Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo May 7, 2013

Teams look to break deadlock

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Match facts

May 8, 2013
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

The decider will possibly buck the trend of the tour. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have both been playing tentatively, neither giving too much away nor taking full advantage. Regardless of the two Twenty20s next weekend, this is the encounter that will break the current deadlock between both teams.

Zimbabwe hold the advantage, particularly after their clinical finish in the second ODI. It was their first win after six consecutive losses in the format, and the difference was evident. They recovered from an early wicket with a forceful partnership between Vusi Sibanda, one of the openers, and Sikandar Raza at No.3. After the two were dismissed, captain Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Malcolm Waller ensured a smooth ending, the Bangladesh bowlers not once threatening or beating their bat. It was vintage ODI cricket: two batsmen running hard, finding the odd boundary but always in command.

The only Bangladesh batsmen to offer such solidity were Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain. They looked far more comfortable knocking the ball around but met premature ends to their respective innings in the second game. If they can lengthen their stays in the third and final ODI, the Zimbabwe bowlers will have a lot of thinking to do. The visitors will also expect runs from Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah will also be on high-alert in this game, lest they continue to have the question mark hanging over their position in the limited-overs side. But there are no such major concerns in the bowling department, which will be asked to deliver one final blow.

Taylor would also hope his bowlers stay on the straight and narrow, quite literally. They bounced back into more consistent lines and lengths after the indiscipline in the first ODI. But ultimately, this has been a series of surprises from both sides. Given how closely fought it has been, one should never expect the conventional at any juncture of this third ODI. There are going to be many tight knots, but the team with the highest mettle will win. This is going to be a nervous game of cricket.

Form guide

Zimbabwe: WLLLL (completed games, most recent results first)
Bangladesh: LWWLW

Players to watch

Whenever a big game approaches, interest in Tamim Iqbal goes up. Although not out of form, he has not been able play a substantial knock in the two ODIs so far. He is expected to fire on such days, especially if Bangladesh bat first, because he has the technique to counter the moving ball at pace. He would only have to guard against the tendency to force the pace too early.

It is too early to say whether Sikandar Raza is going to solve Zimbabwe's top-order conundrum but the signs so far are encouraging. The Pakistan-born batsman made just 23, but was comfortable against pace. He has to conquer spin, which he will encounter a lot against Bangladesh. This upcoming match will be another test for young Raza's powers of concentration.

Team news

Though Zimbabwe have included Natsai M'shangwe in the squad to replace Michael Chinouya, they are unlikely to make any more changes with most of the components working well for captain Brendan Taylor, especially his bowlers finding rhythm.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Sikandar Raza, 4 Brendan Taylor (c & wk), 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Shingirai Masakadza, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara.

Bangladesh team management are also unlikely to make changes for the crucial match.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Robiul Islam.

Pitch and conditions

There is no particular change in conditions so the toss will again be vital. Both teams will look to bowl first to make use of early swing available.

Stats and trivia

  • Brendan Taylor hasn't scored a fifty in his last five innings, the last one coming in February 2012 against New Zealand.
  • Despite his indifferent form, Mahmudullah is still the highest scoring No. 7 in the last five years. During the same period, Bangladesh have tried 10 batsmen at No. 3, none averaging more than 25.
  • Prosper Utseya and Elton Chigumbura are the only bowlers in the current Zimbabwe side to take more than 50 wickets.

Quotes

"We didn't have any fifty from the top four batsmen in both the games. So we will expect that they get to settle and score a lot of runs in this match."
Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful puts the onus on the top-order to fire

"The momentum is with us at the moment. We won the last game and we hope we just do what we did in the second game well and look to improve. Hopefully we will be able to finish it off."
Zimbabwe seam bowler Shingi Masakadza eyes a good finish to the ODI series

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

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  • BanglaBandhu on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I think the matxh preview has got it right. Regardless of the T20s, this match will underline the "superiority" of one team or the other. I don't agree that BD should be changing the team, as the time to do that was in the 2nd ODI, the only thing tbey can do is work with Mominuls inexperience - unfortunatley he has a very very steep learning curve for this match.

