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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  • 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.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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'.

  • on August 15, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    it's ok.. players are FASTING??

  • LordOfCric 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.

  • Bokwe 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?

  • RamaBasa 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

  • 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.

  • anver777 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 !!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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'.

  • on August 15, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    it's ok.. players are FASTING??

  • LordOfCric 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.

  • Bokwe 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?

  • RamaBasa 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

  • 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.

  • anver777 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 !!!!!!

  • 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.

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

    Shakib is doing well as a batsman but his bowling isn't up to the mark recently. So he must perform well before urging team mates to do well. BD top orders r playing cricket like local club cricketers. I think Junaid must b given a chance instead Imrul & Shuvagoto should make his debut in the next game replacing Ashraful/Mahmudullah. Shuvagoto can do some medium fast bowling & so far Harare seems more successful ground for pacers than spinners though it's a batting wicket.

  • MeijiMura on August 15, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Surely after taking ten wickets in the first two ODIs at an average of 5 the penny has dropped for the Bangladesh hierarchy, coaching staff and players. They have to start treating Vitori with the respect he deserves. He is clearly Zimbabwe's best bowler and he has proven himself to be unhittable. The Bangladeshi batsmen would be far better served by seeing Vitori out of the attack, even taking him for just 2 or 3 runs an over from his ten overs and instead turning their attention to Mpofu, Chigumbura, Price and Utseya who provide the batsmen with more scoring opportunities and are altogether more hittable than Vitori, especially in circumstances where their strike bowler hasn't taken any wickets where the pressure could get to them. It's about time Bangladesh started playing smart cricket! Having an end goal and a plan to get you there would be a start. Blocking out Vitori and attacking the lesser bowlers with wickets in hand is definitely the way to go for Bangladesh.

  • k4zz on August 15, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Bangladesh need a complete change in there team line up need to stop picking basically the same team for Test and ODI, while new players need to be tried out as the current crop aint good enough. Look they finally gave Nasir a game and he showed his worth, scored more than some players did in the whole tour in just that one match. The next game needs to see them change the team with Kayes, Ashraful, Razzak being dropped and replaced by Siddiquee, Hom and Nazmul/ Rasel. Many more should be given a go such as Reza, Kapali amougst others. Also another possibility could be a change in captaincy if Shakib still feels it as a burden, with Rahim a possibility to be captain.

  • k4zz on August 15, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    I don't understand y these people are saying that Tamim should be dropped for not playing so good, when in fact the whole of the top 4-5 are playing terrible. Tamim is Bangladesh best batsmen theres no doubt, with him dropped guess what Bangladesh would lose a lot more without him than they would with him. I think people getting over the top with the comments he made, the reason he made them was not because he thinks Vitori is ordinary, but he was trying to put some confidence into the rest of the Bangladesh, we all know they lack confidence and by making it seem that there best bowler was just an ok bowler he had hoped that the rest of his team will play positive cricket rather than the rubbish they have been playing. Although that backfired and Bdesh fell like a sack of potatoes.

  • on August 14, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Bangladesh Will Come Back... !!

  • debgwez on August 14, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    gud to go ZIMBABWE..keep the fire blazing..

  • WTEH on August 14, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    I see no reason why Bangladesh included in the world cup. If they cannot beat teams like, Zim, Ireland.. They should be played in a qualifier to get in to world cup.

  • on August 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    few basic things: 1.when you play a limited over game,u have to run and sweat for your singles,and build your innings,odd 4 and 6s will come from time to time,especially when you are well set,i don't get the concept of our top 6 batsmen to hit away to get settled in crease,its ridiculous. 2.the "powereplay is there for a reason,i hope they learn how to use it. 3.just look at nasir's innings today,how well composed and hard working 60 sumthing it was on debut,may be one too many chances given to favorite players of selectors 4.imrul kayes,tamim,riyad,ashraful,raqibul,nayeem,mushfiq are no longer batsmen who play with a positive mindset and technique,we have to give chances to young lads,we are losing the games anyway,why not we try some new boys like nasir? 5.last but not least,cricket is a gentleman's game,as a captain shakib should learn how to speak properly in public,learn from Taylor.

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    If Tamim wants to save his face before it is too late, he should publicly apologize to Vitori and Zimbabwe ASAP. I don't think he can bounce back anymore and is under a lot of pressure after making that comment. Vitori has a bright future. I really hope BD replace Ashraful and bring in Shuvagoto Hom. Also Mahmuduallah looks like he can use a break. Why can't Alok Kapali get chances like Ashraful does? We all know he has the talent. I sometimes wonder, what do BD selectors think of when they select the squad? Clearly they have issues.

  • mendicant on August 14, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    @laurarulez, well put. Zim fans have every right to celebrate when Tamim gets out yet again to Vitori. The Bangladesh team is suffering through another acute bout of dysfunction that started around the World Cup. Enjoy the upper hand while it lasts, and don't count out Tamim doing some serious damage before he leaves. The negativity of Bangladeshi fans is hardly surprising (although fans who call themselves Bangla Tigers and in the same breath hope their team will be white washed is a bit puzzling). "Drop Tamim" is the funniest thing I've heard re: the Bangladesh team in a while!

