Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare August 16, 2011

Alan Butcher hails 'significant' win

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Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, has said the ODI series triumph over Bangladesh is a major boost to the confidence of a team that experienced tough times in the past, adding that winning 5-0 was the next aim for his side. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the one-off Test prior to this series, marking a victorious return to the five-day format after five years of self-imposed exclusion, and have won three ODIs in a row - their first ODI series win against a Test-playing nation in five years.

"It is pretty significant for everybody. From the players' point of view, they've had a tough time, getting better and to win a series, it helps boost your confidence," Butcher said after his team's tense five-run win in Harare. "We won a Test and three ODIs but there are areas of improvement. We knew that from the first two games that Bangladesh were capable of playing better than they did. And they showed it. We'd really love to have a 5-0 win."

Zimbabwe were helped by the consistency of Hamilton Masakadza, who made 74 today to follow up on his century in the Test, and Tatenda Taibu, who top-scored with 83. The finds, however, for Zimbabwe this season have been the seamers Kyle Jarvis and Brian Vitori. Jarvis was impressive in the Tests and picked up two wickets today while filling in for Ray Price. Vitori has had a sensational start to his ODI career, picking up five-fors in his first two ODIs.

"A year ago we never heard of Brian Vitori. He wasn't getting any franchise. Kyle was struggling with an injury, we weren't sure when he's coming back. Those two have really come forward."

Bangladesh put up a strong fight in the third ODI, falling just five short of Zimbabwe's 250. Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, praised his bowlers for retaining their calm during the tense finish. "I thought we had done about enough, the ball doesn't do much in the afternoon, but we had the bowlers, the guys kept their heads together and pulled it off.

"I just thought I would keep changing my bowlers around. With no Price to contain the bowlers, Jarvis showed a mature head. [We will have] a bit of celebration tonight."

The final two games will be played in Bulawayo.

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  • PontiusPilate78 on August 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I am reliably informed that Zimbabwes franchise structure has a good crop of young professionals( ok- semi) all in their 20s few are over 30. Some have over 50-100 first class games under their belt- a number have played u19 world cup cricket - methinks this decade bodes much promise for the Zimbabweans - if only they can get to play more against good competition- nz- wi- pak-SA-ind-aus and less with Kenya the Dutch - who's players are English county veterans having mo first class competition at home or the scotish or Irish who seem only here to be a feeder to the REAL English team. One feels zimbabwe is fast approaching a watershed- will they cross the rubicon and conquer rome? Taylor is definatelt the capt they never had and flower and streak the nurses in waiting - good luck Zimbabwe!

  • mahjut on August 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    PP78...the Franchises - good as they appear to be - are in their infancy. Will they be sustainable? I happen to think so [but the amount of positive thought i've had about Zim that turned sour are too many to mention]!! I think the management has been good - even really good - to think that we have quite a large pool of players who have been tested internationally and are waiting for their chance. I think the A team games have been VERY useful and some more of that and we'll certainly be on the up. on the other hand - we have still not been genuinely tested is all i was saying - we were beaten by SA A and OZ A just prior to this tourny so we know there's a lot to do! BUT, things are looking very good and i think the first building blocks are in place - i don't think PK or NZ will absolutely trash us in the way WI did last tour and if they don't we'll be better informed...

  • Nduru on August 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @simba_chi - I agree totally that only time will tell and that far sterner tests lie ahead for Taylor's captaincy. But I was not trying to compare Taylor to Campbell and Streak. When I said Taylor was the most convincing for a long time I was referring to the last 7 years in which the captaincy has almost been vacant in my opinion. If you did not know who was the captain, you might not even be able to guess while watching the game. I really like Prosper and Elton as players, but I was not convinced by their captaincy, so I think that Taylor has already shown more natural captaincy skills than they were able to. Good luck to him with all the challenges ahead.

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 18, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I have read with intrest the many comments , accolades and criticisms levelled against both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The facts as they stand are-Zimbabwe beat bangladesh in both the test and the ODI series. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh found themselves in tricky situations during their innings in the test and ODI series-only Zimbabwe sustained the pressure and dragged themselves out of it. Yes one can argue that Bangladesh did not have adequate practice before-but whose fault is that, and honestly speaking at this international that's just a ridiculous excuse to even profer. A 14 month hietus can surely not be compared to a six year lay off-if not to mean that Zimbabwes domestic competition is of such standard as to be comparable to the county, Australian and south african leagues. Surely even a layman can deduce that Zim have a better side and better structure to sustain test and odi cricket and in the long term their future looks brighter.they just need to play stronger outfits regularly