    You have to feel sorry for Shakib, run out in the first ODI and a poor Umpire decision i the 2nd one, lets hope he gets an uniterrupted hance to show his flair with the bat!

    ZIM have the momentum, showig good batting and disciplined bowling but, with the right tweaksin attitude and with the BD top order "turning up", BD shoukd win the ODI series and continue their unbeaten run.

  • tiger_mate on May 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    My team choice for bangladesh would one or more changes in this match - 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Mohammad Ashraful/Jahurul Islam 3. Shamsur Rahman 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Musfuqur Rahman 6. Nasir Hossaing 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ziaur Rahman 9. Abdur Razzaque 10. Shofiul Islam 11. Rabiul Islam

  • tiger_mate on May 8, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I think Bangladesh need at least on change "Shamsur Rahman should in instead of Mominul Haque".

  • Manik_mia on May 8, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Bangladesh will win only we see collapse from ZIM team same as the 1st ODI. After the 2nd ODI I am preety much sure BD pace attack not even close to ZIM pace attack. This is a pace friendly field. Spinners can not do much. Unless Tamim/Ash can do a century partnership BD will lose this game. ZIM is better in their condition. Similarly BD will win all the games when ZIM travel to BD.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast Dude dont see how you want to replace Waller, That wont happen he has been one of our few batsmen that have been scoring runs, i agree on Utseya we should replace him with a seamer, if i'm not mistaken, think Vitori is still injured or just recovering from one, we need to play the same line-up from our 2nd odi win, esp starting 7 batsmen solid line-up

  • Surajdon9 on May 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Easy win for Zimbabwe For sure....

  • firoz_44 on May 8, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    My best XI for Bangladesh 3rd ODI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11. Sohag Gazi and also need best Umpire. Because Umpire is most important both side to win the match. Firoz

  • Dhutugemunu on May 8, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    @ Edansad ; Sorry friend. You are correct. BD vs Ind 2012 was not rain affected. Anyway I still like the win in WC 2007 over AC 2012. Can WI considered as a Top team? (#7 in ODIs with 86 rating points. Just 8 rating points ahead of BD.) About Nasir; He might be a good batsmen. But too early to comment. Even Ashraful had a great start at the beginning of his career. See what happened now? Averaging 22-24. Anyway he had/still has the talent. That's why he is still in the team.

    Anyway best of luck for both teams. Better side will win the 3rd ODI and the series.

  • Quddus-Mamu on May 8, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    My best XI for 3rd ODI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11. Sohag Gazi. We don't need 3rd specialist fast bowler. Nasir should be used as a 3rd medium pace bowler. We must need Gazi in 3rd ODI to win the series.

  • Edansad on May 8, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @dhutu : why u have 2 go 2007 in 2012 ban beat india in asia cup which also not an rain affected game.they won a seris against wi 3-2 & for ur kind information each & every match ban win was not rain affected game & about nasir hossain why we cant predict a players talent from the start of his carrier he played 20 plus innigs an he shows a lot of maturity in his every innigs then most other younger player in the world.about musfiqur rahim I have one thing 2 say sometimes he is very defensive about his field placing & he also need 2 show some intellectuallity in his bowling change

  • BanglaBandhu on May 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I think the matxh preview has got it right. Regardless of the T20s, this match will underline the "superiority" of one team or the other. I don't agree that BD should be changing the team, as the time to do that was in the 2nd ODI, the only thing tbey can do is work with Mominuls inexperience - unfortunatley he has a very very steep learning curve for this match.

    You have to feel sorry for Shakib, run out in the first ODI and a poor Umpire decision i the 2nd one, lets hope he gets an uniterrupted hance to show his flair with the bat!

    ZIM have the momentum, showig good batting and disciplined bowling but, with the right tweaksin attitude and with the BD top order "turning up", BD shoukd win the ODI series and continue their unbeaten run.

  • tiger_mate on May 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    My team choice for bangladesh would one or more changes in this match - 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Mohammad Ashraful/Jahurul Islam 3. Shamsur Rahman 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Musfuqur Rahman 6. Nasir Hossaing 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ziaur Rahman 9. Abdur Razzaque 10. Shofiul Islam 11. Rabiul Islam

  • tiger_mate on May 8, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I think Bangladesh need at least on change "Shamsur Rahman should in instead of Mominul Haque".

