Zimbabwe Select XI v Bangladeshis, Tour match, Harare

Hosts down Bangladeshis in both matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 15, 2012

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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

Graeme Cremer was the most economical of Zimbabwe's bowlers, Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad, February 21, 2011
Graeme Cremer took four wickets in the first match © Getty Images

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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Posted by   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? -_-

Posted by Abaa 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

Posted by   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 ?

Posted by Lord_Dravid 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

Posted by bcric12 on (June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

no problem , these are practice matches

Posted by Bruisers 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"....

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by Refat 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.

Posted by india_cant_bowl 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??!!

Posted by swat1999 on (June 16, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Why like that, Bangladesh may playe better than this. by the way thanks Zimbabwe. Hope Bangladesh will be come back rest of the matches

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

You guys do realize that these are "practice matches' of a 'practice series" ?? Also the fact that the Bangladeshis are having to adjust with the massive change in weather, playing in Harare 6 degrees after arriving from Dhaka 45 degree ?? That itself takes few days to adjust while the boys landed just a day before after a 24 hours flight !!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 16, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Zim,ire R better than bd if shakib nt plyng,bd R equal to zim,slightly lower than ire(while plyng outside bd) even if shakib plys,howevr shakib got that undeservng no.1 status while plyng against zim,check stats,he has 1000+ runs pls 50 wickets against them

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

ICC please take away 'test status' from Bangladesh...

Posted by borhans on (June 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Bangladesh is not a good T20 team & they rested sakib after he is too tired due to IPL .so yes we might loose the T20 series .T20 doesn't need quality cricket its not even a proper form of cricket .So guys leave T20 to the little kids who don't understand cricket

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Everything will be fine..........

Posted by Tamimfan on (June 16, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

@FOTO - Abul Hasan? Who the heck is he? Another listless medium pacer who will get hit all around the park. Do you know how strong this second string South African team is? Behardien and Morris are enough to thrash your bowlers all day long. Don't need big names like Duminy, Faf or Levi against a team like Bangladesh. And why do you fans keep chanting Shakib all the time?? He is a guy who can bat a bit and bowl a bit, neither a genuine batsman nor a bowler. He's good enough only for teams like Zimbabwe and Canada. So cool off.

Posted by secondopinion on (June 16, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

India gets whacked in England, Australia and now West Indies. B'desh get whipped twice by a lowly Zim. These two countries should play their matches only at home. B'desh players lack to tenacity to stay and put a price on their wickets. Indian and B'deshi players generally faulty technique comes off alright on slow pitches. Once the ball starts doing a bit, they are all at sea.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 16, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

For guys saying "these are only practice matches" why would u practice to loose? That makes no sense. They were beaten fair and square by a ZimXI. Denial will hinder Bangladesh's obvious progress!

Posted by joynal693 on (June 16, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Guys, these are simply practice matches. Look forward for the entire series.

Posted by FOTO on (June 16, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

Don't worry u guyz BD is gonna do fine! I think BD should take out Razzak and play 4 overs with Nasir. Ziaur should be replaced by Anamul. @rOketman BD is compatible without Shakib I mean, if they can do good batting like make a run chase of 160 then SA will find hard time against Eilias Sunny and Abul Hasan.

Posted by Tamimfan on (June 15, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

Where is 'Sehwag_Is_Ordinary' who said "SA team will lose to BD by some huge margins"..? Think twice before bashing other teams cause it will come back and hit you HARD.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 15, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

I don't understand why some people are criticising Bangladesh? These 2 T20 matches are PRACTICE matches but in the next match where the series will first get underway, then you can criticise all you want. Also don't forget that the pitches in Zimbabwe are similar to South Africa fast so Bangladesh had to adapt and experience the new conditions and that's why they call such matches as PRACTICE.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Pacerone, you are right, we do not have a consistent team yet, others, no kid gloves please, we do not have a talent pool yet, like Australia, India...

We will only have to be content with guiding India out of Asia/World cup for now.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (June 15, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

You know, I will never say remove Bangladesh's test status, of course not, they are improving and won't improve if they are sent back but WHAT ABOUT IRE? Ireland deserve a chance, I think they have way more potential than Bang once the English allow them to cont. playing county cricket.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

For the first match, the line up should be this - 01.Tamim,02.Jahurul,03.Ashraful,04. Rahim,05.Mahmudullah,06.Nasir,07.Rahman,08.Mortaza,09.Razzaq,10.Sunny,11.Abul.

Posted by PACERONE on (June 15, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

When Gordon Greenidge told them that the team was not ready for the big time years ago when he was the coach they did not like it and fired him.Maybe they should re-hire him and let him get the team ready.

Posted by india_cant_bowl on (June 15, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Okay people..This is just a practice match where the new coach was trying to know the players...and BAngladesh trying to know how to play without no 1 allrounder Shakib...so in the real match all calculations will be solved and BD will come as the most strong team.Already new talent Abul Hossain Raju is discovered as a fast bowling allrounder and Ashraful as an opener.So just wait for the tournament starting in 17th.Lets see if Bangladesh could win this tournament without Shakib

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

I am not worried at all. We have went for several test and with very inexperienced pace attack which is most important while we are playing away and specially in Africa. I am now declaring my 1st match's playing 11s' on Sunday against Zimbabwe. Lets give a look Pybus - 1. Tamim, 2. Ashraful, 3. Jahurul, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Nasir, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Ziaur, 8. Mashrafee, 9. Farhad, 10. Razzak, 11. Sunny. 12th Man: Anamul.

Posted by priceless1 on (June 15, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

why Bangaldeshis' playing cricket out side Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

bad day for bangkadeshis hope they will over come

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Bangladesh neeed shariar nafees

Posted by seansie78 on (June 15, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

The usual culprits have stood up for Zimbabwe. Masakadza seemed to be in the same frame of mind as he was when he scored 100 against west indies on debut, Vusi aggressive as usual and Cremer a beauty to watch. Meth and and chigumbura look good for the all rounded slots while Vitori needs to be kept for the 50 over and tests- T20 is. Of his thing he leeks too much. A good even though the opposition is somewhat lucklustre, south Africa will be a better challange. An interesting tri-series in store. I bet we will be seeing shaking on the plane to Harare soon.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Another proof that BD cannot win outside BD, even against teams like Zim. Zim beat them fair and square in both games. If BD play in Ireland they'll lose all the games there too. Afghanistan can probably beat BD in a bilateral series as well. How long and how many chances do they need to put a consisent team together?

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Very smart coach....Very smart :) I don't know you guys noticed this but the coach is using all his Bangladeshi players in these practice games and creating his T20 team before the match.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 15, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

2 lose in one day. Well Done Bangladesh. If they cant beat Zim XI how on earth they are gonna beat the top teams :O. I know they are bad at T20 but this performance is rubbish. Last time BD had a new coach they went to Zim for first tour and it was a disaster. It seems its gonna be same story this time too just in different format :/

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

which channel will telecast this series in asia?

Posted by S.S.Sagar on (June 15, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

BD iS Feeling The AbSence of Shakib, Of CourSe! And Good To See ASh Back in Some RunS..... :)

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