Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare

Zimbabwe eye rare series win

The Preview by Firdose Moonda

August 15, 2011

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Match facts
August 16, Harare
Start time 0930 (0730 GMT)

Vusi Sibanda acknowledges the crowd after being dismissed for 96, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Harare,
Vusi Sibanda has been solid at the top of the order for Zimbabwe © Associated Press
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The Big Picture

Zimbabwe are within sniffing distance of ending their drought of five years without an ODI series win over a Test-playing nation. They have beaten Ireland and Kenya in recent times, but their previous series win against a Test playing-country was in August 2006 when they beat Bangladesh 3-2 at home. Much has changed since then, and should Zimbabwe pull off this victory it would underline their notion that this is indeed a new era for their cricket.

So far they have outplayed their opposition convincingly, bowling with aggression and batting with composure. They have all the ingredients to cook up a successful summer - a new-ball bowler, Brian Vitori, who looks better and better with every match, back-up seamers like Elton Chigumbura, who play a supporting role but can also take wickets, a top order that can play seam and spin with equal conviction, and, as they showed in the last match, a middle order that can finish the job.

It all looks a little too easy for Zimbabwe at the moment and they may want to challenge themselves by trying to defend a total rather than chase one down, especially since their middle order has not spent enough time at the crease. Perhaps those ideas will be left to Bulawayo, if the series has been won by then, and there is room for experimentation before welcoming Pakistan and New Zealand.

For Bangladesh, disaster looms, according to Shakib Al Hasan, who called his team situation a crisis. Their mistakes have become more glaring as the series has progressed and are now in urgent need of attention.

The top order appears to need superglue stuck to their spikes so that they will stay at the crease and avoid forcing the middle and lower orders to fix their mistakes. The top four have failed - their execution has been poor and their application non-existent. Although they are fronting up against a good attack, they are also been given a pitch and conditions conducive to batting, and if Bangladesh are to come back into this series, they are going to have to learn patience very quickly.

The Bangladesh bowlers have not been given much to work with but they have also not shown much perseverance and have tended to give up after getting an early breakthrough. The left-arm spinners have not threatened and it will be up to the offspinners and seamers, who showed that they can extract some reverse swing, to take wickets. A more determined effort is required from Bangladesh if they are to go to Bulawayo with any thoughts of restoring respectability.

Form guide (most recent first)

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In the spotlight

He has been out cheaply in both matches so far and even though he leads a winning team, Brendan Taylor will want to produce with the bat as well. Taylor's perennial problem has been a lack of footwork and after being bowled by his opposite number in the first match and edging while playing away from his body in the second, it may be an issue he wants to address as the summer continues.

Nasir Hossain rescued a tattered Bangladesh innings on debut in the previous game and immediately impressed with his handling of the short ball. On first glance, there is something distinctly different about Nasir when compared to other Bangladesh batsmen. Rather than mistiming his pull shot or being hurried into it, he plays it with skill and grace and his maturity at the crease was evident in his well-paced 63. He was only given two overs with the ball, but it will be interesting to see how he performs in that department as well.

Team news

With a series win just a match away, Zimbabwe are unlikely to tinker with a successful XI. Kyle Jarvis is still waiting for his opportunity, but may have to hang on until Bulawayo to get it, even though Chris Mpofu struggled a little in the second match. Regis Chakabva will also have to bide his time before getting a look in.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Brendan Taylor (capt), 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 5 Craig Ervine, 6 Forster Mutizwa, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Ray Price, 10 Brian Vitori, 11 Chris Mpofu

A continually failing top order should call for some change and Bangladesh may have no choice but to finally bring Junaid Siddique in. One of Tamim Iqbal or Imrul Kayes should pay the price for their poor showings so far. However, the selectors have been hesitant to drop either and Siddique may slot into the middle order ahead of Shahriar Nafees or Mohammad Ashraful. Abdur Razzak is likely to keep his place, more for his batting than his left-arm spin, meaning that Suhrawadi Shuvo will have to sit out again.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes / Junaid Siddique, 3 Shahriar Nafees, 4 Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

Pitch and conditions

The surface should remain good for batting, as it has done through the one-off Test and previous two ODIs, with all the strips on the square known for being flat. The first hour has had something for the bowlers though, with just a little bit of extra bounce and movement on offer. Later in the day, the pitch has slowed down, but there is not a lot of turn. Batting should be a reasonably easy task and the bowlers will have to stick to good lines and lengths and bowl wicket-to-wicket to get results.

