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

'I wanted to bowl two dot balls an over' - Ziaur Rahman

Ziaur Rahman whose five-wicket haul helped Bangladesh crush Zimbabwe by 121 runs - their biggest margin of victory against the opponents - said that his initial target was to bowl two dot balls per over against the Zimbabwe batsmen.

Picked as a third seamer behind Robiul Islam and Shafiul Islam, Ziaur would have been pleased with completing a full quote of ten overs. Instead, he was the leading wicket-taker in the game, extending his streak from the four-wicket haul in the last innings of the second Test in Harare.

"I wanted to bowl at least two dot balls per over," Ziaur said. "The batsmen would be under pressure if they were kept quiet, and that is exactly what happened."

"I bowled wicket-to-wicket. The captain told me to bowl as straight as possible, and wait for them to make mistakes. All I wanted to do was cut down the runs, even if I didn't get a wicket."

He is the fourth Bangladeshi pace bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul. Mashrafe Mortaza and Farhad Reza are regular bowlers but there was also a five-for from Aftab Ahmed against New Zealand in 2004.

Though not of the same quality, Ziaur hasn't been picked predominantly as a bowler in international cricket. A knee condition stopped him from being an out-and-out pace bowler three years ago and he has since worked on his batting and focused on becoming an allrounder.

"But I didn't leave bowling altogether. I couldn't bowl fast due to my knee injury. I worked on my batting at the time, so now I can do both properly," he said. "I have been bowling well off late, so I had the confidence in myself. I think the lines were good, and the wicket helped too. But I never thought I would take four or five wickets in an innings," he said.

There was disbelief in the Zimbabwe camp too, though about a different issue. Their captain, Brendan Taylor, was at a loss of words while describing how his side were bowled out in the 33rd over.

"I don't know what to say really. The Bangladesh bowlers bowled well, they bowled stump-to-stump. That is what we expected, but they did not bowl anything that would get the majority of our batsmen out, the batsmen somehow found ways to get out.

"We have been saying the same thing for the last two months now. After the tour of West Indies, we said that the batsmen must play straight, but they got out today playing across the line. There were too many batsmen bowled on a good pitch."

He was also slightly critical of the bowlers, though he said that 260 was the sort of score which could have been chased successfully on this wicket. "I had said that 280 is a chaseable score on this ground, but I still think we gave away too many today. Having said that, we will take 260 against Bangladesh on this pitch; it's the batting that let us down," he said.

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

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  • Ashqar on May 4, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    well done Zia....bowling wicket to wicket is always works...

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    The name Ziaur Rahman seems to be majical for Bangladesh. I am not talking about the BNP today. They are just exploiting Zia's good name for their own interests. Young Zia is arising star. May he go on to even greater glory and make his name sake proud.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Its good to read about a youngster, but hope he does't choke in the next match. Seems he is taking extra pressure committing himself to deliver something that is a very difficult task to do in Zim condition. If he can do, then great but if he can't then he should concentrate not give too many runs. Less runs you give, more opportunity you will create to take wickets.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    oh ya after bowling 2 dot balls i can give four sixes to them.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Well Done Zia...Bangladesh has a bright future sure..Shakib,Tamim,Shafiul and The best of the lot Nasir Hussain who i think is a great talent like Kohli and U.akmal.They just need to not get carried awy...

  • Maskurul on May 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman is a fighter name.he always ready to take challenge.now he is five wicket haul in his kitty.when selector took decision to select him as third pacers for team.he thought to do well before starting match.he raised up bangladeshi status newly after wining the match.coach assists him to get full rhythm.in this sequences he has done well.as a first medium pacer he has consistency.his bowling variation helps him to pick up wicket.

  • Shabbir on May 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Its is very nice to see another Bantladeshi player being highlighted. In the Test, we saw Robiul receive many superlatives from the ZIM opposition and TV commentators. Now slowly but surely we have Ziaur Rehman gaining recognition. However lets not carried away. He did do what was required by him, bowling the correct line and length and took wickets (which our bowlers often get wrong). However lets also reflect on his performance with bat and ball in Sri Lanka and in the first series in ZIM. I believe he has a couple of ducks to his name in a number of his last few outings as a batsman, one when he faced Malinga! His position in the batting line up and the way he batted in the first ODI would still suggest that he his is primarily a bowler who can bat a bit at international level.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, Najmul are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

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