Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, T20 tri-series, Harare June 17, 2012

Masakadza, Mpofu seal 11-run win

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Zimbabwe 154 for 6 (Masakadza 62) beat Bangladesh 143 for 5 (Tamim 38, Mpofu 2-20) by 11 runs
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Zimbabwe cruised to an 11-run win over Bangladesh in the opening match of the tri-series at Harare Sports Club. After choosing to bat on a dry pitch, Zimbabwe were propped up by the in-form Hamilton Masakadza's bellicose half-century as they reached 154 for 6. A professional team effort from Zimbabwe's bowlers then completed the job, the spinners keeping Bangladesh's explosive top order quiet and the seamers holding their nerve at the death.

Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful, promoted to open the batting, had approached Bangladesh's chase with the clear intention of laying a platform and not losing early wickets. They managed five boundaries in the first six overs but became oddly becalmed when Brendan Taylor turned to his spinners, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer.

By the seventh over Taylor was using spin from both ends, and though neither Tamim nor Ashraful are known as calm accumulators, they did just that as the opening stand passed 50 in the eighth over. With the required run-rate approaching nine an over, Ashraful jumped out of his crease at Utseya only for the bowler to spear one past the outside edge. Taylor completed a smart stumping.

A fired-up Ziaur Rahman thumped his third ball, from Utseya, high over the deep midwicket boundary to give the chase a little oomph but Zimbabwe's spinners kept the pressure on both batsmen. Cremer was particularly thrifty, mixing fizzing legbreaks with quicker sliders as just two runs came from his third over. Cremer's unbroken spell from the city end should have brought a wicket when Rahman top-edged a slog sweep and Mpofu set himself to take the catch at wide long-on. The ball burst straight through his fingers, however, and bobbled over the rope for four.

Mpofu made quick amends for his lapse when he came on from the Golf Course end and picked up Tamim's vital wicket as a slashed drive was caught by a tumbling Jarvis at third man to reduce Bangladesh to 87 for 2 in the 14th over. The uncapped Richard Muzhange has made his name in domestic limited-overs cricket through his skilful use of the yorker and it was a swinging toe-crusher that got rid of Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh quickly slipped to 95 for 3.

An athletic, diving catch by Craig Ervine at deep backward square got rid of Rahman and from then on Zimbabwe's grip tightened steadily. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah swung gamely at everything to keep Bangladesh in the hunt, but they were simply not given enough to hit and Jarvis had no trouble defending 19 in the final over.

Zimbabwe's batting had not been quite so assured, and they were thankful for Masakadza's knock. He struck the ball with fluency and power but after he fell Zimbabwe stumbled on a surface that slowed noticeably as the afternoon wore on.

Masakadza's first task had been to negotiate Abdur Razzaq's parsimonious opening spell, which he did with aplomb while collecting three fours and a six in Mashrafe Mortaza's first three overs. Emboldened by the imperious form that brought him a century in Zimbabwe's warm-up match two days ago, Masakadza raced into the 30s by slapping Abul Hasan's second ball cleanly over long-off.

Vusi Sibanda's scratchy innings came to an end as he walked past one from Elias Sunny that gripped and spun past the outside edge but Taylor did a good job of handing the strike back to Masakadza, who powered the first half of Zimbabwe's innings almost singlehandedly. Masakadza's third six, which skimmed through the fingers of the long-on fielder, took him to a 31-ball half-century. He added a fourth, a brutal flat-batted swipe that dented the advertising boards behind the bowler's arm before being run out.

His departure prompted something of a wobble in the middle order as Ervine was needlessly run-out second ball and Stuart Matsikenyeri managed just a single from his first six balls.

Matsikenyeri eventually got going with a slice to the wide third-man boundary off Razzaq and added 39 for the fourth wicket with Taylor, whose chipped six over extra cover off Sunny was the shot of the innings. But Zimbabwe never quite regained the momentum that Masakadza had given them. Zimbabwe's bowlers more than made up for the shortcomings of their batsmen and Bangladesh will need a good dose of inspiration if they are to bounce back against South Africa in two days' time.

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  • superstar100 on June 19, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Legend_of_All_Times India lost 2 matches agn ZIM i think at that time Indian side given chance to some younger players to perform thats fine and what about BD lost 4 test series and won only 1 agn ZIM but still ZIM dont get few test match to perform them as BD get enough

  • AkDoN on June 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I think this is Tri Series with SA, ZIM & BD why ppl here are discussing India. Feels that many ppl here are for discussing PAST performance by IND. No one is concerned with Current performance of ZIM,BD team.....why so.

