Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 1st day April 17, 2013

Taylor's ton leads Zimbabwe fightback

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Zimbabwe 217 for 4 (Taylor 105*, Waller 55) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe had their backs to the wall for the first half of the day, only for their captain Brendan Taylor to lead a fightback with his third Test century. It was an impressive knock from Taylor and, given the circumstances leading up to the match, his unbeaten 105 may be one of the best knocks by a Zimbabwean batsman in recent times.

The home side ended the first day on 217 for 4, a significantly better position than seemed possible at one stage. Taylor's innings meant Bangladesh remained frustrated as they floundered an opportunity to take command. However, the four wickets would give the visitors hope of a better second day, with the knowledge that Zimbabwe have few experienced batsmen in their line-up.

Taylor's positive attitude should rub off on his team-mates, especially the other free-flowing batsmen. He began his innings with a lofted six off Enamul Haque jnr, and continued to dominate Bangladesh's most used spinner on the day. He swept Enamul with comfort and drove him, regardless of a deep fielder's position down the ground.

Against the pace bowlers, Taylor was steadfast and batted them out without taking too many risks. He left deliveries that were close to the offstump, especially those that didn't let him free his arms. He drove well against the seamers, too, but waited for scoring opportunities on the leg-side, as the Bangladesh bowlers lost some of their energy in the second and third sessions.

Taylor reached his century off exactly 200 balls, with one of his signature shots, flaying the ball through cover off the front foot. He remained unbeaten on 105 off 211 balls at stumps, with Elton Chigumbura at the other end on 6.

Taylor survived a dropped catch off Enamul on 35, when Shahriar Nafees couldn't hold on to a tough chance at long-on. It was Taylor's only lapse of concentration and it was perhaps the costliest of the three dropped catches on the day.

Nafees had earlier dropped a simple chance off Timycen Maruma's edge in the first over, and Mohammad Ashraful had dropped Malcolm Waller when the batsman was on 22. Waller went on to score his second half-century in Test cricket. His 55 came off 138 balls with just three boundaries, as he focused on picking singles and pushing up the run-rate during his fourth-wicket partnership with Taylor. The pair added 127 at 2.97 runs per over and, for the 40-odd overs they were at the crease, Zimbabwe were a different batting side.

Bangladesh had their moments in the first session when Robiul Islam, their best bowler on the day, removed Maruma and Vusi Sibanda within the first 15 overs. Maruma, a middle-order batsman and one of three debutants for Zimbabwe in this Test, batted cautiously and left most of the deliveries he faced. Sibanda, the more aggressive of the pair, hit one boundary and missed many deliveries before his middle-stump was uprooted by a Robiul yorker.

Maruma fell lbw to the same bowler a few overs later and, as Rubel and Robiul continued to bowl tightly, Zimbabwe looked in big trouble.

Bangladesh, however, squandered their chances at taking control. Masakadza and Taylor added a slow 43 for the third wicket and the Masakadza wicket should have handed Bangladesh enough momentum. They had to wait almost three hours for their next breakthrough, when Waller fell to Rubel, two overs after the second new ball was taken. Chigumbura, playing in his first Test since 2011, was bowled by Rubel, but the third umpire decided that Rubel had overstepped the line.

Mushfiqur Rahim hardly used Sohag Gazi, continuing with Enamul throughout the second session, and after tea as well. Another folly was the lack of an aggressive field when Robiul was bowling. There were also some close leg-before shouts, but one could say that Bangladesh made more mistakes than the home side.

Zimbabwe's score sets up the game nicely as Bangladesh will have to outdo them on a two-paced wicket. The home side should be buoyed by their captain's innings and if they can extend their score to the 350-run mark, the visitors will have to dig deep to find a footing in this game.

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

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  • Baseball-Sucks on April 18, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Wow.. Taylor is showing a great temperament. A few of 'em like Taylor, Zimbabwe will be back in business in no time. Way to go Skippy !!!! All best from Sri Lanka.

  • Fogu on April 17, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Good job by Taylor and BD bowlers. BD fielding is a thorn in their side. We could have put ZM under pressure if we had held our catches. However, I am encouraged by Robiul and Rubel's bowling. At least they were disciplined. Mushfique does need to do a better job of managing the bowlers and setting the field. He is young and will continue to grow. Taylor played a fabuous knock today. Kudos to him. Hoping for BD to wrap up ZM innings early tomorrow. I am enjoying the tests between two almost equal sides (BD being a little better). Go Tigers!

