Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Harare August 14, 2011

Vitori gets five again as Zimbabwe make it 2-0

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Zimbabwe 191 for 3 (Sibanda 67, Taibu 61) beat Bangladesh 188 (Nasir 63, Vitori 5-20) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe stormed to another easy victory against Bangladesh, with another commanding all-round performance giving them a 2-0 series lead. After Brian Vitori carved up the Bangladesh line-up, with his second ODI five-for in as many games, Vusi Sibanda built the foundation for the chase, before Tatenda Taibu's half-century sealed the win.

The hosts rectified their problem of losing too many wickets in the middle order and held firm where they could have wobbled. Bangladesh also made gains, although much smaller. They bowled with a little more consistency, although failing to find enough bite, and only managed to score four more runs than they did in the first ODI. Their batsmen failed to apply themselves and succumbed to poor shot selection against a particularly precise attack.

Bangladesh started positively with Imrul Kayes pouncing on width from Chris Mpofu at the first opportunity. But the encouraging start proved to be a false dawn as Vitori's golden arm struck again. He bowled his usual tight line and was rewarded with his fifth ball, when Tamim Iqbal tried to smack him through point without moving his feet, gifting Ray Price a catch at first slip.

Mushfiqur Rahim was promoted to No. 3 in an attempt to repair the early damage, but the experiment failed. One ball short of completing five measured overs at the crease, he mistimed a pull to be caught at square leg. Instead of consolidating, Kayes followed Mushfiqur, trying to force a length delivery through extra cover, and offering Hamilton Masakadza a simple catch.

Shahriar Nafees was dropped in the slips off the next ball, giving Bangladesh a bit of a lifeline. But Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful withdrew into their shells as the run-rate stagnated though they managed to see off Mpofu's bounce and Vitori's movement, before Prosper Utseya provided respite. Elton Chigumbura's introduction offered them the ideal opportunity to forge forward, but instead, they regressed.

Nafees gave his wicket away, to the fielder extra cover, and in Chigumbura's next over, Ashraful, who had displayed real patience, gave up. He hung his bat out to a wide delivery and got an edge through to Taibu. The wicketkeeper snapped up his second catch when Mahmudullah misread the line from Utseya and played for turn that wasn't there.

At 58 for 6, Bangladesh were in a familiar mess, having slumped to 43 for 5 in the previous game. Shakib Al Hasan found an unlikely but welcome partner in debutant Nasir, who had a good tour of South Africa with the A side in April. Nasir showed the maturity that those before him should have employed. His handling of the short ball, and execution of the pull shot against Mpofu were of particular distinction.

Shakib's ability to come to Bangladesh's rescue is well documented and the captain's efforts were, once again, praise-worthy. His fault is that he hasn't been able to convert his starts into bigger scores and he stumbled again when Vitori returned for his second spell. Nasir was the senior partner in his time at the crease with the captain and continued in that vein when he was joined by Abdur Razzak.

Their partnership flourished at a run-rate of over six, with both application and assurance against the spinners. They found themselves needing to accelerate when Vitori returned for a third spell. Nasir took him on, but lofted straight to the fielder at long-on.

Vitori's dream introduction to the international arena continued with another stunning effort when he bowled Razzak with a full delivery. Bangladesh's innings ended limply when Rubel Hossain was run out, 15 balls short of their allotted 50 overs.

Bangladesh's effort in the field was a little more promising. Shafiul Islam struck early, removing Taylor in his second over, inducing him to push outside off stump. The ball took the edge and was dying on Nafees at second slip, who completed a good catch.

The early breakthrough gave Bangladesh something to work with, but as was the case in the first ODI, they were unable to maintain pressure, although their use of the new ball was markedly better. Abdur Razzak, however, had less success with his left-arm spin, with Sibanda using his feet well against him.

Shakib and Mahmudullah operated in tandem with better results, managing to squeeze and force the batsmen to work them around the field. Sibanda and Masakadza were up for the task and found the gaps without needing to play a shot in anger.

Shakib could have had Masakadza stumped when he was on 30 but Mushfiqur could not collect the ball. Mahmudullah ensured that the team only paid eight runs for their error. He lured Masakadza forward by tossing it up, and made him play for turn that wasn't there. Mushfiqur didn't repeat his mistake and took the bails off.

