Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe, 4th ODI: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, Aug 19, 2011
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 80 balls remaining)
19 August 2011 (50-over match)

We are all set for the start of play then. I am Nitin Sundar taking you through the action. Two slips for Brendan Taylor, who will face up to Shafiul.

Fakruddin sends in his wishes to the Bangladesh side. "Bangladesh looks so under confident that they even decided to field in a purely batting wicket. Seems nothing is going right for us at this moment. Good luck tigers, we are with you anyway," he says.

9.20 am The series moves to the lovely little ground at Bulawayo for the last 2 games, and we are welcomed by warm sunshine. The crowds have turned up in force so far to egg their team on. It remains to be seen if that's the case today as well. The track looks bald, baked and brown - good batting conditions at the outset. Both sides have brought in spin reinforcements, so turn might be on the cards as we go.

Zimbabwe have made two changes. Brian Vitori is not playing today. Ray Price comes in. Malcolm Waller also gets a game, in place of Craig Ervine. For Bangladesh, Nazmul misses out with an injury, and Abdur Razzak comes back into the frame.

9.05 am Hello all, welcome to game 4. There's good news early on for Bangladesh - they have won the toss and will field first. Will good luck with the coin translate into victory on the field? Zimbabwe have easily been the better team all tour. Bangladesh put up a real fight in the third game, but a lack of composure in the end overs cost them the chance to keep the series alive. Here's a chance to win back some pride. While we wait for more details, do have a glance at Firdose Moonda's preview.

0.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 wide, he begins with one that starts from too far outside off, and it keeps going away. Called a wide.

Elphas: "l guess Zimbabwe wants to prove to Bangla that they can still beat them without Vitori, plus it protects the youngster's confidence ahead of matches aganist Pakistan."

0.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, that's the line. Shafiul angles it in briskly and gets it to swing away from outside off. Taylor doesn't fiddle with it.

0.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, and he already has Taylor flashing away outside off. He's not been in good touch in this series, and the flat-footedness at the crease has been one of his problems. On display again, as he throws the hands at an away seamer without moving across.

0.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, better from Taylor, watches the movement closely and shoulders arms.

0.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, nice stuff from Shafiul, he's testing Taylor in the zone, drawing him into drives early. This one is squeezed off the outside half towards point.

0.5

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, holds the length back a touch and gets it to straighten once again. Taylor leaves.

0.6

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, good start from Shafiul barring the wide, keeps another one outside off and gets Taylor to defend cautiously.

"Where is Graeme Cremer?," wonders Kudadex. I am surprised too. Where is Lamb? At least Price is in today, which is a start ...

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • BRM Taylor 0 (6b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (0b)
    • Shafiul Islam 1-0-1-0
1.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, FOUR, Vusi is away! Slams a short ball in front of square with an emphatic pull. Too short from Rubel, at his pace he can't afford that. Sibanda latches on without a fuss.

1.2

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, much better line, gets Sibanda to angle nervously from the crease as he nips one away from a foot or so outside off.

1.3

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda gets behind this one and punches it confidently to mid-off. He is in good form, and it shows.

1.4

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, lets this one go, back of a length outside off. A 'don't mess with me' delivery.

1.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, FOUR, Rubel is all over the shop, and Sibanda is stealing runs here. A full toss on the pads, it comes with a ribbon on it, and Sibanda crunches it through midwicket for four more.

1.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, finishes with a length ball straightening from middle stump. Sibanda defends.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • V Sibanda 8 (6b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (6b)
    • Rubel Hossain 1-0-8-0
    • Shafiul Islam 1-0-1-0
2.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor pushes outside to cover the line - good signs for him - and defends a length ball.

2.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, FOUR, stunner from Taylor. Shafiul again pitches it up, looking for the away movement, but gets a little carried away and drops this on middle and leg in search of the dream legcutter. Taylor again gets nicely forward and meets the ball with the full face to send it packing straight down the ground for four.

2.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, attacks the stumps again, Taylor works it off the inner half towards square leg.

2.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor stands tall on the crease and punches a short of length ball towards point.

This pitch is looking full of runs.

2.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, Sibanda strokes it into the covers with a half movement forward.

2.6

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, better length, it's not quite there for the drive. Taylor blocks it down the track.

Zimbo-nyc: "Nice to rest slow scoring Ervine n try out waller. I would have wanted to see a bit of Mawoyo/Sibanda opening in this one."

End of over 3 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • BRM Taylor 5 (11b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 9 (7b 2x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 2-0-7-0
    • Rubel Hossain 1-0-8-0
3.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, Rubel's natural length, as always, is much shorter than Shafiul's. Sibanda hangs back in the crease and forces it towards mid-off.

3.2

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, even shorter and angling in, cramping Sibanda for room completely. He defends off the back foot again.

3.3

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, 1 run, this time he angles too far down and Sibanda nudges it through square leg for a single.

Ryan lets us know that, "Cremer is injured i believe, not so sure about Lamb. As a test nation now, id like us to develop more seamers for now, we have a good idea of what the spinner can do, im happy with a seam friendly attack."

3.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 3 runs, on the pads again, easy pickings for Taylor who whips through square leg. The ball slows up in the outfield and they pick up three.

3.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, rousing stroke, Sibanda cracks a square punch on the up but point is in the way.

3.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda is compact as he gets behind the line and defends down the track.

End of over 4 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 19/0 (RR: 4.75)

    • V Sibanda 10 (12b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 8 (12b 1x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 2-0-12-0
    • Shafiul Islam 2-0-7-0

Second slip has disappeared. First slip goes a little wider, and there's a short cover in place.

4.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Shafiul continues wide of off stump, Taylor lets it go.

4.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, short cover is in business as Taylor punches a short ball straight at him.

4.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, Shafiul drifts onto the pads inevitably, and Taylor works him to fine leg for a single.

4.4

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, short and wide outside off, Sibanda shoulders arms.

"Cremer has had a leg operation and is still in a cast so wont be back for a while whilst Lamb has an on going groin problem he is trying to sort out. " Why does Mike's message remind of of the Indian team?

4.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, fuller outside off, Sibanda doesn't have a go at it.

4.6

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, even closer to off stump, but Sibanda resists again. Nice confident start this for Zim.

