Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 2nd day April 18, 2013

Bangladesh reply strongly after Taylor 171

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Bangladesh 95 for 1 (Jahurul 38, Ashraful 23*) trail Zimbabwe 389 (Taylor 171, Waller 55, Robiul 3-84, Enamul 3-133) by 294 runs
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A positive response from the Bangladesh batsmen livened up the first Test in Harare. Bangladesh batted freely in the 25 overs they had to face before the close of play, after Brendan Taylor's 171 - the highest by a Zimbabwe Test captain - guided his team to a challenging score.

With exactly 100 minutes left in the day and much to lose in that tricky period, openers Shahriar Nafees and Jahurul Islam chose to take the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers, not through outrageous shot-making but attractive strokeplay amid a generous dose of half-volleys. Until Nafees' dismissal in the 13th over, the pair dominated the home bowlers with drives through cover, mid-off and mid-on. Nafees also handled the short ball well, pulling through midwicket. However, he fell for 30 when a leading edge was easily caught at point by Timycen Maruma.

Jahurul expressed himself better, using both his natural inclination to defend and his recently-acquired skill to find boundaries. He was dropped off the sixth ball of the innings, much like Zimbabwe opener Maruma had been on the opening day. Jahurul took advantage of that reprieve, striking seven boundaries in his short stay, most of them owing to excellent timing down the ground. He was also severe on balls offering width.

Mohammad Ashraful played a couple of flashy cover drives, and there were some hits and misses. But how normal is an Ashraful innings without the odd flutter?

The Test match progressed at a contrasting pace earlier in the day, as Zimbabwe took their time to put together a competitive total. Taylor went past Andy Flower's 156, the previous highest for a Zimbabwe Test captain, made in 1995 against Pakistan at this venue. A few overs earlier, he reached the highest score by a Zimbabwe batsman against Bangladesh, going past Tatenda Taibu's 153 in 2005. In the first session, he had overtaken his previous Test highest of 117.

Taylor played a consummate captain's knock, before it was ended by a top-edge that was snapped by his counterpart Mushfiqur Rahim. Taylor came to the crease just after the first hour on the first day and used switched gears depending on conditions, situations, and batting partners. He started off slowly with Hamilton Masakadza before letting Malcolm Waller's energetic approach become the driving force of their 127-run fourth wicket stand. As soon as Waller got out for 55, Taylor restrained himself, only doing enough to reach his third Test hundred.

On the second morning, Taylor was under greater pressure, after losing Elton Chigumbura and debutant Richmond Mutambami early. Along with Graeme Cremer, he slowed the pace down considerably, resisting the bowlers determinedly. Till lunch, the pair batted at 1.85 runs per over, before changing gears as soon as Taylor saw Cremer grow in confidence against spin. The two scored at four an over the hour after lunch. During this session, Taylor scored 36 at a run a ball, and his 171 comprised just eight fours and two sixes.

Taylor survived two close calls. On 35, he was dropped at long-off by Nafees who ran in and dived to his left, only for the ball to pop out of his grasp. The second life came when he was on 116. Robiul Islam trapped him in front, but umpire Tony Hill rejected the call.

Taylor and Cremer added 106 runs and it ended when Cremer was brilliantly caught at slip by Mahmudullah. That wicket was Sohag Gazi's first in the innings, and he added one more.

Enamul Haque jnr and Robiul Islam finished with three wickets each, but they were also made to toil. Robiul was the visitors' best bowler on the first day, which he finished with two wickets. Mutumbami was his third. For the remainder of the day, he bowled with discipline and cut off the runs. Rubel Hossain took two wickets in his 30 overs and looked more disciplined than he did in his previous Test in Colombo.

Enamul bowled 47 overs his left-arm spin seemed largely unthreatening. There was a period on the second afternoon when Cremer was happy to let his turning deliveries go to the wicketkeeper. Gazi was underused, but he, too, didn't deliver what Mushfiqur would have been looking for. The Bangladesh captain even used Shakib Al Hasan for seven overs; Shakib was supposed to play this Test as a specialist batsman, recovering from an injury to his leg.

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

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  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    BD are all out for134. LOL . Last 10 ovs 11/7 RR 1.10 ah..huh huh. I think Taylor made a very good decision by not forcing the follow-on. All Zim need to do here is, add quick 200 runs n declare. Having a 450+ target to chase , BD will crumble under pressure on this deteriorating pitch. WELL DONE ZIMBABWE !!! - All the best from Sri Lanka-

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Zim got this and its not even our best line up imagine if all our great players were avaiable whitewash in both tests

  • an_alcoholic on April 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    A win frm here seems unlikely for BD....the best dey can is a draw...but the way bangladeshi 'SUPERSTARS' r gifting their wicket even for a draw they need some extra sensible n extraordinary cricket n a bit of luck..

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    it is very harsh umpiring.. really helpless..

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    All those top class BD players (according to BD fans) are sitting ducks for Zim bowlers. LOL BD players are looking like deer in the headlights. Clueless . lol WOW.. in this very moment, Rahim got out . LOL

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    hehehe dash collapsing lets go zim get them all out before the follow on

  • Meety on April 19, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (April 19, 2013, 2:58 GMT) - agree to disagree re: respective strengths. Bangladesh had about 6 player with a batting ave over 30 - Zim had 2. Bowling wise Zim have Jarvis (I rate very highly) & Meth who I think could be good, but Bangladesh's bowlers as a whole are much more experienced. I favour Bangladesh, but wouldn't mind Zim winning as long as it was a tough match (& so far it certainly is tough). @rivernile on (April 19, 2013, 5:28 GMT) - Ashraful is that sort of batsmen. I honestly had written him off as incapable of learning restraint, & am happy to be proven SORT of wrong! I really rate Rahim & think captaincy has brought the best out of his batting (don't think he is very good as a strategist though)! @Suman Ahmed - Bangladesh have had the raw prawn in this match - but I really don't think your "... always against 13 players..." is good to make. Really comes across as whinging, even IF in this case with SOME basis!