  • The_Ashes on April 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Bowling was 9/10 sharp from Bangladesh but fielding again was disappointing. You cannot afford to drop too many catches it ridiculous otherwise the opposition would've been wrapped up. Zimbabwe 2 batsman Taylor and Waller played really well and did well to capitalize on the drop catches. Wicket is getting easier 2 bat on now so unless Bangladesh can quickly pick up 2 early wickets in the morning session, it will be very tough to bowl them out. But I expect Bangladesh to post up a massive score anyway.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 17, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Wonderful captain's knock 4m Taylor. And BD bowling wasn't up to the mark. I can't believe a Test playing team picked 2 fast bowlers in main XI in a seaming pitch! There's nothing for spinners in Harare pitch, so BD should've picked another fast bowler (Shahadat). BD fielding was very POOR today. 4 catching-chances today, 3 of them were dropped by BD fielders. "Catches win Matches". Those dropped chances would've put BD on driving seat, Taylor & Waller wouldn't score a fifty in fact. Now ZIM r well ahead with the help of poor BD fielding.

  • BanglaBandhu on April 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    The BD bowling has been very disciplined with only a very few extras given away. Still BD fielding has been very weak and Nafees needs to make the most of his time in the team and not waste any opportunities. The TWO drops he had especially Taylor have proven costly.

    BD Mentality in the longer format was highlighted against SL and they are beginning to get to grips with it. Brendan Taylor has done a wonderful job for ZIM, when the early wickets went, he steadied the Ship and has been very patient. Waller had done a wonderful job giving Taylor much needed support.

    This match is still very much evenly balanced.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The nature of the pitch suggests that Zimbabwe are playing for a draw. Despite having had to deal with two new balls, particularly the first testing session, Mawoyo got a century and plenty of fours at this pace, but that was against a Pakistan attack comprising Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid in Bulawayo conditions which favoured spin.

    Conditions here do not aid spinners the least bit, and the seamers although having done well, are not good enough to keep our batsmen this quiet, especially if they have played themselves in so much. Taylor needs to kick on. Too many loose delivery are being given more respect than is necessary, and if Nafees and Ashraful descend on Meth&Cremer, 350 will be eroded by lunch tomorrow - minus Tamim!

    Despite the slow outfield Taylor needs to stop playing for time and pick up runs quicker. HSC is a very good batting wicket.

    At this rate we will need Maruma to step up with his legspin because although Bangladesh bat last Cremer has shown no signs of striking lately.

  • violenttom on April 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    i dnt know what have Bangladesh bowlers and batsmen have done wrong to the umpires of the cricket world every time they are beaten not by the teams they play but the umpires ....:(

  • on April 18, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Rabiul Islam bowling fantastically and showing what is the difference b2in him and "the no class bowler the Famous Shahadat"! Hope the BD selectors learn how to avoid the politics from the team and exclude a bowlers like this toothless bowler!

  • Sadequl on April 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @ Meety what R U saying pal & R U sure what U R suggesting does have any real meaning at all ! Where teams like India, Auzy & other top teams doesn't even want to play with BD or Zim atm being in same categorical test playing nations due to their profit margin, then how come U can even expect them to have any intention to play with Ire, Afg or even other associate countries like Nepal in their life time!

    In current situation associate members still have chances to show their performances by qualifying themselves to play in WC with top cricketing nations. Let the associate members follow the foot steps of SL, Zim & Bd to have ODI status 1st & then let them prove themselves they R capable enough to participate & organize 4/5 day series among themselves or with test playing nations & even if possible with different aged groups, so that then they can create an environment as a test playing nations among themselves to make an appeal for it to ICC & that could be the best solution for it.

  • supporter_of_minnows on April 18, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @htc android if zim (with those players u mentioned) is too strong for BD than i guess they are too strong for SL too, atleast in the ODIs :P

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 18, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Wow.. Taylor is showing a great temperament. A few of 'em like Taylor, Zimbabwe will be back in business in no time. Way to go Skippy !!!! All best from Sri Lanka.

  • Fogu on April 17, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Good job by Taylor and BD bowlers. BD fielding is a thorn in their side. We could have put ZM under pressure if we had held our catches. However, I am encouraged by Robiul and Rubel's bowling. At least they were disciplined. Mushfique does need to do a better job of managing the bowlers and setting the field. He is young and will continue to grow. Taylor played a fabuous knock today. Kudos to him. Hoping for BD to wrap up ZM innings early tomorrow. I am enjoying the tests between two almost equal sides (BD being a little better). Go Tigers!

