

1.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, leg stump line, nice height as he tucks that off the hips towards deep back ward square leg

1.3

Nazmul Hossain to Matsikenyeri, no run, outside off, full, pushes at it, beats the edge by quite a lot

1.4

Nazmul Hossain to Matsikenyeri, no run, just short of length, has him back in the crease defending down the pitch, the same one used during the 2nd ODI

1.5

Nazmul Hossain to Matsikenyeri, no run, angled in, touch straight, worked to the on side

1.6

Nazmul Hossain to Matsikenyeri, no run, length and line defends to the off

End of over 2 (1 run) Zimbabwe 3/1
S Matsikenyeri    2* (5b)      Nazmul Hossain    1-0-1-0
H Masakadza    1* (2b)     

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Masakadza, no run, gets well forward to one a touch short, has to stand tall to defend to ground, bit late, bounces over the stumps

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Masakadza, 1 bye, outside off, cuts back off the pitch, then swings in more, keeper fumbles as it slips through the gloves

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, angled into the legs, having come forward early can not get the bat round the front pad, taken on the pad down the leg

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, FOUR, touch short, comes forward and swings that on the up, on the drive, over mid-off

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, pushes at one on length, moving away, well beaten

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, short of length, again catches him on the front foot, adjusts, taken on the gloves and down into the pads

End of over 3 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 8/1
S Matsikenyeri    6* (9b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-6-1
H Masakadza    1* (4b)     

3.1

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, well forward and across on the off, firmly defended into the covers

3.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, FOUR, leg stump line, in the arch, slog swept cleanly over midwicket

3.3

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, back to the off, brings the forward defence from the batsman

3.4

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, leg side flicked off the hips to fine leg

3.5

Nazmul Hossain to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, short of length, soft hands that just wide of cover, easy run, good rotation

3.6

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, FOUR, half volley outside off, cracking shot, fielder chases, gets to it at the rope but his foot is on the boundary

End of over 4 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1
H Masakadza    10* (9b 2x4)      Nazmul Hossain    2-0-11-0
S Matsikenyeri    7* (10b 1x4)     

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, outside off, short of length, off cutter gets up and hits high on the back leg

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, soft hands that into the covers, another quick run, good cricket

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Masakadza, no run, short ball, left alone, umpire indicates, Thats one for the over

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Masakadza, OUT, Just short of length, that gets up, Masakadza tries to adjust, but it catches the shoulder of the bat to a catch at second slip

H Masakadza c Mehrab Hossain jnr b Mashrafe Mortaza 10 (23m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

For interest sake ... the power play overs are 7 4 and 3

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, no run, wahat a beauty, pitched outside off, drew him well forward, cuts back sharply, through the gate, beats the top of leg stump

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, no run, leg stump line, forward, movement in again, inside edge to midwicket who does well diving to his right

Shakib on early today

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 19/2
T Taibu    0* (2b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-7-2
S Matsikenyeri    8* (12b 1x4)     

5.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted on the off, well forward defending

5.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, ripper, turn there, pitched outside off and ripped away from him

5.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, arm ball, forward, beaten, he does bowl a great arm ball

5.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted on the legs, forward, nudges to the on side

5.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, well forward, on the sweep, runs that wide of midwicket

5.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, premeditated sweep, was down there early, waits, then sweeps backward of square leg

End of over 6 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 21/2
T Taibu    1* (3b)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-2-0
S Matsikenyeri    9* (17b 1x4)     

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, 1 run, on the back foot, dabs to the off, quick run, taibu is fast

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, defends gently to the on side

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, slow bouncer, called a wide as that loops over his head but down leg side

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, quicker ball through the haze, just short, back defends firmly to the off

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, getting some bounce today, short, on line, gets well over that on the back foot, dabs to his feet

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, enjoys the bounce, goes short again, Matsikenyeri again gets tall and defends to his feet

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, no run, fuller on the legs, flicks on side but straight at midwicket

2nd Power Play taken, only 4 overs today

End of over 7 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 23/2
S Matsikenyeri    9* (22b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-9-2
T Taibu    2* (4b)     

7.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, sweeps again, looked premeditated, runs it to square leg

7.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, sweep from matsi, beaten by the bounce outside off