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 20/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • V Sibanda 10 (15b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 9 (15b 1x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 3-0-8-0
    • Rubel Hossain 2-0-12-0

Bangladesh show their hand early. Razzak comes on for the sixth over. This should be interesting. Slip and short cover in place.

5.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor chips out of the crease immediately and eases him with the turn through extra cover for one.

5.2

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, no run, short to Sibanda and the ball doesn't come on. He mistimes the cut to cover.

5.3

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, no run, good line, curves in towards middle and leg and then straightens. Sibanda defends.

5.4

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, no run, good old Mushfiq howls in agony as Sibanda misses a cut and the ball skids into the keeping gloves.

5.5

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, no run, and now Mushfiqur roars out an appeal for lbw. The ball doesn't straighten enough as it raps the pads. Surely going down the leg side.

5.6

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, FOUR, ah, too wide. Sibanda knows it's not turning much, but there was enough room for him in any case to unfurl the cut. Nicely placed, behind point and it purrs away for four.

End of over 6 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 25/0 (RR: 4.16)

    • V Sibanda 14 (20b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 10 (16b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 1-0-5-0
    • Shafiul Islam 3-0-8-0
6.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Shafiul plugs away, getting it to go away off a length. Taylor leaves.

6.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor moves into line and punches this time, straight to mid-off.

zdogg: "hello, on the topic of Cremer, i am curious, is he of african, european or asian heritage? i cant tell, he looks all 3!"

6.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor defends from the crease after getting across to off stump.

6.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, enough width this time for Taylor to open the face and steer it backward of point for one.

I don't know about Graeme Cremer, but I can say Cosmo Kramer is possibly not from this planet at all.

6.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, FOUR, Sibanda takes him on! A touch of Inzamam in the way he executed that shot. It was a length ball, it wasn't doing much and it was at a friendly pace, but the manner in which Sibanda lined it up was emphatic. He moved across, leaned out, went down on a bent knee as he drilled it over the top, a couple of bounces through long-off.

6.6

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, recedes into the crease this time, and defends a length ball down the track.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 30/0 (RR: 4.28)

    • V Sibanda 18 (22b 4x4)
    • BRM Taylor 11 (20b 1x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 4-0-13-0
    • Abdur Razzak 1-0-5-0
7.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, Taylor carefully covers the line as Razzak looks to turn it across from middle and leg. Defended into the leg side.

7.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, Taylor is in the crease again as he defends down the track.

7.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, shorter and wider, but not enough for the cut. Taylor guides into the covers.

7.4

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, Taylor jumps out to the flight and gets the pad in the way as Razzak turns one away.

7.5

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, he nudges this off the pad through backward square leg for a single.

7.6

Abdur Razzak to Sibanda, no run

Mike: "Zdogg, i can 100% asure you that Alexander Greame Cremer is from European heritage"

End of over 8 (1 run) Zimbabwe 31/0 (RR: 3.87)

    • V Sibanda 18 (23b 4x4)
    • BRM Taylor 12 (25b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 2-0-6-0
    • Shafiul Islam 4-0-13-0
8.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, FOUR, uppish but safe. This one stops on Taylor as it angles in towards the pads and he whips it uppishly, perilously close to an acrobatically diving fielder at midwicket. It beats him and goes away for four.

8.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, fuller length on off stump, Taylor drives into the covers.

8.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, FOUR, crack-a-boom! Too much width for a batsman of Taylor's pedigree to let go, he flays the leather off it with a thundering upper cut.

8.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, Shafiul wisely cuts the width and Taylor works it to the leg side for a single.

8.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, OUT, Sibanda goes! By itself, he played a lovely shot there, going down on a knee and square-driving with style. Unfortunately, Shafiul got this to deviate just enough to kiss the outside edge and fly to the right of Mushfiqur who tumbles away and takes it. Muted celebrations from Bangladesh as Vusi walks off.

V Sibanda c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 18 (32m 24b 4x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Masakadza is the new man in.

8.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, he lets the first ball go, flourishing into position before leaving an away seamer.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 40/1 (RR: 4.44)

    • H Masakadza 0 (1b)
    • BRM Taylor 21 (29b 3x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 5-0-22-1
    • Abdur Razzak 2-0-6-0
9.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, skips out and eases Razzak with the turn to the off side.

9.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run

9.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, FOUR, ah, don't bowl on his pads ... Taylor drops down on a knee and efficiently rolls the wrists over the sweep.

9.4

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, fuller on off and middle, good attacking line. Taylor defends.

9.5

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, this time Taylor eases it into the covers for a single.

9.6

Abdur Razzak to Masakadza, no run, back of a length outside off, Masakadza defends.

Is it just me, or does Mushfiqur Rahim's chirping remind anyone else of Angry Birds?

End of over 10 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 45/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • H Masakadza 0 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 26 (34b 4x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 3-0-11-0
    • Shafiul Islam 5-0-22-1

Slips disappear. Short leg and a midwicket wait. Bangladesh take the Bowling Powerplay.

Karthik: "I am curious, who will win the Kramer vs Cremer match?" At the end of the day, cricket is the winner ...

10.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, full and tight on off stump, Taylor shuffles across and defends.

10.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor walks across again and then plays around the front pad as Shafiul angles a full ball in. Inside edged onto the pad.

10.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, FOUR, whoa, imperious timing from Taylor. This was not over-pitched by any stretch of imagination. Taylor leans well forward from his stance and pushes it down the ground. The ball, verily whizzes to the boundary.

10.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, holds the length back, Taylor deals with it respectfully.

10.5

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads and whipped through square leg to bring up Zim's 50.

Slip comes back into place for Masakadza.

10.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, tempts him with a length ball going away from outside off. Hamilton doesn't play at it.

Tim: "Is it time for a drinks break yet? These pretzels are making me thirsty." Giddy up mate. Drinks shall be served, where else but on the coffee table.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 50/1 (RR: 4.54)

    • H Masakadza 0 (3b)
    • BRM Taylor 31 (39b 5x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 6-0-27-1
    • Abdur Razzak 3-0-11-0
11.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, tossed up on off, Taylor smothers and blocks.

11.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, holds it back, forces Taylor to press back and push into the covers.

11.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, landed on leg and straightening, Taylor works it to the leg side.

11.4

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, uppish but safe. Razzak gets Taylor to push at a slow, stopping loopy ball outside off, and it lands just short of Razzak as he dives to his left.

