Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo May 3, 2013

Nasir, Ziaur script massive victory for Bangladesh


Bangladesh 269 for 8 (Nasir 68, S Masakadza 4-51) beat Zimbabwe 148 (H Masakadza 38, Ziaur 5-30) by 121 runs
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Bangladesh came out on top by making fewer mistakes, and ended up crushing Zimbabwe by 121 runs. The home side fell into a sink-hole of wickets in the middle order, from which they never recovered.

The material differences between the two teams were Nasir Hossain's timely 68, which rescued Bangladesh from their own middle-order implosion, and Ziaur Rahman's five wickets, which damaged the Zimbabwe middle-order badly. It also helped Rahman bring down his bowling average.

It was Brendan Taylor's dismissal for 33 that saw the home side slip from 78 for two in the 15th over to 148 all out in 32.1 overs.

Taylor had his offstump rattled by Razzak after batting confidently for 37 deliveries. After a short partnership, Sean Williams was run out after some hesitation with his partner Hamilton Masakadza, who fell for a promising 38 soon after. He was Ziaur Rahman's first wicket of the day, before the Bangladesh bowler dismissed Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya in quick succession.

Chigumbura played a slog off his third ball, while Mominul Haque took a catch to remove Utseya for a duck. Television replays of Utseya's dismissal weren't conclusive as the umpires went to the third-umpire for a decision.

This was the worst period of play for Zimbabwe's batting as they lost 5 wickets for 15 runs in 39 balls. The last four of these wickets fell on 93, as Bangladesh took control of the game. Malcolm Waller and Shingi Masakadza added 55 runs for the eighth wicket but Ziaur broke the stand and later took the wicket of Tinashe Panyangara to complete the five-for. Robiul Islam removed Shingi who made 33 to add to his four-wicket haul.

Earlier, Nasir held the Bangladesh innings together after they were 94 for 4 in the 22nd over. It was his fifth ODI fifty, and he struck seven fours and a six in his 67-ball innings. He put together two important partnerships too. For the fifth wicket, he and Mominul Haque added 76 off 87 balls in quick time, before Nasir and Mahmudullah put together 44 runs for the sixth wicket.

Nasir's knock was the only element of the innings that wasn't riddled with mistakes, although his innings ended with a well-timed shot that was caught at deep point. But he dominated the Zimbabwe bowlers despite the situation. He found boundaries regularly, striking the ball very well and piercing the off-side field from the start.

Mominul struck three boundaries in his 66-ball 38, which was slightly slower than what was desired at the stage. And not for the first time, he was out playing a ball far from his body. All the main Bangladesh batsmen gave away their wickets to a combination of soft dismissals, poor calling and overall complacency.

It began with Tamim Iqbal, who was caught down the legside off Shingi Masakadza in the 14th over. He and Mohammad Ashraful added 65 runs quite confidently but their reticence at playing shots regularly had them getting out in such ordinary manner.

Ashraful, too, got out to a poor shot, caught at deep square-leg off Shingi's next over. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim under-edged to the wicketkeeper after chasing a wide one outside offstump from Masakadza. Three balls later, Shakib Al Hasan was run out after Mominul's poor call.

After he tapped the ball on the offside, Mominul initially called him for the single but stopped him midway through the run. Shakib slipped and before he could run, Malcolm Waller had hit the stumps with an underarm throw.

Masakadza was the best Zimbabwe bowler, taking four wickets for 51 runs. It was a frustrating morning session for the home side as they gave away 36 extras, including 18 wides. Masakadza completed his third four-wicket haul in ODIs after he clean bowled Mahmudullah. The beleaguered batsman came out at No. 7 to make 36 off 38 balls with three fours, key to their 88 runs in the final ten overs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. No need XI changes. this is good combination and also batting order in normal sitaution. best luck tigers...........

  • Kazi on May 4, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu; I cannot believe you are actually saying this. This is the kind of pressure that Shakib has to live through everyday from our fans. You do remember he scored twin fifties not even a week ago in a win where he was also instrumental. Please do not be so fickle, every cricketer has bad days, and just because they do, you don't need to ship them off to INDIA because you think they do not care PLAYING FOR THEIR COUNTRY, especially someone who has given so much to the country's cricketing development. Shakib Al Hassan is still our best cricketer simply because he has turned around games single-handed more often than not and he still poses that ability. Remember's someone success while assessing their failures as well.

  • yogi on May 4, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I said this before (during the BD vs. SL series), and I say it again, this guy Nasir has huge potential,he is world class and I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on to become BD's best cricketer ever. Well played Nasir & good luck for the future...from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Nasir should bat at no.3.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    All these years we are losing games because of Shahadat Hossain. I cant understand why a bowler like shahadat hossain gets a chance to play in domestic competition. Well done Zia.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Congrats to BD team. But there are lot to improve. Everyone should help Shakib to come out of state he has been passing now. Ashraful has nothing to prove about his capability. Now only to deliver the result of being the most experience player of the team. Sorry for B Taylor.

  • Ebrahim on May 4, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Many men, many minds !!!

    I see many are talking about Nasir's batting in top order. But what the reality is , he's the middle order batsman always and he feels comfortable in 5/6 down. He is to save the team if the top is failed to start nicely.

    Another issue is Shamsur and i agree with all of you to include Shamsur and exclude Ashraful. Ashraful should be kept on backbench to regain his form.

    However, I'm happy with this win. I think Bangladesh should whitewash them in ODI to forget the shame of 335 defeat in First Test.

  • Hasib on May 4, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    While Mominul is a good player, BD selectors need to realize that no. 3 is the most important position. On pitches where there are lots of runs, Mushfiq, Shakib. Ashraful, or Maumudullah will be best for for this position. On pitches where BD needs to be cautious and stay at the wicket and rotate strike, use Mominul. Basically young players have to be shuffled to find a suitable position for them.

  • Andrew on May 4, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    As a neutral, I think Bangladesh played at about 60% capacity, & were lucky that Zimbabwe barely scraped 50% of potential. The end result - 121 run win to Bangladesh, is more than what the difference of the two teams really are at, BUT the best team win. MORE is needed from Tamim & Shakib for Bangladesh, on the other hand, the weight of the world rests on Taylor's shoulders & a brisk 33 was not half good enuff.

    I thought the Test series had better contests than this match, but am hopeful of better quality over the remaining games. If Bangladesh play their best cricket they should win this series easily, but as we all know Bangladesh are more than capable of an implosion or two!