  • The_Ashes on April 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Bowling was 9/10 sharp from Bangladesh but fielding again was disappointing. You cannot afford to drop too many catches it ridiculous otherwise the opposition would've been wrapped up. Zimbabwe 2 batsman Taylor and Waller played really well and did well to capitalize on the drop catches. Wicket is getting easier 2 bat on now so unless Bangladesh can quickly pick up 2 early wickets in the morning session, it will be very tough to bowl them out. But I expect Bangladesh to post up a massive score anyway.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 17, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Wonderful captain's knock 4m Taylor. And BD bowling wasn't up to the mark. I can't believe a Test playing team picked 2 fast bowlers in main XI in a seaming pitch! There's nothing for spinners in Harare pitch, so BD should've picked another fast bowler (Shahadat). BD fielding was very POOR today. 4 catching-chances today, 3 of them were dropped by BD fielders. "Catches win Matches". Those dropped chances would've put BD on driving seat, Taylor & Waller wouldn't score a fifty in fact. Now ZIM r well ahead with the help of poor BD fielding.

  • BanglaBandhu on April 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    The BD bowling has been very disciplined with only a very few extras given away. Still BD fielding has been very weak and Nafees needs to make the most of his time in the team and not waste any opportunities. The TWO drops he had especially Taylor have proven costly.

    BD Mentality in the longer format was highlighted against SL and they are beginning to get to grips with it. Brendan Taylor has done a wonderful job for ZIM, when the early wickets went, he steadied the Ship and has been very patient. Waller had done a wonderful job giving Taylor much needed support.

    This match is still very much evenly balanced.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The nature of the pitch suggests that Zimbabwe are playing for a draw. Despite having had to deal with two new balls, particularly the first testing session, Mawoyo got a century and plenty of fours at this pace, but that was against a Pakistan attack comprising Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid in Bulawayo conditions which favoured spin.

    Conditions here do not aid spinners the least bit, and the seamers although having done well, are not good enough to keep our batsmen this quiet, especially if they have played themselves in so much. Taylor needs to kick on. Too many loose delivery are being given more respect than is necessary, and if Nafees and Ashraful descend on Meth&Cremer, 350 will be eroded by lunch tomorrow - minus Tamim!

    Despite the slow outfield Taylor needs to stop playing for time and pick up runs quicker. HSC is a very good batting wicket.

    At this rate we will need Maruma to step up with his legspin because although Bangladesh bat last Cremer has shown no signs of striking lately.

  • violenttom on April 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    i dnt know what have Bangladesh bowlers and batsmen have done wrong to the umpires of the cricket world every time they are beaten not by the teams they play but the umpires ....:(

  • on April 18, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Rabiul Islam bowling fantastically and showing what is the difference b2in him and "the no class bowler the Famous Shahadat"! Hope the BD selectors learn how to avoid the politics from the team and exclude a bowlers like this toothless bowler!

  • Sadequl on April 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @ Meety what R U saying pal & R U sure what U R suggesting does have any real meaning at all ! Where teams like India, Auzy & other top teams doesn't even want to play with BD or Zim atm being in same categorical test playing nations due to their profit margin, then how come U can even expect them to have any intention to play with Ire, Afg or even other associate countries like Nepal in their life time!

    In current situation associate members still have chances to show their performances by qualifying themselves to play in WC with top cricketing nations. Let the associate members follow the foot steps of SL, Zim & Bd to have ODI status 1st & then let them prove themselves they R capable enough to participate & organize 4/5 day series among themselves or with test playing nations & even if possible with different aged groups, so that then they can create an environment as a test playing nations among themselves to make an appeal for it to ICC & that could be the best solution for it.

  • supporter_of_minnows on April 18, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @htc android if zim (with those players u mentioned) is too strong for BD than i guess they are too strong for SL too, atleast in the ODIs :P

  • S-Matrix on April 18, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Let us focus on the bright side - the pace attack was tremendously improved compared to that in Sri Lanka. Did any of us predict it before the match?

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 18, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    BD bowling wasnt that bad but it was taylor's brilliant knock that restricted BD to take the command.hats off to taylor!