11.5

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor keeps it down this time, and gets a single into the covers.

11.6

Abdur Razzak to Masakadza, no run, Masakadza stays in the crease and defends with a straight bat.

Vandelay: "Enough of these silly Seinfeld jokes. I am at my office desk!" Our good old importer-exporter speaks up.

End of over 12 (1 run) Zimbabwe 51/1 (RR: 4.25)

    • H Masakadza 0 (4b)
    • BRM Taylor 32 (44b 5x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 4-0-12-0
    • Shafiul Islam 6-0-27-1

Mahmudullah comes into the attack.

12.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, and immediately induces a top edge! Taylor looks to sweep a full ball and ends up lobbing it back just over the keeper's head. Lucky.

12.2

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, deals with a straight bat this time and guides Mahmud to the leg side.

12.3

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 wide, this time Mahmudullah turns it too much, past Taylor's sweep and it is called a wide.

12.3

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, finally Taylor gets the sweep away, guiding him with the turn to fine leg.

12.4

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, Hamilton is still on 0. He jumps out and looks to drive straight, but Mahmudullah gets in the way.

12.5

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, OUT, what a strange dismissal! Masakadza is gone for a duck. Easily the worst ball of the over. It was short, it angled in towards leg stump and then turned further away. Masakadza could have easily let it go. But he chose to attempt a paddle-pull-sweep of sorts. He went really hard at it, even as Mushfiqur quickly moved to his left to cover the line. Did he nick it? Must have been a feather at best. Mushfiqur went up in a huge appeal as soon as he caught it. His vocal chords were in trouble by the time the umpire Chirombe decided to give it out.

H Masakadza c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 0 (15m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12.6

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, Taibu carefully defends his first ball to the leg side.

End of over 13 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 53/2 (RR: 4.07)

    • T Taibu 0 (1b)
    • BRM Taylor 33 (47b 5x4)
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-2-1
    • Abdur Razzak 4-0-12-0
13.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, on the pads from Razzak, Taylor glances fine without timing.

13.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, loopy ball outside off, Taylor chips it in the air, almost straight to short cover.

13.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor gets the single into the covers this time.

13.4

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, Taibu covers the line and defends from the crease.

13.5

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run

13.6

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, 1 wide, slips down the leg side and called wide.

13.6

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, on the pads, Taibu presses forward and works it to the leg side.

Phil: "Thats why Taylor never gave mazakadza more than a ball in an over. "

End of over 14 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 55/2 (RR: 3.92)

    • T Taibu 0 (4b)
    • BRM Taylor 34 (50b 5x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 5-0-14-0
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-2-1
14.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, Taylor drives to wide mid-off.

14.2

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, driven with the spin to long-on for a single.

14.3

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 3 runs, width outside off for Taibu who stands tall (yeah, speaking relatively here) and drives into the covers for a pleasing looking three runs.

14.4

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, tossed up and breaking in, driven down the track.

14.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, this one is floated outside off, Taylor moves into line and plays it to mid-off again.

14.6

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, on the pads, Taylor clips to midwicket to end the over. The spinners and settling in nicely.

Andrew: "Classic case of the players bullying an inexperienced umpire into giving Masakadza out. He was nowhere near that ball and there was no sign of any noise whatsoever! " He did give the decision very late, and Mushfiqur's appeal surely had a part to play in it.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 59/2 (RR: 3.93)

    • BRM Taylor 35 (55b 5x4)
    • T Taibu 3 (5b)
    • Mahmudullah 2-0-6-1
    • Abdur Razzak 5-0-14-0
15.1

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, appeal for lbw but Taibu is saved by the inside edge onto the pad as Razzak fires in the armer.

15.2

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, gets the full face behind this one and defends down the track.

15.3

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, Taibu skips out and drives with the turn, Razzak moves to his left to stop it.

15.4

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu jumps on the first bad ball he gets this over, it was short and wide, and despite the two men waiting square of the wicket on the off side, he placed the cut well enough for four.

15.5

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, fuller length, Taibu stays in the crease and blocks.

15.6

Abdur Razzak to Taibu, no run, drifting in to middle and leg, Taibu works it to the leg side.

"Good start by the spinners, but we've seen so far that Zimbabwe have plenty of batting - BD can't afford to let a partnership build here - and try not to drop Taibu," says Hugh.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 63/2 (RR: 3.93)

    • T Taibu 7 (11b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 35 (55b 5x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 6-0-18-0
    • Mahmudullah 2-0-6-1
16.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, Taylor looks to advance, but sees he not to the pitch and defends.

16.2

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 2 runs, speared into the pads with enough pace for Taylor to harness with a neat little paddle that runs down to deep backward square leg for a couple.

16.3

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, shortens the length and gets this one to break into Taylor who works it to square leg.

16.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 leg bye, that was tossed up and looped in towards middle and leg before turning down the leg. Taibu got a tickle in along the way.

16.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor is looking good here, drives Mahmudullah into the mid-on area for a single.

Naimul: "@Andrew: I think its just a classic case of bad umpiring. Players are bound to appeal. Its an age-old tactic to appeal for balls going down leg. " No Hawkeye, HotSpot, or other scientific tools to help us here.

16.6

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, Taibu looks to manufacture room, but gets cramped as it turns in, and he defends to the off side.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 68/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • T Taibu 7 (13b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 39 (59b 5x4)
    • Mahmudullah 3-0-10-1
    • Abdur Razzak 6-0-18-0

Shakib brings himself on.

17.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up on off and turning sharply as Taylor advances and then eases it with the spin to the leg side.

17.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, no run, that surely slipped out! Shakib tosses it up miles into the air and wide, it is too wide for Taibu to play a proper shot and he mistimes it to backward point.

17.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, no run, gets this one to land. Taibu defends.

17.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, OUT, suicide! Taibu is gone at the stroke of drinks, lurching up and down the track like a man already very drunk. Short ball outside off, Taibu cuts it to the left of Nasir at cover and bounds out like an energiser bunny. Taylor wasn't fully sold on the idea, Taibu hesitated, then started again and was near the middle of the pitch by the time Nasir had the ball after diving away, and lined up a throw to Mushfiqur. Taibu eventually tried to get back in, but it was too late.