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Yesterday, I sent my comment to cricinfo team. Perhaps it was far too negative. I am a realist, not a blind supporter of any team. My observations was that this match is far beyond Bangladesh's reach. A draw is highly unlikely as Bangladesh may be bundled within 280 mark, leaving 100 runs to topple plus some 200 more runs--against my wish and will, escaping a loss again is highly improbable.

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    can someone tell me what is the roll of Mahmudullah in a test team? is it something that we need an all rounder in test squad. if i am not wrong he was never consistent in his performance. neither he is a specialist test batsman nor a specialist bowler. it is time to give others like a genuine batsman Mominul haq or a genuine bowler more chance than him. and it is strange line up.. as he was not in form then why put him ahead of Shakib! also right hand left hand combination would be much better if sakib come ahead of mahmudullah..

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    BD are all out for134. LOL . Last 10 ovs 11/7 RR 1.10 ah..huh huh. I think Taylor made a very good decision by not forcing the follow-on. All Zim need to do here is, add quick 200 runs n declare. Having a 450+ target to chase , BD will crumble under pressure on this deteriorating pitch. WELL DONE ZIMBABWE !!! - All the best from Sri Lanka-

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Zim got this and its not even our best line up imagine if all our great players were avaiable whitewash in both tests

  • an_alcoholic on April 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    A win frm here seems unlikely for BD....the best dey can is a draw...but the way bangladeshi 'SUPERSTARS' r gifting their wicket even for a draw they need some extra sensible n extraordinary cricket n a bit of luck..

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    it is very harsh umpiring.. really helpless..

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    All those top class BD players (according to BD fans) are sitting ducks for Zim bowlers. LOL BD players are looking like deer in the headlights. Clueless . lol WOW.. in this very moment, Rahim got out . LOL

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    hehehe dash collapsing lets go zim get them all out before the follow on

  • Meety on April 19, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (April 19, 2013, 2:58 GMT) - agree to disagree re: respective strengths. Bangladesh had about 6 player with a batting ave over 30 - Zim had 2. Bowling wise Zim have Jarvis (I rate very highly) & Meth who I think could be good, but Bangladesh's bowlers as a whole are much more experienced. I favour Bangladesh, but wouldn't mind Zim winning as long as it was a tough match (& so far it certainly is tough). @rivernile on (April 19, 2013, 5:28 GMT) - Ashraful is that sort of batsmen. I honestly had written him off as incapable of learning restraint, & am happy to be proven SORT of wrong! I really rate Rahim & think captaincy has brought the best out of his batting (don't think he is very good as a strategist though)! @Suman Ahmed - Bangladesh have had the raw prawn in this match - but I really don't think your "... always against 13 players..." is good to make. Really comes across as whinging, even IF in this case with SOME basis!

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Yesterday, I sent my comment to cricinfo team. Perhaps it was far too negative. I am a realist, not a blind supporter of any team. My observations was that this match is far beyond Bangladesh's reach. A draw is highly unlikely as Bangladesh may be bundled within 280 mark, leaving 100 runs to topple plus some 200 more runs--against my wish and will, escaping a loss again is highly improbable.

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    can someone tell me what is the roll of Mahmudullah in a test team? is it something that we need an all rounder in test squad. if i am not wrong he was never consistent in his performance. neither he is a specialist test batsman nor a specialist bowler. it is time to give others like a genuine batsman Mominul haq or a genuine bowler more chance than him. and it is strange line up.. as he was not in form then why put him ahead of Shakib! also right hand left hand combination would be much better if sakib come ahead of mahmudullah..

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Bangladesh play always against 13 players, even against ZIM. Keegan Meth's bowling action is not proper seems to me.

  • on April 19, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I cannot resist myself to ask that , Were Bangladeshi bowlers unlucky to get most of their good lbw appeals turned down by both umpires or Zimbabwe bowlers are lucky that Billy did not find any doubt element while giving Zohurul OUT ! That delivery was quite high and moving towards the leg.

  • on April 19, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Brendon taylor was clearly lbw. Even commentators were telling after watching at first glance but for some strange reason umpire tony hill decided not out. Zimbabwe score would never cross 300. Even some other decisions were not in favor of BD. Umpires should be more careful about their decisions as they are elite umpires. and ICC should choose two different umpires from different countries, this time both are from NZ.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 19, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Hopefully BD can take the lead today or at least level the score with 4/5 wickets in hand. .

  • on April 19, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Albert_cambell is it test cricket is all about just blocking the ball? or just stay at crease and just block and block. It is all about the situation and taking the right approach when it is needed. Bad ball should get it's treatment and scoring runs with a healthy run rate will give lots of advantage towards batting side. BD approach was right and they also know how to bat in seeming conditions. in 2nd test against Srilanka many batsman showed that approach.Now BD have a good start because of a healthy rate of score. Even once dominating Australian team decided to increase their run rate to 4 in test matches. It is all about mind game. When you are batting and scoring freely that's how you can lease your pressure. Same works for bowlers as well. If they can bowl with tight length, there is every possibility to take wickets.

  • Mambomagic on April 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    try Elton as an opener with Chibhabha or Sibanda, raise Cremer and Waller up the order and look for other alrounders.

  • TATTUs on April 19, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Good application by Zimbabwe. This will most ly be lacking in Bangladeshi batsmen. I have read many comments saying that the run rate is slow and all that. But Zimbabwe are just coming back and they did apply well. Bangladesh are playing test cricket for more than 10 years now and still the application like this is missing. 389 is a good score. Couple of wickets and Bangladesh will be under pressure. Bangladesh being a better side on paper would want to win this match and show their improvement which they claimed after the dull Sri Lanka series. But it looks a bit difficult now.