  • Rafelgibt on June 19, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Like any other BAN die hard supporter I'm also very upset with the defeat against ZIm.........But still it's just a T20 match not even international..........So, we can't take it to heart......Hope BAN will be in winner position from the next match.......If no then still not to worry because its mereT20 fun games......All the best to BAN>>>>>>>>>

  • Abaa on June 19, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    @borhans & @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - So I suppose test cricket is the only sport Bangladesh takes seriously? And what are your credentials there? Three wins in almost 80 games in case you forgot. One against a Zimbabwe team rocked by political turmoil. Two against a West Indies team which didn't even have its second choice XI. And obviously it was touted as the uprising of Bangladesh. And this last test win happened over 3 years ago I believe. India admittedly got embarrassed badly by getting whitewashed the way they did. But the moment you put down one team to conveniently forget the failure of your team it gets pretty frustrating. For example here's the guy comparing West Indies' loss by 114 runs in an ODI to Bangladesh's loss by 11 runs in a T20! How can you compare the two? In that case, how badly has Bangladesh lost in ODIs in recent times? How many times by 150+ runs and how many times by 8+ wickets? Honestly its the aweful attitude of Bangladesh fans that is ridiculously disgusting!

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I really feel compassion for those people who always recite their indian team's 80 years of history before only 12 years old Bangladesh team, I think they simply can't find anything potential to glorify their dearest team ultimately. Their team india lost to Zimbabwe for consecutive 2 group matches to be eliminated from a Tri-nation tournament in 2010. In this connection I really wonder how team india still goes with their ODI status. And home-sick team india would have to wait for hundred years to have another world cup winner title if india didn't enlisted their name as world cup co-host for 2011. They simply forget how their indian team failed to win a test series in abroad for 18 years from 1986 to 2004 (Except Inaugural test match against Bangladesh in 2000). Recent two white washes in England and Australia strongly vindicates team india's severe home-sickness as a test nation even after 80 years of their travel. I really wonder about their test status.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    why are BD fans going on about the two bad series india has had in away games..we were particularly unlucky with the eng series with a spate of injuries and fatigue issues..besides we beat eng in england 1-0 in 2007 and aus 2-0 in india in 2008..we have won the world cup in all three formats..were ranked number 1 in tests and ODI only a year ago..only two recent bad series cannot make india a bad side.. and winning and losing is part of the game..but when BD lose its always history repeating itself and nothing new..they clearly havent reached international standards yet..its a mystery how BD got' test' status.

  • superstar100 on June 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    lot's of cricket fan saying INDIA lost 4-0 agn ENG and AUS thats fine but You should know that INDIA never lost HOME SERIES since 2004 it's almost 8 years and beat west indies 2011/12 new zeland 2010/11 , aus 2010/11 , sri lanka 2009/10 , england 2008/09 , pakisthan in 2007/08 , south africa 2004/05 do you have any words about it SRi lanka never won a single test in INDIA out of around 15 ....... i am not satisfied with the performance of BD team they hav great players like sakib and tamim but i will be happy if they win ...... y sakib rested is he tired due to ipl ???

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @ India_boy: Can U plz remember Indian side also lost against Zim twice in 2010 (though a young one)? And then they became World Champ in 2011. I won't say BD is a good side. But Indian side is a very unpredictable one like PK. They can chase down 300+ target within 40 overs but also loose against a minnow in the next tournament (e.g. vs BD in Asia Cup).

  • on June 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Zim must have put on a splendid show, as well as Bangi, but trully speakin, when these two sides meet they really put on a good show, its the SA part that worries me, I pray these guys (Zim and Bangi) maintain the push and flavour...

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 18, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    oh boy where to start? First of all, T20 is not creditable. It can't be cricket so it doesn't matter who win or loss. Bd just lost by 11 runs margin and Indian fans are already over criticizing BD. Have u forgot that last time India was here, they lost twice to Zim? A big LOL. Bangladesh gives all important to Cricket and T20 is non cricketing sport.

  • superstar100 on June 19, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Legend_of_All_Times India lost 2 matches agn ZIM i think at that time Indian side given chance to some younger players to perform thats fine and what about BD lost 4 test series and won only 1 agn ZIM but still ZIM dont get few test match to perform them as BD get enough

  • AkDoN on June 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I think this is Tri Series with SA, ZIM & BD why ppl here are discussing India. Feels that many ppl here are for discussing PAST performance by IND. No one is concerned with Current performance of ZIM,BD team.....why so.

