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

Shakib blames batsmen's mindset for defeat

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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, blamed his misfiring batting line-up for his side's latest setback in Zimbabwe as they slumped to their second straight defeat in the five-match ODI series. Left-arm seamer Brian Vitori bagged his second five-for in as many ODIs as Bangladesh crumbled to a sub-par 188, thought it was a recovery of sorts from 58 for 6. Zimbabwe reached the target in under 45 overs, losing just three wickets in a chase that was mostly a stroll.

"We didn't perform well at all, especially our top five batsmen," Shakib said after the game. "Nobody scored runs. When you're playing an ODI game and the top five are not scoring any runs, it is hard for the team to come back and put a good total on the board."

The top-order collapse was a worryingly recurrent theme for the visitors, having slumped to 43 for 5 in the previous game. Shakib believed it was a mental issue, as opposed to a question of talent. "We have to ask everyone separately what's going through their mind," he said. "It has nothing to do with their technique, but their mindset."

"They are bowling well there's no doubt. But we are capable of handling this bowling … It will show how tough we are, if we can bounce back; Otherwise we are not tough enough. We are not too soft to give up so easily."

That Bangladesh reached 188 was down to a strong rearguard from debutant Nasir Hossain, who made 63 batting at No. 8 - an effort that his captain appreciated. "He played very well, given it was his first game," Shakib said. "Normally there's pressure in that situation … when he got to bat we were 58 for 6. He played a good innings from that position. I hope he contributes [consistently], it was a special innings."

Zimbabwe have been the better team by far throughout the tour, starting with the one-off Test that they won in impressive fashion, despite Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal writing off their attack and terming the impressive Vitori "ordinary".

"I think you should ask the person who made this comment," Shakib said when asked for his take on the "ordinary" verdict. "I think they're well prepared and they're better than us in all three departments."

Vitori has been Bangladesh's bugbear since the first innings of the Test, even before Tamim made his comment, following up an impressive Test debut with an unprecedented brace of five-fors in his first two ODIs. No bowler had taken more than eight wickets in his first two ODIs before Vitori's feat, and his captain Brendan Taylor was effusive in praise.

"It is an amazing start," Taylor said after the game. "He is a new world-record holder. He is a great guy to work with, a very hungry cricketer.

"I am slightly surprised [by Bangladesh's collapses]. They bat to No. 7 but credit must go to the bowlers. We didn't give them many opportunities to score. Bowlers stuck to their guns after they got hit for boundaries."

Despite his side's dominance in the first two games, Taylor refused to take things lightly. "I remember in 2005 we were 2-0 up and then lost 3-2," he said. "We're not expecting a series win straight away. We know they will try to bounce back but we have to be a step ahead.

"Tuesday's a massive game. If we lose there it is 2-1 and Bangladesh have a chance to get back in the series. We'll go away tomorrow and regroup in a team meeting. There are not too many things we're concerned about. We will stay humble and when it comes game time, we want to be 100% up for it."

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  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Asian guys are in loosing track.BD,Ind,Sri.Pak will be.If one starts to win,other will.So,Asian guys,lets roar together.

  • Srinivas on August 16, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Go Bangla go...you are no ordinary team ;). Don't listen to Sehwag ;). Well played Zimbabwe. Keep it up. Take the 3rd and seal the fate of the so called Bangla minnow 'tigers'.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    it's ok.. players are FASTING??

  • Hammad on August 15, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    @ Nur Jaman, U b at ground let me know which position u b feilding at? Bangladesh players and their supporters talk too much. I have been listening & reading too many comments about Bangladesh team's expectation, but they not performing even quater of it. They were self prclaimed to be one of the WC favorites where they were thrashed by INDIA, WI and SA. I suggest they should perform first then open their mouth not Vice-Versa.

  • Aubokwe on August 15, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    zim is no longer n ordinary team, so people should not complain as if Bangladesh is being walloped by a minor or associate nation

  • Joyanta on August 15, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @WTEH...Do you see any reason how India Became WC champs? They are (probably) going to be white washed to England. They have not scored a single 300 run in any inngs so far. Last BD tour in England was better than India. So, lets take back the WC from India also?

  • Vielspass on August 15, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Common ZIM...Win the Next match...then go for 5-0 Whitewash...Teach BAN a very gud lesson (which they never will learn)....Well bowled Vittori keep it up...hope to see Jarvis playing along with Vittori in the next match..ZIM need just one spinner given the way pitches are playing in ZIM right now

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    It's good that Zim know that they have to win on Tuesday before they can start thinking about a whitewash. I agree that killer instinct is still an issue. When Zim start to put the opposition away at the first sign of weakness, then we'll win all the more. Well played guys, keep up the improvement.

  • Anver on August 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Shakib & co pls talk less & try to win the 3rd ODI.............so that we can see a close series otherwise its a cakewalk for ZIM !!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Bangladesh will bounce back, inshaallah. Zimbabwe surrendered before u scoring only 44. So plz remember that and keep trying. we r with u.

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