  • Classicplayer on April 19, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell, you need to admit that staying in the pitch is not the only matter of test match, you need run. 389 run from 152.3 overs thats considered as bad run rate in this generation's cricket. You also need to admit that so much bad balls balled by Zim bolwers. you said BD is lucky for flat pitch in zim, then where those swing bowling came from ? if you say it is a flat pitch then you should give credit to bd bowlers for swin bowling as well as giving hard time Zim batsman to make run.

    the truth is Zim Batsman batted very well against Ban's well disciplined bowling, on the other hand Ban Batsman counter attacked very well. Try to give proper credit to everyone.

  • ashqarmahi on April 19, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    In a flat pitch like this BD bowler retrict ZIM aroung 2.5 run per over...so give credit to BD bowlers.....Tylor....what a captain should do...he did....if this innings played by any top ranked team player than it will be a legendary innings but no body is talking how great this innings was.....now it BD's part...i hope some BD batsman will stand up and will make a big score....!! give them credit....give them more chance...in BD team we already have some world class player...and all their performance is against stronger opponent....and in ZIM tem tylor and another boy named Jarvis.....he reminds me Mcgrath....!!!

  • kandykolla on April 19, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Come on Zimbabwe.. !!! You guys can pull this match and series and the right oppertunity to show why you are given test status before Bangladesh..!!! All the very best to you guys !!

  • aasife_gong on April 19, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @Albert_cambell, can't agree with you mate. if there are bad full balls bowled asking to be hit, what do the batsmen are supposed to do? block them all? other than a couple of bad rush shots, most of the scoring hits were perfect delight to watch, a bit unlike T20 hitting.at the end of the day, BD need to get 390 runs, too much defence and not scoring will take them nowhere. no doubt their batters need to be very careful about shot selection, specially against Zimbabwe bowlers who seem to have good potential to be a good bowling attack (loved Jarvis), but they also need to be positive and keep the scoreboard ticking, similar to the way Aussies play. Quite well batted I would say. BUT it all depends on how they will bat today. :)

  • rivernile on April 19, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I agree with you Meety. As a Tiger's fan, I hope to see my side bat more patiently. The second to last over almost gave me a heart attack, seeing Ahraful's batting. What recklessness! We have very talented batters, but they need more discipline and patience. Also, we desperately need some better pace bowling!

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    A very good knock from Captain Taylor...... He is a genius batsman.... It's always a pleasure to see him making runs...... Nasir is probably the most dangerous batsman of Bangladesh. Good luck for both teams from Bangladesh. So far a good test match...

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: As u say it's a flat track, Zim's run rate is still 2.4. They can only a draw at this kind of run rate whether the pitch is flat or not. BD want's to win over zim.

  • Albert_cambell on April 19, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    @ Abu Taleb. I have seen BD scoring at 7 an over against WI and Eng in a test match. It doesnt mean BD are trying to win a test or playing attacking cricket. Its simply because they dont have the technique to play the longer version of the game. They earned draw against SL on a flattest pitch. Where there were 2 debutants scored half centuries. On a lively pitch they will definitely struggle. BD were lucky that got flat pitch against Zim.

  • rafid_ahad on April 19, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    guys please wait till the test end.you will come to know which team is better.i think BD is still far better than Zimbabwe.and ZIM will be beaten comprehensively.

  • reyme on April 19, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    The most disappointing part was that the BD captain was not attacking enough to create more pressure to get wickets. He overused one spinner and one pacer. Instead he could have created more variation by usiing Mahmudullah, Ash, Nasir and put more fielders around the batsmen. Instead he sent all his fielders at the boundary lines to contacin run as if it was a T20 match. Poor gameplan by the coach. The coach really needs to understand how to prepare gameplan for a Test match. Dropping the man in form Mominul, in place of Mahmudullah was a silly mistake. In Test, you got to get these basics right. I fail to understand why BCB appointed Shane as the head coach.

  • on April 19, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Albert Campbell I know you are zim fan.but don't think u understand that much of ckt.bd playing attacking ckt because they wanna win this match not to draw.they are not play like t20.they are just capitalised poor ball . And that's what your zim batsmen couldn't utilise . They just stayed in crease for 150 overs. Nobody play test like this nowadays .watch up recent test match specially on first innings.it was boring.at least bd batsmen give some entertain and make it liven.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 19, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    I'm expecting at least 500+ runs in Bangladesh's first innings which will give them some lead. And if Bangladeshi bowlers can restrict Zimbabwe in 200 runs in 2nd innings, then it will be an easy win for Tigers. I believe Bangladesh team is capable to do that. Good luck Tigers.

  • Legaleagle on April 19, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Bangladesh team toiled 150 overs in the field to get Zimbabwe out. I cannot believe that BD team saya that they are improving. Zimbabwe plays less cricket than them including T20 and one days. Bangladesh is a lost cause in world cricket. I wish all the very best to the Zimbabwe team. Inshallah, Bangladesh will be beaten comprehensively.

  • Albert_cambell on April 19, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    @Meety. I would say Zimbabwe are still better side than BD in test cricket. Zimbabwe showed great resistance after playing for 150 overs. They played real test cricket. Whereas BD is playing T20 cricket right even on test match. This kind of play might help them draw test a match on a flat wicket. But on lively wicket they will struggle. Surely no team will be giving them a flat tracks in the future.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 19, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    @ bmbexpress and @ Hasan Zerif Abrar - X is better than Y does not mean Y is bad. I did not insinuate that riad is a bad player. To me Riad is a decent player (not world class/top class but good enough) but he is not promising. But players like Momenul marshall shamsur etc are young promising prospect for Bd. When Riad first came into cricket scene, compare that mahmudullah with momenul now, you can easily see momenul is improving much faster rate than riad in his initial time. It means if given chance to improve these young players with potential will surely surpass mahmudullah soon and thats how a rising team like Bd can improve fast. But the reason why Bd is slow to improve is Bd looks into past and present but not at Future. Nafees is another old bird who still has technical flaw against pace balling. Its time Bd compromise some old birds and work on new talented promising future.