  • Rafelgibt on June 19, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Like any other BAN die hard supporter I'm also very upset with the defeat against ZIm.........But still it's just a T20 match not even international..........So, we can't take it to heart......Hope BAN will be in winner position from the next match.......If no then still not to worry because its mereT20 fun games......All the best to BAN>>>>>>>>>

  • Abaa on June 19, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    @borhans & @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - So I suppose test cricket is the only sport Bangladesh takes seriously? And what are your credentials there? Three wins in almost 80 games in case you forgot. One against a Zimbabwe team rocked by political turmoil. Two against a West Indies team which didn't even have its second choice XI. And obviously it was touted as the uprising of Bangladesh. And this last test win happened over 3 years ago I believe. India admittedly got embarrassed badly by getting whitewashed the way they did. But the moment you put down one team to conveniently forget the failure of your team it gets pretty frustrating. For example here's the guy comparing West Indies' loss by 114 runs in an ODI to Bangladesh's loss by 11 runs in a T20! How can you compare the two? In that case, how badly has Bangladesh lost in ODIs in recent times? How many times by 150+ runs and how many times by 8+ wickets? Honestly its the aweful attitude of Bangladesh fans that is ridiculously disgusting!

  • Legend_of_All_Times on June 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I really feel compassion for those people who always recite their indian team's 80 years of history before only 12 years old Bangladesh team, I think they simply can't find anything potential to glorify their dearest team ultimately. Their team india lost to Zimbabwe for consecutive 2 group matches to be eliminated from a Tri-nation tournament in 2010. In this connection I really wonder how team india still goes with their ODI status. And home-sick team india would have to wait for hundred years to have another world cup winner title if india didn't enlisted their name as world cup co-host for 2011. They simply forget how their indian team failed to win a test series in abroad for 18 years from 1986 to 2004 (Except Inaugural test match against Bangladesh in 2000). Recent two white washes in England and Australia strongly vindicates team india's severe home-sickness as a test nation even after 80 years of their travel. I really wonder about their test status.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    why are BD fans going on about the two bad series india has had in away games..we were particularly unlucky with the eng series with a spate of injuries and fatigue issues..besides we beat eng in england 1-0 in 2007 and aus 2-0 in india in 2008..we have won the world cup in all three formats..were ranked number 1 in tests and ODI only a year ago..only two recent bad series cannot make india a bad side.. and winning and losing is part of the game..but when BD lose its always history repeating itself and nothing new..they clearly havent reached international standards yet..its a mystery how BD got' test' status.

  • superstar100 on June 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    lot's of cricket fan saying INDIA lost 4-0 agn ENG and AUS thats fine but You should know that INDIA never lost HOME SERIES since 2004 it's almost 8 years and beat west indies 2011/12 new zeland 2010/11 , aus 2010/11 , sri lanka 2009/10 , england 2008/09 , pakisthan in 2007/08 , south africa 2004/05 do you have any words about it SRi lanka never won a single test in INDIA out of around 15 ....... i am not satisfied with the performance of BD team they hav great players like sakib and tamim but i will be happy if they win ...... y sakib rested is he tired due to ipl ???

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    @ India_boy: Can U plz remember Indian side also lost against Zim twice in 2010 (though a young one)? And then they became World Champ in 2011. I won't say BD is a good side. But Indian side is a very unpredictable one like PK. They can chase down 300+ target within 40 overs but also loose against a minnow in the next tournament (e.g. vs BD in Asia Cup).

  • on June 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Zim must have put on a splendid show, as well as Bangi, but trully speakin, when these two sides meet they really put on a good show, its the SA part that worries me, I pray these guys (Zim and Bangi) maintain the push and flavour...

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 18, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    oh boy where to start? First of all, T20 is not creditable. It can't be cricket so it doesn't matter who win or loss. Bd just lost by 11 runs margin and Indian fans are already over criticizing BD. Have u forgot that last time India was here, they lost twice to Zim? A big LOL. Bangladesh gives all important to Cricket and T20 is non cricketing sport.

  • on June 18, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Next Time Zimbabwe wouldn't be that lucky...We will show our true power. Go Bangladesh !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SuperSharky on June 18, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    This was a great entertaining 20/20 match. I liked Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful in the opening order and believed that their way of approaching the score was correct. They should just build on this and try to perfect it more next time. No need to jump and change every time. The 11 runs difference was due to a brilliant entertaining innings from Hamilton Masakadza and clever bowling from Mpofu. Close good games and I can't wait for the next one in the series to start. This will be an interesting 20/20 tri-angular series. No team will feel safe for a every-time for-sure win.