T Taibu run out 7 (15m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

"In my opinion, this is the first time that Shakib brought himself on the right time in this series," says Naimul.

17.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, no run, speared in on middle and leg, Mutizwa defends to the leg side.

17.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, 1 wide, another one of those slipping wide deliveries. Mutizwa lets it go.

17.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, 2 runs, lazy from the fielder at backward point. Mutizwa is away with a ginger steer that the fielder allows through and they pick up a couple by the time he can retrieve it.

Tim: "Credit still has to go to Mahmudullah. He'd bowled a great over to that point, almost had Taylor caught and then produced a great save to keep the new batsman Masakadza on strike. He deserves a little luck" He sure has bowled well today, but I don't agree that that makes him eligible for a decision to go his way.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 72/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • F Mutizwa 2 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 40 (60b 5x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0
    • Mahmudullah 3-0-10-1
18.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, short ball turning down the leg side, Taylor guides a pull for one.

18.2

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, 1 run, Mutizwa moves across to the off stump and works with the turn to square leg for one.

18.3

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor works him with soft hands through square leg and is alert to return for the second.

18.4

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, one again, Taylor gets the front pad across and eases a single through midwicket

18.5

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run, hint of drift from Mahmudullah, this breaks in and finishes on the pads as Mutizza looks to glide to fine leg.

18.6

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, 1 wide, aha, similar ball to the one Masakadza 'edged'. Mutizwa attempts the pull and misses, and it is rightly called wide.

18.6

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run, tossed up outside off, Mutizwa drives against the turn towards mid-off.

Jason: "Can't help thinking Zim is going back to their old ways of wkt down, wkt down, wkt down. Or is Ban. just getting better as the series progresses. I think 150-180 is on the cards here." Taylor could be the man for Zim today, if they want to post 200+

End of over 19 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 78/3 (RR: 4.10)

    • F Mutizwa 3 (5b)
    • BRM Taylor 44 (63b 5x4)
    • Mahmudullah 4-0-16-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0
19.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, flighted outside off and firmly driven through the covers for one.

19.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, no run, Mutizwa gets too close to the pitch and ends up yorking himself and dead-batting it.

19.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, 1 run, he advances again, gets to the flight and drives into the covers.

19.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, back of a length, it stops and turns away from Taylor who forces it to the leg side.

19.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 2 runs, too short, Taylor hurries back and pulls wide of deep backward square leg for a couple.

19.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, slow and loopy outside off, Taylor cover drives firmly but finds the fielder.

"I am watching this match on tensport and i can hardly hear the commentators over the wicket keeper Noisy little fellow isn't he?", says Brue. I agree. Mushfiqur "Angry Birds" Rahim!

End of over 20 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 82/3 (RR: 4.10)

    • BRM Taylor 47 (67b 5x4)
    • F Mutizwa 4 (7b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-8-0
    • Mahmudullah 4-0-16-1
20.1

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run

20.2

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run, on the pads, Mutizwa plays it to the leg side.

20.3

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run, shorter but sharper in turn as it comes in to cramp Mutizwa's attempter backfoot steer through point.

20.4

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, no run, flighted on off stump, he presses forward to defend into the covers.

20.5

Mahmudullah to Mutizwa, 1 run, Mutizwa finally gets the single, driving solidly to long-off.

20.6

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, turns in towards the pads, Taylor nudges another single to get closer to 50.

"Ray Price will be watching how this pitch is playing with those crazy/angry eyes and licking his lips.," says Gareth, who like me can't wait for Price's spell!

End of over 21 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 84/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • BRM Taylor 48 (68b 5x4)
    • F Mutizwa 5 (12b)
    • Mahmudullah 5-0-18-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-8-0
21.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up by Shakib outside off, Taylor drives with the turn into the covers. He's bowling slower and slower with every passing over.

21.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, no run, again, thrown up deliciously outside off and Mutizwa square drives straight to point.

21.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, FOUR, he was trying something there. Shakib bangs this in short. Was that an attempted bouncer? It sat up like a lollypop on Halloween night and Mutizwa muttered trick or treat before blasting it through midwicket.

21.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, OUT, Shakib has been bowling all sorts of things today, every other ball is a variation! This was the classic left-armer's dismissal, a slow drifting left-arm spinner than curled in towards off stump before landing short of a length and breaking away. Mutizwa was sucked into the drive and got a feather through to Mushfiqur who again takes it and yells in joy.

F Mutizwa c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 9 (16m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Chigumbura is the new man in.

21.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot into the off side.

21.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, defends a tossed up ball into the off side.

End of over 22 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 89/4 (RR: 4.04)

    • E Chigumbura 0 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 49 (69b 5x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-13-1
    • Mahmudullah 5-0-18-1
22.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor brings up 50 with a solid punch down to long-on as Mahmudullah flights it on off stump.

22.2

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, fired in a little faster, Elton covers the line and defends.

22.3

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, faster still, Elton stays on the crease and works it to the leg side.

22.4

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Elton skips out and drives a single into the covers.

22.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor glances a single as the ball turns in towards leg stump. They are forced to hurry through as it goes straight to the fielder.

22.6

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, Elton gets behind the line and defends down the track to end the over.

Ranju: "All 4 dismisal having mushfiqur rahim's golden touch, can he make something special today?"

End of over 23 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 92/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • E Chigumbura 1 (6b)
    • BRM Taylor 51 (71b 5x4)
    • Mahmudullah 6-0-21-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-13-1
23.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, Taylor tries to skip out and get to the flight and defends into the off side.

23.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, works a length ball to the leg side and picks up the single this time.

23.3

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, no run

23.4

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, 1 run, Elton nudges one off the pads through backward square leg for a single.

23.5

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, slow and flighted well outside off, Taylor mistimes the cover drive.

23.6

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, this one angles into the pads, Taylor nudges through square leg and gets the single.

Maysun: "It's frustrating for Bangladesh fans to see their wicket taking bowler Shakib's line and length go so awry for a while now. Clearly the T20 he's been playing all year long has affected him. Though he gets wickets, he's not the same Shakib as last year." Whoa, looks like Indian fans aren't the only ones lamenting the ill-effects of the IPL!

