Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 3rd day

Taylor guides Zimbabwe to commanding lead

The Report by Mohammad Isam

April 19, 2013

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Zimbabwe 389 and 187 for 7 (Taylor 80*, Robiul 6-55) lead Bangladesh 134 (Masakadza 4-32, Jarvis 4-40) by 442 runs
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Shingirai Masakadza celebrates one of his four wickets, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 3rd day, April 19, 2013
Shingirai Masakadza took his first four-wicket haul in Test cricket in his second game © AFP
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Zimbabwe remained on course for their first Test win in nearly two years, ending the third day at 187 for 7 with a convincing lead of 442, as Brendan Taylor took charge on a bowler-dominated day.

He was unbeaten on 80 in the second innings, to add to his 171 that shaped Zimbabwe's 389. Taylor, however, didn't find any help from the top or middle-order, which was dismantled single-handedly by Robiul Islam. The pace bowler took the first six Zimbabwe wickets to fall, his maiden Test five-for and the first by any Bangladeshi pace bowler since June 2010.

But Robiul's 6 for 55 didn't take away any advantages from Zimbabwe. Graeme Cremer once again offered resistance before he was run out for 43, bettering his previous highest Test score from the first innings. He and Taylor added 79 for the seventh wicket, rounding off a very good day for the hosts.

Zimbabwe began the day by triggering a massive collapse in the visitors' batting line-up. Bangladesh went on to lose nine wickets for just 32 runs, giving away their last five wickets without scoring a run. They ended their first innings on 134 runs, trailing by 255, but Taylor didn't enforce the follow-on.

Instead, he let his young pace attack put their feet up for some time, after their efforts in the morning put Zimbabwe ahead. Kyle Jarvis and Shingirai Masakadza picked up four wickets each, while debutant Keegan Meth took two in a lengthy spell.

It was Meth's medium-paced seam bowling that struck first. He ended Jahurul Islam's promising 43 although the batsman had slowed down considerably on the third morning. He had added just five runs off 35 balls before he was trapped leg-before in the 11th over of the day. Mahmudullah prodded needlessly at an away-going delivery and dragged it back onto his stumps to give Meth his second wicket. Bangladesh's good work from the previous evening was coming undone.

Bangladesh's over-reliance on a defensive approach, although it looked sensible at the onset, cost them dearly. The second-wicket pair between Ashraful and Jahurul added only seven runs in 10.5 overs on the third morning and soon after, the batting imploded. As soon as Jahurul and Mahmudullah fell, Shakib Al Hasan tried to up the ante but wasn't successful.

Ashraful's poor shot was not much of a surprise with his career in mind, but in the context of his 88-ball innings it was actually a shock that he had actually pulled that ball in the same over of Shakib's dismissal. Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain have been Bangladesh's saviour in many a collapse over the last two years, but it was a day when nothing worked and whenever the ball was pitched up, the Bangladeshi batsmen succumbed. The timidity goes completely against their recent approaches of solidity this season, but it was a reminder that they are still prone of collapsing in a mighty heap.

Masakadza, playing his second Test, was the most successful bowler as he removed three top batsmen in the space of four overs. Shakib couldn't keep a bouncing delivery down, guiding a simple catch to Vusi Sibanda at gully. Ashraful was out a ball later, giving an easy catch to Malcolm Waller at square-leg. It was a waste of diligence after he had batted well for more than two hours. He was dismissed for 38, the last Bangladesh batsman to get to double figures in the first innings.

Mushfiqur was trapped leg-before by Masakadza, before he finished off Bangladesh's misery with the wicket of Sohag Gazi just after lunch.

Meth and Masakadza reaped the rewards of Jarvis' superb first spell. Giving away just one run in six overs, the young pace bowler kept the Bangladesh batsmen either leaving or using the forward defence regularly. Neither Ashraful nor Jahurul could force him off the square, though they had played the same bowler with much ease in his first eight overs the evening before.

Jarvis returned after lunch to remove Nasir Hossain with an away-going delivery after sucking him in with fuller balls. He added the wickets of Enamul Haque jnr and Rubel Hossain to finish with 4 for 40 from his 16 overs.

Bangladesh's reaction to the collapse came through Robiul, who took the first six wickets. He bowled a beautiful full delivery to bowl Sibanda for the second time in the match. Hamilton Masakadza gave Robiul a simple return catch in his next over, before he got rid of Timycen Maruma with another full delivery. He took three wickets in successive overs before he added Waller's wicket an over later as Zimbabwe slipped to 27 for four.

After the tea break, Robiul had Elton Chigumbura caught at gully by Jahurul Islam to give him a first five-for at this level. Wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami missed a late-moving inswinger and was adjudged out leg-before off the next ball. But the Taylor-Cremer partnership rescued Zimbabwe from 85 for 6.

Zimbabwe had lost their last five Tests before this match but against Bangladesh they turned into a competitive unit. The lead is handsome and should be more than enough to give them a well-deserved win but Bangladesh's collapse said a lot about overcompensating on an approach that is relatively new to them.