  • on June 18, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I thought Zimbabwe played very well also fielded and bowled excellently to deserve this win.They would have even beaten the Indians with that performance and with greater margin.As for Bangladesh they played quite well considering the cold weather which made the track lot faster and with bit more experience if they had paced their innings better,they would have easily won.With three or four newcomers in the side it was a learning process and Bangladesh can only get better.Previously if Bangladesh had lost the initial game they would have folded to greater losses,but this present team has got the backbone to come back strongly as it was proven in the Asia Cup.Bangladesh was never outplayed like team India is these days.

  • on June 18, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    ROFL. On a lighter Note, BD Tigers got tamed !! :P Btw, BD fans your team performed well in Asia doesn't mean it would do the same on better pitches for bowlers. Even Zimbabawe beat you guys. lol Congrats to Zimbabwe Team and fans. Ehh !! Btw, someone had said that BD would white-wash Zim. LOL Now eat your words.

  • EnglishCricket on June 18, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    I don't understand why some people are criticising Bangladesh very harshly, they only lost by 11 runs plus they're in conditions which is different to them. Do some of you guys have cricketing brains? India lost 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia within a year plus knocked out of two International tournaments but nobody says remove them from International status plus these results of India are thousands of times worse then the 11 run loss Bangladesh have suffered today so some of you guys are not making any sense. Zimbabwe were just brilliant today especially their fielding and bowling and deserved the win. Don't forget that in 2010 in a 50 over Triangular Series involving Zimbabwe, India & Sri Lanka, the young India side lost all their games to Zimbabwe so why the double standards? or is it just jealousy? just type it in Google or ESPN yourself 2010 TRIANGULAR SERIES ZIMBABWE, INDIA & SRI LANKA and you will see India got beaten and knocked out by Zimbabwe TWICE ;))

  • on June 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    AkDoN... lol Do you have evidence that Shakib is an 'ordinary' guy or is it just 'jealousy'? The fact is mate Shakib has only just turned 25 and already in both Tests and ODIs has scored over 5000 runs, taken more than 250 wickets, more than 50 catches, won numerous man of the match and series awards etc etc and that's why he's the Number 1 in the World and just to remind you in Shakib 26 Tests he has played, only 1 was against Zimbabwe so LOOOL!!!!!!! Bangladesh lost by 11 runs NOT 111 runs like the West Indies the other day lol ;)

  • Nduru on June 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I am a ZIm supporter and thoroughly enjoyed the game yesterday. BUT, why is it that some of you feel that you have to knock Bangladesh just because of one loss? This is sport guys. In case you havn't noticed, someone wins and someone losses. Just because a team losses does not mean they are suddenly rubbish! Also, just because a team losses does not mean that suddenly Ireland, Afghanistan or Netherlands is better than them. The same rubbish is trotted out when Zim lose games. The point is that Zim has improved a lot in the last three years and Bangla cannot anymore count on walloping us as they used to do in the dark years when our team was practically a bunch of schoolboys.

  • on June 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Guys! Bangladesh lost by 11 runs NOT 111 runs so I don't understand what's all the fuss about. Zimbabwe were just better than Bangladesh on the day simple as that. West Indies lost to England by 114 runs massive difference so why the double standards? Exactly! :)

  • on June 18, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I seriously dont know y there r lot of criticism towards Bangladesh??? But these criticisms makes one thing clear that "people all over the world is giving importance to BD cricket"....... nd I can see the jelousy in some people's face that team BD has improved a lot in these 10-15 years of time unlike other teams which have been playing cricket since its begining.

  • borhans on June 18, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Bangladesh is never good in a low class tournament like T20

  • AkDoN on June 18, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Where is that " ORDINARY" guy from Ordinary Team LOL :)

  • on June 18, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Nice to see Zimbabwe back in action. Tigers need some time to settle down ...

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    A West Indian but always a fan of Zim..... Go hard

  • MNHasan on June 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    There is no need to worry for Bangladesh. Tigers will come back strongly against South Africa

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 18, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @Mohammad Tariqul Islam Enough on 1948. If u r a BD fan, you must learn that you were part of a country named Pakistan. Players from your part too in the nation team. So you know how to play cricket from that time...then y the fuss!!!

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    First one in the bag Zim, batting will have to improve drastically against South, otherwise, it's gonna be painful. Come on Zim, you can do this!!

  • Raiyan24r on June 18, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    bd still have chance to qualify .as there is a second leg.

  • Raiyan24r on June 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @legaleagle ,if bd doesn't deserve a cricketing status then so doesn't india.what r they doing in tests.the highest number of t20 matches played by a bd player is 36 by ashraful.whereas 5-6 players of zim team have played more than 50 t20 matches.yes,bd is weak in t20 but they will improve in the coming yrs.bd doesn't have a domestic t20 tournament except bpl which started this year.so they all r inexperienced.zim have a t20 tournament held each year form where muzhangi came.so to those criticizing bd, stop and wait for a few yrs for success of bd in t20.

