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

Vitori and Sibanda sink Bangladesh

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Zimbabwe 186 for 6 (Sibanda 96, Rubel 4-26) beat Bangladesh 184 (Mushfiqur 59, Shakib 53, Vitori 5-30) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • on August 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

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

  • mahjut on August 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    For those wondering why Vusi was left out of the first team; IMO it because he was simply not good enough. He is, like so many of the BD players, full of potential and (TF) he really picked it up...finally....a year or two ago when his other partner in crime (and having them as Zim's first choice opening pair would have been a crime but the for the fact that there was simply no-one else), Matsikenyeri, simply couldn't find the consistency Zim started to insist upon. Vusi did ... and there he is - long may it last!!!

  • andrew27994 on August 13, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    The main reason zimbabwe is doing well is their top order batsmen and the seamers getting early wickets...Bangladesh have lacked that in the series and that's why they haven't been at their best.THe only way they can pick themselves up is if their top order batsmen bat more responsibly and their fast bowlers need to perform.Bangladesh's spinners are excellent even better than India's.Also I think their fielding is very ordinary compared to zimbabwe's so that needs to be worked at.Bangladesh should not rely too much on one man,i.e Shakib Al Hasan, they need team work.Zimbabwe on the other hand need their middle order batsmen to perform well.So far they havent done that

  • Praxis on August 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    [contd]...People from outside, don't mistake the enthusiasm shown by BD people in world cup as a clear sign of the game's increasing popularity, rather it was the festivity of the tournament that made us act like that. The game still has to go a long way, & at this stage our interest & support remains totally dependent on our teams success or failure.

  • Praxis on August 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Even being a Bangladeshi, I rarely bothered to flip through channels to check the progress of the game. I would rather see Dravid playing his cut shot, or Bell's fine strokes or Anderson with the new ball than watching my pathetic team going to lose the game against a better team after making such irresponsible comments. The faults aren't of the players or the coaches; to tell you the truth, its the waste of ICC money, lack of a competitive first class structure, no green tops or hard surfaces in home.... Even if BD bounces back & wins the rest of the ODIs, I simply don't care. Because, we've lost the most important game, the test match. In this ODI, our top order wasn't able to score boundaries cuz ZIM bowlers were bowling so good, so they had to rotate the strike & try for singles. So what they do? Play rash strokes & throw their wickets away.[contd]

  • Bokwe on August 13, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    This Vitori guy is amazing reminds me of Henry Olonga. Was a bit disappointed with Taibu, he was a not at his best as awicketkepper but i am so happy Zim is back with a bang

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 13, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Posters talk lot about Bangladesh why?. Bangladesh starting beating Zimbabwe only after the players boycotted zim cricket.Before this Bangladesh was whipped by Zimbabwe all the time. Give around 3 years for this Zim team or same exposure to international criclket as Bangladesh is provided, then Bangladesh will be no match at all. Other reason for Bangladesh failure is due to arrogance of players like Tamin. Can you believe anyone saying others ordinary. I know Shehwag said something similar but Sehwag is class apart although he should not say as a good human being. Just imagine if Bangladesh had won Test how arrogant the full team would have been. This players must be given traing in good communication skills as well.They must be modest as it will suit their Harbhajan has scored 2 centuries and a much attacking one.

  • ashekahmed on August 13, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    I DONT KNOW WHY INDIANS ARE GIVING COMMENTS HERE AGAINST BANGLADESH.BANGLADESH PLAYED MUCH BETTER AGAINST ENGLAND IN ENGLAND THAN INDIA.SO IF ICC HAS TO TAKE AWAY THE TEST STATUS OF BANGLADESH....INDIA SHOULD BE THE SECOND CHOICE .

  • on August 13, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    @hasib9....... bounce back from what????? and where???? An ordinary side will remain ordinary.... learn to accept the facts

  • khurdum on August 13, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Autopsy of 1st ODI with Zim has revealed many things for BD team and Management. I m sure Tamim will be able to come back in the next game as he did with Newzealand. There is no chance for ashraful to revive from his downfall as he is not thinking to improve his performance. Rather, he is thinking to oust Shakib from the post of his captaincy so that he regain that post for himself. No, Tamim will not get any chance because of his remarks about vttory and the same are being used against him to make him unsuitable for Captaincy. What is the ratio of avg of Tamim, Shakib,and ash? Some one is advising Shakib to quit Captaincy and some one seeking ash as Captain.None of them are serious to adopt a means to save the series or bringing back BD into the series. If ash continues, BD will not come back in the series but if he is dropped, BD will come back with spirit.

