Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Harare August 12, 2011

Vitori and Sibanda sink Bangladesh


Zimbabwe 186 for 6 (Sibanda 96, Rubel 4-26) beat Bangladesh 184 (Mushfiqur 59, Shakib 53, Vitori 5-30) by four wickets
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Despite a late wobble, Zimbabwe chased a below-par total with relative ease after Brian Vitori sliced through the Bangladesh top order to become the first Zimbabwe bowler to take five wickets on ODI debut. The chase was anchored by a mature innings from Vusi Sibanda, who coped easily with Bangladesh's arsenal of left-arm spinners and made sure that the late strikes from Rubel Hossain were in vain.

Bangladesh's bowlers were inconsistent early on and they posed little threat to the Zimbabwe batsmen, in contrast to the way Zimbabwe's bowlers had executed their plans when the visitors batted. Led by debutant left-arm seamer Vitori, Zimbabwe restricted Bangladesh to 184 on a flat pitch. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim put on a century partnership for the sixth-wicket to resuscitate the innings, which stood on the brink of implosion at 43 for 5 in the 17th over, but it did not do enough to post a defendable total.

With Chris Mpofu, Vitori made exceptional use of the early bounce on offer and bowled a tight line, offering no width to the Bangladesh batsmen. That forced them to be circumspect in their approach, refusing to move their feet or look for singles, and they made a slow start to their innings.

After two overs of teasing swing, Vitori offered Tamim Iqbal a short ball and the Bangladesh opener took the bait with a horribly timed pull that was safely taken by Elton Chigumbura at mid-on. Vitori bowled an extended eight-over spell and earned regular reward. Shahriar Nafees was bowled with a delivery that pitched on middle and uprooted leg stump as he tried to drive down the ground. Mohammad Ashraful and Imrul Kayes departed in the 14th over. Ashraful took out his frustration on a short ball that went straight to Mpofu at long leg and Kayes was trapped lbw with a full delivery that came into him and thudded into the front pad.

Bangladesh continued in free-fall and even Chigumbura, who was the least threatening of the bowlers, picked up a wicket, when Mahmudullah slapped a full and wide delivery to backward point. With the change bowlers on, Bangladesh were allowed to relax and Shakib and Mushfiqur approached their innings as their team-mates should have. They rotated the strike well and took on the spin pair of Propser Utseya and Ray Price, making good use of the sweep shot.

Shakib should have been stumped on 17, when he danced down the track to an Utseya delivery but Tatenda Taibu was not able to get the bails off in time. He capitalised on his lifeline and continued scoring at a good rate all around the wicket to notch up his half century. Mushfiqur provided solid support, puncturing the gaps in a spread field.

The pair gathered runs at will and medium-pacer Hamilton Masakadza was brought on in the 36th over to break the partnership. Three overs later he removed Shakib, who tried to force one through the covers but could only pop it up to Utseya.

With Shakib gone, Mushfiqur tried to accelerate but fell in his first attempt, giving Utseya his 100th ODI wicket. The tail was disposed off cheaply, giving Zimbabwe's batsmen a fairly simple task on a pitch that got better for batting.

Zimbabwe set off at a canter, dealing with the first three overs of seam bowling with disdain, before the spinners - Abdur Razzak and Shakib - came on. Shakib had success with his second delivery, bowling his opposite number, Brendan Taylor, with an arm ball that snuck between bat and pad.

The left-arm spin didn't frighten Sibanda, who played with characteristically nifty footwork and struck two straight drives in the next over. That prompted Shakib to make a third bowling change and bring on Suhrawadi Shuvo inside 10 overs.

Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza settled comfortably, ran well between the wickets and scored at a rapid rate, dealing with everyone from Shakib to Mahmudullah with ease. They looked set to take Zimbabwe home with minimal fuss but a little indifference crept in and Masakadza was run out. He hesitated for a single that his partner was unsure of, and by the time Masakadza stopped, he was halfway down the pitch and could not make it back in time.