  • on April 18, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    First of all, hats off to Brendan Taylor for an amazing knock. He was benefited from the BPL and that was evident from the ease with which he played Enamul Haque, his Chittagong team mate. I was impressed by the Bangladeshi pacers, Robiul in the morning and Rubel in the later stages of the day. But the fielding let the team down. Dropped catches are not acceptable at all in this level.

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    This is the full strength BD team with all their missing are back into the side. Still they cannot make any difference...lol. I feel sorry for Zimbabwe. Infact they are one who is missing key players now.(Vitori, Price, Utseya, Ervine, Mpofu,Mawoya, Coventry) Zim will be too good for BD when these players join the team.

  • MeijiMura on April 18, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    I cannot believe the Bangladeshis won the toss and put the opposition in. The whole purpose of playing two front-line spinners would surely be to win the toss, bat first and get the runs on the board and then let the spinners get last use of the wicket when it should be turning the most and be of the most assistance to them. Had they taken their chances they could well have bowled Zimbabwe out for under 200 on day one anyway, but given they didn't and that they finished the day with only four wickets, the decision to win the toss and bowl first has played right into Zimbabwe's hands. Zimbabwe have a glaring deficiency against spin bowling and appear all-too-often clueless on turning pitches, yet thanks to the opposition it won't come into play. If anything it brings Cremer and Maruma into play on days four and five when they otherwise might not have presented much of a threat. Jarvis will be a threat too. Bangladesh handed the initiative to Zimbabwe without a ball even being bowled!

  • Meety on April 18, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    @Sadequl on (April 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT) - a 2 or 3 tier system DOES have merit. The only problem I see is, people seem to think that a 2-tier system would exclude the lower ranked nations permanantly. IMO a tiered system could work whereby ALL sides get to play each other - just over shorter series when it is top v bottom. I am in favour of 3 tiers. Top4 sides (over 4yrs) in tier 1, 5 to 8 in tier 2, & Tier 3 would have Zim, Bang with Ire & Afg. Tier 3 sides would still get to play one off tests against Tier A, they would play short series v Tier 2 & play 4 or 5 Test series between Zim & Bang & one offs against Ire & Afg. This SHOULD create a better chance for sides lower down the pecking order a chance to nuture their talent rather than have them thrown to the wolves. IMO Zim & Ban would be playing a heck of a lot more tests than they currently are under a tiered system - with more chance of winning!

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 17, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Nasir Hossian was used as a pace bowler and he did extremely well. I think Nasir should continue to bowl pace only. Bangladesh team is short of pace bowlers so Nasir can be used as a pace bowler all rounder. Good luck tigers.

  • samrat11 on April 17, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    why shakib hv'nt bowl..????

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 17, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    For the first time, Robiul looking impressive with his length and movement - can he be consistent or is it just for now ? Bd desperately needs couple of decent pacers, hope bd finds 2 decent pacers soon.

  • on April 17, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    If Bangladesh dont get quick wickets expect Shakib to say "Let me bowl". Anyway Enamul Jr should play in more tests especially home tests.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Great batting from Taylor and Waller today. Malcolm has really come along with good from against NZ, West Indies, and now Bangladesh.

  • SL_rockz on April 17, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Bottom f the table clash but quite interesting battle to watch out as both try to protect their test integrity by out performing the rivalry and showing that i m the BEST.So far it is early for predictions but well played ZIM captain for his 100.It was the backbone of the innings and he showed how to lead from the front...As hoped ZIM gives a really good seaming pitch and nothing fro spinners.It will give an added advantage over BD as they have slightly better pace attack when comparing with worst BD attack and other hand they can save their wickets from good spinners BD have.So BD should have trusted their pace attack and should have included another seamer knowing the cndtns.Not done means BD have no faith no longer towards pace attack which is bad for their own cricket.BD shows courage against SL but lets watch whether they can hold that hard earned 1 point in test icc rankings.Thanks

  • Troyd on April 17, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Most of this was played during my sleep time - so woke up to a pleasant score. Well done Taylor.

    Good effort by Waller too, must have only held on to his place because of Ervines non-availability,so you got be pleased for him. Utseya can consider himself unlucky not to be picked - but then Cremer only really bombed in the 1st WI test (he was good on the warm up game and better in the 2nd Test) : and he has been prolific on home pitches throughout the season, so maybe just squeezed in ahead. Meth has got to be at 'last chance saloon' : i hope he proves me wrong, but he's never really performed at international level and am surprised to see him in (ditto Matsikinyeri really). Elton & Mutumbami will be interesting to watch - good luck to them both!!!!!

