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

Masakadza, Mpofu seal 11-run win


Zimbabwe 154 for 6 (Masakadza 62) beat Bangladesh 143 for 5 (Tamim 38, Mpofu 2-20) by 11 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • amit 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

  • Amit 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.

  • KH. RAFIQUE 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>>>>>>>>>

  • Suj 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!

  • Sharif 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.

  • Hira 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.

  • amit 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 ???

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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).

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Mohsin 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.

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