7.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, well forward to the flight, defends to the off

7.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, flighted on the off, stroked gently wide of slip

7.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, sweeps again, runs it to square leg

7.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, short outside off, cuts very well, but on the bounce to the gully

End of over 8 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 26/2
S Matsikenyeri    10* (26b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-5-0
T Taibu    4* (6b)     

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, FOUR, short outside off, slashes the cut past point, that had bat speed

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, no run, defends from length to the off

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, 1 run, leg stump line, shortish, worked off the hips

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Matsikenyeri, OUT, gets well forward on the off, ball comes back, Mortaza takes off with a huge appeal, can not believe that is not out, turns round and sees he has bowled him

S Matsikenyeri b Mashrafe Mortaza 10 (37m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, well forward on the off, defends backward of point, yes no yes no as they stutter away in the middle of the pitch, easy run was up for the taking

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, 1 run, short of length, gets back and runs that off the open face towards third man

Nazmul now has the ball again

End of over 9 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 32/3
SC Williams    1* (2b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-0-15-3
T Taibu    9* (9b 1x4)     

9.1

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, FOUR, thats neat, half volley well put away with a timed cover drive

9.2

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, angled well across the left hander, left alone

9.3

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, left alone, angled wide across Williams

9.4

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, left alone outside off, again just pushing that a touch too far across the left hander

9.5

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, 1 run, gets forward, ball is a touch short and wide, slaps that in the air but on the bounce towards the third man

9.6

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, quick run taken to midwicket as he pushes just wide, excitement from the players, but taibu is very quick

Thanks for the mails from Salah Hamim and Mehedi Hassan, am sure Rubel will be on in a few overs

End of over 10 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 38/3
T Taibu    10* (10b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    3-0-17-0
SC Williams    6* (7b 1x4)     

10.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Taibu, 1 run, another great single as he pushes to the on side, sets off, has to dive, and gets the return on the glove as he slides over the line

10.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, line and length, slower ball, defends to the off side

10.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, just on the off, gets half forward, pushes to the off, but he times the ball so well he can hardly soft hand it for a quick run

10.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, left alone outside off

10.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, slight in swing, right on the off, can only defend that down the pitch

10.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Williams, no run, right on target, gets the respectful defence down the pitch

End of over 11 (1 run) Zimbabwe 39/3
SC Williams    6* (12b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-0-16-3
T Taibu    11* (11b 1x4)     

11.1

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, Bangladesh bowlers keeping a very disciplined line now, gets forward to defend

11.2

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, beaten by a quicker ball just outside off, that also had some nice bounce from just short of length, beaten

11.3

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, straight and fullish, gets half forward and plays firmly at cover

11.4

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, came well down the pitch there, spotted early, fired in short, has to adjust as he dabs that off the hips to the on side

11.5

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, 1 run, stands up in the crease, hardly any foot movement, runs that off the face to third man

11.6

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, quick short ball has Taibu leaning back to watch that go over the chest

With the fog now well lifted it shows a very good crowd today, even some Zimbabwe flags being waved Rubel now into the attack

End of over 12 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 41/3
T Taibu    12* (16b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    4-0-19-0
SC Williams    7* (13b 1x4)     

12.1

Rubel Hossain to Williams, 2 runs, outside off, full, drives well forward of the deep cover sweeper, gets an easy two

12.2

Rubel Hossain to Williams, 1 run, drives again, too full, this time straight at the sweeper

12.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, OUT, otside off, shorter ball, taibu follows that, hangs the bat out at it, easy comfortable edge to Rahim

T Taibu c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 12 (37m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Utseya comes in up the order

12.4

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, very close, gets the yorker into the toes, appeal, but it was heading down the leg

12.5

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, outside off, shortish, gets back and leaves

12.6

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, FOUR, leg side, full, flicks, that also gets up, clips the gloves well wide of the diving keeper

End of over 13 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 48/4
P Utseya    4* (3b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    1-0-7-1
SC Williams    10* (15b 1x4)     

13.1

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, well stroked to cover, good diving dive to the right to keep them at their ends

13.2

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, FOUR, outside off, too short, frees the arms on the cut, clears the inner ring and well forward of third man as the 50 comes up

13.3

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, left alone as it is angled across him

