Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo May 8, 2013

Sibanda makes the most of his luck

Plays of the day from the third ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Mirage of the day
In the third over, Tamim Iqbal jumped out of his crease and smacked Kyle Jarvis high over his head for a six. That was his last attacking shot, though, as he looked to grind the Zimbabwe attack over the next 57 deliveries he faced. It didn't resemble any of his earlier innings as he hardly went after the bowlers. The next forceful shot was a wild slog, which went horribly wrong for him as he edged it to wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor off Tendai Chatara.

Dud of the day
Jahurul Islam was drafted into the line-up in place of Mominul Haque, who had batted at No.3 in the last two matches. But Jahurul made no impression on the game and was out clean bowled by a beauty from Brian Vitori, who was Zimbabwe's only change in the line-up from the last game. Jahurul couldn't bring his bat down in time and the inswinging ball rattled his stumps. The sight would not have pleased those who had pushed for his selection.

Clanger of the day
Both sides have dropped many catches in this series but Elton Chigumbura's drop at mid-on will be remembered. Tamim went after Jarvis and got a soft top-edge on an attempted pull shot. Chigumbura, fielding at mid-on, tried to take the catch side-on to his left, but his eyes were not focused on the high ball. It got worse for the allrounder when he came on to bowl, as he sent down only five balls before pulling up with a groin injury.

Lifeline of the day
While Chigumbura's dropped catch didn't cost Zimbabwe too much - Tamim made only 32 - Mahmudullah's dropped catch off Vusi Sibanda proved costly. A reflex chance at slip in the eighth over off Abdur Razzak's bowling, Mahmudullah couldn't hold on in spite of Sibanda getting a thick edge. The Zimbabwe opener got another reprieve when he was on 91, but the home side had almost secured the win.

Shot of the day
As Hamilton Masakadza brought out the big shots after a slow start, Sibanda too got on a roll. In the 11th over, he whipped a six down legside off Ziaur Rahman, into the woods outside the deep backward square leg boundary. Sibanda's timing, and the manner in which the ball climbed off his bat and out of the ground, made a statement of sorts for the two openers as they looked to take on the bowlers instead of being cowed down.

Trigger of the day
Brendan Taylor's miscued reverse sweep, that resulted in him being caught by the wicketkeeper, came at a crucial time when Zimbabwe were 106 runs adrift of the target in the 33rd over. It was expected to be the dismissal that would spur the Bangladesh bowlers to take a few more wickets. Instead, it motivated Sibanda and new batsman Sean Williams, who took Zimbabwe to the victory.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on May 9, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Well played Zimbawe as they totally deserve to win over poor Bangla Desh. Zimbawe batsmen improved a lot during the series and if they continued to this improvement they shall be well like batsmen of high class.Their fielding was much better than past and in short they putplayed Bangla Desh.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe. I guess you guys know how to bounce back after a walloping. But if Bangladesh could do that then they wouldnt have been terrible for 13 years.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe. I guess you guys know how to bounce back after a walloping. But if Bangladesh could do that then they would have been terrible for 13 years.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    This was an excellent match to watch wish i was there

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