  • Raiyan24r on June 18, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    yoongguns,if bd's asia cup is a fluke then india's WC is also a fluke.india lost 8-0 to ENG and AUS.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @ Meety: Totally agree with u. Ash is no more useful for international cricket. He played 1/2 good innings in every 2/3 years. But he hasn't played any good innings since 2010. So his inclusion in poor BD side is a mystery to me. They can pick Junaid instead of him.

  • India_boy on June 18, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    for all those referring to the India whitewash against Aus-Eng should realise that we admit our team played like sissies, and are ready to blame the players, selectors and establishment. but at the same time there is a difference between losing and losing like BD. WI was also at the top but had quite a few whitewashes themselves in the past 2 decades, but there have been players like Lara, Ambrose,Hooper,Gayle,Chanders,Sarwan,Walsh etc. to show a flicker of hope. India may have lost those 2 series but they won T-20 and ODI WC in a gap of 4 years,not to mention CB series, 2 Asia cups and whitewashed Eng/NZ/SL in ODI series.They were the only team to have a respectable record against Aus from 2001-2010 and had squared 2 consec. series against SA(home and away), a feat not performed by any other team barring Aus. they may have exited 2 ODI tournaments but not before thrashing the 2 best ODI bowlers-malinga and Gul, making a record chase of 321 under 40 overs.contd..... Cricinfo pl publish

  • India_boy on June 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    So BD lost to Zim, what happened to all that talk about resurgent BD and giant slayers and all. All IPL they were whining about PWI not playing Tamim, what did he do now. Truth is that Sehwag was right, BD is still very ordinary, they may win on the back of poor opposition performance or one individual fluke performance a la ashraful against Aus, but this is it. no matter what they say, these cubs will never become tigers

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    bangladesh will be minnows for atleast 5 years.. they just do not show guts to improve their team.. i dont think shakib's presence would have make any difference to the side.. 1 or 2 wins over test playing nations in several years doesn't make the team good.. they are lacking character to play outside their country.. have to improve a lot.. things would not go well this way..

  • on June 18, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Shakib was the only hope for Bangladesh and I am sure Shakib was watching the match really closely after he decided not to come and everyone knows bd always take the first match as a practice so they go easy and after their first match they play like tigers

  • maddy20 on June 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Mohammad Tariqul Islam India gets whitewashed once in a while, but Bangladesh always gets whitewashed against any of the top 5 teams! No team has that level of ... "consistency".

  • t2_t24 on June 18, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Bangladesh lost in a practice match...and rivals of Bangladesh are so happy to see that bangladesh lost..Practice match is just practice match..no need to worry..we will come back strongly and all rivals pls stop your criticize..

  • on June 18, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Tigers turns pussy cat when they go abroad to play.........no plans for the game, what so ever,,,,they are still minnows & not any better than Zimbabwe.

  • joynal693 on June 18, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Hi guys this is only practice T20 & BD is taking as practice only. You know that the T20 World cup will take place at the condition which is very suited to BD condition. And at this familiar condition BD can beat any team with their perfect weapon Shakib Al Hasan, the best all rounder of the world.

  • Meety on June 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    I think the result would of been a bit different had Shakib played for Banga. Well played Zim. Ashraful is NOT an International standard batsmen. His only place in this team is at about #7, & bowling 2 or 3 overs, he is also a fairly awful fielder.

  • on June 18, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    lols !! nhow congrats to zim :D and cant wait c the Irish in action :D

  • on June 18, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    If bangladesh needs to earn respect from other cricketing nations, they need to win overseas. most of their memorable performances came in their backyard. plus, i'm really loving these indians and bangaldeshis who are going at each other :P

  • hasib9 on June 18, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Let's get this straight: This is not an official series! This series is all about finding the right team combination. Let's focus on the 11 that will have a chance to play the T20 world cup. Tamim, Nassir, & Razzak did well today. Want to see Anamul Haque in the next match.

  • yoongguns on June 18, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    hmm.. Bangladesh did well here...They lost by only 11 runs...you will see in future games in the same series...they will not win a single game...lot more to improve here...win or two in a year is not enough....ICC wake up n take all cricket status from there....it is difficult for BD fans but truth hurts....Though i am pakistan fan i would not enjoy a single victory against BD because it maters nothing to me.......

  • on June 18, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @Natesan333: yeah, like India never loses any match.. oh wait! didn't they got whitewashed by Australia and England even though they are playing test cricket since around 1948 ...

