Zimbabwe XI v Bangladeshis, Harare, 3rd day August 1, 2011

Mutizwa takes Zimbabwe XI to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe XI 113 (Robiul 3-33, Shafiul 3-36) and 225 for 6 (Mutizwa 87*, Ervine 42) beat Bangladeshis 188 (Mushfiqur 64, Ncube 3-40) and 147 (Shakib 40, Utseya 3-25) by four wickets

Forster Mutizwa and Craig Ervine out-batted the Bangladeshis in the tourists' only practice game to lead Zimbabwe XI to a four-wicket victory. On the final day, the pair's 84-run stand took the game away from the visitors who set a 223-run target. Mutizwa made an unbeaten 87 off 125 balls with four boundaries and two sixes, batting as confidently as one could on a wicket that could at best be described as sporting.

Ervine too stayed calm after they had collapsed to 100 for 5 in the second session, hitting beautiful cover drives on his way to 42 off 61 balls. After Ervine fell to Nasir Hossain early in the final session, Malcolm Waller's unbeaten 22 helped Mutizwa finish the chase with almost two hours remaining.

During their sixth-wicket stand Ervine and Mutizwa were more confident than the whole Bangladesh batting line-up, though an easier pitch on the final day (after 32 wickets fell in the first two days) helped them. Ervine, who earned a call-up to the squad, looked the more graceful of the two, taking time and regularly playing it as late as possible.

Mutizwa, at the other end, played his shots and his approach rattled the Bangladeshis, especially Abdur Razzak who went wicketless for 16 overs. Only Shakib Al Hasan showed class with the ball, drawing many appeals, but his two-wicket haul wasn't enough as the seamers fell flat against the hosts' patience.

Earlier, it was opener Sikandar Raza whose batting gave the rest confidence. The Sialkot-born right-hander struck four boundaries and a six in his 39 before Shakib had him lbw late in the first session. Time is short for the Bangladeshis, and the experienced names in their line-up have to help the side return to a positive mindset after this demoralising loss.

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  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    The one off test maybe a good watch...

  • Dar on August 3, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    I totally agree with Suresh Kumar. What is the point of over rating your team when the result is totally opposite. Why do we B'Deshi's need to talk so big while most of the time our team lets us down. Lets be humble and let the games and team talk for itself. If BD manages to play consistently, they'll be automatically talked about by the others, why do we B'Deshis fan hyped up so much about our team. Lets admit it, we should be learning from United Emirates and Afganistan, the way they're playing agains Kenya and Canada. This should be a lesson to learn and learn to play ther game professionally.

  • DJ on August 3, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I agree with suresh kumar, Even though I dont like Indian fans coming and commenting in our cricket status, but i agree in this occaision We need to wash zimbabwe's feet with water and drink the water from it, because this is a ongoing pattern that we are following and i dont see a change, from Whatmore to Siddons To law, So what bring sachin tendulkar as coach its going to be the same result at the end of the night..... Tamim, shakib can go to anywhere in the world to play cricket, IPL, English county, whatever overhyped players are never good for the team, One time they score 100 and the next time a big fat zero....... We gotta comeback strong and thump zimbabwe back.......

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Hey see what BD had done. Lately I'm receiving threatening messages on my FB from BD fans to stop commenting on Cricinfo. I'm an ardent cricket fan irrespective of nation, I admire any good cricketing player or nation, but I hate to see over hyped team or over rated players, I once again I re-iterate the same stop overrating your players, such as Sakib, no.1 allrounder and also stop portraying yourself as favourites of this tournament, cricket has been such a fascinating game anything can happen, and anybody can beat anyone on their own day, for instance even BD has convincingly beaten Aussie, Kiwi and English teams in the past. BD hasn't got enough discipline or composure to term themselves as world class playing unit yet, they have to go long way before they enjoy this fascinating game, meanwhile they have to be down to earth and be modest to achieve excellence in future.

  • Javed on August 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    BD team should play with Three pacers. Shafiul, Rabiul and Nazmul might be the best choices. 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Nafis 4. Shakib 5. Mushfiq 6.Mahmudullah 7. Nasir 8.Shafiul 9.Rabiul 10.Nazmul/Rubel, 11. Razzak/Ashraful/Home. If they want to play with one extra Batsman then Ashraful/Home otherwise Razzak.

  • raymond on August 2, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    A-proud-Bengali - there is not much to analyse- Bangladesh lost to zim ix within 3 days- say what you will but I can't imagine India or eng or SA losing in that manner! Let's wait for the actual test and ODI series.

  • Dar on August 2, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Can anyone tell me if B'Desh have won any test against any of the Test Nations yet? I just want to see B'desh play the full five day, regardless of Win or Lose. I want to see our Tigers can stay in the crease and play 120 overs + in the crease. Again, Good Luck to both of the team.

  • Tauhidul on August 2, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    This is a wake-up call for us Bangladeshis. Don't be over-confident.

  • purbo on August 2, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    In cricket anything can happen (we almost won against mighty Australia in Dhaka and against Pakistan in Multan). We shouldn't worry and keep faith in the current team and pls pls BCB (Technical committee) do not inter fair in selectors' business. All the best to the Bangladesh Cricket Team.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Low scoring game. the pitch seemed to be not good enough to pass 200.

    But at the end, Bangladeshis were unable to limit opposition's score by 200(last inning). Thats weak point of bangladeshis.They gave very good fight against india at their very 1st test in 2000. Bangladesh's first-innings 400 had been the second-highest total on Test debut, after Zimbabwe's 456 against India;

    i don't feel where they are now.

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