  • on April 19, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Everything depends on Bangladesh's performance on second day of test match. They shouldnt forget that how they had scored 600+ against Srilanka couple of weeks ago. If they can play with their potential then it wont be difficult to portray similar score once over again. However when the bottom two test ranking team is playing against each other then anything might happen including a tie?

  • on April 19, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Razinul@ if you dont know much about test then its better not to comment.who sais 389 is very big score where oponent team already scored 95/1 using only 25 over.plz watch up much test cricket then you get exprienced.

  • MeijiMura on April 19, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Before the test match started I stated that the most important thing Zimbabwe needed to do was lift their game in the field. It was always going to be critical that they held onto any chances that came their way that were created by their best bowler, Jarvis. Yet they couldn't even get through the first over of the Bangladeshi innings without dropping a catch off his bowling. Then shortly afterwards a very poor miscommunication between the keeper and fine-leg fieldsman led to another chance not being taken. Zimbabwe could have had the openers removed cheaply which would have placed a lot of pressure on Ashraful and the no 4 batsman. Instead Bangladesh went to stumps just one wicket down and in a position to strongly challenge Zimbabwe for a first innings lead and then be in a position to put Zimbabwe under pressure on days four and five when if Zimbabwe had taken their chances early on it could have been the other way round. Zimbabwe's fielding is not up to international standard.

  • on April 19, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    nthug@ very negative comment about bd batsman.in my point of view bd are still in driving position as still they have all their performer batsmen on their hand.they playing attacking which is very good for winning this test . if they play tommorow session wise and score like today they will definately pass zim score and then 4th day they will play more attacking and get a reasonable lead like 100 runs.after that there is much possibility zim batsmen will collapse and bd will win this test.

  • gsingh7 on April 18, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    to win matches u need 20 wickets in about 2 days . thats why bangladesh never win tests as they have mediocre bowlers who cant take 20 wicketsin less than 3 days time. like when india won 4-0 vs australia, their spinners took aussie wickets in quick time and left little for batsmen to do . but now bangladesh must score above 4.5 rr to even have a chance of win or it will be a tame draw. very difficult for their batsmen to score at this rate .

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    @IFTEKHAR7537. Yes shakib and Tamim Bangladeshs key players. Not Mashrafe, Shafiul. nayeem islam ,nafees. Just because they won one or two odd games they cannot be considered as key players here. Players like Maharoof, Chamara silva, Welegedera, Randiv, Kapugedera, Thilan thushara, kandamby are far better players than the ones you mentioned over here. They have won more matches than these players you mentioned over here. That doesnt mean all the Sri lankan fans started calling them as key players.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Bangladesh will go in to tomorrow full of confidence and throw their wickets away against the powerful Zimbabwe bowling line-up.

  • nthuq on April 18, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    There's a little bit of hope for Bangladesh to gather a win if our batsmen show the application they showed in Sri Lanka, or if several batsmen notch up half centuries and the tail wags as it did against the West Indies. Certainly though, they will want to push for a win by an innings, as the slow scoring rate of Zimbabwe has put anything else out of the picture. The possibility is still there Bangladesh will collapse to a low score and be put in the oven by Zimbabwe, but let's hope not. But if that happens? Then let's hope our bowlers can relieve our batsmen for once instead of the other way round.

  • crazycricketfan4life on April 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    I hope the BD batsmen keep their heads tomorrow. There were some very good-looking strokes but they were also accompanied by some wild swings. Probably BD has the target of posting a big total very quickly and then put pressure on Zimbabwe on their second innings on the 4th and 5th day. A good plan, but a plan which can backfire very quickly thus making it a very dangerous plan as well. Good luck to BD and all the congrats to Taylor for one of the best knocks this year in Tests

  • on April 18, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    I think our team will show their beauty and will win the series brilliantly . All the best Bangladesh

  • TigersCanKill on April 18, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    It is very interesting to notice that for the first five over, BD's total score was almost at GP (Geometric Progression). BD's total score after first over 2, after second over 6 (4 would be perfect), after third over 8, after fourth over 16, and after fifth over 32. Is this a new record? Can Cricinfo pay attention into this matter?

  • IFTEKHAR7537 on April 18, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    @Htc-Android, U know, in last tour of Sri Lanka, BD team's worse part was not there bowling! The worse was the injury of their key player Mashrafe, Shafiul. nayeem islam, shakib( world #2nd allrounder) , tamim,nafees just before the tour. Inspire of this, they did well. And it was obviously can be assumed if they were fit to perform , the result might have done better. But, here, look at the last tour result of Zim. They couldn't even bring the test match to day 4 .

  • The_Ashes on April 18, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Some people fans, experts etc are funny saying 389 is such a massive score. Watch how Bangladesh will score over 500 and who knows will yet again break their highest test score ;)

  • Energetic. on April 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka under-19 team as well as their senior team cannot even take on Bangladesh with ease HTC 185 all out :) drawn another test match :)

  • Captainman on April 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @HTC: We don't have Tamim, Razzak, Mashrafe, Mominul who if you can remember scored 2 50s against Sri Lanka much better team than Zimbabwe last test series. Also the 3 Tamim, Razzak and Mashrafe have over 500 International matches under their belts obviously our best players :P

  • Captainman on April 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @Htc-Android: Dude Shahriar has a test 100 against the might Australian team against bowlers like Lee, Gillespie, McGrath, McGill, Warne etc :) far more impressive than someone scoring 100 against a Pakistan attack of Ajmal etc. Shahriar is one of the most experience players of Bangladesh.