Sibanda struggled at times against the short ball, but his mistimed pulls did not cost him and his driving remained impressive. His half-century came up with a lofted shot over Shafiul's head. Taibu took eight balls to get off the mark but when he did, with a single, it opened the floodgates and his next scoring shot was a six over extra-cover.

Rubel was only given two overs and even Ashraful was allowed to turn his arm. He dismissed Sibanda, who was stumped after going too far down the track. Taibu took his time when he needed to, but showed off the footwork that he is renowned for, taking on the spinners and playing a dominant role in his partnership with Craig Ervine.

Taibu was dropped at deep midwicket on 46, a wicket that would have made no difference to the result, but it was fitting that he was there at the end. His exquisite pull off Ashraful took Zimbabwe home with 35 balls remaining.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Wow, and there you go. Zimbabwe nailed the 'extra'-ordinay Bangladesh. As I said before, Bangladesh is not an ordinary team. Sehwag was wrong ;)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Bangladesh is no ordinary team Sehwag was wrong ;). Come on Zimbabwe, nail this 'extra'-ordinary team.

  • on August 16, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Zimbabwe for real!!! Many thanks to Mr Vitori.Do it again on the 3rd ODIZimbabwe for real!!! Many thanks to Mr Vitori.Do it again on the 3rd ODI

  • mahjut on August 15, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Skhorobindlu Drobeni - I can see you're a zim supporter and that's good but unless i misunderstood yur post I think you're very mistaken. Vusi is a class act but that's also quite largely due to the fact that he's been given so much exposure (5/6 years) - most of it abject failure becasue he simply was not good enough. To his credit, he finally made the most of his potential while other, like the unfortunate Matsikenyeri, simply were not up to it. What the 'rebels' did was create a vacuum in Zim cricket where it could discover itself, and in time, the fact that the team is much more proportionally represented, the team will be both competitive and meritous. But, if you were saying as i understood it that the zim teams of the past had no folk of colour despite them being good enough - I'm afraid i can't agree. All said, I'm happier where we are now than where we would've been had things not changed and can't wait for more zim series! I think Mutizwa is the bating future - looks GOOD!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    zimbabwe is now on top dudes, they r going 2 rock d other test playing nations.... preferably Brian Vitori is in his career's best form..... letz rock guys.........

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan,I must congratulate Zimbabwe for their discipline,hunger,unity,good preparation and desire to win in which the Bangladeshi's lacked.These Bangladeshi players have lost their desire of hunger to succeed and that's why they are full of excuses and do not learn from their mistakes.Professionalism must start from the top,from the Bangladeshi cricket board,the coaching staff to the players in identifying the problems and correcting them in unity,professional and honest manner.Stuart Law should be given full authority to rectify these problems with the cricket boards full backing and without any interference.They do not seem to study the oppositions strength and weaknesses and seem to have just one plan rather than have plan A,B and C when things go wrong.The batting and bowling line-up,and batting combination of left and right doe's not seem to be right.Any player who lacks hunger,discipline and professionalism must be dropped,because it sets bad influence on others.

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    it should be ......tamim , junayed , shariar , sakib , mushfiq , mahmudulla ,nasir , abdur razzak ,safiul , rubel ......

  • mahjut on August 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I don't know what it is with BD at the moment (hopefully it's that Zimbabwe genuinely have stepped it up recently) but my gut(-wrenching0 feeling is that BD are making Zim look quite a lot better than they are. I can't wait for the PK, NZ series to have a better idea. Don't get me wrong - I'm not in any way criticising Zim, they've not put a foot wrong - I'm LOVING their 'revival' but I'm wary (I been supporting them too long now to get ahead of myself).

  • DarindaUK on August 15, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I hope that BD wake up and give a good fight tomorrow. Otherwise, no point of wasting time in Zim, just go home. BD Team, you've brought shame onto the whole country, not by losing the games, but the way you've lost. All the top order batsman failed in eveygame to put any decent runs on the score board. If you as a National Team cannot put a decent score on the score board, then you should not be in the National Team. Just allow others to come on and move away, if you have any self respect. Otherwise prove yourselves. I stll wish you good luck and hope that you can fight like tigers and not like CATS.