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 21, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

It is more painful for BD when the know thatit came from not any top ranked teams like SA,Eng,Ind,Aus or Pak but from a bottom ranked team. ZIM outplayed hyped BD team in all sections.

Posted by WasimH on (April 20, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

If you see last 2 years performance of Bangladesh team, you can say one game can be worse out of 10. The main fact is behind fall of wickets 3-112 (Mahmudullah, 41.1 ov) and 4-123 (Shakib Al Hasan, 44.2 ov). Mahmudullah is off-form for few months and Shakib has just come back from surgery.

At that moment, Mushfiqur, Nasir and Gazi could rescue. I don't how Mushfiqur's lbw was given! But, why Nasir is fail? You know Nasir would bowl as part-time spinner, though he is bowling in this match as part-time medium-fast bowler. Did he concentrate much on his bowling style unprofessionally?

I hope this team can exhibit a good snapshot of last 2-years consistency in 2nd innings. If they can show better in 2nd innings, they may excuse, "Believe us! We wanted to win the match only, and so forth I started according to our plan!" Was it aggressive starting good enough? Or Should they win 1st innings-to-1st innings battle at first instead aggressive starting?

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

@Sadequl on (April 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT) :- DONT WORRY SIR .Fans like you and ideas and attitudes of ppl like you will make BD cricket to the r8 direction which is in a disarray at the moment.Pple like you who donot blindly support the team irrespective of whether the team is playing cricket or football in the playing arena is the lacking part in your improvement.If ppl like you came forward BD cricket will not lie in this disarray for 13 years..But u still have time !!Donot give up, As sri lankans we support for your developement coz we like asian teams to come forward and we are not a selfish nation at all.We are there for you.But not to mention about your hi-fi fans sir.They donot know to praise or de-praise even a team.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (April 20, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

shakib al hasan no. 1 all roiunder..lol..cant bat cant ball even agianst zimbawe..mystery all roiunder :)

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

m a Pakistani n m here jst to say dat things as such haappen to all da teams around da world n derz nothing to feel bad about,wot i see now is a great improvement from both da sides n especially from da Bd side,n for all da Bd fans bashers plz grow up,how many of u feel gud abt ur own teams dismal performances,n for da Zim fans plz take pains to come to da ground ur stars hav made u proud n its a pay back time,,,,

Posted by AnanthX on (April 20, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Ordinary. Sums up Bangladesh in one word.

Posted by Sadequl on (April 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

@ ramz_01 its nice to see your positive comments & what you said is hard truth no doubt. Believe me being as BD fan it always hurts us most to see such kind of humiliation at often our boys give us but that is not true that we also think they are world beaters. We do know our limitations too by having real cricketing sense & this is not the first time our boys collapsed such way either. So consistency is the main issue with the boys & which is a never ending problem with them till we started the ODI & test journey.

Once we even had to send our boys to physic training under army for once but yet they can not break free from such old typed of mentality. As BD fan we are the sufferer in here to face such humiliations by the boys in world cricket as always with such typed collapsing batting display.

Yes we failed to create a wall like Dravir for India & Sanga/Dilshan for SL but no idea how serious our BCB or management to find or create someone like them in our team either.

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 20, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

I think no one man show like Taylor did in the both innings of this match could save this match for BD. Only top order batsmen of BD need to believe in themselves that they can bat for two days in this pitch. I also believe we have more than two batsmen that match the quality of Brandon. Only thing is they need to deliver when it is badly needed to show in adverse condition. Unfortunately, the body language did not seems like they are in a killing spree to prove they are equal or superior. No matter what in next match inclusion of Sajidul Islam or Fohad Reza is inevitable. If needed Shakib needed to be rested to come back in ODI with full throttle and Mahmudullah to be excluded to remind him that he is a player first before claiming an automatic choice as he named as vise captain for this tour.

Posted by CricketFan365 on (April 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Was it a Tsunami in Harare? I still can't comprehend what just happened. When I last checked the scorecard from my mobile, Ban was 102/1, few hour later I found that Zim were batting and BD is 134 all out. My eyes were literally popped out. It was a pure disbelief. However, I think Bangladesh have the fire-power to overcome this mammoth chase; this is a different Bangladesh team than they were used to be in few years back.

Posted by borhans on (April 20, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

I kinda feel BD batsman paid heavily for their ignorance toward zimbabwen players ..but why? yes we are playing better than them against all top teams but it should mean we should be able to perform far better against zimbabwe but the word domination become reckless for BD batsman when it comes to zimbabwe ..Good luck zimbabwe . Real good pace attack have to be credited for their better performance against BD team

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (April 20, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

I support NZ, but Zimbabwe is my little pet team that I support - I always grin when they do well and am always happy to see them on the up. I hope they can go on and win this test match, and continue to improve so that they can hopefully get up to the level of the bigger teams so that all of world cricket can be a level playing field. Go Zimbabwe!