  • PACERONE on April 18, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Zimbawbe will lose this match if Bangladesh bats out the 3rd day.This is a very aggressive,strokemaking team.They will not putter around wasting time like some teams do when faced with a big first inning total.If they stick to playing good cricket strokes they will score heavily.I would go watch them bat before watching England.

  • Captainman on April 18, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I don't understand why the 'critics' of Bangladesh are making a big deal of a score of 389 against a team like our Bangladesh. Had we held onto all our catches they would've been bowled out for less than 200. And now nearly approaching a 100/1 with the ball going softer soon, the current partnership and the rest Shakib, Nasir all who have 100s to their names will show you what a big score is really like trust me.

  • Warm_Coffee on April 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Some Zimbabwe batsman no doubt batted really well but really 389 of 150 something overs is nothing to be proud off especially with a bowling attack Bangladesh has. Whereas in contrast Bangladesh not even one full session has scored 95/1 just like that at nearly 5 runs an over. Shows you which team is really struggling. Don't forget Bangladesh are playing away which is even better. At least Bangladesh by looking at their body language overall are not aiming for a draw like Zimbabwe.

  • TigerRoars on April 18, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    All three results are still possible. For a Bangladesh win, the team probably needs to score 600 or more and expect ZIM to fold cheaply. But, if they score 250 or less, ZIM will have a pretty good chance for a win. But, a draw looks more likely.

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Let me give you a brief look about these players in international Arena. Mawoya(Better than Nafees and Naeem) is solid opener and he is been very consistent for his team(dont forget his brilliant 161 against Ajmal and Co,). Ervine is in good form and did well in the WI series. Vitori is the man who destroyed BD batting order in the last series. Price and Utseya(Still better than Enamul) are the experienced and 1st choice spinners for ZIm. Coventry scored a brilliant 194 against BD so he is good enough to pay against BD. Williams is a good player of spin and a solid middle order batsman( Better than Nafees and Naeem). Also Mpofu is much better than shafiul,Nazmul and Rubel. These players may not do well against other team, but they are good enough agains BD. Well played Zimabawe A team. You competed with BD with 2nd string side.

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    hope to see tigers roar up once again

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Once Again double standards set by BD fans. When Players like Nafees, Naeem, Shafiul, Rubel, Nazmul, Enamul(All of them were inconsistent and dont deserve to be in the team) missed the SL series, they mentioned them as their key players. when this happened to Zimbabwe, they are saying that they are not important players for Zimbabwe.

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    zim would not have been able to score 389 without of umpire tony hil,s help.this tony hill gave a lot of decision aganist eng in 2010 at dhaka and chittagong

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 18, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Dont Zimbabwe want to win? Scoring so slowly makes test cricket boring but ypu can see Bangladesh want to win. If Bangladesh get a load of 100+, i expect them to win as Zimbabwe are weak against spin and the pitch will deteriorate!

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    there are very poor decision about LBW. the Ampires biased that helps Zim to make 389 runs.

  • tariq_piash on April 18, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    @Htc-Android: very fuuny logic to say this Zim XI as 2nd string team. The players you mentioned are definitely good players. But you cannot say ZIM would play better if this 8 player would play.becoz the 11 players playing in this test are not less good than this 8. Not that all of this 8 players are missing due to injury. you may have many good players but you cannot field more than 11 players in a match, and this is the best XI (only except Price) chosen by zim selectors according to the player's recent form...In recent years ZIM have played many matches against BD with those players you discussed and they weren't serious threat to BD at all as BD won comprehensively most of the matches and sereis. 6 of the last 7 BDvZIM ODI sereis while your 8 'key' players played, won by BD, is the prove of it. we are also not having Tamim, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haq, Zunayed Siddiq, Imrul kayes Abdur razzak, mashrafee....etc. So we can also say ours is also a 2nd string team! but that is not a logic

  • SILVERSANGA on April 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Laughable....

    Take that Bangladesh. Lol last time you were talking about becoming the world champions! Now you are even struggling to defeat Zimbabwe. Lol.

    Come on Zimbabweans.. show us that you can demolish Bangladesh. Well done by you scoring 400.

  • Warm_Coffee on April 18, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    So much for the 'slow' outfield 'experts'.

  • on April 18, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Both of the batsman are well settled, but they need to carry on up to lunch. So, BD can hope to get a good score in order to win the match.

  • AzAb12754 on April 18, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    If Ashraful and Jahurul can bat at least 20 more overs together, Saqibul, Nasir, Riyad and Rahim should take over since the ball will be softer. This is a good pitch for Bangladesh to play on as its not like the ones you find in Bangladesh.

  • bmbexpress on April 18, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    @ Hasan Zerif Abrar: I agree with your theory of best XI. BD is more consistent ODI team now. Well there is still a long way to go when it comes to Tests. But I don't think you can talk like throwing them away without any second words.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on April 18, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    This is the reason why I love watching series between Zim & BD. But firstly, credit should be given where credit is due and Zim played superb. I really feel sorry for Taylor, he only needed another 29 runs more, coz he really deserved a double. See I said it all along, Zim is a good team and we are not in a position to take them lightly. I'm just hoping we don't have a collapse tomorow and make up the difference at a faster pace. Hope we do well.