  • on August 15, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    this zim team surely has the heart, that grant,streak,campbell had when they used to make us proud, i guess they are learning from the greats, nice, cant believe the Selectors did not include vitori for wc squad, even AD allan donald was shocked when he show this guy bowl when he was the bowlers coach, Campbell has to find a spot for Jarvis soon, we would be bowling Dash for less than 100. Vusi class act this cat has so much confidence nice, lastly thanks too black arm band period what it did was take away the racial quarter system and replace it with merit.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Wow, and there you go. Zimbabwe nailed the 'extra'-ordinay Bangladesh. As I said before, Bangladesh is not an ordinary team. Sehwag was wrong ;)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 16, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Bangladesh is no ordinary team Sehwag was wrong ;). Come on Zimbabwe, nail this 'extra'-ordinary team.

  • on August 16, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Zimbabwe for real!!! Many thanks to Mr Vitori.Do it again on the 3rd ODIZimbabwe for real!!! Many thanks to Mr Vitori.Do it again on the 3rd ODI

  • mahjut on August 15, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Skhorobindlu Drobeni - I can see you're a zim supporter and that's good but unless i misunderstood yur post I think you're very mistaken. Vusi is a class act but that's also quite largely due to the fact that he's been given so much exposure (5/6 years) - most of it abject failure becasue he simply was not good enough. To his credit, he finally made the most of his potential while other, like the unfortunate Matsikenyeri, simply were not up to it. What the 'rebels' did was create a vacuum in Zim cricket where it could discover itself, and in time, the fact that the team is much more proportionally represented, the team will be both competitive and meritous. But, if you were saying as i understood it that the zim teams of the past had no folk of colour despite them being good enough - I'm afraid i can't agree. All said, I'm happier where we are now than where we would've been had things not changed and can't wait for more zim series! I think Mutizwa is the bating future - looks GOOD!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    zimbabwe is now on top dudes, they r going 2 rock d other test playing nations.... preferably Brian Vitori is in his career's best form..... letz rock guys.........

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan,I must congratulate Zimbabwe for their discipline,hunger,unity,good preparation and desire to win in which the Bangladeshi's lacked.These Bangladeshi players have lost their desire of hunger to succeed and that's why they are full of excuses and do not learn from their mistakes.Professionalism must start from the top,from the Bangladeshi cricket board,the coaching staff to the players in identifying the problems and correcting them in unity,professional and honest manner.Stuart Law should be given full authority to rectify these problems with the cricket boards full backing and without any interference.They do not seem to study the oppositions strength and weaknesses and seem to have just one plan rather than have plan A,B and C when things go wrong.The batting and bowling line-up,and batting combination of left and right doe's not seem to be right.Any player who lacks hunger,discipline and professionalism must be dropped,because it sets bad influence on others.

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    it should be ......tamim , junayed , shariar , sakib , mushfiq , mahmudulla ,nasir , abdur razzak ,safiul , rubel ......

  • mahjut on August 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I don't know what it is with BD at the moment (hopefully it's that Zimbabwe genuinely have stepped it up recently) but my gut(-wrenching0 feeling is that BD are making Zim look quite a lot better than they are. I can't wait for the PK, NZ series to have a better idea. Don't get me wrong - I'm not in any way criticising Zim, they've not put a foot wrong - I'm LOVING their 'revival' but I'm wary (I been supporting them too long now to get ahead of myself).

  • DarindaUK on August 15, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I hope that BD wake up and give a good fight tomorrow. Otherwise, no point of wasting time in Zim, just go home. BD Team, you've brought shame onto the whole country, not by losing the games, but the way you've lost. All the top order batsman failed in eveygame to put any decent runs on the score board. If you as a National Team cannot put a decent score on the score board, then you should not be in the National Team. Just allow others to come on and move away, if you have any self respect. Otherwise prove yourselves. I stll wish you good luck and hope that you can fight like tigers and not like CATS.

  • on August 15, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    this zim team surely has the heart, that grant,streak,campbell had when they used to make us proud, i guess they are learning from the greats, nice, cant believe the Selectors did not include vitori for wc squad, even AD allan donald was shocked when he show this guy bowl when he was the bowlers coach, Campbell has to find a spot for Jarvis soon, we would be bowling Dash for less than 100. Vusi class act this cat has so much confidence nice, lastly thanks too black arm band period what it did was take away the racial quarter system and replace it with merit.

  • Bokwe on August 15, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    its not that bangladesh is bad but that Zim is just too good

  • anver777 on August 15, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    A dream debut for Brian Vitori.............well bowled & keep going man !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mickeyzim9 on August 15, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Good game Zim!! Lets stay focused and tie up the series tomorrow. Mr Vitori, brilliant again, Tamim - less than ordinary .....again!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Zimbabwe only can relax after 3rd odi,but they are now the favorites for sure.what about including kyle Jarvis and Charles Coventry or Shaun Williams for Remond price and Craig Irvine?will like extra bit of pace and bounce.