End of over 24 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 95/4 (RR: 3.95)

    • BRM Taylor 53 (75b 5x4)
    • E Chigumbura 2 (8b)
    • Abdur Razzak 7-0-21-0
    • Mahmudullah 6-0-21-1
24.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor drives a flighted ball down to long-on for one.

24.2

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, Elton works one off the pads to the leg side.

24.3

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, he gets the single this time, worked through the leg side for a single.

24.4

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, Taylor works one to the leg side, but can't get the single away.

24.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run

24.6

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, Taylor works one with the turn to the leg side to end the over.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 97/4 (RR: 3.88)

    • BRM Taylor 54 (79b 5x4)
    • E Chigumbura 3 (10b)
    • Mahmudullah 7-0-23-1
    • Abdur Razzak 7-0-21-0

Rubel comes into the attack now. Phew, some breathing space for my fingers!

25.1

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, full and searching, not his usual length. Elton defends from the crease as it tails in.

25.2

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, whoa, what happened there? Short of a length outside off, Elton looks to cut even as he is cramped and it runs off the outside edge past Rahim's dive.

25.3

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, Rubel continues to get a touch of inward movement. Taylor defends from the crease as he covers for the deviation.

25.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, FOUR, width from Rubel, and Taylor uses it to pick up a rare boundary. Seems like it has been ages since the last one. It was short, he stood tall, stayed beside the line and freed his arms. Superb cut.

25.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, and he gets the single now, stays in the crease and works one down the ground.

25.6

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run

Gocho: "Get Tremlett, Broad, Anderson and Cook to play the IPL..pretty please!" Ha!

End of over 26 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 103/4 (RR: 3.96)

    • E Chigumbura 4 (13b)
    • BRM Taylor 59 (82b 6x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 3-0-18-0
    • Mahmudullah 7-0-23-1
26.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushes into the covers for a single

26.2

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, flighted on middle stump, Elton skips out to the flight and drives a single through mid-on.

26.3

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Taylor is too close to the pitch as he looks to play it to the leg side but gets the single.

26.4

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, FOUR, too short, Elton rocks back and thumps it through point. He plays the shot with a touch of disdain, and Mahmudullah will want to correct the length immediately.

26.5

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, better length, still not full enough though. Elton forces it into the covers.

26.6

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed well up, Elton drives it through the covers for a single.

End of over 27 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 111/4 (RR: 4.11)

    • E Chigumbura 10 (17b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 61 (84b 6x4)
    • Mahmudullah 8-0-31-1
    • Rubel Hossain 3-0-18-0
27.1

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, short of a length from Rubel, Elton hangs back and defends into the off side.

27.2

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, short and wide, Elton muscles it away with a fierce cut but finds point.

"Not sure about bringing back the pace when the spinners were doing well to strangle the run rate. Can't allow Taylor to build on his good score," says Hugh.

27.3

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, short of a length again, but angles in towards Elton who defends down the track.

27.4

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, Elton works it off the pads through backward square leg.

27.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, width outside off, Taylor tries to stay beside the line and guide it into the covers.

27.6

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, another slow offcutter, Taylor defends from the crease.

Naimul has this input on Shakib's bowling: "Was that planned ? Bad ball , bad ball, bad ball and BOOM wicket."

End of over 28 (1 run) Zimbabwe 112/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • BRM Taylor 61 (86b 6x4)
    • E Chigumbura 11 (21b 1x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 4-0-19-0
    • Mahmudullah 8-0-31-1

Shakib on again.

28.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, slowly looped up outside off, it is guided towards point.

28.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, on the middle and leg line, Taylor works it straight to mid-on.

28.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, gets the single this time, worked through the leg side.

28.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run

28.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, slides this one down the leg side, Elton nudges a single through the square leg area.

28.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor advances to a tossed up ball and chips it on purpose in the air down to long-on for a single.

End of over 29 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 116/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • BRM Taylor 63 (89b 6x4)
    • E Chigumbura 13 (24b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-17-1
    • Rubel Hossain 4-0-19-0
29.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads, Taylor busily nudges another single through square leg.

29.2

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, ah, Rubel bangs it in short and extracts some lift from the track. The batsman weaves away and it is called.

29.3

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, back of a length outside off, Elton steers it point.

29.4

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, Elton stands tall atop the bounce and guides a single through backward point.

29.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, similar ball, but it is faster and forces Taylor to guide the cut behind point.

29.6

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, 2 runs, soft hands from Elton, he taps it gingerly into the covers and they hare back for second.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 121/4 (RR: 4.03)

    • E Chigumbura 16 (28b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 65 (91b 6x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 5-0-24-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-17-1
30.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Taylor takes it on the full and plays it to the leg side.

30.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads again, and he sweeps through square leg for one.

30.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, Elton drives with the turn through mid-off for another single.

30.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, gets too close to the pitch and drives into the mid-off area.

30.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, gets the single this time, drives it through the covers for one.

30.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, Elton cuts from the stumps, seems dangerous from here as Shakib gets this to hurtle in with the arm, but Elton gets the single.

End of over 31 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 125/4 (RR: 4.03)

    • E Chigumbura 18 (30b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 67 (95b 6x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-21-1
    • Rubel Hossain 5-0-24-0

Bangladesh turn to Hom. Another offspinner. Get the Hom(e) puns ready.

31.1

Shuvagata Hom to Chigumbura, no run, tossed up on off, played to the leg side of the pitch.

31.2

Shuvagata Hom to Chigumbura, no run, slow, steady and well pitched up. Elton drives it back to the bowler.

31.3

Shuvagata Hom to Chigumbura, 1 run, he gets the single this time, driven down the track for one.

31.4

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, no run, Taylor looks to lap him to the leg side with the turn but can't get the single away.

31.5

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, no run, Taylor shuffles across but is caught in no man's land as the ball spins in sharply.

31.6

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, no run, he skips out and looks to work it to the leg side from outside off, but it hits the pad and goes to the off side.

End of over 32 (1 run) Zimbabwe 126/4 (RR: 3.93)

    • BRM Taylor 67 (98b 6x4)
    • E Chigumbura 19 (33b 1x4)
    • Shuvagata Hom 1-0-1-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-21-1
32.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, short of a length from Shakib again and it comes in with the angle. Elton forces into the covers for one.

32.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, more air to Taylor who drives it to the off side.

32.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, back of a length and curving in, Taylor drives against the spin into the covers.