  • Cricket_Fundi on August 18, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Been a Zim fan since the early days of Dave Hougton, Malcom Jarvis, Guy Whittal etc. What I can say about this current team is that at least they now have a positive mindset ad are starting to believe in themselves BUT its wayyyyy too early to be harping about how good we are etc coz for starteres BD havent played any real meaningful criket for the past 14 or so months and our batsmen need to be tested against real pace attack (which will definitely happen with the upcoming Pakistan tour). I must say Vitori has been a revelation but again he's only been tested agains BD batsmen who havent been positive in their application for whatever reasons best known to themselves. I for starters will only make my final judgement of Vitori once he's gone against the likes of Ross Taylor, Stuart Watson, Pietersen, Cook and Strauss etc otherwise well done Zimbabwe, keep it up and stay positive. By the way whatever happened to Friday Kasteni. Now that was real talent waiting to be nurtered.

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Both the teams played wonderful cricket.... cricket won here....A brave innings by Rahim.. All the best for future!

  • simba_chi on August 18, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Nduru, I think comparing Taylor to the other past Zim captains is rather unfair at this point. I agree he has started well, but remember all the other past captains had to prove themselves against much better sides. Streak and Campbell were positive captains during their time though Campbell's own game dropped a bit especially in the Tests. We can only see how well Taylor and the team deliver in the next two games. We dont expect miracles here, but we want to see progress and at least the competitive fighting spirit that we are renowned for.

  • wbyeats on August 18, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Poor Bangladesh! What excuse would they give now? 10 years are too little? Politics in the board? India and Pakistan do not want us to win? Shameful for them; laughable for the neutrals and trust us, we are laughing.

  • mahjut on August 17, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Zim needed a little luck, and unearthing Vitori is the first piece in a while. Realistically though - will this series (with BD seemingly at their lowest ebb) tell us anything about where Zim cricket is? What it will do either way is give them some confidence going into their next series...

  • on August 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    i think zim cricket is there now if we ca white wash bangladesh we can beat other big teams in the cricket fratenity

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I am reliably informed that Zimbabwes franchise structure has a good crop of young professionals( ok- semi) all in their 20s few are over 30. Some have over 50-100 first class games under their belt- a number have played u19 world cup cricket - methinks this decade bodes much promise for the Zimbabweans - if only they can get to play more against good competition- nz- wi- pak-SA-ind-aus and less with Kenya the Dutch - who's players are English county veterans having mo first class competition at home or the scotish or Irish who seem only here to be a feeder to the REAL English team. One feels zimbabwe is fast approaching a watershed- will they cross the rubicon and conquer rome? Taylor is definatelt the capt they never had and flower and streak the nurses in waiting - good luck Zimbabwe!

  • mahjut on August 18, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    PP78...the Franchises - good as they appear to be - are in their infancy. Will they be sustainable? I happen to think so [but the amount of positive thought i've had about Zim that turned sour are too many to mention]!! I think the management has been good - even really good - to think that we have quite a large pool of players who have been tested internationally and are waiting for their chance. I think the A team games have been VERY useful and some more of that and we'll certainly be on the up. on the other hand - we have still not been genuinely tested is all i was saying - we were beaten by SA A and OZ A just prior to this tourny so we know there's a lot to do! BUT, things are looking very good and i think the first building blocks are in place - i don't think PK or NZ will absolutely trash us in the way WI did last tour and if they don't we'll be better informed...

  • Nduru on August 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @simba_chi - I agree totally that only time will tell and that far sterner tests lie ahead for Taylor's captaincy. But I was not trying to compare Taylor to Campbell and Streak. When I said Taylor was the most convincing for a long time I was referring to the last 7 years in which the captaincy has almost been vacant in my opinion. If you did not know who was the captain, you might not even be able to guess while watching the game. I really like Prosper and Elton as players, but I was not convinced by their captaincy, so I think that Taylor has already shown more natural captaincy skills than they were able to. Good luck to him with all the challenges ahead.