  • bmbexpress on April 18, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @ Ain_EL_Sabet: How do we forget so soon? Do you remember the Abul Hasan century - Mahmudullah was at the other end and played a good knock while all the top-order failed. And what about his performance against WI and the Asia cup last year??? I always felt that he can get a promotion in the batting order. Because most of the time he comes in awkward moments

  • IFTEKHAR7537 on April 18, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    It's very unexpected & shocking to have this type of biased TV commentary in modern days of cricket. BD team have batted well and this is their main strength - Positive batting. Hope that, this momentum will go on tomorrow.Best of luck BD team

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @Htc-Android, for your information mate all these players are available, but left out!.. for poor form.. this is zim's full strength side at the moment.. Anyways, i think the pitch does offer some swing but somehow it's not very threatening.. neither is the spin bowling.. so the side who bats better wins.. and with all respect due to zim, i think BD should be winning these tests.. but credit goes to zim for their very good batting performance.

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @ bnbexprss look man it true that ranking doesnot matter.... there might be accididents in t20s and odi's but in test cricket i personally belive the team with the better XI will always win!! there might be a draw but never the best XI will lose. @ ain el sabat no man, muhummadullah is a classic batsmen and his bowling is more than useful... mominul is good and i have heard that marshall is stlyish player... he is the most underated plyer in bangladesh team... but his performance are blown off by shakib thats why no body realizes his acheivement and caliver... just observe his bowling figures and batting scores... browse the net and see his figures againt the westindies series... it was mainly visible due to shakibs absene.

  • BanglaBandhu on April 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Plenty more batting from BD and after a very carefree and erratic start Jahrahul has settled down and is really getting inot the groove.

    It was interesting to see Shakib doing some bowling today. Bringing Shakib on would suggest Mushi was running out of ideas and was looking to do something different in the bowling. This is relevant because looking forward to the next inning BD need to look at their bowling options, utilising Nasir hossain Sohag Gazi and Mahmadullah and hopefully the wicket will be more more sympathetic to BD spin attack.

  • TigersCanKill on April 18, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @asiacricket1234......where are you hiding now? I would like to recommend the course 'Understanding Test Cricket 1234 for Dummies' for you so that next time you know what to write.

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Many BD fans complained that SL was able to score runs quickly because they cut the crass( which is not true). So my question here is how did BD managed to score runs quickly on this outfield, whereas zim really struggled to score runs?

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

    @ Ain_EL_Sabet: How do you forget so soon?? Mahmudullah played some good innings against WI and back in Asia cup last year. Although they were ODI innings, I always feel Mahmudullah is a well composed batsman. Most of the time he comes to the crease in awkward moments. Oooo..i just remember - Abul Hasan's century against WI - Mahmudullah was at the other end and played a good knock while all the top-orders failed.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Nasir Hossain was sooo effective with his pace balling , why was he not given chance ? What a talented cricketer Nasir is - he can bat, pace balling , spin . Momenul/ Marshall is much better than mahmudullah.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    The main approach by bd should be batting till the tea session of day 4 and taking a lead of 220 -250.Then bd should try to get zim packed up as quick as they can. Thats it

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on April 18, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Am very happy to see that BD taking the 10 wickets - it would have been upsetting if Zimbabwe had declared their innings. Few dropped catches and bad calls from Umpires helped Zimbabwe - in fairness, BD is allowed the same as well? Positive intent and confident play makes this game that much more fun - thus GOO TIGERS! Congrats Robiul and Taylor!

  • Neutral_Criciki on April 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    The beautiful game of cricket can do so much better without these so biased commentators..some of their comment were just shocking and dissrespectful ..Bangladesh is just as good if not better than zimbabwe

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    We should give credit to Zimbabwe for putting up a good show despite of fielding 2nd string side against BD. Remember Zimbabwe are missing 8 key players in their team(Vitori, Price, Utseya, Ervine, Mpofu,Mawoya, Coventry, Williams).. Whereas in BD only tamim is missing and they are at near full strength. BD fans will understand how it hurts the team when they miss their key players. Recently BD fans claimed that they could whitewashed SL 2-0 if they had their 2 page list of missing key players taken part in the series. Same applies here for Zimbabwe too.

  • king78787 on April 18, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I think that BD are actually in a MUCH better position than Zim. Instead of writing off the 25 overs till stumps and be content with the openers getting starts (20, 25 not out) they instead attacked and now have much less too chase.If they had adopted a defensive approach but an opener got out they would be a wicket down with few runs on the board.They could be looking at 330 to chase instead it is 299.

  • on April 18, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Everyone talking about the catch dropped while bd batting . Bd was more unlucky , they dropped catches and more importantly the appeals not given by umpire ! Which were actually out . Don't be shocked by Bangladesh batting . They are naturally attacking whether its t20 or test . They love hitting the ball and that's entertaining . Congragts Taylor .

  • ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Excellent knock from Taylor and welcome support from the tail.

    As predicted the runrate of the Zim innings was always going to be a factor and the BD batsmen have taken advantage of that. They were benefactors of some horrendous new ball bowling. Granted a chance was dropped but the same fortune befell Zim in the 1st innings. Poor balls were still bowled and the difference is Bangladesh batsmen did not merely gaze at them on their way to the keeper. Classy & confident shotmaking!

    Thankfully Shingi Masakadza came on, bowled with pace and threat, never allowing the batsmen to relax. Chigumbura was below par and more will be expected tomorrow. Decision makers seriously need their heads examined for allowing Meth at this level.

    As it stands Jarvis is only 60 away from his century, and despite the head start Cremer will swiftly catch up to him. After all the noise about BD attack being limited, it's looking like Zimbabwe have just Shingi and a very expensive Jarvis plus nothing else.

  • Energetic. on April 18, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The Cricket pitch looks great! the green tinge, good carry and uneven bounce along with the swing is making this a good contest. So a real possibility it will deteriorate on days 4/5 and help the spinners so our boys must really bat well the whole of tomorrow.