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    The message from Vittori is quite clear to both Pakistan and the under achieving Black Caps of NZ.Zimbabwe is back with a bang and u are in for a hiding.No wonder why the NZ cricket media, who are obviously following developments at HSC are now writing nevoursly about the Zim tour and are also scared of this young man...

  • vattettan on August 15, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    @khurdum: If Sehwag called BD an ordinary test team, it was simple plain truth. Even a hardcore BD fan cannot really argue against that, at least they cannot show any proof. Again, he called the team as 'ordinary' but still there are individuals who are talented which Sehwag agreed. And he did not say that to unsettle BD or anything, just his normal way of talking. But here someone commented Tamim's comment was to unsettle Vitori which wasn't what Sehwag did. Again, after the first match in world cup Sehwag told BD is a good team for ODIs. Which was generally true but now either Zimbabwe got a team which has strength reminiscent to the one they had around 10 years ago or, BD turned out as an 'ordinary' one day team as well!

  • simba_chi on August 15, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    The curse of Tamim's words continue to haunt him and his team. The match was so boring to watch - not what I had expected from Bangladesh. It was Zimbabwe all the way! I'm a Zim fan and very happy to see Zim winning these matches emphatically but I feel Bangladesh have been resigned lately. They are not even fighting anymore. Yes, I want to see Zim win...but for the sake of cricket, Bangladesh should show that they are at least trying to win as well. So far I've been very disappointed by their performances. Having said that - maybe they are trying as hard as they can - but proving to be too ordinary against some ordinary left arm seam bowling! :) Well done Vittori & Zim!

  • tomhedley on August 15, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    lol @ Tamim again! I love it when big mouths get shot down!

  • tallazana on August 15, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe! We need to keep building on this victory (while staying humble) because, and I say this with all due respect to Bangladesh, there are sterner tests ahead. However, I would love to see Kyle Jarvis play in the One Day side because I think his pace and control will be devastating. He is always looking like unlocking a door and would be wonderful weapon to have in the bowling attack. Try him as an alternative to Chris Mpofu (not that Chris Mpofu should be dropped) because its always nice to have variation, to have that surprise factor so teams dont know what to expect game to game. One other thing may be the batting line-up. I'm not sure Taylor's still suited to open the batting in ODIs given how well he's slotted into #4 in the Test team. We need an aggressive opener, whereas the new Taylor is more of a stabilising force. Thats just food for thought but carry on making us proud Zimbabwe!

  • chicoguapo on August 15, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Tamim, I guess you are a very ordinary batman because a very ordinary bowler is getting your wicket all the time. This is great work from Zimbabwe. they have produced yet another consistent bowler, keep him fit and your young team will reach great heights.

  • khiladisher on August 15, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Vitori is a special talent and one of the best things to happen in zimbabwe cricket for a long time,its a thrill watching him run up and bowl{just reminds me of being a left hand version of the great malcolm marshall-not comparing him yet but looks a great prospect{HE IS MILES AHEAD OF THE INDIAN BOWLERS ,THATS FOR SURE} TAMIM IQBAL SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT AND PRACTICE MORE{HE HAS LET HIS TEAM DOWN 4 INNINGS IN A ROW{TAMIM IS THE SECOND BEST PLAYER FOR BANGLADESH AFTER SHAKIB UL HASSAN AND SHOULD NOT WASTE HIS TALENT -BANGLADESH NEEDS HIM{IF TAMIM AND SHAKIB CAN FIRE TOGETHER BANGLADESH CAN WIN THE NEXT MATCH.

  • Finn92 on August 15, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Wow International cricket is so easy for Vitori!

  • debgwez on August 14, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    big up vittori...keep on working harder..ZC wi need ah sponser rightaway..jarvis yah tym wil com

  • debgwez on August 14, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    big up vittori...keep on working harder..ZC wi need ah sponser rightaway..jarvis yah tym wil com

  • on August 14, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    I gues Tamim wasnt wrong when he said Vitori is ordinary, he only forgot to put the word 'EXTRA' before 'ORDINARY' coz hey, that boy Vitori is jus super awesome. 10 wickets in 2 matches...eish... #love it!I gues Tamim wasnt wrong when he said Vitori is ordinary, he only forgot to put the word 'EXTRA' before 'ORDINARY' coz hey, that boy Vitori is jus super awesome. 10 wickets in 2 matches...eish... #love it!