Posted by ramz_01 on (April 20, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

hi I'm not a BD Fan bt as a SRI LANKAN I love to see BD doin well bt I fedup wit BD cricket thy nver learn from thr mistakes and nither consistent either thy put one step forward in SL tour and now four or five steps behind when dis fellows gona learn??? look @ SL 13 years in to test cricket thy made a big impact wit not much of cricket like now days. problem wit BD cricket is if thy played a one tour well thy thought thr are wold beaters players and fans both thinks dat way. itz shame becose BD Players in not consistent other ther sakeeb and tameem.

Posted by SamRoy on (April 20, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Between 1997-2003 Zimbabwe had a competitive unit with 3 very good players (Andy Flower, Heath Streak, Alistair Campbell) and a few decent ones (Grant Flower, Andy Blignaut, Henry Olonga, Tatenda Taibu). Though they always struggled against Muralidharan. After the political turmoil which forced many of these players to turn their back on Zimbabwe Cricket, Zimbabwe became an extremely weak team and are still extremely weak. But if Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh convincingly in this test series it will raise serious issues about Bangladesh cricketer's lack of temperament. I thought it was a step forward when they finally drew a rain unaffected match against a full strength SL side. Now if they lose the series badly against Zimbabwe it will be two steps back for them.

Posted by sceptic64 on (April 19, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

This match doesn't show that there is any kind of gulf between the teams. If you analyse it, some things stand out:

- Brendan Taylor: his performance has been exceptional. He is near "Test Class" - a status Zim can only attribute to two former players (Streak and A Flower). His batting and leadership have been exemplary. But he needs to do this against better sides. He isn't there yet - his performances against "Top 4" sides drop too low. I hope he makes it.

- Jarvis: Good bowler: great action and good pace. He has a real future.

- BD Batting: Frenetic. It is as though a scoring rate below 4 per over is somehow not allowed. Too much 1-day cricket. The line-up is talented, but in the wrong order (Shakib must go up, Mahmadullah down etc). And just when you think they have improved, they go and do this.

It is as though you have implanted Ashraful's brain into the rest of the team. Wonderful ability but no commonsense. On the subject of Ash - well. I'd love to see him make it, but..

Posted by wjkalana on (April 19, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345 Well what you have mentioned above are the excuses, Last I check SL went to South Africa they played really well if the rain didnt rob the 3rd ODI we would have won that too. And you can see the same thing when SL tour Zim. Thats why we call BD minnows. For a good team they really dont need to have practice matches or talk about alien conditions to perform specially against Zim or BD. Sangakkara came to play against BD after an injury but look how he played during the test series.

Posted by kc69 on (April 19, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

Well,rather than criticizing BD i would call it a wake up signal.They need to realize that their strength is only in Subcontinental Conditions(Like all Subcontinent teams).But when the opposition is an unranked test side its a matter of grave concern.All i see from here is BD will lose this test match and the best they can do is comeback in the next one.Didnt get to watch BD collapse as i was witnessing some team collapses live in IPL matches.

Posted by GrindAR on (April 19, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Good to see Zimbabwe manage a 400+ score for an opposition to chase. BD is not a bad team. We should appreciate the bowlers/fielders efforts on day3. Hope Zimbabwe maintain this kind of standard consistently.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (April 19, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345; Funny facts mate. Those are called excuses. Now you have a weak opponent and star players in the team still BD not doing well. Make excuses. Not enough practice matches. lol

Posted by Erebus26 on (April 19, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Bangladesh showing once again how woeful they are this level. Poor old Zim have took some real thrashings recently but they look a class above the Tigers in this game. Lets strip Bangladesh of test status and get them playing the likes of Kenya, Ireland and the Netherlands for a while until they get better.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (April 19, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

@ the bowlers holding just bcoz tigers r thrr in BD doesnt make their players tigers after such a pathetic display on field

Posted by Skerpby on (April 19, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

The bowlers holding: Undeserved remark, mate! Zimbabwe has the Big Five ! Go and visit them! Lovely people, lovely country. You will see: Lions ( forgot about them?), elephants (forgot About them?), Buffoloes? leopards? Rhinos? Antelopes like u have never seen! ah just leave it! What a beautifuful country! what loving PEOPLE! That is why we love cricket : we learn to LOVE our opponents! LOVE CRICKET!!!!!!!

Posted by anw.chw on (April 19, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Many Congrats Robiul! Its a rare success for a BD pacer! BD shouldn't do the same terrible mistake (which is costing hugely in this match) for not taking the 3rd pacer in the 2nd test, considering the fact of the seaming condition in Zim! Also seeing the success of Robiul in both the innings and failing of the batsmen to cope up with the seaming condition, BCB must look into the fact of preparing the bouncy or at least sporting pitches in BD grounds from here on!

