Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 4th ODI, Bulawayo

Bangladesh open account despite Taylor ton

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

August 19, 2011

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Bangladesh 203 for 4 (Tamim 61, Shakib 39*) beat Zimbabwe 199 (Taylor 106, Rubel 4-31) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura during their 94-run stand, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 4th ODI, Bulawayo, August 19, 2011
Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura added 94 for the fifth wicket, but in vain © Zimbabwe Cricket

Brendan Taylor ended his poor run of scores in this series with a century full of conviction and responsibility, bailing Zimbabwe out of trouble only to watch his side slide back into it and collapse to a comprehensive defeat. He was deprived of his top and middle-order partners thanks to some excellent fielding and smart wicketkeeping, but overcame the declining scoring-rate wrought by the spinners with a positive approach that freed a stifled Zimbabwe innings. However, Rubel Hossain returned in the batting Powerplay to wrest control as the hosts botched up an attempt to step up the scoring rate, losing their last six wickets for 16. Tamim Iqbal then sparkled in the chase to set up his team's first win on what had so far been a disappointing tour.

The fluent approach of fellow opener Vusi Sibanda rubbed off on Taylor, enabling the pair to set up a solid partnership. Rubel Hossain doled out a couple of freebies in his first over that Sibanda duly dispatched, and Taylor joined in, driving Shafiul Islam imperiously down the ground and clearing the in-field twice off the same bowler, over square leg and point. Sibanda's threatening innings ended when he was sucked in by a teasing outswinger from Shafiul; it marked the beginning of the Zimbabwean slide and undermined an encouraging start.

The Bangladesh spinners are not known to produce vicious turn but are quite effective with their variations in length, and capitalised once the openers were separated. They gave the ball plenty of flight and were helped by a hint of turn. While Taylor handled them expertly, sweeping, cutting and working the ball around, they produced plenty of uncertainty in the others. Hamilton Masakadza played out five deliveries before chasing one down the leg side; Mushfiqur Rahim collected and appealed vociferously and the umpire bought it, though there was plenty of doubt as to whether the batsman nicked it. Tatenda Taibu was run out brilliantly, Nasir Hossain diving full length to his left at extra cover and returning an accurate throw amid a mountain of confusion in the middle of the pitch. Shakib Al Hasan then dislodged Forster Mutizwa while Taylor could only watch.

Forty for no loss became 89 for 4, but Taylor and Elton Chigumbura ensured there was no stagnation. Though the spin trio of Abdur Razzak, Mahmudullah and Shakib were accurate for the most part, there were the occasional horrific long hops that the pair seized upon. They ran well between the wickets and batted with measured positivity to retain enough ammunition for an explosion at the death. There was a powerful six from Taylor off Nasir over long-on and a steady accumulation that brought up his fourth ODI century before the decision to take the batting Powerplay was made at the start of the 44th over. What transpired was decisive.

Chigumbura had batted with uncharacteristic restraint because the situation demanded it, but that approach was shunned when the Powerplay was taken. Just as Rubel was brought back into the attack, he tried to take advantage of the field restrictions but holed out to deep midwicket. It should have prompted Taylor to tone down slightly but he erred by trying to chip Rubel into the leg side with a long-on in place, and was caught.

Those dismissals triggered a fall that was interrupted, only briefly, by a couple of meaty shots by Malcolm Waller. In Rubel's next over, Waller was out hit-wicket when his bat scraped the stumps as he tried to fend a short ball away and Ray Price was caught superbly by Mushfiqur, who stretched all the way to his right to take a low chance. It wasn't long before the rest of the tail disappeared.

It seemed the visitors were intent on making a statement by approaching a target of 200 with absolute aggression from the outset, following defeat in a series they would have expected to win. Imrul Kayes, dropped off his third ball, smashed a massive six over long-on in the first over. Tamim stroked two imperious fours off Kyle Jarvis, who wasn't spared by Kayes either; he was taken for five fours and six in his first two overs that yielded 30.