32.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, he gets the single this time, using the wrists to guide it through extra cover.

32.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, generous flight, easily square driven to the sweeper for a single.

32.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 run, darts this one in on middle and leg, Taylor sweeps on the full through backward square leg.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 130/4 (RR: 3.93)

    • BRM Taylor 69 (102b 6x4)
    • E Chigumbura 21 (35b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-25-1
    • Shuvagata Hom 1-0-1-0

If Shuvagoto strikes in this spell, it will be a Hom coming of sorts ...

33.1

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, no run, tossed up on off and breaking in, worked with the turn through midwicket.

33.2

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, 1 run, this time he gets the single, working it to the leg side.

33.3

Shuvagata Hom to Chigumbura, no run, Elton stays back and punches towards mid-on.

33.4

Shuvagata Hom to Chigumbura, 1 run, deflects off the pads through square leg for a single.

33.5

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, FOUR, what's with these Bangladesh spinners attempting bouncers? Another rank longhop, Taylor clatters it away through square leg for four.

33.6

Shuvagata Hom to Taylor, 2 runs, fuller, Taylor leans out and sweeps in the same region form runs. Good over this for Zim.

"Can't afford to let this partnership build....Taylor is looking well set and Elton can be destructive - Bangladesh need to get rid of both of these guys very soon," says Hugh.

End of over 34 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 138/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • BRM Taylor 76 (106b 7x4)
    • E Chigumbura 22 (37b 1x4)
    • Shuvagata Hom 2-0-9-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-25-1

Nasir Hossain comes on for some more offies.

"Something people might not know about, Hom scored 91 off 30 balls against England XI at Chittagong, on 9th March 2010," says Maysun. Whoa, how many Hom runs did he hit on that day?

34.1

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, floater fired in outside off, Elton gropes inside the line.

34.2

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, again, not much turn as he probes away outside off.

34.3

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, Elton gets the single down the ground thus time.,

34.4

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor punches a single with the turn through mid-on.

34.5

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, Elton stays on the crease and forces a length ball to the leg side. Nasir moves across to stop it.

34.6

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, and again, end of a tight over from the offie.

End of over 35 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 140/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • E Chigumbura 23 (42b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 77 (107b 7x4)
    • Nasir Hossain 1-0-2-0
    • Shuvagata Hom 2-0-9-0

Rubel continues.

Souwesterly: "And if Hom doesn't strike while every other bowler takes a wicket, I suppose it'll be a case of Hom alone."

35.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, quietly worked off the pads to square leg

35.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, ah, here comes a dlightful Taylor specialty. He stays on the crease, goes down on a knee to a short ball and opens the face to angle the ball uppishly to third man.

35.3

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, Elton defends into the covers as Rubel plugs away back of a length.

35.4

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, effort ball, takes off from short of a length and Elton weaves away.

35.5

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, another one. Rubel is bowling with some spirit here and getting some lift. Elton hangs in the crease and watches it closely.

35.6

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, this Nasir is electric ain't he. Short again, Elton plays the cut this time to the left of Nasir who dives away and saves some runs.

End of over 36 (1 run) Zimbabwe 141/4 (RR: 3.91)

    • E Chigumbura 23 (46b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 78 (109b 7x4)
    • Rubel Hossain 6-0-25-0
    • Nasir Hossain 1-0-2-0
36.1

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, fired in on middle and off, Taylor chips out and flicks through midwicket.

36.2

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, Elton now, charges out and drives straight to mid-on.

36.3

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, stays back to a short ball turning in and guides it into the covers.

36.4

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, SIX, shot of the day from Taylor, brings up the first six of the day. He bounds out of the crease again, doesn't quite reach the flight of this back of a length dart, but just goes through with a powerful flat jab over long on, and it clears the rope despite not going too high.

36.5

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, stays in the crease this time and guides him to long-on for one more.

36.6

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, Elton defends into the off side after reaching out to the flight.

Fahmim: "What will Shuva do after this series? GoTo Hom and chill out for a while!" Full marks for effort, mate!

End of over 37 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 150/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • E Chigumbura 24 (49b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 86 (112b 7x4 1x6)
    • Nasir Hossain 2-0-11-0
    • Rubel Hossain 6-0-25-0

Shafiul replaces Rubel. Bangla need a wicket.

37.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, full length ball outside off, Taylor pushes into the covers for one.

37.2

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, no run, Elton can't piece the point area as he angles the bat to steer a full ball into the off side.

37.3

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, shorter outside off, he gets the single this time with a solid backfoot steer.

37.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, this goes too far down the leg side, and Taylor nudges it along to fine leg for a single. Would have been a wide if he'd left it.

37.5

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, 1 wide, slower ball goes awry, the legcutter lands too full and very wide of off stump. It's called a wide.

37.5

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, no run, attacks the stumps with a fuller ball now, Elton plays it to the left of Shakib at midwicket who moves in quickly to cut the single.

37.6

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, no run, another legcutter, this time landed on middle and leg, albeit very full. Elton digs it out back to the bowler.

"Stop it with the Hom-ophobic comments already!" says Shubhayu. Done.

End of over 38 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 154/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • E Chigumbura 25 (53b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 88 (114b 7x4 1x6)
    • Shafiul Islam 7-0-31-1
    • Nasir Hossain 2-0-11-0
38.1

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, no run, Nasir spears it on off stump and Taylor can't get the single away as he plays it to the leg side.

38.2

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, no run, again, full and flat, it is played back to the bowler.

38.3

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor works the wrists and picks up a single through square leg.

38.4

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, short and straight this time, Elton whips through square leg and gets aother single away.

38.5

Nasir Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, enough room outside off for Taylor to rock back and guide a single into the covers.

38.6

Nasir Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, flat and straight on off stump to end the over, Elton works it straight to midwicket.

"What's wrong with Elton? He's piling on the pressure on his teammate!," says Sudden, who has the most delightful name I have ever seen in commentary feedback.

End of over 39 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 157/4 (RR: 4.02)

    • E Chigumbura 26 (55b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 90 (118b 7x4 1x6)
    • Nasir Hossain 3-0-14-0
    • Shafiul Islam 7-0-31-1

Mahmudullah comes on now.

39.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, lands the first one well outside off, Taylor looks to whip with the turn and gets the single away.