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 17, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Well the downside of today's play from Bangladesh is their silly fielding and wasted a fantastic chance to be in a fantastic position. But still a goo day for Bangladesh as they have been going at a very low run rate and took 4 of their top order so our boys must utilize on that and pick up another wicket or 2 so that the tail can be wrapped up.

  • ashqarmahi on April 17, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    very bad fielding.....whatever both team are low ranked but they are in the international stage so you can not afford to drop catches and expecting that they will give u another chance.....fast bowling is great compared to the last series....but disappointing by GAZI bowling....though our best test bowler is still missing SHAKIB AL HASAN....but well done tylor....captains knock....leading from the front....

  • Warm_Coffee on April 17, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Shahriar Nafees 2 drop catches, Ash 1 drop catch at point and a no ball wicket so 5 wasted wickets is simply ridiculous. Should've already bowled them out today.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @Rakibul:- I hope you meant Sajidul not Shahadat. Maybe the decision to go with 2 fast bowlers was wrong but its not like we have any quality seamers. Don't blame Rahim since spin is our strength not pace. The match looks balanced. Our bowlers did bowl well the run rate says it all its our fielding which let us down yet again.

  • on April 17, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Bangladesh have to improve their fielding which is worsening day by day. Balling was quiet disciplined. Best of luck for tomorrow. Need some early wickets in the morning.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Well the fact that we'll go past 250 is a miracle & all thanks to Bangladesh! If there's one aspect that Zim/Ban Test status doubters are right about and one that both teams are even at it's fielding-and it's shambolic! A duck for Maruma would have convinced selectors that 5+ was the right position for him 2nd innings.

    Seamers did well upfront but once the wicket got easier to bat on they found it challenging. Unfortunately the conditions were not made to suit the spinners either. The batsmen who got numerous reprieves cashed in.

    Brilliant century from Taylor and a double ton is achievable now with the new ball seen off a bit. He was ably supported by a struggling Waller. Hopefully Elton & Mutumbami will emulate him with a bit more class.

    Excellent field placings by Mushfiqur. Homework was done but at times their bowlers needlessly tried to be inventive and leaked avoidable runs instead of bowling to the field. Impatient new generation not content to be monotonous ala McGrath-Polly!

  • on April 17, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    If Zim can somehow cross 300 tomorrow then this match will be very interesting. The rest of the Zim batsmen should learn from Taylor about how to bat with discipline. I hope Taylor can go on to hit a double 100.

  • on April 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Why shakib didn't bowl today?

  • Energetic. on April 17, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Taylor played a very good knock. Bowling was good by Bangladesh but fielding was a disgrace. Pitch is getting better for batting now so early wickets is crucial tomorrow otherwise a 350+ score is on the cards.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 17, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Waller's gone.Just take taylor's wkt within the last 8 overs and the day wil belong to Bangladesh

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Waller continuing to prove his doubters wrong.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 17, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Bangladesh needs taylor's wicket at the moment

  • borhans on April 17, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    seeing how the wicket is swinging with bounce if zimbabwe some how go to 250 it would be hard for bd to reach that cz i don't think BD players have thepatience to wait for first 30 over with run rate of 2

  • BOND_OO7 on April 17, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Zimbabwe can survive as long as taylor bats.Restricting zim to 250 or odd is well enough for bd to find themselves in the driving seat. Just dying to see shakib in action with the bat. Tigers ! Roar up

  • asiacricket1234 on April 17, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to get some quick wicket. Just went through the records of Zimbabwe batsmen. Even theri number 10 batsman has a FC hundred. I think this Zim team has the ability to post a good score so BD bowler should not be so defensive and go for wicket

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Maruma shouldn't be in the team at any position and Matsikenyeri is proven failure.

  • bangla_slog on April 17, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I just tuned in to the game. Thats a weird looking scorecard. Is there anything wrong with the pitch? Do you guys think it will be difficult to bat tomorrow as well?

  • laduma on April 17, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast I think you lost it with Meth, he has done well Vitori for me was a flash in the pan. its also high time Keith Dabengwa was given a longer run in the national team

  • Ferdous14300 on April 17, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Take another 4 wicket then Zim will all out in under 200 run

  • Sadequl on April 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Was watching live commentary about "tiering system for test cricket" & couldn't stop my self to write for it. For me it's nothing but a waist idea & creation of a lazy brain. What would it make, high ranked cricketing teams grow higher or make detention of the lower ranked teams?