  • bmbexpress on April 18, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    To Mr. asiacricket1234 I don't think you are correct. Cricket is not played with only the ranking. Otherwise BD or ZIM would never have beaten top countries, like India, Pak, Australia, NZ or SL. On field play on a particular day is all that matters. BD played reasonably well against a much well-ranked side SL just last month - at least with the bat, if you don't like to take their bowling. For a while there it seemed that SL was not good enough to take 20 BD wkts. And don't forget the last Asia Cup - even though you mentioned about tests here. Whatever the format - ranking is not the last thing.

  • jantrikunmad on April 18, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    BD is feeling real heated challenge after 389. atleast two BD batsmen need to score tons.3/4 good partnerships.otherwise, i see no hope for BD to win the match. all depends tomorrow's game. ashraful, sakib, mushfiq and nasir....all depends on this 'square'. ZIM bowling attack is average, nothing cunning. finger crossed for BD.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 18, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    The best part of BD: They r good & competitive in ODIs. The worst part of BD: They wanna play in ODI style in all 3 formats. Nafees should've shown more patience. But BD top orders so far per4med far better than ZIM top 3. @ asiacricket1234 : Look at BD score mate. They r already 95/1 after day2.

  • on April 18, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @asiacricket1234......what do u think after final session? After watching just one innings if u come to the conclusion about a test match then i should say watch more test cricket and try to learn what is it all about. Match is pretty much in balance. Tomorrow morning session will be vital.

  • borhans on April 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    i like Zimbabwe pace attack. their quality pace bowling helped them win the last test against bd ..so in that sense i m kind of a big fan of their pace attack ..Bangladesh has few lucky moments but before the last over how Ashrafull tried to do suicide twice really is an embarrassment for BD ..other than then we ruled the last session with our batting .good to see real positive batting from BD .really enjoyed every moment of that innings .Shahriar nafees has got out in this fassion like million times .though never liked how he bat or his temper ..but surely it could be much worse if Jahurul got out on first over ..big days coming tomorrow ..Morning pitch will give more swing ..so Bangladeshi batsman have to be more extra careful otherwise if two wicket fall in the first hour tomorrow zimbabwe will rule this test again

  • Shajadul on April 18, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Game is evenly balanced after strong reply by BD. Day 3 will be very crucial for both teams. Day 3 will also decide whether the game will be a draw or not.

  • on April 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Very heartening to note Zim lower order batsmen playing responsibly and supporting their captain who BTW played a great knock. I hope Zimbabwe can maintain this form.

    BD bowlers were ground down but did reasonably well to keep Zim lil under 400. Their batsmen made a positive start so a very well balanced and interesting match is on the cards. If Zim can bowl out BD for less than 250 then they can think of a win if they bat in a similar manner in the 2nd innings. For BD they will need to post at least 400-450 and hope to bowl better in 2nd innings.

    Either ways good wishes to both teams from an Indian fan.

  • Captainman on April 18, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @Raizulner - I don't know where you got the idea Bangladesh were bowling bad when really they didn't just look at the bowling card and how slow Zimbabwe were going at plus most of our bowlers got some wickets. But you're right about the fielding which was below par.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 18, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    If you read the live updates on this match on Cricinfo, a lot of fans are questioning why Bangladesh are playing as if its a 50 or 20 over game right from the start. They did because they are a positive team now and have a completely different attitude compared to previous years and if they played negatively and not scoring and just blocking, losing couple or more wickets without many runs will just put pressure on the rest of the line-up. Both West Indies and Sri Lanka posted 500+ scores last time but Bangladesh was not even intimidated by these mammoth scores and surpassed it so 389 which was a great effort by Zimbabwe given the circumstances, will not be of a concern to Bangladesh especially when their bowling attack is much easier than the teams I have just mentioned. Its very good Cricket pitch for batsman and bowlers to play and a good chance for Bangladesh to surpass their score by a good margin which is expected anyway especially when we have Shakib and Nasir waiting back.

  • mahafuz1983 on April 18, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Good approach from Bangladesh...aggressive...no choice after ZIM took too much time....score quickly, take 200 lead and make ZIM bat as soon as possible....because like when Bangladesh drew with Srilanka it was a loss for Srilanka....similarly a draw against ZIM is a loss for Bangladesh

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 18, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Well,some people start to put zim ahead of bd from nowhere!!! Have patience and see , 377 is an average test score and what people are saying after this score is so much for less. BD is well capable of taking lead by chasing this score. So hang on....

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    the match is still very much evenly balanced

  • Raziulnur on April 18, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    389 is a very big score against any team. Bd must show a great batting skill to draw this rest match. No chance to wing this for Bd but for zim, its a grt opportunity to bowl out Bd & win the test. The bowling and fielding from Bd was awful. Now, its all from batsmen to show. Hopefully, they will show their skill.

  • Lotapata on April 18, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Entertaining batting from Bangladesh .....unlike totally boring batting from the home side. I mean, if zim batters played even half of the balls pitched outside off stump...we could easily see a score of 500+ .

  • BanglaBandhu on April 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    BD has shown that the "slow outfield theory" is just that... a theory. Although BD are still playing with fire. Jarvis was always threatening and his hard work has paid off with the scalp of Nafees.

    Plenty of BD Batting ahead, There was a time when everybody would look to Shakib, those days are gone, Ashraful, Mushfiqur, Mahmadullah, Nasir Hossain, even Sohag Gazi are ALL very useful. The BD start, although playing with fire is pulling this game back their side.

    Overall BD maybe more happier than Zim. The Zim Fielding has been worse than BD's and Jarvis must be frustrated by his team mates inability to catch a ball!