  • on August 14, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    I gues Tamim wasnt wrong when he said Vitori is ordinary, he only forgot to put the word 'EXTRA' before 'ORDINARY' coz hey, that boy Vitori is jus super awesome. 10 wickets in 2 matches...eish... #love itI gues Tamim wasnt wrong when he said Vitori is ordinary, he only forgot to put the word 'EXTRA' before 'ORDINARY' coz hey, that boy Vitori is jus super awesome. 10 wickets in 2 matches...eish... #love it

  • andrew27994 on August 14, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe on another emphatic win, they showed the way with their disciplines(especially Vitori) and clearly deserved the win Bangladesh, on the other hand, need to pick themselves up and bounce back starting firstly with their batting.None of them have made any decent contributions in this series and they need to change that.Also I think their batting order doesnt look good on the basis of right-left hand combinations. Too many left handed batsmen up the order allowed Vitori to settle in a good line and length and that allowed the bowlers to put pressure on the batsmen. Also I think Bangladesh's bowling unit doesnt look very effective in these conditions where there will be good bounce and carry unlike sub-continent conditions, I mean, they have only 2 seamers and 3-4 spinners. It looks more like an Indian bowling attack.They need at least 1 more seamer especially a left arm seamer like Rasel will add more depth in bowling.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 14, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    I was hearing of this Vitori character so watched 2 overs of him bowling. Does anybody else think his run up and action/follow through reminds of the Great Malcolm Marshall? He obviously is nowhere near Marshall, but i think he is trying to emulate him. Anyways great bowling from Vitori and is being made to look like a Marshall to to the Bangladeshis.

  • on August 14, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    VITORI MY BOY!!!!!!love you sha Tweety i proud of you hey!!!

  • asadalimalik on August 14, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I think ICC should need to ask Bangladesh to play qualifying round for the world cup. Bangladesh doesn't deserve to have test status.

  • Rezaul on August 14, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    The losing streak is 4 games in a row now for BD team on the tour. I dont understand the selection policy here. Where is Zahurul, Kapali, Nayeem? Why do we have 4 openers in the team? Kayes and Ashraful needs to be dropped and Junayed deserves a chance at opening. Why dont Nazmul get selected in playing XI in stead of Razzaq who is vastly undone by Zim batters so far in this series? For next match my playing XI would be: Tamim, Junayed, Nafees, Shuvagot Hom, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Mushfiq, Nasir, Shafiul, Rubel, Nazmul.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    VITORI aint ORDINARY, HE IS SPECIAL TALENT

  • YUSUF.ELECTRON on August 14, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    M. Ashrafful, is his still being in the national team a reflection of the dearth of talent on the Bangladesh bench(Its like playing with 10 players, but God only knows why are they persisting with him). Shakib has always had his presence felt but the decision to move Mushfiqur Rehman up the order was unexpected. The 4,5,6 should be shakib, mushfiq and mahmudullah. Zimbabweans, after a long has shown the glimpses of the fighting spirit they had in pre 2004 era. Mpofu he must be a gifted kid to have replaced Jarvis from the starting 11( or maybe to make it a 10-10 game).

  • luvgee on August 14, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    i bet one Tamim is swallowing a big humble pie. For the record Vitori is not ordinary but extra ordinary. Way to go zim guys for you do make us proud. It just feels good to be winning, pity i cant say the same for the Indians.

  • abs.liton on August 14, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Speak to say it is horrible showing of tigers' batting. I like to thank Vitori for his brilliant bowling. I am really going to be fan of him. Wish u best of luck Golden Eagles (Zimbabwe)..... hope Tigers may improve after being whitewash. As a Bangladeshi fan I feel shyness of this poor performance but I think the players of BD has no any shyness.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    well well....wake up bonglodesh, the cricketers are ordinary at the most as told by sehwag..... unthreatening with both bat and ball. i m surprised some of u in bonglodesh even thought abt beatin inida in wc..lol

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    scintilating perfomance from zim again. I watched Vusu sibanda take on abdul spin i can tell u this pple no one in the world is better than Vusi... wwwwoooooww the boy can drive..... go go gooooo zim

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Very simple mistakes has been the trend of Bangladesh team. Since WC 2011, look at the scores they have been able to put on the board. I do not think one series matters. But we all can see what is the fundamental issue here. Also not taking away from Zimbabwe. They played really good.