  • ransr5 on June 18, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    guys stop saying bangladesh is a young team and they need more experience. i am tired of hearing that comment. when bangladesh wins they r treated as world champion,and when they lose they are given the excuse of "young team". the different between good and bad teams r to play under pressure, do well under pressure. good team usually doesnt loose by 11 runs unless the score is too high. for bangladesh they should stop depending on shakib. its not one player that makes a good team , its 11 players combined. i am huge fan of bangladesh but i think they should stop learning and start performing. there has to be consistency. lose or win. consistency have to be there. its their 3rd lose in this tournament. they lost twice in the practice match. and lost today, obviously they r not learning from losing. anyway good luck and do well for next game.

  • lala88 on June 18, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Sri lanka got their test status in 1981. within 15 years they won the world cup & became one of the strongest team in the world cricket. Bangladesh got their test status in 2000. they played 9 test matches against Zimbabwe and lost five of them. Only one win for Bangladesh. After 12 years of test status Bangladesh did nothing. Beat strong team in one or two occasions, that does not make bangladesh great cricket team. Countries like Zimbabwe, Ireland, Kenya have also beat best teams. I just want to tell BD fans don't become over confidence. Bangladesh is very ordinary team. ICC should reconsider about the test status of Bangladesh. Dear BD fans Bangladesh will never play at least world cup semi finals. cricinfo post this

  • Natesan333 on June 17, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    .......and BD wanted a series with India?!!!

  • theswami on June 17, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    I think the BD squad should be Iqbal, Islam/ Ashraful, Haque, Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Mahmud, Rahman, Sunny,Mortaza, Razaq, Nazmul Hussain, in this order.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on June 17, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe -- definitely you're much better team now than INDIA and SRI LANKA. Now you to perform better against IRELAND who are playing much better than INDIA at this moment. Congratulations.

  • EnglishCricket on June 17, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    I don't understand why some people are criticising Bangladesh very harshly, they only lost by 11 runs plus they're in conditions which is different to them. Do some of you guys have cricketing brains? India lost 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia within a year plus knocked out of two International tournaments but nobody says remove them from International status plus these results of India are thousands of times worse then the 11 run loss Bangladesh have suffered today so some of you guys are not making any sense. Zimbabwe were just brilliant today especially their fielding and bowling and deserved the win. Don't forget that in 2010 in a 50 over Triangular Series involving Zimbabwe, India & Sri Lanka, the young India side lost all their games to Zimbabwe so why the double standards? or is it just jealousy? just type it in Google or ESPN yourself 2010 TRIANGULAR SERIES ZIMBABWE, INDIA & SRI LANKA and you will see India got beaten and knocked out by Zimbabwe TWICE ;))

  • ExplicitPlatinum on June 17, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I would like to congratualate Zimbabwe for this win. Obviously, I would support BD because of us being Asian brothers. BD fans shouldn't be disappointed about this loss, Tamim showed class, Nasir Hossain scored 29 not out! They played well without Shakib. Just think what would happen if Shakib played this match! Resting him was an excellent option, in order to groom out Mushfiqur (A much better keeper than any keeper in Pakistan at the moment, I would definately choose him if he was Pakistani), Tamim and Nasir Hossain. Elias Sunny is a great find too. Groom him well and BD will have a Pakistani Abdur Rehman.

  • on June 17, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe! Now, they can beat India and Srilanka any day as the beat Bangladesh. Good to see these teams are moving forward and hope they'll get past teams like India in very near future! Go Zimbabwe, Irelad and Bangladesh GO!

  • FrenchCricketFan on June 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    well balled zimbabwe, ur balling looks okay but batting doesnt, cant depend on masakadza against top sides. Hope you improve ur batting soon. Bangladesh really needs to find some decent pacer, right now your pace ballers sucks. Also, Nasir Hossain should come before mushfiq and mahmudullah.

  • on June 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Cumon guys. Bangladesh are not given t20 ranking and do you know why? Because they didnt get enough opportunity to play T20 matches so that shows they are not experienced at all ! so this was more than expected with a new team new squad.

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mohamudull not fit for t20.should Zahurul come before Mahumudllah.

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Hey all, i hate those comment's aganist Bangladesh coz BD still a young team & they will be the one of the top team within 5 year's and now Bangladesh is world 2nd cricket Loving & business growing nation after India & BD will play major role in criket within some time....& i am sure Tigers will be top 4 in next world cup....Go tigerGo.......

  • samincolumbia on June 17, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    As the great Sehwag said...Bangladesh is indeed a very ordinary team!