Posted by Mohammad_Aziz on (April 19, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Please dont bash Bangladesh team so much. If anything, bash Bangladeshi fans. 3 years ago Bangladesh cricket team was as naive as Bangladeshi fans. But now I believe the team has become a little matured and showing improvement(Even after the first innings performance I am saying that, because improvement is not a single performance). I would say we got Sakib, Mashrafee, Mushfiq ahead of time. they were exceptional sample for our cricket team or our cricket nation. But now the team is getting better, there are replacements and competetion for the spots and there are many positives. I would rather say that our cricket team learned a little bit of cricket, but our fans and sports writer did not yet. Even todays collapse is being attributed to the player's defensive approach(not their defensive technique or ability to grind out a difficult period and even in this article by ISAM). Three years ago I didnt see any hope, but I see light at the end of the tunnel. Allow us a little more time.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (April 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Imsrk on (April 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT) Strange post re: Zimbabwe being the real tigers, I would have thought only India or Bangladesh could really be called the tigers as these countries are where most tigers live the only big stripey things in Zimbabwe are hyenas and zebras. Then again England are the lions but that is historical old boy don't you know.

Posted by Swopnosari_BD on (April 19, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

We ( Bangladeshi) are hopeful man. We always stay with our team in bad or good period. Go tigers... Go. Show the cricket world who are we. It is just a bad day for BD.

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 19, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@ Syed Adlou :- Oh yes there you are !! Well done mate what a superb job .You have at the end found a very innovative excuse :) CHeers to that !! I was wondering why they are late !!

ZIm will get thrashed if they play in BD.. Oh yes good excuse mate !! Forget to mention now you are playing in ZIM know :) So lets talk about that thing when Zim comes to BD ok. Wait till brother.We cdonot know even bfre ZIM organises a tour that they will loose or not know :) Yeah u and me lets keep fingers crossed ok.Pathetic !!!

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 19, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

@ Dhali_BD_Fan hats off to you sir !!!! You are one of very rare person in BD who has that positive and very true coments with great attitude !!

Apart from that " Its a young team and needs time to build" can still be seen ..He hee the same tape they rewind over the past 13 odd years!! ANd truthfully those short sighted visions and bad attitudes of BD fans has brought great results know ..3 wins over 13 years!!! WHat a pleasant achievemen haaa :)

@JACK.SPARROW :- Oh mate if you say the way you guys blindly support your team irrespective of thinking whether they played cricket or Foot ball or something else out in there at the ground as PASSIONATE ..Oh !Oh!! Then we all love to be NON-Passionate lovers to our teams...It is 1000 times better..

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Whatever the outcome of this match... this has to be a classic between the worst teams in test cricket. If Bangladesh do chase this down, this will probably one of the best tests in history! But if Zimbabwe were to play in Bangladesh, the result would have been the other way round!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (April 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Well played zim the real tigers unlike other self claimed so called tigers

Posted by British_North_America on (April 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Some SL and Pak fans were waiting for this glorious moment for them.Now they are very happy.

Posted by Shibly.Mahmud on (April 19, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Does anyone from the team has any answer about this SPECIAL SHOW? I think NO. Why do they confine themselves in different approaches like PLAYING MORE STROKES or sometimes FORGETTING TO TAKE SINGLES.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Let Ireland and Afghanistan get test status then finally Bangladesh can get some test wins!

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (April 19, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

BD should be stripped off the test status.. 14 years and still struggling to beat a weak Zimbabwe team.. Well done ZIMs.. good batting by Brendon Taylor..

Posted by getsetgopk on (April 19, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

The rising and the Young Team got mauled pretty bad...lol

Posted by Always_pakistan on (April 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Well played zimbabwe and again same story for bangladesh

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (April 19, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Critics often question bd test status and say that even Afghan or Irish is better than bd !!!!!!!! Well That really shows how blindly you criticize bd not judging the actual fact. Well,if you want Ireland and Afghanistan to be given test status stripping bd of the status then tell your respective board to do so. Lets see how they turn up. No country's fans get as much tantalized as we do, yet we keep supporting our boys hardcore. Thats why we are the most passionate fans. BD fans rock

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (April 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Bd fans, if Bangladesh makes inroads in football under the Dutch coach, let me know. I am done watching Bd cricket, lost all interest in it. Yes I admit the pitch condition changed significantly in day-3 which is why Zim batsmen didnt find it too easy to bat on but zim showed how to bat in tough condition and they did well . On the other hand, 9 wickets in 35 runs was horrible from Bd. How many times more Bd will show this kind of pathetic display ? Anyway, good luck Bd fans ( Oh , I meant good luck in Football or perhaps in kabadi)

Posted by anton111 on (April 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Disgraceful cricket from Bangladesh. They should be stripped of test status. Even Ireland are playing better cricket. How can Bangladesh performance justify not giving Ireland test status?