39.2

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, floater outside off, Elton misses the cut and Mushfiqur chirps away ...

39.3

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, no run, tight line, turning into Elton who is getting stuck there. Played straight to midwicket.

39.4

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, gets the single with an angled face, he steers one through cover point.

39.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 2 runs, Mahmudullah fires this short and down the leg side even as Taylor shuffles across, and he pulls it down to deep backward square leg for two.

39.6

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, flighted on off, Taylor forces another single to long-on as Zimbabwe go to drinks at 162/4 with 10 to go. 240 surely on the cards here.

"Whoa! Taylor already in the 90's? Didn't realize he was so close to his century until i saw the scorecard. Get him boys, otherwise he'll explode after his getting his 100," says a concerned Maysun.

"They do say Hom is where the heart is....Ill get my coat," says Ahmed who seems to like the game we discarded.

End of over 40 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 162/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • BRM Taylor 94 (121b 7x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 27 (58b 1x4)
    • Mahmudullah 9-0-36-1
    • Nasir Hossain 3-0-14-0

Razzak comes on.

40.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 wide, and he angles the first one too far down the leg side. Wide called.

40.1

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, attacks the stumps and gets one to straighten onto the stumps. Taylor looks to defend from the crease.

40.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, worked off the pads to short fine leg.

40.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, clipped off the pads through square leg for a single.

40.4

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Elton defends.

40.5

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, 1 run, gets some width and powers the cut away to sweeper cover for one.

40.6

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, fired down the leg side, Taylor helps it along to square leg for a single.

Riz: "Interesting ,Shakib has used 6 different bowlers in last 9 overs. The curious case of Mr Alhasan"

End of over 41 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 166/4 (RR: 4.04)

    • BRM Taylor 96 (125b 7x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 28 (60b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 8-0-25-0
    • Mahmudullah 9-0-36-1

Shafiul runs in now.

41.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, full pitched ball outside off, Taylor drives straight to cover.

41.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads and Taylor helps it along to a clumsy fine-leg fielder who fumbles and allows the second.

41.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, angling into the pads again, Taylor gets the single away to move to 99.

41.4

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, 4 leg byes, shoddy, shoddy lines these. Straying again down the leg side, Elton happily helps it on its way past Rahim for four more. His first four, this.

41.5

Shafiul Islam to Chigumbura, 1 run, he goes up and over the cover-point area now and gets a single.

41.6

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor will have to wait for the 100, gets a tight good length ball on off stump from Shafiul and defends.

"Zim effort here is commendable. As an avid India supporter, I can't help but imagine where India would've been from 89/4. Given their recent trend, by 40th over, they would've either been 160 all-out or 130/8." Shri, did you say 'avid'??!

End of over 42 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 174/4 (RR: 4.14)

    • BRM Taylor 99 (129b 7x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 29 (62b 1x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 8-0-35-1
    • Abdur Razzak 8-0-25-0
42.1

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up on off, Elton punches a single down the ground and hands it to its captain in 99 ...

42.2

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, no run, fired on the pads, Taylor turns it to short backward square leg. The wait continues.

42.3

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 2 runs, the captain is back! Taylor brings up a rather impressive century in difficult circumstances. Flighted on the pads and swept past backward square leg.

42.4

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, skips out and nudges another single through mid-on.

42.5

Abdur Razzak to Chigumbura, 1 run, lovely armer from Razzak, but the good balls haven't come often enough. Elton inner edges it past the stumps for a single.

42.6

Abdur Razzak to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor reaches out and works a ball from the pads through square leg for one more.

End of over 43 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 180/4 (RR: 4.18)

    • BRM Taylor 103 (133b 7x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 31 (64b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 9-0-31-0
    • Shafiul Islam 8-0-35-1

Zimbabwe take the batting Powerplay. Rubel back in the attack. India take a wicket at The Oval. We are not in a dream.

43.1

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 2 runs, beautiful batting from Taylor. Mid-on is inside the circle, so Taylor picks his spot. He makes a touch of room and launches a length ball over mid-on's head for a smooth couple.

43.2

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 run, short ball, angling in towards the pads, Taylor taps the pull through backward square leg.

43.3

Rubel Hossain to Chigumbura, OUT, Elton's stay ends. He's sleep-walked through this innings. That's the first real shot of intent he's played today, and he's holed out. Short ball angling in, it was there to be carted away, and he took on the man at deep midwicket. He could not clear him though, and Nasir, as we all know, is a really good fielder.

E Chigumbura c Nasir Hossain b Rubel Hossain 31 (74m 65b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.69

"Wow, I didnt know Malcolm Waller is the son of Andy Waller who used to be a poor man's Brian Macmillan in the early 90's!! If Malcolm is as effective as his dad, he will solve the no6 conundrum for Zimbabwe!" - Gocho again, who is trying to fool me by changing his user name.

Still remember Andy Waller opening with Grant Flower in South Africa during the 1997 Standard Bank tri-series. His son is at the crease now. Boy, we are all getting old.

43.4

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, no run, tries to pull, but is late on the shot and it spurts to mid-on.

43.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, 1 wide, another bouncer, Taylor quietly ducks out of the way.

43.5

Rubel Hossain to Taylor, OUT, The Batting Powerplay strikes twice! Taylor is gone now, and that's a huge wicket for Bangladesh. Full from Rubel, but angling in towards middle and leg. So unlike the first ball of the over, when he went over mid-on, he was forced to go over the leg side. He ends up holing out to long-on running forward and to his right to take a really good low, tumbling catch inches from the ground.

BRM Taylor c Mahmudullah b Rubel Hossain 106 (156m 137b 7x4 1x6) SR: 77.37

43.6

Rubel Hossain to Waller, 1 run, this one swings in late towards the pads and Waller is away with a squeezed single through backward square leg.

End of over 44 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 185/6 (RR: 4.20)

    • MN Waller 1 (1b)
    • P Utseya 0 (0b)
    • Rubel Hossain 7-0-30-2
    • Abdur Razzak 9-0-31-0

Taylor and Cook got out within a couple of minutes of each other. Not a good time for batsmen named after household jobbers.

44.1

Shafiul Islam to Waller, no run, back of a length outside off, Waller plays it into the off side.