  • hasib9 on August 13, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    I believe in Bangladesh, and I'm sure they can bounce back. Play your natural game, and there is no way Zim is taking the series. Positives from the last match: *Good spin bowling unit. *Good middle order batting. Negatives: *Terrible new-ball bowling (Shafiul is only good for slow, spin friendly pitches..pick Nazmul). Terrible batting from top 4 batsmen.. drop all of them.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 13, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Excellent use of the feet by Sibanda. I thought Zim would not have been able to attack the Bang spinners successfully but they have proven me wrong. What's great for them is that they won without Taylor or Taibu making big contributions.

  • on August 12, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    It is great to see this young Zimbabwe side's superb perfomance ... Congrajulation for Vitori for best ever bowling perfomance by a Zimbabwen on debut ... I wish all the best for this young Vitori to become a Champion player like the Kiwi legend Daniel Vettori ...It is great to see this young Zimbabwe side's superb perfomance ... Congrajulation for Vitori for best ever bowling perfomance by a Zimbabwen on debut ... I wish all the best for this young Vitori to become a Champion player like the Kiwi legend Daniel Vettori ...

  • asadalimalik on August 12, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe. As expected from bangladesh. Another defeat. Since ICC awarded test status to bangladesh, I was surprised ...untill now. Why ICC closing eyes on the perfromance of bangladesh. I think ICC should have suspended bangladesh from test about 6-7 years ago. I have never seen them playing as Test team , apart from 3-4 upset victories in ODI'S. Ireland is much much better team than bangladesh, now it's time for ICC to think and give test status to Ireland.

  • swat1999 on August 12, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    Great cricket for Zimbabwe cricketers.

  • on August 12, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Vitori, where did that young man come from? Vusi better luck next time

  • Herath-UK on August 12, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Poor Stuart Law who should be wishing now he should have stayed as the Assistant Manager in Sri Lanka. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • 200ondebut on August 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Well done Zim. Welcome back. Heads up Bang - at least you're not the worst team in Asia (on current form).

  • elikana on August 12, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Well done boys. Hats off to Vusi, Vitor, Taylor good job cap. I always wondered why they were leaving Vusi out of the first team. Watch out BD Vitori will cost you this series if you still consider him ordinary. The middle order did not fire today we need to improve. I am now waiting for Zim to wrap the series in Byo on the 19th. I will wittness the spectacle. Mpofu E.

  • MyFineLeg on August 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    What a pity Ashraful cannot perform consistently.

  • on August 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    There is no need to prove again and again how poor Bangladesh cricket team is. They win all of a sudden after a series of losses. The way they played today, I think Zimbabwe will win the series 5-0. Bangladesh batsmen play tail end batsmen. Zimbabwe focused on their game for over the last few years and now they came back strongly. Bangladesh cricketers should first keep on playing against under 20 from Australia, India, South Africa nd then come to International arena.

  • on August 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Zim cricket has been in the wilderness for the past 7years before that we never had any problems when playing teams like Bangladesh and we seem to be giving them a good cricketing lesson just because we have been playing badly for seven years does not mean that we worse off than the Bangaz remember form is temporary class is permanent and we are now showing our class GO ZIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • khaledhasan301 on August 12, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    lets say AAAAmen.....realllyyy Vitori is an ordinary player!!!!!!!!!! and no doubt..Tamimmmmmmmmmmmm is an extra ordinary batsman ...........:S

  • khurdum on August 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    MR. MOIN UDDIN RAHIM. YOU HAVE SAID THAT NO PROBLEM,ZIM WILL WIN. I AGREE WITH U BUT WITH RESERVATIONS. ZIM WILL WIN IF ASHRAFUL CONTINUES HIS CHARITY SHOW WITH BD TEAM IN REST OF THE SERIES.BUT THE MOMENT HE WILL BE THROWN OUT OF HIS JOKER POST, BAD LUCK WILL START FOR ZIM AND THEY WILL START LOOSING NO MATTER HOW WELL THEY DO WITH BALL AND BAT IN HAND. SO, FORECAST WILL DEPEND ON THE POSITION ASH WILL BE HAVING IN THE FUTURE.