Posted by simbah89 on (April 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

lol people have mercy on BD fans please, they where lookin forward to this tour but unfortunately things are not going their way.its jus that they dont have an ace of a batsman like Brendan Taylor.as a zimbabwean fan, we are now lookin forward for a 2-0 test series white wash...BD team and fans should PRAY that Taylor does not win the toss in the 2nd test match because if Zim bowl 1st on these decks, BD will be lucky to get 134 again lol

Posted by Mohammad_Aziz on (April 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

If Bangladesh fight back in the second innings and plays their heart out(lets be realistic, they are not going to win it but some bd fan is still dreaming it) we can say that They improved as a side than what they were before. Its true that Bangladesh took a lot of time to start improving, but they are showing encouraging sign in last couple of years and are on a right path. Considering their recent years' performence nobody should write off or humiliate or bash Bangladesh too much just for one collapse.

Posted by Legaleagle on (April 19, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

This is priceless stuff from Zimbabwe. They exploited the conditions to their advantage. All the excuses that Bangladesh is counting can easily be used by Zimbabwe. However, Zimbabwe is focused on a job here, they are a team with a mission. On the other hand Bangladesh team and supporters are on a different kind of mission- how to proclaim ourselves as world's best without even knowing how to play.

I truly believe that Bangladesh should be relegated to a no test playing level. They are OK for one day and T 20 matches for practice for other countries but not for tests.

And to all Bangladesh fans- its not about hating Bangladesh or it is on you who are carrying the hopes of Bangladesh cricket. You have to realize that other cricket fans are carrying the burden of a cricket playing country who cannot justify its presence, that's why everyone has a right to voice their discontent.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (April 19, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Is this the same Bangladesh whose fans were calling for New Zealand to be stripped of test status after they were beaten by South Africa in South Africa. I am sure I do not need to point out the irony and maybe they will refrain from such dispariging remarks of a country that has produced genuine great cricketers eg. Hadlee from a very small population base where cricket is not quite the dominant sport. I am not from New Zealand by the way but empty boasts and childish name calling irk me, well played Zimbabwe.

Posted by grahaam on (April 19, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Interesting, Streak not being contained by ZC is a shame and an equivalent bowling coach will cost ZC a lot of money. However I think the man he is, he will remain at the end of the phone for any Zimbabwean bowler.

Meth is a very good swing bowler and I just do not understand why he did not get a game in the WIs ?? I do not mind thinking that the racial balance of the team has cost him some caps. All he can do now is perform. The team now bats so much deeper with Cremer , Meth and S Masikadza all capable of runs ..alas a lack of Test cricket will not help this good X1 bond and become the team moving forward..

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

No offence to bangladeshi brothers. But somehow it has surprised me that Bangladesh won 2 matches in 1999 world cup, and were awarded test status whereas Kenya reached the semi finals (being the first associate team to do so), but they weren't awarded. Similarly, Ireland... you all have seen their fighting performance in the last 2 world cups. Atleast 2 more nations should be given test status. Since bangladesh already has test exposure, it is a good team to be a source of experience for newer test playing nations.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Well done Zim. Lets post at least 500 and declare tomorow before lunch. Good thing the captain is leading from the front, might get a double century.GO ZIM!!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@Tsano. I cant see BD even chasing the current target. Remember the highest chase in test match history is 418. Even to win this BD has to break a world record and create history. The match in SL was played in a flattest wicket.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

An idea of introducing a league of second tier teams would be a good idea. Test status can be awarded to two other nations (e.g Ireland, Kenya, Afghanistan), so as to make the total of ICC full members as 12. And then two tiers depending on the ranking can be made and they can compete against each other. If ICC sticks to the current 10 test playing nations, how would the beautiful game of cricket grow!? I mean like 2 pools of 6 teams each based upon the test rankings. New teams should be exposed to test cricket, cause that's how they will improve. Believe me the Afghan and Irish teams have so much talent that if they are groomed, they can even give the top ranked sides a competition.

Posted by sameer111111 on (April 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

@ Sammy K: It is not a single collapse mate. The collapses has been coming regularly for the last 13 years. And please do not compare Bangladesh to other teams like Australia, India, England. Yes they do fall cheaply once in a while, but to top quality sides, and certainly not to teams that play a couple of tests per year. Whichever way you look at it, losing close to 85% of your test match doesn't reflect too well, specially when quite a few matches have been washed away by rain.

Posted by sarnot on (April 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

It was a upset, everything were going well but a sudden collapse. it happens in cricket. BD fans, just keep up supporting.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Wasn't this the most fascinating Test match you've seen in recent years? ZOMG, the 2 worst international sides out there are playing a classic!!

Posted by Tsano on (April 19, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

As a zim fan, l suggest Zim come out 2moro and play safe shots through the first 15 overs, if they survive that period, they should be around 480 ahead, then open up the flood gates and play T20 shots and declare by lunch. This BD team is full of capable players who can occupy the crease and stubbornly playing shots. Had they not made 600 against SL Zim would have declared already, just like we did last time. To be safe Zim should post 500+

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (April 19, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

It is dissapointing to say this being a hard core BD fan, but we have proved today to be a below par team in the big leagues. Again I stress 'Team' - as we do have some world class level players, Shakib, Nasir, Tamim, Mushfiq, Mortaza are world class players - but the team in general are not of a high standard. They are capable of beating big teams - but can only be deserving of a higher level when they do that consistently. Not to take anything away from Zimbabwe but they too are of average overall quality - and thats what makes this performance by BD that much more poorer. Best of luck to both teams, but it is clear that Zimbabwe, performed better overal here and deserve a win.