44.2

Shafiul Islam to Waller, FOUR, poor bowling from Shafiul, strays onto the pads even as Waller moves towards off stump and flicks easily through square leg.

Wall in the slips at the Oval. Waller at the crease in Bulawayo.

44.3

Shafiul Islam to Waller, SIX, wallop from Waller! Shafiul is shuffling the lengths around, now a short ball, and Waller tucks in for bed and breakfast. Murderous pull sets the ball sailing into the stands at midwicket.

44.4

Shafiul Islam to Waller, no run, better line and length. Full and on off stump, Waller plays it into the off side.

44.5

Shafiul Islam to Waller, no run, gets struck on the thigh pad as Waller looks to drive a ball that's not quite full.

44.6

Shafiul Islam to Waller, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Waller check drives into the covers.

"Batting' power play - yeah right!," says Luke, with some sarcasm.

End of over 45 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 196/6 (RR: 4.35)

    • MN Waller 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 0 (0b)
    • Shafiul Islam 9-0-46-1
    • Rubel Hossain 7-0-30-2
45.1

Rubel Hossain to Waller, no run, back of a length outside off, it is a slower ball that comes through late and Waller misses the dab to third man.

45.2

Rubel Hossain to Waller, OUT, Waller is out hit wicket! Today's been a day for strange dismissals, and here's the strangest of them all. It was the surprise effort bouncer from Rubel, Waller was clearly late in spotting it and played an ungainly late pull, that was more of a waft in front of his face even as he went back in the crease. He ended up hitting the stumps with the bat as he played that pull ...

MN Waller hit wicket b Rubel Hossain 12 (10m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Price walks in.

45.3

Rubel Hossain to Price, no run, a yorker to begin proceedings, full and fierce on off stump, Price digs it out.

45.4

Rubel Hossain to Price, OUT, implosion central at Bulawayo. The umpires are having another look, but Price might be on the way here. Short of a length outside off, it holds its line, doesn't do much off the strip as Price pokes at it from the crease. Thick outside edge taken, and Mushfiqur does extremely well to dive away and pluck it as he tumbles. Not sure what the umpires were checking for there. Straightforward dismissal that.

RW Price c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Bangladesh have a superb chance to bowl Zim out here. Jarvis is the new man in.

45.5

Rubel Hossain to Jarvis, no run, yorker again, Jarvis does well to play it into the leg side.

45.6

Rubel Hossain to Jarvis, no run, good delivery to end the over, tailing in and attacking the stumps. Jarvis gets behind the line and defends.

Puneet says we should call this the Battling Powerplay. I had to read that twice to get his joke!

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 196/8 (RR: 4.26)

    • KM Jarvis 0 (2b)
    • P Utseya 0 (0b)
    • Rubel Hossain 8-1-30-4
    • Shafiul Islam 9-0-46-1
46.1

Shafiul Islam to Utseya, no run, angled in towards the pads, Utseya plays it to the leg side meekly.

46.2

Shafiul Islam to Utseya, no run, pacy yorker outside off, Utseya can't quite dig it out.

46.3

Shafiul Islam to Utseya, OUT, Utseya doesn't prosper! Zim have lost five wickets in the last ten minutes or so. What an ugly heave across the line too. Shafiul kept it straight and on a length, hoping that Utseya would miss it and the batsman obliges with a blind slog that middles the air, and nothing else. Nine down.

P Utseya b Shafiul Islam 0 (15m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The recent overs make for some immense reading: W . 1wd W 1 | . 4 6 . . 1 | . W . W . . | . . W

46.4

Shafiul Islam to Mpofu, 1 run, on Mpofu's pads with the angle and he nudges gingerly through square leg for one.

"Someone told "240 surely on the cards here (for Zim)". I don't see it's happening," says Moinul. Indeed. Those cards have been Shafiuled.

46.5

Shafiul Islam to Jarvis, 1 leg bye, on Jarvis' pads and he picks up a leg bye as he misses the drop to the leg side.

46.6

Shafiul Islam to Mpofu, no run, Mpofu is solidly behind a length ball and defends it into the off side.

End of over 47 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 198/9 (RR: 4.21)

    • CB Mpofu 1 (2b)
    • KM Jarvis 0 (3b)
    • Shafiul Islam 10-0-47-2
    • Rubel Hossain 8-1-30-4
47.1

Rubel Hossain to Jarvis, no run, fierce appeal for caught behind, but turned down. Rubel gets this to swerve in sharply even as Jarvis gropes off the back foot. He seemed to be playing inside the line.

Rubel has picked up 4/5 in this spell.

47.2

Rubel Hossain to Jarvis, no run, another one that tails in sharply, Jarvis gets it into the off side with no timing.

47.3

Rubel Hossain to Jarvis, 1 run, late inswing once more, Jarvis has no clue about it as he flays from the crease. Inside edged through fine leg.

47.4

Rubel Hossain to Mpofu, no run, Mpofu stays behind the line and plays into the covers.

47.5

Rubel Hossain to Mpofu, no run, ripper of a bouncer, that did everything except kiss the outside edge as Mpofu moped at it from the crease.

47.6

Rubel Hossain to Mpofu, no run, and another one comes in late, Mpofu inside edges it onto the pads. Rubel bowls an entire over without picking up a single wicket. Must be finding the experience strange.

End of over 48 (1 run) Zimbabwe 199/9 (RR: 4.14)

    • CB Mpofu 1 (5b)
    • KM Jarvis 1 (6b)
    • Rubel Hossain 9-1-31-4
    • Shafiul Islam 10-0-47-2

Razzak comes on now.

48.1

Abdur Razzak to Jarvis, no run, armer outside off, Jarvis defends from the crease into the off side.

48.2

Abdur Razzak to Jarvis, OUT, all over. That's the end of Zimbabwe's innings, and they have capsized from a potential 250 total to 199. Nothing stroke from Jarvis, looks to make room and cart Razzak over the covers. He misses, Razzak hits.

KM Jarvis b Abdur Razzak 1 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Stunning turnaround there from Bangladesh. For the first time in the tour, Zimbabwe have been the careless side. Taylor and Elton added 94 off 131 balls and were set to launch a late sortie in the batting Powerplay, but Zimbabwe completely lost the plot in that period. Can Tamim Iqbal finally contribute with the bat and take his side to a victory here? We'll be back with the chase at around 1.10 pm.

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