  • Manik_mia on May 8, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Bangladesh will win only we see collapse from ZIM team same as the 1st ODI. After the 2nd ODI I am preety much sure BD pace attack not even close to ZIM pace attack. This is a pace friendly field. Spinners can not do much. Unless Tamim/Ash can do a century partnership BD will lose this game. ZIM is better in their condition. Similarly BD will win all the games when ZIM travel to BD.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast Dude dont see how you want to replace Waller, That wont happen he has been one of our few batsmen that have been scoring runs, i agree on Utseya we should replace him with a seamer, if i'm not mistaken, think Vitori is still injured or just recovering from one, we need to play the same line-up from our 2nd odi win, esp starting 7 batsmen solid line-up

  • Surajdon9 on May 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Easy win for Zimbabwe For sure....

  • firoz_44 on May 8, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    My best XI for Bangladesh 3rd ODI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11. Sohag Gazi and also need best Umpire. Because Umpire is most important both side to win the match. Firoz

  • Dhutugemunu on May 8, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    @ Edansad ; Sorry friend. You are correct. BD vs Ind 2012 was not rain affected. Anyway I still like the win in WC 2007 over AC 2012. Can WI considered as a Top team? (#7 in ODIs with 86 rating points. Just 8 rating points ahead of BD.) About Nasir; He might be a good batsmen. But too early to comment. Even Ashraful had a great start at the beginning of his career. See what happened now? Averaging 22-24. Anyway he had/still has the talent. That's why he is still in the team.

    Anyway best of luck for both teams. Better side will win the 3rd ODI and the series.

  • Quddus-Mamu on May 8, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    My best XI for 3rd ODI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11. Sohag Gazi. We don't need 3rd specialist fast bowler. Nasir should be used as a 3rd medium pace bowler. We must need Gazi in 3rd ODI to win the series.

  • Edansad on May 8, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @dhutu : why u have 2 go 2007 in 2012 ban beat india in asia cup which also not an rain affected game.they won a seris against wi 3-2 & for ur kind information each & every match ban win was not rain affected game & about nasir hossain why we cant predict a players talent from the start of his carrier he played 20 plus innigs an he shows a lot of maturity in his every innigs then most other younger player in the world.about musfiqur rahim I have one thing 2 say sometimes he is very defensive about his field placing & he also need 2 show some intellectuallity in his bowling change

  • Dhutugemunu on May 8, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    @ Fogu ; Appreciate honest BD fans like you. I chose BD vs Ind game 2007 because it was against a Top team where the match was not rain effected.

    @ Taleb87 ; You can say some names. Mushfiqur # 1 in where? In the world or in BD? Nasir and Robiul's talent is too early to comment on. They haven't played enough International matches. Yes. Nasir has higher averages. Faf du Plesis had an average of more than 150-160 during his first couple of tournaments.

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    If BD team remains unchanged, no hope for winning 3rd crucial match and winning the series. On God'd Earth, why Ashraful is still there? Is there any chances at all to see his talent in the 3rd crucial game with Zim today? NO. His talent is due after another 3 or 4 years.Why our selectors go against statistics? If BD loose today, what will happen to Captaincy of Mushfiq? We all should remember that ZIM is killing ground for Captaincy as it happened with Shakib and Tamim in the recent past. After scoring only 8 in the second ODI, how ash could show his teeth seating with the bowling Coatch Saki? Next day, he gave his comments- how ridiculous?

  • Captainman on May 7, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Nasir Hossain for me bats far too low. He definitely has the ability to score 100s on a more regular bases and his 73* against Sri Lanka was evident of that. I think the best positions for Nasir in ODIs is 5/6 and Tests 6. He's the perfect middle order batsman for Bangladesh. We're also struggling to find a full time partner for Tamim but Anamul Haque looks set to fill that role for the long term despite the fact his ideal position is at 3. Mahmudullah for me should only focus on ODI Cricket because his career stats supports him strongly compared to the other forms and number 7 is the best position for him.