Posted by bangla_slog on (April 19, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Wow I was expecting the nay-sayers of Bangladesh cricket to arrive here. But looks like they are having a feast. Hold your horses guys. The game is still not over. Flashes in the pan is one thing. But Bangladesh made steady progress over last 2/3 years. Bangladesh team will try to fight back in this test match. They have that confidence. You do understand this was the first outing in a new country, right? If you hate BD cricket, you are entitled to your opinion. But at least be logical. Bangladesh did well against tough opponents over last 2 years, sometimes without a full-strength team. Look at the results. Prejudices is not nice. Lets debate fiercely over our loved teams. But lets not fight with lame rage and illogical garbage! Also sorry if anyone from Bangladesh bashed ur country/team illogically!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

People are so quick to write off Bangladesh after one collapse. Yes its truly a humiliating collapse; but it happens. Even a mature side like Pakistan collapses like that at times. Australia, India, England have all been bundled out for less than 100 on some occasions. If the Tigers play sensibly in the second innings, anything can happen. Let's not forget this same team outscored Sri Lanka in one innings (over 600) just a few short weeks ago.

Posted by British_North_America on (April 19, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

People look at some facts.Bangladesh played in Australia 10 years ago, South Africa 6 years ago and West Indies(with B team) 4 years ago.It is only Zimbabwe where they play regularly and wicket is different from subcontinent.Yet, they started the tour without any practice match? Bangladesh is completely dependent on spin which is neutralized in Zimbabwean pitches for home team.So, what they expect? Shakib did not even play a club T20 before joining national squad for test.I was scared to see Mominul being dropped because Mahmudullah is completely out of form and he cannot play up the order.Yet, team management makes him play him up the order.Why?Bangladesh should have some genuine pacers and solid fit batsmen before playing any test in foreign soil.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

It's nice to see the criticizers. Zimbabwe... good going.......... good luck from Bangladesh.......:)

Posted by qazi255 on (April 19, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Hmm nice performance from Zim team ... At least they proved that they are better than BD team ... Here after reading the comments being a Pakistani and Srilankan Supporter i request SL fans you are World class team you hve no comparison with minnows OF Bangladesh ... so do not argue with these people ... they won just one match against pakistan and they say they are better than pakistan they won just 4 matches against SL and lost 28 and they say they are better they won just 3 matches against india and they say they are better go sleep BD fans try to improve cricket not your comments ........ and again SL bros do not argue with them plz

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Cricket is a funny Game ... and Bangladesh is a funny team of this Game ... Also BCB is a very funny Board who couldn't produce decent domestic structure till now ... sometimes follow Australia, sometimes India ... Nothing like unique & highly standard ... this collapse is result of BCB's technical fault.

Posted by Patdabac on (April 19, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Bangladesh probably have the worst bowling attack in Test, even with Shakib who is overrated. Now the batting is turning out to be very bad too. I don't see Bangladesh improving in any aspect of Cricket. I hope the ICC can downgrade Bangladesh into the 2nd division to play with Netherlands, USA, Canada, Namibia and Kenya. It's time to give talented teams like Ireland and Afghanistan a chance.

Posted by Fogu on (April 19, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

All of us BD fans always have one eye open for collapse like this one. We have shown tremendous improvements over the last two years but have a remarkable ability to collapse at the most inopportune time. Thankfully it has been less in the recent years but it reared it's ugly head today. Taylor stands out as a man among boys of both teams. Robiul has been wonderful but the batsmen must have forgotten their bats at home. 5 wickets for 0 runs is a rarity but it happened. And for fans of other nations taking pot shots, you look small.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 19, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

when this BD tour SL, these same BD fans were telling they are playing without their so called top players., and now playing their so called full team against a team which is below for them as they are saying, and i already seeing some excuses coming as, "it was because of pitch, wrong team selection, wrong approach by BD captain".. my god Pathetic

Posted by indirockz on (April 19, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

As been mentioned several thousands times. This BD is a mediocre team only good for club level cricket. Thanks BD for proving us right once again. And to the BD fans, it's good to be supportive for the team but when you say your team can beat the other asian giants at will, it's lil bit funny for other fans like myself. Continue to play cricket against non test playing countries and improve yourself before challenging big guns

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Any1 tell me, this a 3 day match? Or is it get out asap day again?

Not even watching the match, but sounds incredibly annoying from the scorecards.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 19, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

simbah89.. what are you saying by compare when SL play there? are you new to cricket. what do yo think about SL as??

what are say by we will compare BD performances after SL playing there???? BD is Minnow team, if you wanna compare it, compare it with teams like Zim, Ire, Net, Afg

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (April 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

The merits/demerits of opting against the follow-on can be debated, but I doubt either will matter much to the result which after a 255run lead was destined to be a Zim victory.