Stats and trivia

  • The team chasing has won 50% of the time at Harare Sports Club in its 19-year history as an international ground. However, in the last two years, the team fielding first has won 64.2% of the time and in the last year, that increases to 80%.

  • Imrul Kayes' batting average in day matches, 27.41, is almost 10 runs fewer than it is in day-night matches, 37.09.


"We have to do what we have done so far and be hungry on the day."
Vusi Sibanda says Zimbabwe must be careful not to get complacent after dominating proceedings so far

"We should put on 260 every time we bat but our top order is not scoring runs, I would love to see those top order guys scoring some runs for the team."
Shakib Al Hasan indicates that the middle order is being left with too much to do

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by likeintcricket on (August 16, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

@indian_rockers_2015_champs, Dude, wary about your own team as where they gonna end up in 2015 when your golden oldies retire.Remember, India won their first Test in 1952 after 20 years of getting Test status in 1932. They won their first Test outside India In 1964.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Pakistan... be watchfull!!!! zimbabwe seems to be a different team nowadays.

Posted by mahjut on (August 16, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

and again, Zim doing great but 3 dropped catches making it look easier than it clearly has been. and yet again, I can't blame Zim for that (who knows; maybe Ervine, or Chigumbura or even Mutizwa could've come in and scored a quick-fire century) but we still don't know for sure how much improvement is being made. What is for sure, and great to boot, is that they're not collapsing in a heap at the first sign of trouble and that's a massive leap forward.

Posted by mahjut on (August 16, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Rabbul2...the difference between the last time BD came back from 2-0 was the way the Zim top order played the spinners. If they continue with the confidence shown so far i can't see a way back. and in the pace bowling dept. Zim look ahead too. It'll be interesting (I can't see a whitewash but intruth I expected it to be closer than it has been so far).

Posted by topten on (August 16, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Zim will win the series. let the records tumble

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Jarvis has been included in the starting line up, bad news for Banglas

Posted by redneck on (August 16, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

love seeing/reading about these zimbabweans developing their cricket and starting to challenge test nations. however i do disagree with the article about zim winning a ODI against a full member nation. it hasnt been 5 years, didnt they beat a rohit sharma lead india a year or 2 ago?

Posted by WTEH on (August 16, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Not only a rare series win, Zim might have their first ever white wash. Just like England! South Asian countries need to wake up from their dreams and accept the thruth that they do really bad out side the region.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

@indian_rockers_2015_champs -i just hope eng will win 4-0 so that icc can bring ireland in place of india ....ireland team is much much better than india.......cmmon icc time to take test and odi status away from india

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 2:18 GMT)

''MIGHTY THE EFFORT''--Hope all bd tigers realize it. I believe you(TEAM BANGLADESH) must become with their real effort. Almighty is always with you. just GO THROUGH DETERMINATION>>>>>>>>>>

Posted by AzyS on (August 16, 2011, 1:51 GMT)

hope Zim go up 3-0 and then test their bench-strength.. good to see them performing consistently... they showed glimpses of their form in the World Cup and now seem to have come on their own.. and all this has been possible by a revamped Domestic structure and by Former players who have been included in the management structure.. the same needs to be done by Bangladesh who too have abundant talent but somehow is not performing consistently... the need a simple five-point plan.. 1 - Revamp Domestic Cricket 2 - Include Foreign players in Domestic Cricket - atleast 2 per team 3 - Have an A team playing Regularly against others Member nations 4 - Popularise Cricket and have a pick-em-young policy 5 - Being a Member Nation organise more Cricket for the team

Posted by ABZ006 on (August 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

new icc rankings: 1. england 2 s africa 3 australia 4 srilanka 5 pakistan 6 new zealand 7 zimbabwe 8 west indies 9 ireland 10 bangladesh 11.afganisthan/India

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (August 16, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

EVERYONE STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT BANGLADESH IN THIS SERIES! Just because they are not performing at the moment doesnt mean that they are terrible. They just need to wake up and realise Zimbabwe can play good cricket. They need patience which is is not happening. We are taking positives from our losses such that fact is when we are 50/5 we can make 180 all out. That is a positive because in the world cup EVERYONE got out for 68.

