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

Vitori gets five again as Zimbabwe make it 2-0


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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  • Srinivas 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 ;)

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

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

  • Dummy4 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!!!

  • Dummy4 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.........

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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).

  • Dar 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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