  • Rakim on August 14, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Go Zim, I'm so happy for them. Vitory's bowling great !!

  • sohaibahmad on August 14, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Dear Ms Pushpa, In that series there were no Croft/Garner, only Roberts/Holding/ Daniel/Holder....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 14, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Great stuff by Zim. They look much more organised and disciplined than before and they are playing the spinners really well. Bangladesh look like a one trick pony team. After a while, any decent player will be able to play finger spin. Time for them to find quicks and wrist spinners like Zim have.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I guess we will see more guys like Brian Vitori coming from the provinces. This looks promising...

  • AamirZafar on August 14, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Bangladesh, It's really hurts Bangladesh..........A fan from Pakistan.

  • on August 14, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    OMG.. hats of to u VITORY.. may b he could bcome a legend in the coming days.. and as usual the same cricket from BD. now I rily think we should withdraw our test status and odi too...

  • Rezwan1492 on August 14, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    The same story of BD goes again... Tamim said he dreams of 3 centuries out of five one days, first one day 4 runs, second one day 3 runs... Wow, terrific... And as for shakib, now he can keep his mouth shut, cause it's the newcomer for whom todays match had a target of 188, otherwise where Bangladesh would have been? Come on players, you represent a country, when will you begin realizing that and perform to the best of your quality? :(

  • on August 14, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Zimbabwe. its not just a team, its a family. The camaraderie, passion, and chemistry that this team has is impeccable. And above all, their hunger to win is becoming extremely contagious. Cant fault them much thus far in the pursuit of victory against Bangladesh, but one thing is for sure, they are improving game by game and fixing every minor fault. It's extremely pleasing to see this team somewhat back to the team it used to be in the 1990's. Finally, Bangladesh are not fighting as hard as i would have anticipated so im sure Zimbabwe's true test is yet to come, and most likely Pakistan and New Zealand will be the place to see where Zimbabwe truly stand. In any case, yet another close to perfect performance from this unit and all i can hope for is more of them and more big crowds coming to see them win!

    Lets Go Zim! Make your nation proud!

  • on August 14, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    The combined contribution of Nafees, Ashraful, Kayes and Mahmadullah never crosses 50! Why keep playing them again and again? Bangla, go for changes, Razaak is of no use when you have Shakib. I would pick 1. Tamim 2. Kayes (last chance) 3. Junaid 4. Rahim 5. Shakib 6. Hom 7. Shuvo 8. Nasir 9. Shafiul 10. Rubel 11. Robiul/Nazmul..............Play more quickies, the allrouders will do their bit of spin. If Kapali is in the side, pick him as well.

  • Bilal94 on August 14, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Pakistani boys better watch out for Vittori as there is a glimpse of Malcom Marshall in him.

  • Legaleagle on August 14, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Incredible Zimbabwe!! You have shown the Bangladesh team who really belongs at the top level. Bangladesh needs to go back to the drawing board- take a break from cricket so that they don't look like school cricket team. Vitori is a great find for Zimbabwe!!

  • RandyOZ on August 14, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe again. I am very impressed with their resolve. I would not be surprised if they soon overtake the listless Bangladesh team in the rankings.

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Make a sum of first 7 batsman of BD and Zim.Its 219 vs 267 almost.U can get a clear pic,Zim is clearly ahead.The problem was somewhere in Zim cricket board.They are in the right track now and wishing to go on and on.But for my country,I can say that a lot of talents are there who are performing in domestic level,but due to some back-dated administrators and selectors,real performers will not get chance and old talent like Ash will play and help in every defeat of BD.

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    But the main reason for our regular humiliating performances is lack of adequate first class matches & structures in our domestic arena. We have very few divisional teams playing first class match, therefore very few players are playing first class match. BCCI needs to invest and support to build more teams in order to play in our first class cricket tournament. Each first class team must have an "A "team and under 19 team who will play first class match in "A" team tournament ad U-19 tournament respectively. Also we need to reintroduce National School Cricket tournament again. Remember we would not have problem of finding people who want to play cricket like our country faces. Therefore this could be easily arranged. But BCCI has to spent money which they have (I guess a plenty!!). BCCI also needs to train lot of local coaches. But meanwhile they should fund and appoint good preferably foreign coaches for each first class team. (It would be expensive but not impossible)

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 14, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Harare pitch is really tough for Batting ...lol. How can BD top order Batsmen show it as an excuse? They must learn something from DEBUTANT & teenager NASIR. The ORDINARY bowler again picked 5 but XtraOrdinary Tamim did nothing but throwing his wicket!!! I think he (Tamim) don't know the meaning of Ordinary (lol)! BD top order must changr their mentality & BCB must improve domestic competition a lot. Otherwise our loving Bangladesh won't b able to preserve their Test Status anymore.

