Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo

Razzak's towering six, and Shakib's frustration

Plays of the day from the second ODI between ZImbabwe and Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam

May 5, 2013

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Sean Williams plays a reverse sweep, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo, May 5, 2013
Sean Williams played a couple of attractive reverse-sweep shots, including one that went to the deep cover boundary © AFP
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The disappearance
Zimbabwe were running away with the game when Abdur Razzak went after the bowling. His third six was a dramatic shot as he sent the ball climbing above the tall trees over the long-on boundary. The ball couldn't be recovered and it put off the Zimbabwe bowlers, who bowled poorly thereafter. Razzak added two more sixes for good measure in the last over.

The plug
In the first ODI, Nasir Hossain was eager to play at anything short and wide. In the second match, however, he was curbed. After he struck one cut shot to the boundary, Taylor deployed a second fielder at point. The batsman was cut off from his favourite shot and with the fielder deep in the region, Nasir found it hard to get going.

The decision
Shakib Al Hasan was given out leg-before to Prosper Utseya. Replays suggested a hint of an inside edge but the poor TV coverage did not allow for a proper second look. It was another 50-50 call that had gone against Bangladesh, and that too against their best player. The reaction from Shakib was poor too, as he slammed his bat on his pads and inadvertently hit Brendan Taylor's pads. He later apologised but he may have courted some punishment from the umpires.

The deflection
During Razzak's late mayhem, Zimbabwe found it hard to keep focus but there was a moment that went their way. A Kyle Jarvis throw from short third-man slammed into Shingi Masakadza's thigh and hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. Shafiul Islam had already run across to Razzak's end and was run-out.

The shot
Sean Williams brought out the reverse sweep a few times in his innings, but the most attractive shot was one that blazed through the deep cover area. He had been finding the gaps quite regularly, and held the second half of Zimbabwe's innings together, but that shot was perhaps the best he had played all afternoon, the timing and placement coming together well.

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Posted by Sadequl on (May 6, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@ Syed Adlou let me tell U what they were thinking. Probably they thought as they beat Zim with a huge margin of 121 runs in 1st ODI, then they might not be able to score 100+ or perhaps Zia would capture 10 wickets may be ;) thus they played so poorly.

This is why it is so true that "Don't ever be over confident" & prob our BD boys didn't realized this hard truth yet.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

No excuse for losing.Great Competition for the bottom of Ranking.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Yeah i agree 300+ wicket, what was Bangladesh thinking?

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

This wicket was a complete road! The only way to get wickets on this wicket is to play poor shots.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (May 5, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Yes Shakib decision was a wrong one but our batting was simply poor and don't understand what's happening. This is a 300+ wicket and they need to bat the way they use to otherwise it will just haunt them.

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