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 18, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I have read with intrest the many comments , accolades and criticisms levelled against both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The facts as they stand are-Zimbabwe beat bangladesh in both the test and the ODI series. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh found themselves in tricky situations during their innings in the test and ODI series-only Zimbabwe sustained the pressure and dragged themselves out of it. Yes one can argue that Bangladesh did not have adequate practice before-but whose fault is that, and honestly speaking at this international that's just a ridiculous excuse to even profer. A 14 month hietus can surely not be compared to a six year lay off-if not to mean that Zimbabwes domestic competition is of such standard as to be comparable to the county, Australian and south african leagues. Surely even a layman can deduce that Zim have a better side and better structure to sustain test and odi cricket and in the long term their future looks brighter.they just need to play stronger outfits regularly

  • Cricket_Fundi on August 18, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Been a Zim fan since the early days of Dave Hougton, Malcom Jarvis, Guy Whittal etc. What I can say about this current team is that at least they now have a positive mindset ad are starting to believe in themselves BUT its wayyyyy too early to be harping about how good we are etc coz for starteres BD havent played any real meaningful criket for the past 14 or so months and our batsmen need to be tested against real pace attack (which will definitely happen with the upcoming Pakistan tour). I must say Vitori has been a revelation but again he's only been tested agains BD batsmen who havent been positive in their application for whatever reasons best known to themselves. I for starters will only make my final judgement of Vitori once he's gone against the likes of Ross Taylor, Stuart Watson, Pietersen, Cook and Strauss etc otherwise well done Zimbabwe, keep it up and stay positive. By the way whatever happened to Friday Kasteni. Now that was real talent waiting to be nurtered.

  • on August 18, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Both the teams played wonderful cricket.... cricket won here....A brave innings by Rahim.. All the best for future!

  • simba_chi on August 18, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Nduru, I think comparing Taylor to the other past Zim captains is rather unfair at this point. I agree he has started well, but remember all the other past captains had to prove themselves against much better sides. Streak and Campbell were positive captains during their time though Campbell's own game dropped a bit especially in the Tests. We can only see how well Taylor and the team deliver in the next two games. We dont expect miracles here, but we want to see progress and at least the competitive fighting spirit that we are renowned for.

  • wbyeats on August 18, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Poor Bangladesh! What excuse would they give now? 10 years are too little? Politics in the board? India and Pakistan do not want us to win? Shameful for them; laughable for the neutrals and trust us, we are laughing.

  • mahjut on August 17, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Zim needed a little luck, and unearthing Vitori is the first piece in a while. Realistically though - will this series (with BD seemingly at their lowest ebb) tell us anything about where Zim cricket is? What it will do either way is give them some confidence going into their next series...

  • on August 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    i think zim cricket is there now if we ca white wash bangladesh we can beat other big teams in the cricket fratenity

  • Nduru on August 17, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    I would also like to say that Brendan is the most convincing captain we have had for a long time. Sure, he has not batted well in the ODIs (yet), but his leadership in the field has been very evident. I liked the way he gathered all the Zim players together when there were about 10 overs to go and it looked like Bangla had the game wrapped up. Also, his rotation of the bowlers was excellent - most of them got results as soon as he brought them on.He also looks the part on the field and off it and his players really seem to respect him. Keep it up Brendan and let's hope you get on the scoresheet next time!

  • on August 17, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Taibu when you are dropped three times you are supposed to go on to make a century lol!! Congratulations Zim, most impressed especially with the belief shown by Brendan in his players and in themselves. Looking forward to the whitewash in Bulawayo.

  • on August 17, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Oh man this was a thrilling encounter for Zimbabwe. Who would have thought that Zim would attain a 3-O ODI series lead in addition to the test defeat of a test playing nation. Congrats Zim and I have noticed that the guys have matured. Credit should be given to Taylor he has shown massive leadership traits in this series. Brian Vitori, the debutant coming in with 10 wickets. This is pure talent no hype. These guys have got it going on. I believe in them and have been a keen supporter of Zim cricket even during the tough times and I glad that composure in supporting these guys has paid off. New Zealand and Pakistan should strap on their seatbelts coz Zim is going to reclaim its spot in international cricket.

  • mrgupta on August 17, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    If i remember correctly when SL was loosing in England (Saved by Rain only) their fans were shouting at their peak voice to leave them alone and no Indians should interfere in their team's affair. I notice that even though this series is about Bang loosing to Zim some Sri-Lankan fans (Though their team is still loosing to Aus) are poking their noses and commenting about India. You guys should worry winning against Australia as they are also hammering you at home.

  • on August 17, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    A great day indeed for the Zimbabwean cricket. It wasn't expected, to be frank, but they proved me wrong and I'll gladly take that. I hope they can only go up from there. The BD team has a lot to reflect on; of course, their talent is obvious, but they severely lacked application. Again, I feel that too much pressure is put on Tamin and Shakib. In the recently concluded game, the improvement was quite evident. Amidst all this, nothing to take away from Mushfiqur who played one of the most beautifully paced innings I've seen this year. His magic's end was quite tragic, but certainly a great reflection of his potential. Overall, I hope that both teams would improve. Good luck to both of them; may the better win!