  • on June 17, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    guys, please don't abuse Bangladesh Cricket Team. May be they played bad today. Wait for the other match. Let's see what they do. They are not always fluke. Everyone has something valuable inside them. They just have to dig deep enough. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't........

  • k4zz on June 17, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    What kind of a batting performace was that from bangladesh. I dont know why there two most attacking players where asked to play an accumulation game, from Ash that was a poor performance he just went too slow for an opener with the powerplay available. But one of the biggest thing that cost bangladesh was having ziaur rahman bat at 3, who made that decision the coach or captain, he was their to im guessing smack 20 from 10 or so i presume, but instead he hogged the strike from tamim which ended with tamim losing his momentum and thus his wicket. Ziaur just went for a bunch of swing and miss, got lucky for a few balls but wasnt good enough and someone like rahim or nasir could have used that to get themselves, rotate the strike and attack. But Zim deserve credit, was a good batting performance from Masakadza and their bowlers did a good job. But overall I have to say Bangladesh dug themselves in a hole with a slow start and poor decision in batting order.

  • JAD77 on June 17, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Afghanistan and Ireland are better teams than Bangadesh. In future, ICC should ask Bangladesh to play with non test playing nations to obtain qualification for ICC championship

  • Legaleagle on June 17, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Bangladesh DOES NOT DESERVE to be in international cricket. Zimbabwe is doing really well given all the limitations and constraints they have. I really hope Zimbabwe can build on this win and develop into a force to reckon with.

    Still long to go for Zim's but awful stuff from Bangladesh.

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    tigers will comeback against South Africa

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    1)Tamim 2)Jahurul 3)Ashraful 4)Anamul 5)Mushfiq 6)Zia 7)Nasir 8)Mahmudullah 9)Mashrafe 10) Abul 11) Razzak well done BD! a VERY WELL fought match, hope to see more victories in the future.

  • priceless1 on June 17, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    This shows where BD stands in international cricket !

  • asiacricket1234 on June 17, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I think now it is safe to say that BD cant win T20. They couldnt beat the Zim A Team so I wasnt expecting them to beat the Zim team either :(

  • axdfg on June 17, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Minnow Bangladesh should ban from cricket team. They are not fit for cricket.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    HA HA HA SO CALLED TIGERS GO ZIM GO I AM WITH .

  • yoongguns on June 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I knew it..I was thinking from Asia cup that how can BD even gave fight to teams...Now BD proved it was fluke...BD only can surprise once in two years. There is no improvement in cricket from their side..it is their full strength side(Do not give me name of shakib, one can not relay on individual).. shame...

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    BD is too poor as a T20 Team and even in away countries .

  • WTEH on June 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    It is amazing how these countries obtained the full ICC status. Not sure they'll be able to beat nations like Ireland or Netherlands,

  • Raiyan24r on June 17, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    what's the point in taking so many all rounders in the team.take a genuine batsman like zunaid.

  • Raiyan24r on June 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    bd lost fair and square but there is the second leg also.mhuzangi was superb.good all aroud cricket.abul hasan was not that useful.reza or nazmul should be taken in the next match.zunaid or anamul should be taken as hard hitters.

  • seansie78 on June 17, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Befuddled, I wonder what the sense is in sending in two known hitters to play an accumulators game??? moreso given the total to chase was less than par and a loss would almost certainly mean elimination with the third team in the triangular being south Africa and all, great job by Muzhange- have zim found the quick to complement chigumbura as first change pair after mooch and jarvis in the T20? Masakadza was rather unlucky though better judgment would not be amiss especially when you've pinched more than is required in an over, a hundred gone a begging? Loved the captaincy of Taylor and the composure of the lads as a whole, hopefully it will hold against south Africa.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 17, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Why would a team "practice" to LOSE? Does that make sense? Its ok to hope they improve and do well but please stop the nonsense claiming they were only practice matches. They lost and that is a cause for some concern. Give Zim credit. For yrs persons would make the same excuses vs Bang n Bang fans would be in an uproar. Now they are behaving the same way towards Zim. U cannot expect respect if you don't give any. Plus the first step to improvement is admitting you have problems and stop making excuses for them. Just practice matches? Well well why don't we all practice to lose from now on?

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Shakib showed total irresponsibility by not playing the match x( .

  • Legaleagle on June 17, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Bangladesh players are more concerned to get celebrity status. None of them deserve any limelight because their performance is below par and 3rd grade.

    INSHALLAH ZIMBABWE WILL WIN ALL THE MATCHES AGAINST BD.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    all the hype about bangladesh and now they lose to zimbabwe. prolly your best excuse would be shakib wasn't playing i s'pose.

