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

Poor catching, 'silly' mistakes cost us - Law

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Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has put his team's five-run defeat down to poor catching and some "silly mistakes" at the wrong time. Bangladesh's batsmen put up a fight in the chase but despite a fighting maiden century from Mushfiqur Rahim fell five runs short of Zimbabwe's 250 to concede an unassailable 0-3 lead.

"I still can't get out the head the four catches we dropped today, that probably cost us," Law said after the game. Mushfiqur received support from Tamim Iqbal, who was run out, while Shakib Al Hasan, debutant Shuvagoto Hom and Mahmudullah each got starts and looked good to get Bangladesh on track only for Zimbabwe to deliver timely strikes. From 229 for 5, Bangladesh collapsed to 245 all out. Mushfiqur was the last batsman to be dismissed, holing out to long-on in the final over with six needed, after having reached his century off the previous delivery.

"You can't blame him. He's played one of the best innings of his career. It's just a shame that a guy who plays an innings like that ends up in the losing team," Law said. "He's absolutely distraught in the dressing room. If some of the batsmen who got out before him did things differently, it would've been a different story."

While giving Zimbabwe credit for their win, Law said they had better preparation ahead of the series. "Zimbabwe have had fantastic preparation; they played tough cricket against Australia A and South Africa A, leading into the series," he said. "Our preparation probably wasn't ideal with monsoon at home. We played games against our Academy, probably not the sternest test before we come here and play a team that has played tough cricket."

While Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher was aiming for a 5-0 sweep, Law was intent on preventing it. "I don't think we need to lift the team anymore. We are well up for the game today, we fielded well in the first 20 overs. Lot of hustle, noise, encouragement. Some great stops. Even though the series is gone, there's pride at stake."

It's been a poor tour for Bangladesh so far; they also lost the one-off Test at the same venue, the Harare Sports Club. The next two ODIs will be played in Bulawayo. "We tried hard today. We had plans that we stuck to. It was looking pretty good at some stage but we came out the wrong side. We put up a good fight. Once again, credit to Zimbabwe. They showed how to bat.

"It would be nice to get out of Harare to erase some bad memories of our cricket here."

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  • Hasib on August 18, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Nafees for either Kayes or Siddique would be a good choice for the 4th ODI. Also, let Shuvagot bowl a few overs.

  • Aubokwe on August 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Zim also disappointed with their missed run outs. I think BD is not entirely a bead team, these guys simple struggle with confidence

  • Mradul on August 18, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @Saifur Rahman: Ok, so because BD lost badly to the lowest ranked team in the world then everyone would also loose. Before the series you were so confident of the BD win as Zim had not played any test in years, still it was BD which was under prepared. Bangladesh has done nothing other than odd victories to prove that they belong here. Just check the total percentage of matches Won by BD and compare that to any team in last 5 years you will get your answer. As far as India goes, its their first series loss in more than 3 years (Home or Away), as far a BD goes, they couldn't even defeat the lowest Rank team in either Test or ODI.

  • Delbert on August 17, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    @chandau a full strength West Indies team could beat any of the your so called top tier team at any given day. It's just that in the past they have problems with the board and disceplinary issues hence why they couldn't string a couple of good results together. Even a full strenth Newzealand team can beat any of the top tier teams you mentioned on any given day. I think ICC cannot consider this format as it will not justify who is better than who. I think a test championship will be better.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    @ Chandau....Save ur breath....u said to make test competitive there should be 2 tier, I do agree with you but if only India play in 2nd tier with BD,ZIm, and other team you mentioned. Do you think India competing in England? Make me laugh. See, how they lost to Englan, can you tell me what is the highest score so far they made? Even Bd played much better than India and scored more centuries and competitive scores. Check b4 u say anything. This Indian current team will lost to Zim 3-0 in test and 5-0 in ODI.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    It was a bad series in total.Cammon guys We can still make it 3-2 and hope for the best in the next one.India lost to England 3-0.that was only due to lack of preparation.Sachin,Dravid and these guys are world class players.The same thing happened to Bangladesh though they are not in the same leauge as India they aren't bad either.Lack of preparation cost them the serious.Respect to Zimbabwe for beating us both in TEST and ODI.If we don't believe in our team,no way in hell will they ever win a series.They are the best we have ,the same guys that made us proud before and inshallah we will start winning again.No point hating on them,that won't take us anywhere.And Shakib is an amazing captain and the best cricketer we have in this country.Please don't hate on him.good luck Bangladesh!!

  • Unni on August 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ Nayem Ahmed : I dont think India is better than England as a test team because India is having better batsmen But in test cricket the other two disciplines Bowling and filelding are most Important.England have the bowling and fielding and especially the bowling all rounders .Only chink is their batting in turning conditions and effectiveness of the bowlers in sub continent. Bangladesh were either late or early in gaining test status.Because when some really classy and good cricketers like bulbull,Minazul,Athar and Akram were at the end of their career they were given test status ,I dont know how much test cricket these players played.If some of them played with youngsters for a good period the story should have been far better. In one day cricket bangladesh can compete with any team and if the selectors and the fans keep faith this team can perform consistently.And Hom looks like a good player

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I still blame it all on Mushfiq...Bd needs 6 runs from 5 balls..he could have easily taken some 2's from those deliveries and take the risk in last 2 balls....I am sorry say even though BD team dropped some catches and played bad shots while batting they have been given chances to recover from above...they just could not take full advantage from it.

  • Powderdubdub on August 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    I am afraid its all too familiar story from Bangladesh. They always come up with various reasons for losing everything. How long have they been a FULL member of ICC now? Seeing the level of Bangladesh cricket, its hard to justify denying the full membership of ICC to countries like Ireland.

  • Dar on August 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Bangladesh needed 22 runs with 5 Wickets in hand, every chance for them to WIN this game, but Nasir, Shafiul and Rubel, all can hit and bat. Shafiul won the game against England, while most of the people were leaving the stadium in WC. How can they let the TEAM down, specialy a series decider. Tamim should play his usual game and that is HIT or Miss. That's his strength. He can't play a cautious game, it's not him. BD played well and hope the tail ender can fire in future or atleast learn from Zim.

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