  • ZCFOutkast on May 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Contrary to my assessment of him, Chatara was superb with the ball. I'll be hoping for a repeat in this final match. Shingi will have to bowl tighter than he did. That was pathetic. Considering that he's statistically the worst LOIs frontline seamer in Zim's history, and no potential for a better performance ever existed, I saw absolutely no value that Jarvis brought to the team by replacing the extremely rusty yet impressive Panyangara. Unless they look to Vitori for some early wickets, they have no choice but to restore Panyangara to the lineup.

    Great knock from Williams. Vusi was exciting and under-delivered once again. He needs to get a big half-century as a minimum. Maruma for Waller in the middle order to contribute with his leg spinners. I fear 5 bowlers won't be enough as I expect a high scoring match. I know the pitch is a batsman's paradise and he did the best possible, but Utseya's holding role was not up to scratch. As our best for the role, he has to pull up his socks!

  • BARFI on May 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    To win, BD will have lift their fielding, bowling and batting. BD seriouly lacks good pacers. Robiul was bowling outside of the off stamp with great deal of rooms in the last ODI. It shows serious lack of concern of length bowling and poor communication from the captain to the bowler. ZIM on the other hand has good pacers. In addition to that we need some mature player like Mohammad Rafique, who is a natural turner of the ball. Good luck!

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on May 7, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    BD Needs a Batsman Like Dravid "The Wall" for Test to Hold the wicket for Innings..and at the moment for this No. 3 Position I believe Nasir/Ash suits...Suggestion Guys...

  • asiacricket1234 on May 7, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Not really sure why everyone give so much attention to this Dhutugemuno attention seeking kid. Don't reply him than he will go back to doing his school homework :)

  • Fogu on May 7, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: We don't need to go back to 2007 to find ODI success for BD. Over the last year and a half BD has beaten WI, IN, SL and ZM and have a winning record in ODI. BD is a competitive team now in ODI however, Test is a different ball game. We are not competitive yet, even though we have put in a few good performances recently against WI and SL. The way they came back at ZM in the second test is also worth mentioning. But you are correct in stating we do not have enough technically sound batsmen and more so the temperament to play the long game. Most of our players are natural hitters and that is a by-product of growing up in the ODI/T20 age. However, BD is not so far off that we can not see the light. We do need to generate a couple of good top order batsnmen and dominos will fall in place. Go Tigers!

  • Taleb87 on May 7, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Dhutugemuno@ let me say you something what we have: 1. mushfiqur technically no1 middle order batsmen.his batting is pure class.2. nasir is most talented young player in the world at the moment ave 47 in test & 45 in odi. cannt you see how many over bowled by robiul islam(100 over) last two test.i really understand some crazy bd haters around .

  • on May 7, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I have a great feeling about BD being top, as Bangladesh always has shown to be coming back from dire situations against Zimbabwe in particular to celebrate at large.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Zimbabwe clearly is the favourite team. Bangladesh players does not have the mental strength to perform under pressure and they are under pressure here. So the question should not be who is going to win but the margin Zimbabwe going to win the match by. Bangladesh's performance in this tour has been pathetic and as a fan it was a torture to watch them playing :@

  • Jadejafan on May 7, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka is an ordinary team and I'm sure both Ban and Zim will surpass them one day but good luck to you both for the final ODI make it interesting contest.

  • Mystrious_Faisal on May 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @Zimfanatic What do you mean by hitting zim player by bat ? Shakib did it accidently & he appologize for it! And what Mushfiq said is about hotel quality where water comes with patrol smell! And about unready practice field. He didn't said none of these indicating the match. And you said Zimbabwe is far superior than BD! Than just look at the ranking, or watch some highlights about how we defeated Westindies, and how Zimababwe thrashed by them. Get up men, time to get up!

  • Dhutugemunu on May 7, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Let's be honest friends. Please tell me does BD have a Technically sound batsmen or bowlers who can bowl long period of time? We can see natural hitters and slow armers. That's why BD have a moderate success in ODIs but not in Tests. One or two big hitting can win a match for BD in ODIs. For an example WC 2007 vs Ind. So a win against Zim here is possible. But 50:50 chance for both teams.

