Zimbabwe Select XI v Bangladeshis, Tour match, Harare June 15, 2012

Hosts down Bangladeshis in both matches

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Zimbabwe Select XI 127 for 7 (Chigumbura 38, Cremer 30*) beat Bangladeshis 126 for 7 (Ashraful 32, Cremer 4-14, Waller 3-14) by three wickets

A seventh-wicket partnership of 58 between Elton Chigumbura and Graeme Cremer ensured Zimbabwe Select XI's three-wicket victory in the Twenty20 tour match against Bangladeshis in Harare. The two innings progressed in a contradictory manner as Bangladeshis accumulated runs at the top before collapsing, while Zimbabwe XI recovered from 60 for 6 to chase 127 with three balls to spare.

Bangladesh could have gathered a bigger total when Mohammad Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal started strongly. Ashraful, recalled to the Bangladesh squad after six months, scored 32 off 25 deliveries in a stand of 64 in 8.1 overs, with Tamim scoring 29. Bangladeshis, however, collapsed to 91 for 7 in 16 overs, before Mahmudullah took them to 126. Cremer and Malcolm Waller shared all the seven wickets to fall between them.

Zimbabwe had a faltering start, and after 11.4 overs, were staring at defeat with 67 needed with four wickets in hand. But Chigumbura, who made 38 off 28, and Cremer, who remained unbeaten on 30 off 24, held their nerve to guide their side home in the 13-a-side match, with 11 batting and bowling.

Zimbabwe Select XI 175 (Masakadza 102) beat Bangladeshis 156 for 7 (Mushfiqur 49, Jahurul 49*) by 19 runs

After a last-over victory in the first game of the day, Zimbabwe Select XI swept aside the Bangladeshis by 19 runs in the second Twenty20 warm-up match of the day. The star of the show was Hamilton Masakadza, who slammed a 60-ball 102 to power the home side to 175, a total which proved too large for the home side, despite a spirited chase piloted by their captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Jahurul Islam.

Zimbabwe's innings revolved around two stands, both dominated by Masakadza. First, he put on 79 with Vusi Sibanda for the opening partnership, and then opened out in the second-wicket stand of 67 with Stuart Matsikenyeri, who contributed 18. Masakadza hit five sixes and six fours in his innings before being dismissed in the 17th over by the left-arm spin of Abdur Razzak.

The Bangladeshi chase got off to a poor start, with both openers falling cheaply. Their challenge seemed almost over when Anamuk Haque and Nasir Hossain also followed soon after, but Mushfiqur and Jahurul brought them back in it with a 91-run stand. The pair seemed to have put the visitors ahead but both were dismissed by Shingi Masakadza in the space of four balls in the 18th over to pretty much end the Bangladeshi challenge.

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will clash in the first game of the T20 tri-series in Harare on Sunday. South Africa are also participating in the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @Abaa...LOL You must be either 'ignorant' or 'jealous', Bangladesh lost by 11 runs NOT 111 runs but West Indies to England the other day lost by a massive 114 runs so why the double standards? -_-

  • Suj on June 18, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Only practice matches right? Its ok to lose them. Excuses excuses excuses ... Wonder what they are going to say about losing the 1st match :-P

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Lord_Dravid, I personally thank you for being a huge supporter of Bangladesh cricket. It's delightful to see you presence in every Bangaladesh match thread.

    Where would Bangladesh cricket be without fans like you ?

  • Hira on June 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    This is why i feel sorry for ireland because bangladesh havent reached international standards yet and they have 'test status'..they're on the same level as some of the associate teams and need to go away and play domestic teams around the world in order to improve..but this time i'll remain silent and observe yet another round of comedy hosted by bangladesh cricket :D

  • bcric12 on June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    no problem , these are practice matches

  • Deepak on June 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal 29 (30) against an inexperienced bowling attack. Wonder if Tamim fans are still sticking to their claim of "Tamim should have played in IPL"....

  • mahjut on June 16, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    yeah, we all love a bit of Irish ... but in reality they're still behind. Comparing them to BD and Zim is fair but putting them higher than either is, for the moment, provocative wishful thinking. They may have more potential than Zim (I know they've tried to lure a few Zim players over the waters - a lure which may yet succeed) but have very very rarely beaten them, despite a very good squad - some of whom play pretty high level cricket (and others would have grown up doing so on the s'african/aussie velds). Nice to see all the zim guys contributing ... slightly disppointed in Muzhange and Chatara's returns but not having seen the game i guess they may have been bowling well. Vitori continues to show there's still a fair bit for him to do... @asiacricket1234, you're too harsh; BD are a talented team (like Zim) who unfortunately look like they don't really believe they belong - but when they conquer those mental demons, they play very good cricket and WILL beat top teams - if rarely!

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    rOketman . . . "S Al Hasan a guy who can bat a bit and bowl a bit, neither a genuine batsman nor a bowler" You have to be kidding!! He was on top of the ICC T20 All Rounders list for ages, maybe still is, beating J Kallis. Please stop talking absolute nonsense here.

  • abdur on June 16, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Bangladesh still little back in T20 format.i would like to request BCB to find out good strick rate batsman. Mominul, najimuddin should get chance national team in this format.

  • Sree on June 16, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Wicky Roy Pak lover....how did then Shakib is also the no 1 allrounder in test matches when he played only one test with Zim and all against quality teams??!!

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