  • agupta429 on June 17, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Good stuff Zimbabwe.. I always had faith. I was leaning towards Bdesh for a sec, but i knew Zim had it in them to win. Bdesh is very good at home.

  • Legaleagle on June 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Zimbabwe deserved to win this! They are an exciting bunch of cricketers. Unlike Bangladesh, who has NOT achieved anything but pretend to be winners.

    This is a GREAT LESSON for Bangladesh. I am tired of hearing the same old story from Bangladesh captains, "We will learn from our mistakes". My question is- WHEN?

    Good luck to all participants in this tournament.

  • jr2012 on June 17, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Bangladesh really need retire themselves from top level cricket and re-enter the associates. This is embarrassing defeat. Zimbabwe hardly play any top level cricket and here they are thrashing Bangladesh. I would say Afghans and Nepal would provide better competition. We really need a promotion and relegation system in place to promote more competitive cricket.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    I think today's Bangladeshis team selection was not correct. Batting order also was wrong. Nazmul should have been in place of Abul Hasan raju because of experiencein the very first match. Mahmudullah should have not take in the squad bcoz he is not suitable for T20, he is good for test & one day . he cannot play from the 1st ball . he took his time to play stroke. Anamul haque Bijoy should have been taken in place of him. If Jahurul Played before Mahmudullah I think result would changed, think 14 from 15 balls!!!!!! Team management will think for the rest of the tournament.

  • joynal693 on June 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Do not worry BD. Although they left their best player but still they are good side. Just they need more time to adopt the pitch & seaming condition of Zimbabwe. Perhaps in the next match. Still we are hopeful.

  • Fogu on June 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe. Good game. Your fielding was exceptional when it counted. Bangladesh need to focus on bowling dot balls and middle order batting.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    lost by 11 runs. well this goes to show BD still has not learnt how to win.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Though they lost by 11 runs got to admit that was not a good performance by Bangladesh, their fielding and bowling was not up to standard but congrats to Zimbabwe. I just checked out that these results are not having no affect on the T20 rankings but also not having affect on the head to head record or player records in International format instead individually pretty silly from ICC considering its International Teams that are competing.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Well, after loss of 2 practice games in the same day, some over-optimistic fans said, "It's just practice games". What will they say after this defeat? "It's just an unofficial tournament" ? lol. Anyway, cheers for Bangla selectors for choosing Ash. The best BD batsman(?) batted like ODI game with strike rate of 78+. BD would've a good chance to qualify in final with Shakib & without Ash. But with an off-formed flopped Ash? No way!

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    BD still played well :) Good Luck for the next games.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    it was an official or unofficial game?

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    BD cannot undo the ZIM team

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Can BD still able to wrap up this game.Insallah they will be able to do this...

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  • on June 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Can BD still able to wrap up this game.Insallah they will be able to do this...

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    BD cannot undo the ZIM team

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    it was an official or unofficial game?

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    BD still played well :) Good Luck for the next games.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Well, after loss of 2 practice games in the same day, some over-optimistic fans said, "It's just practice games". What will they say after this defeat? "It's just an unofficial tournament" ? lol. Anyway, cheers for Bangla selectors for choosing Ash. The best BD batsman(?) batted like ODI game with strike rate of 78+. BD would've a good chance to qualify in final with Shakib & without Ash. But with an off-formed flopped Ash? No way!

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Though they lost by 11 runs got to admit that was not a good performance by Bangladesh, their fielding and bowling was not up to standard but congrats to Zimbabwe. I just checked out that these results are not having no affect on the T20 rankings but also not having affect on the head to head record or player records in International format instead individually pretty silly from ICC considering its International Teams that are competing.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    lost by 11 runs. well this goes to show BD still has not learnt how to win.

  • Fogu on June 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe. Good game. Your fielding was exceptional when it counted. Bangladesh need to focus on bowling dot balls and middle order batting.

  • joynal693 on June 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Do not worry BD. Although they left their best player but still they are good side. Just they need more time to adopt the pitch & seaming condition of Zimbabwe. Perhaps in the next match. Still we are hopeful.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    I think today's Bangladeshis team selection was not correct. Batting order also was wrong. Nazmul should have been in place of Abul Hasan raju because of experiencein the very first match. Mahmudullah should have not take in the squad bcoz he is not suitable for T20, he is good for test & one day . he cannot play from the 1st ball . he took his time to play stroke. Anamul haque Bijoy should have been taken in place of him. If Jahurul Played before Mahmudullah I think result would changed, think 14 from 15 balls!!!!!! Team management will think for the rest of the tournament.