13.4

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, once again angles that across Williams who is not interested, so in the end, an easy dot ball for the bowler in that area

13.5

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, 1 run, straighter ball on the off, strokes the drive, gets a thick edge down to third man

13.6

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, line and length is gently pushed away to cover

End of over 14 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 53/4
P Utseya    4* (4b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    5-0-24-0
SC Williams    15* (20b 2x4)     

14.1

Rubel Hossain to Williams, FOUR, very neat, and great timing, strokes that drive, at the half volley, forward of the sweeper who can just not get across in time

14.2

Rubel Hossain to Williams, 1 run, on the back foot this time, punched square on the off, no problem for the deep cover point sweeper this time

14.3

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, left alone outside off

14.4

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, better length and line, has to play at that on the off, defends back down the pitch

14.5

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, touch straight but on length, gets forward and works it gently towards midwicket

14.6

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, defends to cover and a good come back from Rubel after the first two balls

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 58/4
P Utseya    4* (8b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    2-0-12-1
SC Williams    20* (22b 3x4)     

15.1

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, well forward on the off, strokes square, backward point cleans up

15.2

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, wide outside off, left alone, only just legal

15.3

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, on the back foot after pushing forward, pushes towards cover

15.4

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, no run, plays well off the back foot, that timing again, but a good shot is worth nothing as point gathers

15.5

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, 1 run, shortish outside off, cuts from the front foot, beats the point but not the cover point sweeper

15.6

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, Prosper all defensive at this stage, pushes from just outside off towards the covers

Match State: Drinks As Mashfiq observes in his mail, It will be intersting to see how Ashraful uses his bowlers today, he does at times change the bowlers around continually, today he only has 37 overs to play around with

End of over 16 (1 run) Zimbabwe 59/4
P Utseya    4* (9b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    6-0-25-0
SC Williams    21* (27b 3x4)     

16.1

Rubel Hossain to Williams, no run, short of length, straight, shaped to have a little flick over the keeper, then checks the shot

16.2

Rubel Hossain to Williams, FOUR, this time he does do it, short, on line, makes room to the on side, upper cuts that over the keeper, cheeky

16.3

Rubel Hossain to Williams, 1 run, gets back to the short one on the off, open face runs that to third man

16.4

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, Prosper still very much in the defensive mode, head and bat well over that into the covers

16.5

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, no run, and again, stroked gently to the covers, one wonders when he will up his attack a bit

16.6

Rubel Hossain to Utseya, 1 leg bye, shortish ball, off cutter, does cut back high into the back pad, squirts down to thrid man, there was an appeal, but was down the leg

End of over 17 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 65/4
P Utseya    4* (12b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    3-0-17-1
SC Williams    26* (30b 4x4)     

17.1

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, full on the legs, clips towards a wide mid-on

17.2

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, 1 run, leg stump line, is forward early, dabs that around the front leg, gets a run backward of square leg

17.3

Nazmul Hossain to Williams, 1 run, slaps the drive square to the cover sweeper

17.4

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, well forward on the off, looks very solid, defends down the pitch

17.5

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, short just on the off, looks like today he prefers bowling to the right hander, defended down the pitch

17.6

Nazmul Hossain to Utseya, no run, another target ball is defended back at the bowler

One wonders as Jindal says, how long will Ashraful wait before Shakib is back on, maybe holding him back for the final overs as Naeem Islam comes on

End of over 18 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 67/4
P Utseya    5* (17b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    7-0-27-0
SC Williams    27* (31b 4x4)     

18.1

Naeem Islam to Williams, no run, stroked from the off to the bowler

18.2

Naeem Islam to Williams, 1 run, leg side ball from round the wicket, whipped off the legs to deep square leg

18.3

Naeem Islam to Utseya, no run, over to the right hander who pushes towards midwicket

18.4

Naeem Islam to Utseya, no run, flight on the off, defensive push to cover

18.5

Naeem Islam to Utseya, no run, ooops, short, eyes light up, pulls, gets the bottom of the bat, ends up at the keepers feet

18.6

Naeem Islam to Utseya, 1 run, back to length and flight, pushed into the gap at cover

Just a reminder that two bowlers can bowl 8 and the rest 7 overs

End of over 19 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 69/4
P Utseya    6* (21b 1x4)      Naeem Islam    1-0-2-0
SC Williams    28* (33b 4x4)     