Junaid Siddique played a brief attacking cameo and fell, but Tamim looked good to stay for the long haul, scoring at a brisk pace with few risks. He was especially harsh on Prosper Utseya, punching him twice to the cover boundary and through midwicket and past long-on. With the enterprising Mushfiqur at the other end, the running between the wickets improved markedly and the scoring-rate was well under control. But there was a minor hiccup. Shortly after notching up his 3000th ODI-run, Tamim was trapped in front by Price while playing the sweep and Mushfiqur followed, spooning a catch off a slower ball.

At 129 for 4, Zimbabwe were still in with a chance but the experienced Shakib and the novice Shuvagoto Hom batted maturely to seal the chase. Shuvagoto took the lead initially, employing the slog-sweep against Price. There was no respite for Utseya despite the dismissal of Tamim, as Shuvagoto lofted him over the in-field. Shakib took on the seamer Chris Mpofu at the other end in a well-paced, unbeaten half-century stand that won some pride back for the struggling visitors.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Zimbabwe 174 15 2 45-1 (1-10) 14-1 (10.1-15) 19-5 (43.1-48) 37-6 (40.1-48.2) 0/8
Bangladesh 125 25 3 72-2 (1- 0) 32-0 (10.1-15) 0/9

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Posted by RandyOZ on (August 21, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Finally the expected flash-in-the-pan performance by Bangladesh in an otherwise disgraceful tour of Zimbabwe, although that is taking nothing away from a dominant Zimbabwe outfit. As expected many Bangladesh fans are blowing it out of proportion but it is good to see that some, such as @Ahmed Mohsin, have their feet well and truly planted on the ground. Well done mate.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

@ZSBD: Vittori could not play because of a mild injury. But yes, our players handled him well in 3rd ODI and is expected to be better dealing with him in Bulawayo. @Comment4Cr: Interesting thoughts mate. But the two sixes that imrul hit that day was enormous, specially one of Jarvis, it showed he can hit the balls, even more furiously than Tamim/Ashraful. Also think of the WC game against india, imrul took the upper hand before Tamim. Maybe he is forced to play a defensive role because of his partner. I think he should play his natural game, Ashraful can come as one down. But again, they cant swing at every ball, just treat the balls according to their merits. Like Hayden and Gilchrist, who played with a balance of aggression and control.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (August 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

vittory makes a difference for zim. Ban should try to do what zimbabwe done, improve the pipeline, find new players which will upgrade the team. Hom is better baller than nasir.

Posted by niyasindian on (August 20, 2011, 11:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

i am very happy bcz tamim gen his performance & do his duties properly

Posted by saif_bd007 on (August 20, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

I'm very happy today. Not because we won the match, rather we found replacement of Ashraful in the middle. And He is no more required in the team. Look at the turn around of team when he is out. Hom really reminds me typical middlde order batting specially powerful cutting odd balls past backward point. We need one more solid batsman like Hom, a pace bowling alrounder(even Bresnan like will do) and one pacer(like Mashrafee). I dont think there is any hope for Masrafee to get his previous form back. And these Robiuls are just below standard. BCB should look for the pacer hunt again.I'm very happy today. Not because we won the match, rather we found replacement of Ashraful in the middle. And He is no more required in the team. Look at the turn around of team when he is out. Hom really reminds me typical middlde order batting specially powerful cutting odd balls past backward point. We need one more solid batsman like Hom, a pace bowling alrounder(even Bresnan like will do) and one pacer(

Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

BD should not forget their defeat.They should scrutinize the cause.BCB president gave a clear indication.He is very passionate to cricket and a real lover of this game.I shall suggest one more thing,its about the selection.They should select the performer of domestic cricket,not like Zunaed,Ashraful,Imrul,averaging below 30.Even they are unable to improve themselves by playing in international arena.Hard work,and attitude of improve continuously by giving feedback after every fault is important.That days are gone to be selected by showing some talent many years ago.Talent is nothing but the result of hard-work. Boost up the real performer,boost up domestic cricket.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

Hom is a very good batsman, he should have been picked earlier, he would have been good in the test match. Also Rahim should stay number 3 or 4. Siddique needs to go so then Hom can bat higher up number 4 or 5

Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

Zimbabwe have given a clear message to the rest of the world that they are back and better than ever.