  • Indian_Logic on April 18, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    well well well !! So doubts and questions were all answered at the end...Comments about returning all 10 ZM players to the dressing room before 250 is No longer seen as correct and proved most BD commentors here wrong.Still early for predictions but ZIM at the moment are fancying their chances....Remember it is a good pace pitch with two way bounce ...So will be an added advantage to ZIM pace attack.Fingers crossed !! Hope wont end up with a draw...

  • BanglaBandhu on April 18, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Right now the game has swung firmly to ZIM

    Well, BD batting and already Jahrul Islam having a de ja vu moment vis a vis the Zimbabwe innings. Its all about the BD mentality. "Slow and steady wins the race" ... Ashraful and Mushi showed great patience in Sri Lanka, lets hops this has filtered through to all the batsmen. As I type the BD boys are already going for boundaries.

    ZIM are the better bowling team and BD are the better batting team - so here it is.

  • borhans on April 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    its a perfect opening for Zimbabwe ..Bangladeshi batsman have to really work hard to get run in this wicket at least first 30 over with new ball but again If Bangladesh take this run chase lightly they will fall

  • on April 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    impressive from Zimbabwe batted 5 sessions 377 on the board taylor superb Bangladesh though have good batsman the final session is key for Bangladesh gotta get these tailenders out sharpish then Bangladesh need to bat sensibly till the close

  • asiacricket1234 on April 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Bangladesh just can not prove their worth in Test cricket. Zimbabwe is lower in ranking and they still cant get 20 wicket. They should be ashamed of themselves. Now the question is not whether Zim gonna win this test or not. The question is if Zim gonna win it by a innings after following-on BD or by 100 run :(

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Maruma is no bowler anymore. Brendan Taylor has a better shot of picking up wickets the ball than Maruma.

  • on April 18, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I am feeling sorry for Mushfiq and his prudence in using the bowlers. By the look of Taylor's batting, to me, the match is out of Bangladesh's hands. If Zim goes past 420, they will be in absolute control. Bangladesh has tendencies to rush in scoring, loses wickets early (1st Test in SL excepted) and loves to wrap up inside 5 days. Zim spin is more lethal in Zim condition, they have better fast bowlers. So, wary about Bangladesh and Mushfiq's captaincy. The umpiring is really poor and deserve to be reviewed.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @ ZCF

    Well I believe if Zim posts 400, they can still get BD out twice. Jarvis will be the key. I saw him bowl against WI and I tell you he is a very good seamer. and Zim batsmen don't play seamers well.

  • on April 18, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @ZCF_Outkast, I feel you are being a little harsh on the Zimbabwean batsmen here. Lets not forget they had to fight back from early wickets and there´s not much experience in the batting either, Taylor hardly needs to be taking risks. It looks to me like a pitch that is easy to survive on but not so easy to score runs, most likely the kind of pitch where the Bangladeshi´s usually get themselves out looking to force the issue. Lets wait and see what happens when the Tigers bat, i´m betting some cheap wickets from frustrated batsmen trying to force shots.

  • seansie78 on April 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Methinks Zimbabwe will post 400 today by tea and then put Bangladesh in the last overs of the day, an innings victory beckons!

  • ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 10:27 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.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 10:27 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.

  • seansie78 on April 18, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Methinks Zimbabwe will post 400 today by tea and then put Bangladesh in the last overs of the day, an innings victory beckons!

  • on April 18, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @ZCF_Outkast, I feel you are being a little harsh on the Zimbabwean batsmen here. Lets not forget they had to fight back from early wickets and there´s not much experience in the batting either, Taylor hardly needs to be taking risks. It looks to me like a pitch that is easy to survive on but not so easy to score runs, most likely the kind of pitch where the Bangladeshi´s usually get themselves out looking to force the issue. Lets wait and see what happens when the Tigers bat, i´m betting some cheap wickets from frustrated batsmen trying to force shots.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @ ZCF

    Well I believe if Zim posts 400, they can still get BD out twice. Jarvis will be the key. I saw him bowl against WI and I tell you he is a very good seamer. and Zim batsmen don't play seamers well.

  • on April 18, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I am feeling sorry for Mushfiq and his prudence in using the bowlers. By the look of Taylor's batting, to me, the match is out of Bangladesh's hands. If Zim goes past 420, they will be in absolute control. Bangladesh has tendencies to rush in scoring, loses wickets early (1st Test in SL excepted) and loves to wrap up inside 5 days. Zim spin is more lethal in Zim condition, they have better fast bowlers. So, wary about Bangladesh and Mushfiq's captaincy. The umpiring is really poor and deserve to be reviewed.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 18, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Maruma is no bowler anymore. Brendan Taylor has a better shot of picking up wickets the ball than Maruma.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Bangladesh just can not prove their worth in Test cricket. Zimbabwe is lower in ranking and they still cant get 20 wicket. They should be ashamed of themselves. Now the question is not whether Zim gonna win this test or not. The question is if Zim gonna win it by a innings after following-on BD or by 100 run :(

  • on April 18, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    impressive from Zimbabwe batted 5 sessions 377 on the board taylor superb Bangladesh though have good batsman the final session is key for Bangladesh gotta get these tailenders out sharpish then Bangladesh need to bat sensibly till the close

  • borhans on April 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    its a perfect opening for Zimbabwe ..Bangladeshi batsman have to really work hard to get run in this wicket at least first 30 over with new ball but again If Bangladesh take this run chase lightly they will fall

  • BanglaBandhu on April 18, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Right now the game has swung firmly to ZIM

    Well, BD batting and already Jahrul Islam having a de ja vu moment vis a vis the Zimbabwe innings. Its all about the BD mentality. "Slow and steady wins the race" ... Ashraful and Mushi showed great patience in Sri Lanka, lets hops this has filtered through to all the batsmen. As I type the BD boys are already going for boundaries.

    ZIM are the better bowling team and BD are the better batting team - so here it is.