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    It's been just over 11 years BD got test status. But sad to say our cricket is regressing day by day. We are stuck with few little players who know that no one is breathing on their shoulder therefore they don't have to show any commitment. Our bowling is so ordinary that it is embarrassing. Zimbabwe has not played test for 6 years but still they are able to produce top notch bowlers who can ball on line & length & swing! On the contrary out bowlers are not intelligent at all. They lack the knowledge and shrewdness that is a basic requirement at international level. Sad thing is in this digital age it's not difficult at all to learn about opponents weakness by themselves (They don't need coach to spoon fed everything!) Our batsman (who reflects the mindset of our countrymen) lacks mental strength to play international test cricket. They are docile and could easily be intimidated.

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket is at crossroads now. After World Cup debacle people expected proper planning and preparation before any forthcoming series. Media reports groupings within the team. Shakib has less control over while others are reported to be not cooperating like Ash and Nafis. What a coach can do if things are not sorted out. The wide mouthed Tamim should be rested to think and practice.

  • on August 14, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @Pushpa, after the test Tamim admitted that he does not really think Vitory is ordinary, he just told that to unsettle the debutant which actually backfired. The comment he made after he was out in the second innings and the admission he made before the first one day before facing him any further. Despite that, we all think that it was not the right way to go and he is paying the price for it(so is our team). I just hope that he learns his lessons, become a matured cricketer and eventually be a better batsman. He must learn from his mistake. We cannot afford to have another Ashraful like cricketer who has 0 learning curve.

  • Dr.Rajdhillon on August 14, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    If one has to prove something, he should do it with his Actions rather than words and B.Vitori is doin exactly that. He is proving his worth. Mr. Egoistic Tamim Iqbal is being shown that Vitori is an ordinary bowler with Extraordinary skills. KUDOS for B.Vitori n the entire Zimbabwean unit. " HARDWORK PAYS "

  • on August 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @Mohsin I agree that the domestic cricket can be and should be strenghten further but it cannot produce good cricketer is not the rght attitude. You youself are telling that the players in the national team has first class average of 30/31 which tells that they cannot perform even in the domestic cricket(National league is first class cricket). Sakib, Nasir came from the domestic cricket. So is others. But the selectors has a tendency like you not to count domestic cricket much and thinks who is playing International cricket must be better equipped than those who are scoring well in the domestic. That is the only reason when rakibul fails, Ashraful come in. When Mahmudullah is dropped, Alok kapali comes in. And they comes in not because of their form/performence in domestic cricket but because they have international experience and crowd knows them. @khurdum yes Ash is a life time member. when he fails the coach is to blame, when he succeed(once in 2/3 years) that is for his talent.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on August 14, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe! Congrats Vitori for your successive five for -- against our foul-mouthed tigers!! What a top order!! I'm ashamed of the way my top order played. Ashraful's nothing shot dismissal, Shahriar Nafees gave catch practice, Mushi Rahim threw away, Tamim's poor form --- the list goes on. Sorry guys --- playing as top order batsmen --- Are you Tigers or Cats? Lucky BD got a "mature" debutant and a "dependable" captain to form some sort of "partnership" to past first ODI total! It's a shame -- absolute shame unless the bowlers and fielders now show some fighting spirit.

  • Reverend-Cavalier on August 14, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    I can't believe the comments that were made during the test by the Bangladeshi about how ordinary Zimbabwe are. Very arrogant with nothing shown to back up the comments. Best to keep to playing the ball than trying to intimidate when there is no back up.

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    GOOD GOING HOMIE VITORI...Tamim is less than ordinary if he is taken out by an ordinary bowler twice.. He is letting down his team and denying us a good cricket game

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    ORDINARY BOWLER VITTORI keep proving..wow ..wat a performance..Where is TAMIM now?? It shud be his BAT who will be talking rather than his big mouth....