Debutants can be forgiven for not holding their own with the bat, but some senior Zim batsmen really need to look themselves in the mirror for not making expected contributions. A lot of praise must go to Taylor for the manner in which he has batted. His 2nd innings knock cannot be attributed to fortune. He has displayed a masterclass in responsibility and ability.

In both innings Cremer battled hard and stuck to his task of supporting Taylor, which is something other middle order batsmen failed to do. Missing out on a deserved half century was disappointing.

Robiul has been the biggest surprise, and most impressive player on either side. But for the umpires he would have had more wickets in the 1st innings and altered the course of the match. Pity a fit Mashrafe wasn't available to even the pace battle.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

the lead is still streching, its now over 450 and ZIm has two days to collect 10 more wickets!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Don;t worry my dear BD Fans, your team will come good.... had a good start 95/1, but squandered it later on... Need more application from the batsmen. Cheer Up BD fans... Support your team... Its a young team and needs time to build. First kick out Mohd. Ashraful, he is just thinking of his score of 190. He is not at all a team player. He lives in other world. Playing 60 odd test matches, still hasn't learned the basic of test cricket.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 19, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

i don't know what happens to the users "the rising team, warm cofee etc.., they were always talking about young talents of other top cricketing nations including SL, and said BD will surpass them, i wonder what happens to that theory

Posted by NALINWIJ on (April 19, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

This is a sad indictmaent of Bangaladesh cricket after SL tour. At under 19 level esp.ODI Bangaladesh has shown promise but fail to become tough test cricketers. I wonder whether their first class cricket is tough enough and certainly their t20 will not create test cricketers.SL won world cup after 13 years with tough cricketers like Ranatunga leading the way. There is a quality that Australia desribe as a mongrel that is lacking and they seem to play like chocolate soldiers [melt when the heat is on ], There is a resigned acceptence of mediocracy among the fans.

Posted by simbah89 on (April 19, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

gentleman , let us not criticize the way BD played in this test match.I think zimbabwe in their backyard with these conditions will also give Sri Lanka a good run for their money.we will judge the BD team after sri lanka have played here.for the mean time ,let us enjoy this clinical perfomance by zim.If there was an afro asia test match, for the African team my seamers would be STEYN, PHILANDER,MORKEL and JARVIS

Posted by Zillurcc on (April 19, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

I knew this can happen for Bangladesh. No pace favoring pitch, no search for pace bowlers. Bad first 11 selection. None has the capability of playing in back foot.They r playing with half a dozen of spinners in a pace @ bounce favoring peach. What to comment i really don't know. Converting Nasir into a pace bowler! They will ruin his batting carrier. Some even appreciating him! Ho, ho. He is bowling away from the stamp @ more away from the off stump with out swine. Rubel bowling away from the stump, pl show him the bowling of Maghragh. Say him to follow, he will do good. Pl don't forget to take Mominul in first 11 as he is a lift handed. Pl take an extra pace bowler.

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (April 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Playing throughout 5 days is just win for BD as far as BD fans are concerned.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Lets not just blame no 4-11 BD batsmen for pathetic playing. Lets also congratulate Zimbabwe bowlers for excellent bowling. Zimbabwe needs some big wins to restore pride back in their country men.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (April 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Here we go ! BD haters running high ! Hey people hold up ! Its neither your concern nor your business to cry about whether bd plays well or not. The match aint over yet. So stick together your lips

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 19, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

BD along with BD fans are a boredom to this wonderful format .BD never capable of playing stylish test cricket nor they can play test match for 5 days.Winning matches is something terrible everybody know. Bd fans are just very different from other fans in the test playing nations.they simply dont know how to give a positive feedback to their team.They do not know to criticise when needed .They are shy to tell that they fail .They always come up with excuses such as pitches,umpires,umpiring decisions rain etc.How many times have you seen these types of very common 3 rd clss excuses by BD fans to cover up the fact that they cannot accept they lost ! Simply test playing nation and fans always would prefer more to accept defeat warmly as they know it was not a shame at all.It is precious thing which will give a chance 2 identify mistakes and rectify them.But BD never learn to accept lost apart from heaves of excusing. These facts shows both country and fans donot eligible to test Status

Posted by an_alcoholic on (April 19, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Cummon BD fans come up with some new exciting excuses ....umpires, clouds, birds, cold drinks or whatever...i m really liking u ppl...entertaining n brings smiles...and preety innovative i must say !!

Posted by kandykolla on (April 19, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Insha Allah Zimbabwe will win !! Do it in style boys within 4 days !! All the very best from Sri Lanka !!!

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 19, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Told you not to worry about SL cricketing future Ban fans. The reason you did well in SL was because Galle wicket was so flat and SL new test team was as good as zimbabwe. A real opposition such as zimbabwe would run thorugh Ban line-up in no time. lol!