  • RandyOZ on August 17, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Do Zimbabwe and England have their coaches around the wrong way????

  • RakeshDash on August 17, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    High time the BD tigers to bark atleast...

  • on August 17, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Zimbabwe are on the up, Bangladesh have made no progress, what a shame, there is the talent in both sides and Bangladesh are just throwing it away just like that. I thought it would be an even content in the ODI but it is turning out to be a walk in the park for ZIM. Congratulations, but the real test comes when you take on World cup champions India, finalists Sri Lanka and ODI heavyweights like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England and Pakistan. Brian Vitori is the future of Zimbabwe bowling.

  • gosh01 on August 17, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    congrats zim !! a fan from Sri Lanka.

  • thejusjosephjose on August 17, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS ZIMBABWE!!! The series victory may be a small step for the world but a giant leap for Zimbabwe.Good to watch the team playing as a well-oiled unit. The develpoments in Zimbabwe has been encouraging.The partnership with Reebok , franchise cricket,new captain,improved coaching staff,the successful return to test , and now a series victory.Hope they maintain this momentum as they move against the next opponents up in the ladder,Pakistan and New Zealand.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 17, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    I agree with Ravi.Aj. Ire should get tests or at the very least many more ODI's (which Zim got when they took a break from tests). I think if Zim can beat Bang in their own conditions, so too can Ire and Bang as repetitive as they are, have improved since 2000.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 17, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Excellent work by Zim, they have certainly played better than I though they would. Bang are one trick ponies. Any team in the world can get accustomed to finger spin once they face them a lot and they depend too much on a few batsmen. Zim won without Taylor scoring big in any of the 3 games.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 17, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Today is one of the happiest days of my life to see Zimbabwe cricket spreading its claws once again. Go ahead bros. It's your life ahead. Take it. Grab it and celebrate your success. Don't get disheartened if you face failures on your way. Consider them as the stepping stones for more success in the future. There are no shortcuts to success. You'll have to make the hard miles and you'll reap rewards on your way. I'm really really happy for you all Zimbabweans. Yours truly - an Indian.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 17, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Heartfelt, Heartful and Emotional congratulations to Zimbabwe from an Indian. Please maintain this tempo. Cricket needs you all. Please my dear friends. Play well. Keep it up. You guys belong here. Period! God Bless You All.

  • on August 17, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe,as they never gave up the self believe is most commendable.As both teams are classed as minnows then we should play each other more often and help each other to improve and let the others drown themselves in their own arrogance.It was a good honest and exciting game to watch and both teams can take positive notes from this game.As genuine cricket fan I would like to see every country playing to their best of ability,which can only be a good advert for cricket and it's genuine fans around the world.

  • on August 16, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe - a Bangladeshi.

  • on August 16, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    seems like some indian fans are worryng about this series.hey guys, jest mind your own business rather than asking other teams to be aware.as a srilankan fan i like to give an advice to you. if india play a test match with this zimbabwe team defenetly they will end up as the loosing side.

  • simba_chi on August 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @ Jonah58 it still is a significant win - a very significant one actually. Whether you are playing the best or the worst team in the world you still have to win if you are good. Also remember Bangladesh came in as favourites, whitewashed NZ last year and have played some exciting one day cricket against the big nations. So to beat them is significant! What impressed me the most in this match was Taylor's captaincy - he handled his bowlers very well. Jarvis proved that he can also perform in the one day game. Well done Zim!

  • stalkonda on August 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Wake Up call for Bangla Tigers.When Zimbabwe is doing well to make a comeback at the International Level, we would not want Bangladesh to stoop to the standards of the past Zim team.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 16, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    I think, after this loss, the test status should be taken back from BD and given to Ireland. Teams like BD are surely ruining the image of world cricket and specifically of test cricket.

  • WTEH on August 16, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Shame on Bangladesh, 5 wickets in 5 overs. What a loss, all out within 5 runs to win. This might be the last close encounter you'll have for the whole year. Zim have the best chances of having their first white wash.

  • Jonah58 on August 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    A significant win? the 2nd worst team in international cricket beat the worst team in international cricket. Still I suppose it means Zim get some ranking points to move up the ODI rankings from it.

  • on August 16, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @Nduru- I understand your gesture man but this is the rule of the world.. The most hungry for success stand a better chance of success and while Bangla appeared to be a bit more hungry than usual today, it can't be compared to the evident desire to win that was etched on the foreheads of the Zimbabwe players. Mushfique played well but his team lacked the appetite and he lacked belief in the end... something that Mpofu didnt.. seeing he had to protect 8 runs from 6 balls with a spread field.