19.1

Mahmudullah to Utseya, no run, defends from the legs to the off

19.2

Mahmudullah to Utseya, OUT, gets the arm ball, plays across the line, ball stays low into the front pad and no real doubt there

P Utseya lbw b Mahmudullah 6 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 26.08

So many users have queried the use of Mahmudullah, well now you have your answer

19.3

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, flighted on the off, stroked down the ground

19.4

Mahmudullah to Williams, no run, defensive on the off, pushes through a bit, was in the air towards cover

19.5

Mahmudullah to Williams, no run, defends back down the pitch

19.6

Mahmudullah to Williams, 1 run, on the back foot, punches to long on

End of over 20 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 71/5
SC Williams    29* (36b 4x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-2-1
E Chigumbura    1* (1b)     

20.1

Naeem Islam to Williams, 1 run, back on the leg side, made a bit of room, runs that towards long on

20.2

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, leg stump quick arm ball, dabs to the on

20.3

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, flighted on line, drives back at the bowler

20.4

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, flighted up, defends to the bowler

20.5

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, worked off the pads down to fine leg

20.6

Naeem Islam to Williams, no run, big turner away from the bat, shapped to cut, has to reach for it, off the bottom of the bat harmlessly to the off

End of over 21 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 73/5
SC Williams    30* (38b 4x4)      Naeem Islam    2-0-4-0
E Chigumbura    2* (5b)     

21.1

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, flighted up, strokes the drive straight at the bowler

21.2

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, well forward, dabs to midwicket

21.3

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, gets forward, turns into the pad that is well forward, can not get the bat round the front leg

21.4

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, stroked down the ground to long off

21.5

Mahmudullah to Williams, 1 run, flighted on the legs, he strokes towards long on

21.6

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss outside off, not put away as he drives towards long off

Chigumbura has shown an inabbility to put the ball into the gaps for the singles, he finds the fielders more than most batsmen

End of over 22 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 76/5
E Chigumbura    4* (10b)      Mahmudullah    2-0-5-1
SC Williams    31* (39b 4x4)     

22.1

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, defends to the off, runs it to cover

22.2

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, again struggles to get the bat round the front foot, ball is into the pad down the leg side

22.3

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, well forward, this time he is wide of the gully and does rotate the strike

22.4

Naeem Islam to Williams, FOUR, too short, long hop is put away well forward of the deep cover sweeper

22.5

Naeem Islam to Williams, 1 run, now goes along the grass towards long on

22.6

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, defends down the pitch

Bangladesh with the spinners on getting through the overs very quickly now

End of over 23 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 82/5
E Chigumbura    5* (14b)      Naeem Islam    3-0-10-0
SC Williams    36* (41b 5x4)     

23.1

Mahmudullah to Williams, no run, flighted on the off, forward, stroked straight at cover

23.2

Mahmudullah to Williams, 2 runs, leg side, full, plays a neat little lap sweep that runs away fine

23.3

Mahmudullah to Williams, no run, flighted well up, drives straight, Riad gets across and gets a foot to it

23.4

Mahmudullah to Williams, no run, plays gently into the covers

23.5

Mahmudullah to Williams, OUT, flighted on line, gets well across to the off sweeping, no contact and pays the price

SC Williams b Mahmudullah 38 (63m 46b 5x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

23.6

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, well forward, the left hander defends down the pitch

End of over 24 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 84/6
KM Dabengwa    0* (1b)      Mahmudullah    3-0-7-2
E Chigumbura    5* (14b)     

24.1

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, no run, defends down the pitch

24.2

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, full on the off, strokes the drive square to the sweeper

24.3

Naeem Islam to Dabengwa, no run, on the back foot, punched firmly at cover

24.4

Naeem Islam to Dabengwa, 1 run, all defensive to a tempting flighted ball, quick run taken

24.5

Naeem Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, stroked down the ground

24.6

Naeem Islam to Dabengwa, no run, defends to the off

And now the return of Shakib Might bowl 6 overs on the trot now

End of over 25 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 87/6
KM Dabengwa    1* (4b)      Naeem Islam    4-0-13-0
E Chigumbura    7* (17b)     