Posted by saichander on (August 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

It is the hard work that has given Bangladesh a victory in the 4th one day international. The bowlers helped the team with the victory more than the batsmen. Hats off for this achievement.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Lack of responsibility costed BD the series defeat. There were under estimated ZIM. They better understand it now on. Good come back tigers.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

the Batting powerplay taken by zimbabwe turned the Game upside down... bangaldesh dominated from that point on..

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

@bdcricketfan: You are absolutely right. @M_Rakibul_Islam: Yes, it is very much unexpected but surely appreciable that BCB president backed up players and took responsibilities of the series loss. But i think there is also to blame our players, they were overconfident and lacked intensity and urgency to win. It is clearly evident specially in the test match. On the other hand, lets not forget Zim is playing at home condition and with far a more improved team. We will get them in BD next time. We need hard bouncy pitches no matter how much they costs. BCB should curtail their expenses on expansive tours and salaries they enjoy if it requires. Hom and Nasir is a great find, they looked solid. When is the next visit of Zim to BD?

Posted by plmx99 on (August 19, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

Zimbabwe Cricket should be pleased with what the Bangladesh Cricket Board President AHM Mustafa Kamal had to say last Thursday in a local BD newspaper and the ICC should take note of his comments on the state of Bangladesh Cricket.

This is what he is quoted as saying...

"...We should understand that Zimbabwe is not the same team against whom we won matches regularly over the last six years. Zimbabwe went back to that position when they beat teams like England, Australia. While Zimbabwe has improved lot we have stayed at the same level."

"...the wickets and first-class structure are the main problem of our cricket. We don't have any first-class cricket in real sense because the competitiveness was missing in our first-class competition and it's simply picnic cricket,"

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

its good see the boys playin some nice game...imrul was wonderful today...hope he can always play like that...shubogoto hom is stunning...he is busy player like mushfiq..nd or hes got a good batting style....go bd go..

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

well... we already lost the series... just expecting now one more century ..:)

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

Good luck Bangladesh. We want another victory on Sunday.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

love u tigers....we know it's just a bad time...:)

Posted by bdazharul on (August 19, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

Well done bd Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

this should have been the way every game in this tour ended. BD showed today what they really are.

Posted by Praxis on (August 19, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

@M_Rakibul_Islam, there's have been plenty of talks like that in board meetings before, but not like this, the president admitting to media like that. So let's hope that this time BCB proves us wrong and actually do something.

Posted by Praxis on (August 19, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

So it takes 1 test & 3 ODIs to get used to the condition? I'm not happy but its the first win of this tour, I'll take that. Hoping that Hom will prove to be good in future.

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (August 19, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

Good comeback for the Bangladeshis... Regardless of the victory, its great to see the new comers kick the hell out of Zimbabwe Bowlers... Wish all the luck to Shuvagoto Hom in his career and definitely all the best wishes for our nation Bangladesh... The tigers will always roar....

Posted by JohnChang on (August 19, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

BD needed the series loss to wake BCB up and have them make some adjustments in domestic cricket.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

This are the real tigers..the one we saw a week ago..they were cats!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 19, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

There's some good for BD cricket in last 4 days after disappointing first half of tour. They lost last match though it seemed that they were making home. Today they won convincingly. The most impressive news was off the field as well as off Zim. BCB president Mustafa Kamal confessed that it's failure of Board rather than cricketers. He criticized Board himself & mentioned BD domestic tournament as a PICNIC cricket contest in front of some BD journalists. He also promised to take initiatives to make Bouncy pitches in some venues in BD & improve Domestic contest from upcoming winter season in BD. Now lets see if he convert his sayings to action or not. Previously a lot of people had given a lot of suggestions but most of them weren't implemented. But this is the first time in BCB history, a Board President confessed Board's faults instead of blaming players & promised to correct those faults. So we can smell some hope!

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

is it just me, or does Shuvogato Hom run too much.