  • hasib9 on August 14, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Dear selectors and "technical committee": Again Ashraful is in the team and again Bangladesh is going to lose. When are you finally going to learn how to pick a team? You don't need a Ph.D. in rocket science to pick a balanced team. Learn from Zimbabwe and learn quickly because people of Bangladesh are getting frustrated and don't think for a second you can keep your job with results such as this.

  • vhedza on August 14, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Zim still lacking that liller punch,why not drop one of the spinners and put Jarvis in,imagine how that attack would look......ordinary? hmmm i doubt it, another five-for for Vitori...take a bow son!!!

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Taylor and Co. need to get 'the' killer punch. Doing a good job early on but seem to struggle to wipe off the tail which pushes the score a bit uncomfy for them.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    All the b desh top order needs to larn from nasir hossain

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Bunch of afraid people playing cricket....change the team...from top to bottom...the selectors as well

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Thats what everyone expected.I shall not be astonished if they are white-washed.I think there is a problem somewhere.BCB should find it out.I guess the domestic cricket in BD is not strong enough to build good performer for international area.Look at the average of their first class match who are representing BD team,nearly 31 or 30.

  • alfone on August 14, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    nice there goes Vitori again.Tamim bowled out by the ''ordinary'' bowler again.

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Oh what a contest it turns out to be. This dual battle between Vetts and wide mouthed Tamim reminds me the battle Tony Greig had with Lloyd's men. Finally, it was not WI that govelled. It was tony greig. Roberts, Croftie, Holdng,Garner looked him after very well.

    Here too, I see Vets look after Tamim very well. Now we know, It is not Vettori an ordinary bowler. Tamim is an ordinary batsman. He needs to learn a lesson from this modest guy called Vettori!!! Best of luck ZIMs.....

  • khurdum on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    When Virender Shewbagh called BD an ordinary team, people got hurt and became furious. He paid the price also. Till today, when shewbagh is out without or with little score, BD people roars with happiness. Tamim has started paying the price. Tht's his individual account. The team also affected very badly.

    Ashraful has been kept in the squad. Why? Just to see how badly he damages wining chance if there is any. I m just wondering whether he is a life time member of the team or not?

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  • khurdum on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    When Virender Shewbagh called BD an ordinary team, people got hurt and became furious. He paid the price also. Till today, when shewbagh is out without or with little score, BD people roars with happiness. Tamim has started paying the price. Tht's his individual account. The team also affected very badly.

    Ashraful has been kept in the squad. Why? Just to see how badly he damages wining chance if there is any. I m just wondering whether he is a life time member of the team or not?

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Oh what a contest it turns out to be. This dual battle between Vetts and wide mouthed Tamim reminds me the battle Tony Greig had with Lloyd's men. Finally, it was not WI that govelled. It was tony greig. Roberts, Croftie, Holdng,Garner looked him after very well.

    Here too, I see Vets look after Tamim very well. Now we know, It is not Vettori an ordinary bowler. Tamim is an ordinary batsman. He needs to learn a lesson from this modest guy called Vettori!!! Best of luck ZIMs.....

  • alfone on August 14, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    nice there goes Vitori again.Tamim bowled out by the ''ordinary'' bowler again.

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Thats what everyone expected.I shall not be astonished if they are white-washed.I think there is a problem somewhere.BCB should find it out.I guess the domestic cricket in BD is not strong enough to build good performer for international area.Look at the average of their first class match who are representing BD team,nearly 31 or 30.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Bunch of afraid people playing cricket....change the team...from top to bottom...the selectors as well

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    All the b desh top order needs to larn from nasir hossain

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Taylor and Co. need to get 'the' killer punch. Doing a good job early on but seem to struggle to wipe off the tail which pushes the score a bit uncomfy for them.

  • vhedza on August 14, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Zim still lacking that liller punch,why not drop one of the spinners and put Jarvis in,imagine how that attack would look......ordinary? hmmm i doubt it, another five-for for Vitori...take a bow son!!!

  • hasib9 on August 14, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Dear selectors and "technical committee": Again Ashraful is in the team and again Bangladesh is going to lose. When are you finally going to learn how to pick a team? You don't need a Ph.D. in rocket science to pick a balanced team. Learn from Zimbabwe and learn quickly because people of Bangladesh are getting frustrated and don't think for a second you can keep your job with results such as this.

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    ORDINARY BOWLER VITTORI keep proving..wow ..wat a performance..Where is TAMIM now?? It shud be his BAT who will be talking rather than his big mouth....