  • Energetic. on May 7, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Our batting was poor in not just the second ODI but the first ODI as well because the top order has failed. If they can prevent that from happening then the team will be set. Losing this will be a great disappointment and will bring the team back to square one. Not sure why this is a 3 match series and not 5 match.

  • Samudro2106 on May 7, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @ZimFanatic Bro, hope you know what you are talking. Mushfiq told nothing wrong about that. Please tell me which visiting captain will tolerate things such as 'No water supply', 'water with smell of petrol', 'intensionally unprepared practice wickets' etc etc. Any other intl. teams might have instantly complained to the ICC. But most importantly Mushfiq never used it as an excuse, he just replied to the ques. asked by the journalists. And the whole world know among these two which one is better. Recent perfomances prove the fact that BD is way better. However, we could have but definitely won't treat Zim like that when they come here and we'll see how Zim can beat us in our soil. And we're not giving excuses, we know, we played badly and hopefully we'll rectify that tomorrow.

  • Fogu on May 7, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    @Zimfanatic; "hitting ZM players with bat" really? That's a stretch. Mushy's comment was not about the game but about the mistreatment of the team regarding practice facilities. Trying to stop or disrupt BD practice shows what ZM thinks of it's own team. Do you think your team can not compete without such underhanded tricks? Umpires are part of the game and yes, some fans dwindle on it a bit longer than they should but these poor decisions impact the game and DRS should be used at every game. I guess what you meant was, ZM is far superior side only when they win and we ignore games they lose comprehensively. I know BD has a long way to go to consistently perform with the big boys but I am not blind to the improvement they have made in the last two years either. Go Tigers!

  • ZimFanatic on May 7, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Rather than complaining about umpiring, hitting Zim players with bat, making irrational comments (Rahim before first test), Bangladesh should play cricket. Tamin was made to eat his words by Vitori last year and Rahim said prior to tour that "They should remember that they will come to our country to play, so they will get the treatment they meted out to u." H e should first look at what BPL has done to Zim players. Zim is far superior a side as they showed in first test and second ODI and should comprehensively win the decider. Their opposition tomorrow is not Bangladesh rather their own self. Hope, they will rise!

  • Sadequl on May 7, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Decider shouldn't go single handedly & both will try to put their best to have a dramatic end.

    BD won the 1st one quite compressively & they out played Zim in that. BD bowlers were quite different than they R known within recent past. They bowled almost 100% accuracy by stamp to stamp & got their reward by achieving 8 Zim batsmen either bold or lbw. Where as Zim's were just opposite & they gave away 36 Extras!

    Scenario changed in the 2nd one where BD bowlers were scattered & they couldn't repeat their previous performance & Zim's batsmen like Williams & Waller justified this opportunity offered by BD bowlers to make it 1 each.

    If BD bowlers can repeat their previous show alongwith Nasir, Razzaq's blistering performances then they will clinch the series easily & on other hand Zim doesn't have much to loose & they might have plenty to offer through their long bating order with Taylor, Chigumbura etc.

    As viewer we would prefer to see, the best to come out of it as a real winner.

  • TigerRoars on May 7, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Umpiring standard in this series has been appalling. But, that should not be an excuse. Teams used to lose at home before neutral umpires were used. Bangladesh batsmen should not let the ball touch the pad. The bowlers should bowl only on the off stamp, because getting someone caught is likelier than getting someone LBW.

    Good teams adapt. Time to show the maturity and mettle.

  • TigerRoars on May 7, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Umpiring standard in this series has been appalling. But, that should not be an excuse. Teams used to lose at home before neutral umpires were used. Bangladesh batsmen should not let the ball touch the pad. The bowlers should bowl only on the off stamp, because getting someone caught is likelier than getting someone LBW.