So we can consolidate. But the thing that needs to happen is for the top order to step up and play cricket. Thats all! And credit to Zim for playing good cricket. It is gonna wake Bangladesh up.

And all of u Indians that are saying that Bangladehs shouldnt be an ICC member. How well are you guys doing against England huh? At least we didnt lose by an innings and 242 runs when we played them. Criticise your own team...

Posted by Legaleagle on (August 16, 2011, 0:59 GMT)

As a cricket lover, I truly hope that Bangladesh be stripped of their test status and be demoted to playing one day matches with Afghanistan, America, Bermuda and Holland. This has been an exceptional and meteoric rise for Zimbabwe, lets just hope its sustainable and translates into some consistency.

On the other hand, Bangladesh have been a one match wonder for past decade or so- they have managed to upset some big teams on 1 or 2 occasions but that doesn't make any team great. I agree with Nabil that every team has bad patches but you have to also see how long a team's bad patch lasts. In case of Bangladesh, they win 1 or 2 matches and then go on to lose 25 matches. Need a re-thinking at every level for BD cricket!!

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 16, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

Zimbabwe probably do not want to win this series. If they become too good the English are going to start poaching their players a la Ireland and South Africa!

Posted by aaamsaasza on (August 16, 2011, 0:08 GMT)

Dream Team? Why BD needs a team in the dreams? Ask BD players to play cricket with open eyes and not in dreams...... And one more thing...... BD team does not require a coach. All they need is someone who can tell the BD batsman to control their excitement and anxiety.... If you take the average of batsman throwing their wickets in the past ten years.... BD will beat the total of entire cricketing world by a huge margin.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

@Shamim Alokjatra. The answer lies on you question it self. Proper line and length are the weapons of a great bowler. Dont say its nothing special for a bowler who is in his debut series.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

Dream team :- 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Imrul Kayes 3.Shuvogata Hom 4.Shahriar Nafees 5.Shakib Al hasan 6.Nasir Hossain 7.Mushfiqur rahim 8.Mahmudullah 9.Abdur Razzak 10.Shafiul Islam 11.Rubel Hossain/Nazmul Hossain

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

I really want ICC to remove Bangladesh from Test Status. They should be lumped with Ireland, Kenya and Afghanistan on one day status. Unless such steps are taken, Bangladesh would continue in its reckless manner. ICC needs to make decisive action to restore Cricket's credibility.

Posted by Rabbul2 on (August 15, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will be comeback with the series win as they did that earlier. It just needs better mindset and forgot earlier losses.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

I fully agree with Mir Ahmmad. Tamim is simply an ordinary batsman. He should never be considered as a classy batsman. He does not fall under the criteria of a good and solid batsman. He does not know how to bat. Whatever he scored in his career, those just happened by surprise. And it is necessary Bangladesh get white-washed so that they will learn some lesson.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

why bd batsman unable to handle vitori? i saw there is nothing special except proper line & length. which should not any excuse in this level... shame.

Posted by HB-NABIL on (August 15, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

you indian rocker dont just write wat u want .hav a luk india , luk at how they hav been playin . forget winning they find it difficult to score 300 in a test match . every team goes through bad times . so is bangladesh and so is india having a bad time , it doesnt mean their status of playin international cricket be cancelled . one can just hope that our favourite teams start playing to their best abilities and start winning , thats also for india.

Posted by HB-NABIL on (August 15, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

zim are showing great potential against bd . it will be interesting to see them play against pak and nz in the upcomin home series after bd leaves . now about shakib , he has to stop speaking crap about former players and start thinking of about their own cricket . hope they play better tomoro and bring sum happiness to us people back home.