  • on August 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    We are not wooried much more. We belive tigre will fight back loudly. The Series result will be 4-1( Ban: Zim). Tamim will be the man of the series. Again I have to say vitori the left arm pacer of tiny Zim team still ordinary. We just gift him the juicy wicket.Next time will not be happened so. He (Vitori) will not get even 4 wicket from upcoming 4 matches. Go Tiger G........000

  • khurdum on August 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    MESSAGE FOR MR. SHAKIB:- FIRST OF ALL, I CONGRATULATE U FOR UR TIMELY 50 AND I CONSIDER YOUR BATTING PERFORMANCE WORTH MENTIONING AS IT HELPED BD TO CROSS TOTAL OF 150. YOU COULD HAVE GONE BACK TO THE DRESSING ROOM LIKE OTHERS WITHOUT SCORING RUNS AS EXPECTED, BUT U TRIED HARD & SUCCEEDED. KEEP IT UP.

    2. FOR BETTER TEAM PERFORMANCE, RELIEVE MR. ASHRAFUL OF HIS CHARITABLE RESPONSIBILITIES. SEND HIM HOME. IF HE IS AROUND, HE WILL POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT.

    3. ESTABLISH CONGENIAL ATMOSPHERE WITHIN TEAM TO ENHANCE TEAM SPIRIT. HAVE DINNER TOGETHER IF POSSIBLE. U R DIFFERENT FROM THEM BUT NOT SEPARATE.

    4. TAKING BATTING POWER PLAY AT THE END DIDN'T HELP MUCH AS NEEDED. U CAN TRY TAKING IT EARLIER WHEN SOME BATSMAN REMAIN ON THE CREASE.

    5. I FEEL BAD FOR TAMIM, I WISH GOOD LUCK FOR HIM.

    6. SOME QUARTER WORKING TO PUT ASH BACK AS CAPTAIN, HE TOO WORKING ON THAT.

    7. tHINK OF ALOK KAPALI AS NEXT OPTION. I WISH U LUCK IN UR REMAINING GAMES.

  • milwardk on August 12, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Great start to the ODI series by Zimbabwe. The guys played well and need to keep their heads up and maintain the momentum. Congrats young Brian and Vusi you made the diference

  • on August 12, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    I think the ZIM team has played good cricket but loosing the game for bangladesh is not natural. There is a team intercollusion inside the team. So , if it will be solved by the team management then it will be the starts of continious for bangladesh cricket team.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 12, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    WAT A POOR PERFORMANCE BY BANGLADESH TOP ORDERS!!!! They've surrendered to debutant Vitori. Now what'll Tamim say? He's still ORDINARY? Huh? No! Rather Tamim played in ordinary fashion like a local club cricketer!! Both teams also made a misjudgement of Pitch. They included a extra spinner (Utseya & Shuvo), but it was a fast bowlers' day. What a wonderful answer of Tamim's complement by Vitori on his Debut!!! 1 of 7 bowlers to take 5 wicket or more on debut. Rubel was also impressive by taking 4 for 26, the 2nd career best bowling by him (after match wining 4-25 vs KIWIS). Those 2 seamers have taken 9 out of 16 wickets. So both team should've tried with 3 regular fast bowlers.

  • on August 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Sakib should quit from captaincy , the sooner the better for the team.

  • khurdum on August 12, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Another 50 or 60 run from top order batsman, the show would have been something else. Where is Mr. Bashar? He was seen once or twice with gloomy face, just the opposite we saw few days back with Ashraful in a photo session. Why Mr. Bashar didn't take photograph with the whole team? What is so special about ash that he became bigger than the whole team? But ultimately, the tactics didn't work. Ash scored as he used to in the last 4 / 5 years with International events. Last time when BD lost against Zim in the 1st game, ash was there, but he was dropped for next of remaining games and BD won the series. Zim Cap. Taylor mentioned it also. Ash should be sent home with his own money as a fine for negligence and irresponsibility. Mr. Bashar is there with peoples money. He should act fairly. At praising for good performance and admonishing for lacking. Should not pose with a particular player only unless he is declared MAN OF THE SERIES.I FEEL SORRY FOR COACH AS SITUATION IS REAL BAD FOR HIM.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Mr. Sakib,Would u pls stop ur mouth and show something that will prove ur statement that BD is favourite.U can say that I performed.Is ur performance enough?Is it like Sibanda or Vitori?Stop ur mouth,work work and be polite/respectful to opponent.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    ..........Well done guys,

  • CricketChat on August 12, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Congrats to Zim!. They showed the recent Test win is no fluke. Granted BD is no top tier team, still 2 wins in 2 is very good. I think they can give WI and NZ a run for their money on their form now.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I will say what I always say: Vusi is one of the most brilliant batsmen ever to come out of Zimbabwe. As for Brian Vitori: talent well scouted! I am also liking the changes in batting order; it appears someone eventually saw a problem with the previous game plans. Impressive Test and first ODI. It feels good to eventually beat Bangladesh as they handed it down for the past few years.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    NZ, WI, PAk watch out! Zim is getting beter and better by the day. Lets not talk too much and see how this series ends.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I am starting to believe that the coach is UNLUCKY....I am sorry to say that. Tiger is getting killed by CATs now.