    Good teams adapt. Time to show the maturity and mettle.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 7, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    The problem is none of our top 4 batsman aren't performing. If they keep throwing wickets away then we literally have not much chance of beating a top team. Both Tamim and Ashraful don't do justice to their talent and have been disappointments in their careers thus far. Our batsman need to get rid of the mentality that 50s are big achievements.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Vusimuzi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Sikandar Raza, 4 Brendan Taylor (c & wk), 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Shingirai Masakadza, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Campbell Light

  • shamsulislam on May 7, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Very good preview: Isam, but I think Bd may changed Mominul In place of him Shamsur Rahman may include in the best eleven.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Inshallah Bangladesh will win tomorrow n will prove the world that they have improved their game n now a team to look forward iin future....

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    its just strange the bangladesh alwayscomplain and complain... I think they aint any better than Kenya, Ireland or Zimbabwe... Though i think zim is better than both...just that Zimbos are not too serious....but wen they are serious,,,the results are evident for ll to see

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    C'mon Zim time to finish this.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The over-confidence that's exuded by the Bangladeshi cricket supporters always mesmerises me - even before a match against big guns like SA / ind. It is clear to the realists that the third ODI can go either way, but not so for this lot.

  • hotcric01 on May 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Zimbabwe are favorites.One big knock from Taylor can BD take away from the game.Zim are favorites for t20 series too.

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    "If they can lengthen their stays in the third and final ODI, the Zimbabwe bowlers will have a lot of thinking to do."

    I'm sure they would if the umpire did not raise his finger first against Rahim and then Shakib. Clearly, those two LBW decisions were insane!

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @ The_Ashes : I really agreed with that comments and it will be a very good decision if BD will be playing on this line up for upcoming final ODI to win the series..Go Tigers

  • Energetic. on May 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I don't understand the big deals of 50s, its 100s that win you games and sadly we don't have a batsman that can get those scores on a more 'consistent' bases. It will be of a great disappointment if we lose this series especially on such a good batting surface. This tour has been average so far and that's unacceptable.

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    no doubt zim will loss massively in the next ODI

  • JyotiSumon on May 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    BD should drop Ashraful and take Shamsur Rahman in the team.

  • The_Ashes on May 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I don't understand why Mominul may still be batting at 3 because it just doesn't work and has caused problems for the other batsman. He should bat lower down after Nasir if not then its certainly possible we will lose this. Tamim, Ash, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Zia, Razzak, Shafiul and Robiul. If we bat first then we have to post a score of more than 300 otherwise they could chase that down again on such a surface.

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  • The_Ashes on May 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I don't understand why Mominul may still be batting at 3 because it just doesn't work and has caused problems for the other batsman. He should bat lower down after Nasir if not then its certainly possible we will lose this. Tamim, Ash, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Zia, Razzak, Shafiul and Robiul. If we bat first then we have to post a score of more than 300 otherwise they could chase that down again on such a surface.

  • JyotiSumon on May 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    BD should drop Ashraful and take Shamsur Rahman in the team.

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    no doubt zim will loss massively in the next ODI

  • Energetic. on May 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I don't understand the big deals of 50s, its 100s that win you games and sadly we don't have a batsman that can get those scores on a more 'consistent' bases. It will be of a great disappointment if we lose this series especially on such a good batting surface. This tour has been average so far and that's unacceptable.

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @ The_Ashes : I really agreed with that comments and it will be a very good decision if BD will be playing on this line up for upcoming final ODI to win the series..Go Tigers

  • on May 7, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    "If they can lengthen their stays in the third and final ODI, the Zimbabwe bowlers will have a lot of thinking to do."

    I'm sure they would if the umpire did not raise his finger first against Rahim and then Shakib. Clearly, those two LBW decisions were insane!

  • hotcric01 on May 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Zimbabwe are favorites.One big knock from Taylor can BD take away from the game.Zim are favorites for t20 series too.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The over-confidence that's exuded by the Bangladeshi cricket supporters always mesmerises me - even before a match against big guns like SA / ind. It is clear to the realists that the third ODI can go either way, but not so for this lot.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    C'mon Zim time to finish this.

  • on May 7, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    its just strange the bangladesh alwayscomplain and complain... I think they aint any better than Kenya, Ireland or Zimbabwe... Though i think zim is better than both...just that Zimbos are not too serious....but wen they are serious,,,the results are evident for ll to see