Posted by comment4cric on (August 19, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

I think Bangladesh should start playing Ashraful as an opener in the ODIs. Imrul is not really an ODI player. On top of that, he's not consistent. If he is scoring these 10s or 20s then why not give the chance to Ashraful :) If Ashraful plays to keep the wicket in oneside, I mean even if he plays a slow innigs, he will be better than Imrul in terms of strike rate. And if Ashraful bats through the innigs, runs gonna flow automatically. A new role for him might just make him a new player.

Posted by JohnChang on (August 19, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

Well..this should have been the result all along.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

Never mind loosing the series, Bangladesh found two excellent new players and they got to work from here on for the future to not to let any unexpected slip. Still, we got to look for a number three batsman and a lot of improvements in the bowling area. And we must not let the failures an easy come back to the side in order to keep the spirit and good morale of the team.

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

If this was more Zim collapse than BD permormance. Then the test match and 1st three ODI are more a BD collapse than Zim performance.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Never mind, loosing the series, Bangladesh found two excellent new players and they got to work from here on for the future to not to let any unexpected slip. Still, we got to look for a number three batsman and a lot of improvements in the bowling area. And we must not let the failures an easy come back to the side in order to keep the spirit and good morale of the team.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

good luck bangladesh /////

Posted by DarindaUK on (August 19, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

Well Done Tigers. A bit late but finally woke up. It's also a lucky day for BD that Vettori did not play today and the tailenders collapsed. Otherwise 250 would've been hard for you to chase. Congratulations.

Hope you show the same committments in the next game. Please don't collapse, even if you have to bat first. Just slowly build partnership and fire later.

Posted by Bokwe on (August 19, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Zim shd never underestimate its oponets, we paid a heavy price for taking this game casually. Bowlers we simply awefull to watch

Posted by ZSBD on (August 19, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

What BD has done over the last few days in this tour has just helped ZIM to underestimate BD and may be to overestimate themselves!!! Vitori was treated well by BD in the 3rd ODI, still dropping Vitori for this match was not a good decision considering his overall performance which may be a sign of their misunderstanding the capacity of BD and themselves. They should have been cautious from BD's last performance. Today they are surely going to learn about what metal BD is made of!!! It is quite evident that BD is gradually coming to their terms and improving to make a note.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 19, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Bangladesh top-orders start chasing furiously!!! They r batting like T/20 format. Perhaps their outstanding records in Bulawayo in 2009 inspire them to do so. It's the ground where BD scored there top 2 ODI innings in 2009 (321 & 313) & won!

Posted by PontiusPilate78 on (August 19, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

Well I'm a humble man - whose been humbled even further! But true to my optimistic nature , I feel the batters did a good job making a nothing total to give the bowlers a really good test defending a low score without Vitori. One feels the scores zim will make batting first against Pakistan, who will be playing in Bulawayo might just be In this moderate to nothing region - what better to test it on a live wire Bangladesh playing for nothing but pride- price and Utseya should come into their own , while Jarvis and mpofu might just be the executioners pae exellance zim will need- maybe a five- for from Elton. I did say I was quite the optimist- not to take anything from Bangladesh - this was mor a zim collapse than Bangladesh performance.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

The hit wicket of Waller was very funny............hahahahahahahhaaa......

Posted by Bokwe on (August 19, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Zim crumbled because they simple understated BD. Hope Zim will recover without the magnificent Vitori

Posted by mahjut on (August 19, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Ultimately disappointing for us Zimbos ... a promising recovery from Elton and Taylor then 5 wkts in 20 balls. It usually gets my goat when others say 'classic/vintage/old' Zim but ... Good luck defending that lads!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

it a pity that bangladesh is putting a show yet they've lost the series, it'll be interesting how the tigers will bowl!!!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

Only 48.2 overs but 8 are wide. this is not good sing. But BD is now comfortable stage and BD can win this match only 35-40 over.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Best of luck Bangladesh Team :)

Posted by PontiusPilate78 on (August 19, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

bangladesh seem to have missed a chance here, they had zimbabwe struggling four down for under 50 now zim will recover to at least 300. a case of lost opportunity...

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

There should be change in thinking of BCB about selection.Experienced player who perform in domestic level should be included in squad.Give chance to the young and performer of the domestic cricket.Otherwise,domestic cricket is valueless.

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