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

    sakib don't be upset. actually they do not play extraordinary anything rather you are nervous. you have the record that you can recover. on the other hand BD has experience that the same condition BD won match 3-2. so keep on try. good luck.

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    We will stay humble and when it comes game time, we want to be 100% up for it." - Bangladesh could learn a thing or two from Zimbabwe!

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    its never acceptable to loose to ZIMBABWE..playing cricket for a long time and given all the facilities and supports and u still loose to zimbabwe team who had very rough time themselves too...when wud BD team move forward..one step forward..they r still fighting to stay number 9 in ODI shame...

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Guess there is war and fingerpointing in the Bangladesh dressing room. Tamim the extraodinary one is getting out for extraordinarily low scores. His star is dimming while ordinary Vitori's star is shining. Come on Iqbal, ask for mercy from Vitori maybe he will bowl more friendly next time

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Congratulations to 'ordinary' for making Tamim and the rest of the BD look so ordinary. Just don't let fame get to your head and continue making your country proud.

  • CricketChat on August 14, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Same old story!. BD batting collapses leaving bowling nothing much to defend. The only difference this time is that they are failing even against Zim, whom they had been dominating all along. Read this: in an ever changing landscape where coaches & captains come and go, the only constant factor is Ashraful. He is always there despite utter failure for yrs. This is the kind of reason why BD is not progressing.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Taylor is a fine captain, his speeches are one of a leaders... good going Zimbabwe, tough luck BD

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Bangladeshi cricketers failed to prove they are professional at all. There is no excuse failing to handle an inexperienced bowler like Vittori no matter how good he is. I cant find any difference between this team in Zimbabwe now with those unprofessional cricketers played in the national team in the 90's.

  • Hurricane08 on August 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Please take away Bangladesh's test status - it is agonizing watching them. An ordinary sports club in the US can perform better than that. Let there be competition. Maybe Ireland can challenge Bangladesh for the test cap.

  • dulabhai on August 14, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    BD needs to get rid of Tamim Iqbal and Ashraful. They are good for nothing. I hope the selectors and the head of BCB (M. Kamal) have learnt a lesson. Politically biased decisions bring nothing good for any sport.

  • lararulez on August 14, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    "Ordinary" Vitori gets Tamim again. Everytime Tamim gets out people here are celebrating, its not the way to go Tamim. I am feeling bad about it as your 1 statement is etched in peoples mind and you will be having the pressure everytime you go out bat. Atleast apologize and get in good books of people, God will help you then.

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    shakib, plz stop blaming each other and start working on all of your problems. You guys are freaking out all the bangladeshi fans. How can you lose that bad with the zimbabwe team???

  • Bangla.tiger on August 14, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    hope Bangladesh will be white wash

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  • Bangla.tiger on August 14, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    hope Bangladesh will be white wash

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    shakib, plz stop blaming each other and start working on all of your problems. You guys are freaking out all the bangladeshi fans. How can you lose that bad with the zimbabwe team???

  • lararulez on August 14, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    "Ordinary" Vitori gets Tamim again. Everytime Tamim gets out people here are celebrating, its not the way to go Tamim. I am feeling bad about it as your 1 statement is etched in peoples mind and you will be having the pressure everytime you go out bat. Atleast apologize and get in good books of people, God will help you then.

  • dulabhai on August 14, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    BD needs to get rid of Tamim Iqbal and Ashraful. They are good for nothing. I hope the selectors and the head of BCB (M. Kamal) have learnt a lesson. Politically biased decisions bring nothing good for any sport.

  • Hurricane08 on August 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Please take away Bangladesh's test status - it is agonizing watching them. An ordinary sports club in the US can perform better than that. Let there be competition. Maybe Ireland can challenge Bangladesh for the test cap.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Bangladeshi cricketers failed to prove they are professional at all. There is no excuse failing to handle an inexperienced bowler like Vittori no matter how good he is. I cant find any difference between this team in Zimbabwe now with those unprofessional cricketers played in the national team in the 90's.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Taylor is a fine captain, his speeches are one of a leaders... good going Zimbabwe, tough luck BD

  • CricketChat on August 14, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Same old story!. BD batting collapses leaving bowling nothing much to defend. The only difference this time is that they are failing even against Zim, whom they had been dominating all along. Read this: in an ever changing landscape where coaches & captains come and go, the only constant factor is Ashraful. He is always there despite utter failure for yrs. This is the kind of reason why BD is not progressing.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Congratulations to 'ordinary' for making Tamim and the rest of the BD look so ordinary. Just don't let fame get to your head and continue making your country proud.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Guess there is war and fingerpointing in the Bangladesh dressing room. Tamim the extraodinary one is getting out for extraordinarily low scores. His star is dimming while ordinary Vitori's star is shining. Come on Iqbal, ask for mercy from Vitori maybe he will bowl more friendly next time