25.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, flighted on line, defefends to the off

25.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, OUT, trumpet sounds for Elton, has a mighty swing at that, all over the place as he misses the across the line swish, pitches under the bat and knocks the middle stump back

E Chigumbura b Shakib Al Hasan 7 (18m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

That did not take Shakib long

25.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, well forward on the off, all defensive to the off

25.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, gets a big stride in to one turning back from leg

25.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, arm ball goes down the leg into the pad, appeal was started but stopped

25.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, well forward and over that, defends to the off

Riad changes ends

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 87/7
RW Price    0* (4b)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-1-5-1
KM Dabengwa    1* (4b)     

26.1

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, well fielded by the bowler cutting off the shot on the on side

26.2

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, defends from length to the off

26.3

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, down the pitch, looks at the on side, leading edge back at the bowler

26.4

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, 1 run, makes room to the off and strokes the drive towards long on

26.5

Mahmudullah to Price, no run, angled into the legs, plays that well with the pad outside the line, rolss it to the on side

26.6

Mahmudullah to Price, no run, defends the flighted ball to the off

End of over 27 (1 run) Zimbabwe 88/7
RW Price    0* (6b)      Mahmudullah    4-0-8-2
KM Dabengwa    2* (8b)     

27.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, well forward on the off, turn gets the inside edge, squirts to the on side

27.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, flighted on the off, well forward defending

27.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, rolls that out to the on side, working it with the turn

27.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, gets a big stride in that time, defends

27.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, defends to the off as he comes round the wicket to the left hander

27.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, dabs back at the bowler, gets encouragement from the keeper

End of over 28 (maiden) Zimbabwe 88/7
KM Dabengwa    2* (14b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-2-5-1
RW Price    0* (6b)     

28.1

Mahmudullah to Price, 1 run, touch short on the off, gets back and punches to the long on

28.2

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, well forward, turnsd that from line to the on side

28.3

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, gets forward, the rocks back to defend to the on side

28.4

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, flighted right up, drives to the on side, nearly turns that into a yorker

28.5

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, 1 run, back again, played with more controll down to long on

28.6

Mahmudullah to Price, no run, well forward, no panic here from Zimbabwe, runs it to midwicket

Ashraful has been a lot more conservative with his bowling changes today, but for my fingers I wish he brought a fast man on again

End of over 29 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 90/7
RW Price    1* (8b)      Mahmudullah    5-0-10-2
KM Dabengwa    3* (18b)     

29.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, defends from line to the on side

29.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, well forward, pushes to the bowler

29.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, clips off his toes but can not beat midwicket

29.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, showing him plenty of respect, defends to the on side

29.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, flighted again, not a lot of turn, defends down the pitch

29.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, no run, short, gets back and punches that well, good shot, no run, goes straight at cover

End of over 30 (maiden) Zimbabwe 90/7
KM Dabengwa    3* (24b)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-3-5-1
RW Price    1* (8b)     

30.1

Mahmudullah to Price, 1 wide, just a touch to straight, turn takes it down the leg

30.1

Mahmudullah to Price, 1 run, full on the toes, clipped well forward of deep midwicket, look for two, sent back

30.2

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, 1 wide, wide outside off this time

30.2

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, gets it back on line and length, and surprise, a defensive push

30.3

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, 1 run, touch short, worked off the legs to deep backward square leg

30.4

Mahmudullah to Price, 1 run, thats worked from the front foot, wrsity shot down to long leg

30.5

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, defensive on the back foot to the off

30.6

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, on the back foot, punched firmly down the pitch, bowler does well to get across and gather

So Zimbabwe who have beaten Bagladesh twice in the past few weeks seem to be up against it today

End of over 31 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 95/7
KM Dabengwa    4* (28b)      Mahmudullah    6-0-15-2
RW Price    3* (10b)     

31.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, defends to the on side

31.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, gets well forward, waiting for it on the front foot, dabs to the on side

31.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, well forward again, going to play him off that front foot all over one thinks, defends to the off side

31.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, well foraward, and again not intension of forcing the pace

31.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, gets forward, that one he holds back, Price has to adjust to the lack of pace, defends to the off