    This is a well deserved series win.. and a whitewash will well and truly settle the hearts of many Zimbo fans who have been long waiting for their team to administer such thorough beating to a test team, albeit Bangladesh. Well done Zim!

  • Ravi.Ajay on August 16, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe! I am from India, following this series very closely. I saw today's game live on TV. Excellent match this. Vusi Sibanda looks a class player. Kyle Jarvis looks a very good bowler with lot of potential. I am a big fan of Zimbabwe, Ireland and Bangladesh. They are good teams, I really hope they can compete with any team in the world sooner than later. That will surely help Cricket. ICC should give test status to Ireland. Good luck to all associate cricket nations.

  • vparisa on August 16, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Great Victory for Zimbabwe. Bangladesh had themselves to blame, no one supported Mushfikirs Gem of an innings.. I thought he could do it. It would have been great if he did!!

  • on August 16, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    exciting stuff! Zimbabwe are on a roll. beware Pakistan?

  • Nduru on August 16, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Man oh Man, what a game! I am very pleased that Zim managed to wrap up the series, but I want to say to the Bangla fans - sorry that you did not get that win as you thoroughly deserved it. I felt very sorry for Mushfikur who deserved to hit that one for a six instead of getting caught. But, good bowling to take those last 5 wickets at the end and good series win. I want the next two to be close as well. Very exciting.

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  • Nduru on August 16, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Man oh Man, what a game! I am very pleased that Zim managed to wrap up the series, but I want to say to the Bangla fans - sorry that you did not get that win as you thoroughly deserved it. I felt very sorry for Mushfikur who deserved to hit that one for a six instead of getting caught. But, good bowling to take those last 5 wickets at the end and good series win. I want the next two to be close as well. Very exciting.

  • on August 16, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    exciting stuff! Zimbabwe are on a roll. beware Pakistan?

  • vparisa on August 16, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Great Victory for Zimbabwe. Bangladesh had themselves to blame, no one supported Mushfikirs Gem of an innings.. I thought he could do it. It would have been great if he did!!

  • Ravi.Ajay on August 16, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe! I am from India, following this series very closely. I saw today's game live on TV. Excellent match this. Vusi Sibanda looks a class player. Kyle Jarvis looks a very good bowler with lot of potential. I am a big fan of Zimbabwe, Ireland and Bangladesh. They are good teams, I really hope they can compete with any team in the world sooner than later. That will surely help Cricket. ICC should give test status to Ireland. Good luck to all associate cricket nations.

  • on August 16, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @Nduru- I understand your gesture man but this is the rule of the world.. The most hungry for success stand a better chance of success and while Bangla appeared to be a bit more hungry than usual today, it can't be compared to the evident desire to win that was etched on the foreheads of the Zimbabwe players. Mushfique played well but his team lacked the appetite and he lacked belief in the end... something that Mpofu didnt.. seeing he had to protect 8 runs from 6 balls with a spread field.

    This is a well deserved series win.. and a whitewash will well and truly settle the hearts of many Zimbo fans who have been long waiting for their team to administer such thorough beating to a test team, albeit Bangladesh. Well done Zim!

  • Jonah58 on August 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    A significant win? the 2nd worst team in international cricket beat the worst team in international cricket. Still I suppose it means Zim get some ranking points to move up the ODI rankings from it.

  • WTEH on August 16, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Shame on Bangladesh, 5 wickets in 5 overs. What a loss, all out within 5 runs to win. This might be the last close encounter you'll have for the whole year. Zim have the best chances of having their first white wash.

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 16, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    I think, after this loss, the test status should be taken back from BD and given to Ireland. Teams like BD are surely ruining the image of world cricket and specifically of test cricket.

  • stalkonda on August 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Wake Up call for Bangla Tigers.When Zimbabwe is doing well to make a comeback at the International Level, we would not want Bangladesh to stoop to the standards of the past Zim team.

  • simba_chi on August 16, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @ Jonah58 it still is a significant win - a very significant one actually. Whether you are playing the best or the worst team in the world you still have to win if you are good. Also remember Bangladesh came in as favourites, whitewashed NZ last year and have played some exciting one day cricket against the big nations. So to beat them is significant! What impressed me the most in this match was Taylor's captaincy - he handled his bowlers very well. Jarvis proved that he can also perform in the one day game. Well done Zim!