  • on August 12, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    ban need some rest from cricket........they need to improve their cricketing knowledge.they have no motivation..ban need some good cricketer.10 years already gone no good fast bowler yet......how can they win a test match without a good fast bowler?

  • on August 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I think Ashraful dont have any problem in technique.His defective sides are sense and responsibility.These things will not improve any more.Even he does not know what to do when a person does not get run.He thought to be fur away from cricket for one month and it may help him to score.Doing error-feedback-correction,this should be the sequence.His feedback is erroneous.It is due to his sense.Even he does not feel responsible for being out at the time danger period of the team.Thats why he is doing the same mistake several times though he is a senior member of the team.He will not improve.Through him and we want new face.

  • on August 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Undisciplined show....when you have 6 down and 10 overs to go...why would you take the batting powerplay in last 5 overs...for 13th and 14th batsmen to play some aggressive stroke??...yet again if you do so...why dont you wait until it is powerplay and then hit(M.rahim's wicket)..... tremendous show from the "Extra-ordinary " Bangladeshis....im so proud

  • on August 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Zim z showin a gret improvment..thumbs upZim z showin a gret improvment..thumbs up

  • on August 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    hmmm........wel done in frst match,,,, but i will still say,, ordinary bowler........

  • on August 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Emphatic, Ecstatic, Fabulous, Mind blowing… There just isn't a word that can fully describe Brian Vitori's 5 wicket haul on his One day international Debut . This is what I call Tearing apart a batting line up Limb from Limb. Awesome job Vitori . No Doubt a Star is Born.

  • Shah234 on August 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Is there any cricket authority in the world? How can a ICC division 3 team is playing against the world top most teams? ICC should lift ODI and test status of BD. I hope ICC should do this as soon as possible to keep the cricket alive.

  • khurdum on August 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    What is the use of putting comments about Bangladesh Team? Who is going to ponder ? BCB or selectors, they are not going to select a team to secure interest of the country. They are more concerned to see how Ashraful to be included in the team. Because he showed his talent in the year 2005 and 2006. I also agree with this proposition that he had talents which he had shown in those years. But now what? He is a burden for the team. As a senior player, he gives advice to every one and if they don't listen he becomes nasty with them. When he was left behind, BD won the series 4-1. This time, Mr Bashar is adamant to keep ASH in all 5 games no matter what happens and didn't send him back after the Test. SHOULD WE THEN CALL THIS TOUR A REHABILITATION PROGRAM FOR ASHRAFUL? IF SO LET MR. BASHAR OR BCB DO IT FROM THEIR OWN MONEY. WHY COUNTRY SHOULD PAY FOR SUCH STUPID PROJECT. ASH IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER AND HIS SCORE IS ONLY 02 i.e LOWEST. CALL HIM BACK-LET OTHERS PLAY PEACEFULLY.

  • alfone on August 12, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Well done Zim keep on improving.The future is bright go Vitori go!

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    impressive start from the young left arm seamer.

  • thamishka on August 12, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    ZIM seems to be a far better side now. They are just Behind west indies

  • afjalyahoo on August 12, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    bd needs a captain as like mash....

  • thamishka on August 12, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    zimbabwe should be given more tests. i think zim vs wi will be a good contest

  • thamishka on August 12, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    zimbabwe shoul more tests than bangladesh

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Who is the ordinary now??? I am ashamed of Tamim's comment!!!

  • bd_ov on August 12, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    This Ordinary bowler "Rian Vittori" keeps bangladesh on 184. Tamim you should have lesson from this. So try to be practical and i am afraid that bangladesh may be whitewash by zim this time.

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Yeah didnt some BD player say that the Zimbabwe bowlers are easy or something ? Good going Vitori. And BD tigers, honestly shut your trap,. You're still the number 9 team.

  • on August 12, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    hello everyone....nice to see a young talented left arm seamer in zimb line up.it has reminded me of one of the earlier fine lft arm seamer DAVID BRAIN in early 1990s.....

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Come on Zim, finish them, straight for the juggular!!