31.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run

End of over 32 (maiden) Zimbabwe 95/7
RW Price    3* (16b)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-4-5-1
KM Dabengwa    4* (28b)     

32.1

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, FOUR, too full outside off, drives well, races away square of the wicket

32.2

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, defends the quicker leg stump ball to the off

32.3

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, just outside off, defends to the off

32.4

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, and again, fullish on the off, stroked to cover

32.5

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, flighted ball, attempted sweep, misses and the keeper has the bail off

32.6

Mahmudullah to Dabengwa, no run, well forward again, dabs that from the front foot down the pitch, make that maiden number 4

Players have a chat, I am sure they will now increase the rate

End of over 33 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 99/7
KM Dabengwa    8* (34b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    7-0-19-2
RW Price    3* (16b)     

33.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, FOUR, and maybe I am right, slog sweep from Price goes wide of the midwicket

33.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, no run, defends back down the pitch

33.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Price, OUT, Well you have to pick the ball you want to hit, that is line and length, goes well across the line, beaten

RW Price b Shakib Al Hasan 7 (22m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

33.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, no run, well forward on the off, defends to the on side

33.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, no run, gets forward, a bit of a lunge, but keeps it out

33.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, no run, lunges forward again, rolls that way to the off

Three overs left so the batting power play has to be taken Power Play 3 - overs 34 to 37 New ball gets into the hands of Mortaza

End of over 34 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 103/8
EC Rainsford    0* (3b)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-4-9-2
KM Dabengwa    8* (34b 1x4)     

34.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, no run, outside the off of the left hander, has a bit of a swing at the wide ball, no contact

34.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, 1 run, gets well forward, strokes the drive with an open face down to a wide third man

34.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rainsford, no run, outside off, he does lunge the forward defence a bit, gets the edge, but on the bounce to second slip

34.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rainsford, no run, short on the off, gets back, hangs the bat out at that, no contact, ooohhhss from the keeper

34.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rainsford, no run, fast bowlers "deal" broken, gives him the bouncer, off the edge of the bat into the shoulder, that hurt, Rainsford not too happy about that

34.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rainsford, no run, another short ball, gets back and tries to get out the way, into the gloves

Umpire now having a chat to some players, maybe something was said to Rainsford

End of over 35 (1 run) Zimbabwe 104/8
EC Rainsford    0* (7b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-0-17-3
KM Dabengwa    9* (36b 1x4)     

35.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, 1 run, outside off, forward, pushes into the gap at cover

35.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, 1 run, down the pitch swinging, inside edge gets that down to thrid man area

35.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Dabengwa, 3 runs, uses his feet and drives well to wide midwicket, good running

35.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, no run, touch short on the off, cuts to gully

35.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Rainsford, 1 wide, OUT, charges down the pitch, fires that wide down the off, keeper across to gather, almost run out on a wide

EC Rainsford st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 1 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Looked like that was called by the keeper, he al,ost knew Rainsford was going to charge

35.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Mpofu, no run, defends to the off

35.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Mpofu, no run, well forward, looks a bit awkward, but has kept it out

Last over by Mortaza

End of over 36 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 110/9
CB Mpofu    0* (2b)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-4-15-3
KM Dabengwa    13* (38b 1x4)     

36.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, 2 runs, charges and swings across the line, that goes high and pitches short of long on, no roll on that

36.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, 1 run, yorker outside off is dragged across the line towards square leg

36.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mpofu, no run, short outside off, tries his best to get the edge, fails

36.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mpofu, 1 run, another short ball, batsman gets something in the way, runs to midwicket, they take a run, midwicket could almost walk him out, throws, and is wide

36.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, FOUR, slower ball, touch to much on the leg, sweeps that away apst the short fine leg

36.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dabengwa, 1 run, full outside off, thats a good looking drive, where has he hid that all innings, Ashraful gathers at mid-off, fires back but is wide

That completes the Zimbabwe innings setting Bangladesh a target of 120 in 37 overs.

A target that should be well within the Bagladesh batsmen reach, but as we have seen in the past, they can self distruct. Will today be different, with the win and the series on the line my bet will go with Bangladesh.

We will be back in 10 minutes to bring you the chase.

End of over 37 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 119/9
KM Dabengwa    21* (42b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-0-26-3
CB Mpofu    1* (4b)     
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