    How in earth one can expect a team to be in test arena if they do not have any kind of similar structure, atmosphere or facilities in the country to represent. What ICC is doing never the less is far better by trying to spread cricket world wide with ICC trophy & creating more associate countries. That is the best way to create similar test platform for those countries. No team can be 100% perfect until unless they can get an equal chance to play with top levels.

    So rather then talking such silly "tiering system" we can expect, ICC to think more positively to consider all test playing nations to tour each other as mandatory regular basis to have a genuine change among test playing country's performance.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    As expected it was a nervous start from Maruma. Like Chakabva, Mutizwa&Chibhabha he's the latest victim of sabotage. Waller should've been kept out with Maruma taking that place lower down the order. Afterall Raza a regular opener was available!

    Bad start from Vusi but until a decent partner(Matsikenyeri) is found for Mawoyo he will have to continue tough it out as an opener before he can slot into his traditional middle order position.

    Shocking decision to include Cremer, particularly ahead of Utseya who did so well against an army of WI lefties. An even more perplexing decision to pick Meth's comic pace at Test level ahead of Vitori or even Chatara! Recipe for disaster? Certainly!

    Congratulations to the debutants, particularly Mutumbami who has earned it. All the best to the young man.

    Finally, world class seam bowling from the Bangladesh pair. Pleasantly surprised! The NZ umpires were kind to us, but apart from the poor slip catching, those 2 wickets should have fallen earlier.

  • on April 17, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Need to all out ZIM under 200 runs...

  • on April 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Very good start & bangladeshi Captain take a good Decision for Filding.Sakib is the best player of bangladesh he is included with bangladesh squard.

  • on April 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    welcome back shakib al hasan

  • on April 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    welcome back shakib al hasan

  • on April 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Very good start & bangladeshi Captain take a good Decision for Filding.Sakib is the best player of bangladesh he is included with bangladesh squard.

  • on April 17, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Need to all out ZIM under 200 runs...

  • ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    As expected it was a nervous start from Maruma. Like Chakabva, Mutizwa&Chibhabha he's the latest victim of sabotage. Waller should've been kept out with Maruma taking that place lower down the order. Afterall Raza a regular opener was available!

    Bad start from Vusi but until a decent partner(Matsikenyeri) is found for Mawoyo he will have to continue tough it out as an opener before he can slot into his traditional middle order position.

    Shocking decision to include Cremer, particularly ahead of Utseya who did so well against an army of WI lefties. An even more perplexing decision to pick Meth's comic pace at Test level ahead of Vitori or even Chatara! Recipe for disaster? Certainly!

    Congratulations to the debutants, particularly Mutumbami who has earned it. All the best to the young man.

    Finally, world class seam bowling from the Bangladesh pair. Pleasantly surprised! The NZ umpires were kind to us, but apart from the poor slip catching, those 2 wickets should have fallen earlier.

  • Sadequl on April 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Was watching live commentary about "tiering system for test cricket" & couldn't stop my self to write for it. For me it's nothing but a waist idea & creation of a lazy brain. What would it make, high ranked cricketing teams grow higher or make detention of the lower ranked teams?

    How in earth one can expect a team to be in test arena if they do not have any kind of similar structure, atmosphere or facilities in the country to represent. What ICC is doing never the less is far better by trying to spread cricket world wide with ICC trophy & creating more associate countries. That is the best way to create similar test platform for those countries. No team can be 100% perfect until unless they can get an equal chance to play with top levels.

    So rather then talking such silly "tiering system" we can expect, ICC to think more positively to consider all test playing nations to tour each other as mandatory regular basis to have a genuine change among test playing country's performance.

  • Ferdous14300 on April 17, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Take another 4 wicket then Zim will all out in under 200 run

  • laduma on April 17, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast I think you lost it with Meth, he has done well Vitori for me was a flash in the pan. its also high time Keith Dabengwa was given a longer run in the national team

  • bangla_slog on April 17, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I just tuned in to the game. Thats a weird looking scorecard. Is there anything wrong with the pitch? Do you guys think it will be difficult to bat tomorrow as well?

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 17, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Maruma shouldn't be in the team at any position and Matsikenyeri is proven failure.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 17, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to get some quick wicket. Just went through the records of Zimbabwe batsmen. Even theri number 10 batsman has a FC hundred. I think this Zim team has the ability to post a good score so BD bowler should not be so defensive and go for wicket