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    What an entrance to the grandstage of cricket, Brian Vitori is really dazzling the Bangladeshis. What an entrance to the grandstage of cricket, Brian Vitori is really dazzling the Bangladeshis.

  • chmkalam on August 12, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    That was just a start of Zimbabwe's pride in test cricket when a weak Zimbabwe team were just teaching Bangladesh how to play test cricket. Zimbabwe proved it again that awarding test status to Bangladesh was a wrong decision. Bangladesh cricket standard is equivalant to Netharlands, Ireland, Kenia, Canada, Scotland, etc. Bangladesh hust won that single Test against Zimbabwe when they were a broken-team same like the West Indies a couple years back. To be honest, I am a Bangladeshi, and I feel that Bangladesh's test status should be taken off. And, this is the end of Tamim and Shakib, the 2 Bogus Star of the Cricket world who just talk bogus and stupid more often. Cuz, Bangladesh will be White-washed (without a spot) for sure.

  • chmkalam on August 12, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    That was just a start of Zimbabwe's pride in test cricket when a weak Zimbabwe team were just teaching Bangladesh how to play test cricket. Zimbabwe proved it again that awarding test status to Bangladesh was a wrong decision. Bangladesh cricket standard is equivalant to Netharlands, Ireland, Kenia, Canada, Scotland, etc. Bangladesh hust won that single Test against Zimbabwe when they were a broken-team same like the West Indies a couple years back. To be honest, I am a Bangladeshi, and I feel that Bangladesh's test status should be taken off. And, this is the end of Tamim and Shakib, the 2 Bogus Star of the Cricket world who just talk bogus and stupid more often. Cuz, Bangladesh will be White-washed (without a spot) for sure.

  • paringogri on August 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    MS Dhoni to Brendon Taylor: Can we borrow Vitori for 4th Test match?

  • on August 12, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    no problem, zim will win.

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  • on August 12, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    no problem, zim will win.

  • paringogri on August 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    MS Dhoni to Brendon Taylor: Can we borrow Vitori for 4th Test match?

  • chmkalam on August 12, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    That was just a start of Zimbabwe's pride in test cricket when a weak Zimbabwe team were just teaching Bangladesh how to play test cricket. Zimbabwe proved it again that awarding test status to Bangladesh was a wrong decision. Bangladesh cricket standard is equivalant to Netharlands, Ireland, Kenia, Canada, Scotland, etc. Bangladesh hust won that single Test against Zimbabwe when they were a broken-team same like the West Indies a couple years back. To be honest, I am a Bangladeshi, and I feel that Bangladesh's test status should be taken off. And, this is the end of Tamim and Shakib, the 2 Bogus Star of the Cricket world who just talk bogus and stupid more often. Cuz, Bangladesh will be White-washed (without a spot) for sure.

  • chmkalam on August 12, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    That was just a start of Zimbabwe's pride in test cricket when a weak Zimbabwe team were just teaching Bangladesh how to play test cricket. Zimbabwe proved it again that awarding test status to Bangladesh was a wrong decision. Bangladesh cricket standard is equivalant to Netharlands, Ireland, Kenia, Canada, Scotland, etc. Bangladesh hust won that single Test against Zimbabwe when they were a broken-team same like the West Indies a couple years back. To be honest, I am a Bangladeshi, and I feel that Bangladesh's test status should be taken off. And, this is the end of Tamim and Shakib, the 2 Bogus Star of the Cricket world who just talk bogus and stupid more often. Cuz, Bangladesh will be White-washed (without a spot) for sure.

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    What an entrance to the grandstage of cricket, Brian Vitori is really dazzling the Bangladeshis. What an entrance to the grandstage of cricket, Brian Vitori is really dazzling the Bangladeshis.

  • on August 12, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Come on Zim, finish them, straight for the juggular!!

  • on August 12, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    hello everyone....nice to see a young talented left arm seamer in zimb line up.it has reminded me of one of the earlier fine lft arm seamer DAVID BRAIN in early 1990s.....

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Yeah didnt some BD player say that the Zimbabwe bowlers are easy or something ? Good going Vitori. And BD tigers, honestly shut your trap,. You're still the number 9 team.

  • bd_ov on August 12, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    This Ordinary bowler "Rian Vittori" keeps bangladesh on 184. Tamim you should have lesson from this. So try to be practical and i am afraid that bangladesh may be whitewash by zim this time.

  • on August 12, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Who is the ordinary now??? I am ashamed of Tamim's comment!!!