Posted by bala_sachin on (August 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

I m very to see zim cricket showing the world what they are

once a great cricketing nation which defeated IND ,AUS, SL WI

Posted by luvgee on (August 15, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

there is the phrase "quit whilist u r winning and let yo mind wonder wat u wud have accomplished next".i bet bangla shud have quit test cricket all together when they beat the west indies or when they beat NZ coz as we stand they are totally disappointing.viva zim viva, the gud tyms are rolling

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

BD needs a right handed opener

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Good to see Zim fighting like soldiers of fortune. Its been a while since Zim celebrated victory on the home ground. We want to see Zim returning to the good old days. Zim is a cricket loving nation and I think the poor attendance at some of the matches has been due to disappointment by the nation. But credit to the solid structures in schools and the franchise system that has been embedded at the heart of the game. The boys should remain strong as they approach victory. P.O.Z (Proud of Zim) We certainly want to see Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori at the front of the bowling battlefield.

Posted by mahjut on (August 15, 2011, 18:24 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(-wrenching) feeling is that BD are making Zim look quite a lot better than they are. 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). I can't wait for the PK, NZ series to have a better idea: it looks like a GREAT attack now and even the batting, traditionally weak, looks good. Vusi has come into his own, I really likes Mawoyo's application and Mutizwa looked so composed the other day as zim started wobbling. And to think there's Chitara, Cremer, Williams, Meth all chomping at the bit... good times ahead (hopefully!!) ...

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

No wonder,Ban​gladesh will lose the tournament​ 5-0.No way and guaranteed​.If they do very good, result might be 4-1.hopele​ss team and management​.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

i think it's time Jarvis got in with the action, but then again why tinker with a perfectly working machine, ah well maybe after the series has been won, but wouldn't it be something to have a 3 pronged pace attack of Vitori, Mpofu and Jarvis backed up by chigumbura...good times ahead! ;)

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

BD will get whitewashed........ Tamin is such an ordianary batsman. He always talks too much but can't do anything on the crease..

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

great to see Zimbabwe's fighting like that good for cricket

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

plz bangladesh cricket team, don't make us shame in front of the world!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

One important factor to remember for the Bangladeshi is when we beat the New Zealand team 4-0 we did not have Tamim Iqbal or Mohammed Ashraful in our team.The team played as a unit and the fielding,bowling and batting all came altogether.We did not rely on individuals,but on team effort and hunger.Bowling discipline was good even when defending low total.Some batsmen think when they score 30 or 40 runs and when the bowlers bowl couple of good overs they have the right to loosen their discipline or their job is done.They should remember they are representing their country and millions of fans.

Posted by randikaayya on (August 15, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

I hope Jarvis will be given a fair go as well. He looked an extremely promising youngster as well! Good luck from Sri Lanka!

Posted by 6forus on (August 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

good to c zimbabwans playing wonderful cricket after what happened to them in the previous years,BV has shown he is capable of taking wickets at any conditions. hope he will perform consistenly throught his career, coming to bang team.. hmm.. loz of things to say.. one big probelm not at all consistent, tamim iqbal used to be a threaten for the fast bowlers now perishing cheaply due to lack of foot work, md ashraful was a star when he started playing n now like a trash of can, dono wht hpnd to them, i was a such a gr8 fan of him...

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Drop Imrul kayes for Junayed and bring shuvo for Razzak even though some good batting shown. However, bring mushfiq on number 5 and let nafees open with tamim. Not to mention let Zim team bat first ...see the difference.

Posted by Rakim on (August 15, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Zim are showing great heart !!

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

Would be good to win the series tomorrow and then think about the whitewash. Go Zim!!

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

bangladesh will win the 3rd odi

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 15, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

Bangladesh top orders should learn from Debutant Nasir. Their skill is up to the mark but they r mentally not strong. I think BD should give chance to Shuvagoto in place of Ashraful or Mahmudullah.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Here Comes Zimbaawash....

Posted by indian_rockers_2015_champs on (August 15, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

i just hope zim will win 5-0 so that icc can bring ireland in place of bangladesh ....ireland team is much much better than bangladesh.......cmmon icc time to take test and odi status away from bangladesh

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