That opened the door for Bangladesh to strike back and Rubel stepped up. He was brought back on after just one over upfront and, with the ball just starting to reverse swing, took two wickets in two balls. Taibu was bowled by a ripper that swung into him and Craig Ervine got a fine edge through to Mushfiqur.

Bangladesh showed the right intent by taking the bowling Powerplay but could not prise open the door any further. Sibanda and Forster Mutizwa consolidated, even though Mutizwa looked uncomfortable against the spin at first and Sibanda failed to control the pull off Rubel.

Sibanda's strength against left-arm spin propelled him towards a century as he struck a straight six off Shuvo, but he threw his hundred away with a hurried stroke that looped straight to square leg when he was on 96. That left Mutizwa and Chigumbura with 10 runs and ample time to win the match, and although Chigumbura was out before it was over, a measured Mutizwa took Zimbabwe home.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Bokwe on August 15, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    the Duo of Vusi & Vitori if it were compared to music is like that of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, just exceptional

  • dummy4fb on August 14, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    give zim 3 years and we will be no 1 ODI team in the world, why not with such talent. well done guys keep on shining!!!

  • dummy4fb on August 14, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    So Zim is now 2-Nil up in the series...Vittori had another 5wicket haul...I wonder wat his critics will say now? Im even more curious to see how pro-Bangladeshi posters will overlook and downplay how their team has been outclassed and made to look mediocre in this series thus far. It is great to see Zimbabwe maturing and getting into form. Previously they rarely had a day when they performed excellently with both the ball and the bat. One can only hope they continue to grow in form as a team and that individually they fulfill their roles and utilise all the potential they have shown and made waste of in games past. Well done lads, and Alan Butcher I will drink to your health mate!

  • dummy4fb on August 14, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Im with Southern Rocks and Vitori is one of the players and im proud just as well as for Vusi,good one boys!!!!

  • chmkalam on August 14, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Folks, one thing all should understand that when Bangladesh is at their best, they can only beat Zimbabwe and Ireland more often (if not frequently). Of course they can make some upset in cricket (upset is always upset, thats not real). Ireland and Zimbabwe also can make upset result (tell me, cant they?). But, to be honest, Bangladesh's test status should be taken off (through a relegation league that may include WI, Zim & BD. The relegation league can be in every 4 years between 2 test teams lower in the table and the top team of associates). Also, BD cricketers should know how to talk. They should stop thinking theirselves star immediately after their international debut. A few century or 50 cant make you star. Brian Vitori and Zevis has the potential of being class bowler, they are not ordinary. If you exclude those few entertaining innings, Tamim is really a ordinary batsman, believe or not. BD supporters, cricketers and management should understand their cricket standrad.

  • dummy4fb on August 13, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Innshallah...Bangladesh will comeback with a huge victory!

  • Rezwan1492 on August 13, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @ Andrew Yes brother, they got a lot of time, and they continue to fail. Even as a Bangladeshi, I myself am surprised to see that is it the same team that white washed New Zealand, then won the series against Zimbabwe with just one game loss. It seems they are fed up of cricket. Cricinfo should take these comments to them, they should know very well what people expects from the core.

  • dummy4fb on August 13, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    I think 14 more Ashraful will one day give Bangladesh some hope .

    Dude , why is this guy coming up again and again . There are so many cricketers who gets axed due to under performance , let there be one more .

  • dummy4fb on August 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Great for Zimbabwe! But so, so sad for Bangladesh! A team who has so many people lining up to knock them cannot afford results like this. In the past I have defended Bangladesh; they have the passion and numbers to succeed, they are improving, give them time etc. But now I am not so sure. I am thinking they should be competitive, they should be improving, they have been given time. I want to see Bangladesh succeed but am worried that they wont.

  • dummy4fb on August 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @Bowke Henry Olanga ia a right arm bowler & Vitori is a left arm bowler !!!

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