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

As planned Bd is best hell outta team in the world at the moment ...when they fail they speak hell lot of names of players not in the squad and say Oh why are they not included and blah blah blaaaaa....They have plenty of names and talents (as they say) to replace and be according to them every match could be won by BD if those players were in ....Before ten years when they were loosing they said some names and they came after some years and FAILED to win and then again same tape recorder rewinds with BD fans and bfre 5 yrs again they say include this and that player ...Then after Selectors put them they too FAIL...And for the sake of 13 years they just won 3 matches even though BD fans say thousand names that they are better than currently playing 11..They just say names for shame that they cannot bear over 13 years that there side has brought to them nothing more than a Utter failure !!! tz natural.Say names and intro them as Big talent but No use :((

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

OK BD has again proved to be unsuccessful against a team that hardly gets a chance to play Test Cricket. Teams like BD and Zim are still performing as minnows and ICC has given enough chances to them. No matter how much time you give these teams they shall never ever improve.They are playing cricket only to add boredom to this wonderful game.

Posted by Crikoot on (April 19, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Bangladesh well wishers can do one thing for sure -- NOT giving any suggestions and feedback and constructive criticism -- it does not work with the management,selectors and players. They will do the same thing as they would like to do consistently to be INCONSISTENT. You cant milk bulls. The most annoying part is the screaming and shouting of Mushfiq and his company. They are very unsophisticated and agricultural in nature.

Posted by m.moyaz on (April 19, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Moyaz,canada: wow bd team wow. what a consistency. 39/9 no excuse plz, yes zizbabwe did well in balling but you are not local players, you are playing international stage. i don't understand when bd strugling in test why the management don't allow new faces like mArshall, mominul did well so far. i am not saying it will change the team but we have to take new approch.

Posted by TAPOREE on (April 19, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

There are two, totally opposite sides of B,Desh cricket. If we analyze them, the entire cricketing world including BD fans will be happy and satisfied with their performances.

BD worked very hard on their one-day cricket to get representation in the worldcups. Their hard work paid off and they got the representation. Due to commercialization of WC, the number of teams participating in WCs went up which resulted in getting BD automatic berths. They worked hard and they earned that status.

Test cricket came to BD as a TIP and not hard earn inocme. They never had any credentials that could prove BD was ready to play tests. Even after getting the test status they never tried to separate oranges (test cricket) from apples (ODI/T20). Players represented or representing BD test cricket never respected the demands of test cricet, or the opposition, or the sentiments of their own countrymen.

ODI is where BD can beat any country, Test cricket, BD might get that TIP from SL this time.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 19, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

During the SL series some BD fans here were over the moon, and i told them don't be over confident, flukes won't happend always, sooner or later you guys will fell to the same position you guys were always used to be in. looks like that day has just arrived, newer thought it will be this quick against a team which BD always think below par for their team :)

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

When Mominul was in form then why been selected Mahmudullah!. Sakib just come back and he was not in form or any kind of match practice. BD did a great gamble without playing any practice matches. BD team management should think more and plan more about an important tour against Zim.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

I can say that BD have misread the tour in Zimbabwe. They are playing a Test match in a different shimming conditions without playing any practice matches. In each test match, preparation depends on the condition and environment. i was amazed with the skill of Zimbabwe commentators about reading the game as well BD's weaknesses. It just reflects once Zimbabwe was very much competitive in World cricket and they have highly skilled ex cricketers and staffs around their team. i will arg BD selectors to give more opportunities to new comers like Mominul, Bijoy, Marshal ayub, Taskin instead of Mahmudullah, Ashraful, Nafis, Sahadat. How many times selectors give chances to them and that's why still we can not win test matches even with Zimbabwe and losing with them convincingly. Each players of BD national team have to perform consistently whatever the conditions or situations they face. Robiul was impressive but only one bowler can not do everything.we expect more as a BD fan from team.

Posted by NeverGvUp on (April 19, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Acording the bd fans ther are best in words, in action they are worst...wow sakib what a performace we missed you so much in srilanka ..lol how pathetic .

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I am at a loss for words here, 91/1, 134 all out.

Thank you Bangladesh Batsmen, you guys let us down again. When will you understand, if ever, test isn't the same as ODI/T20? Probably never :S.

Well done Zimbabwe.

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 19, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

All the missing key players are back into the side. But yet they managed to score only 134...lol. Dont forget zimbabwe are fielding their 2nd string side. Well played zimbawe. Now go for the kill.

Posted by priceless1 on (April 19, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

So the real reason why BD had a success full tour in SL is not because BD has improved ,it because SL has come down to the BD's level now in Test Cricket

Posted by Patdabac on (April 19, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@Smack-DAT: "Bangladesh Improving every day" don't make me laugh!. Bangladesh have had test status for over 10 years and have not shown any improvement. They are no where near capable of winning abroad in difficult conditions. So many overrated players in that team, who can only perform at home. "SHAKIB" the so called best allrounder averages in the low 30's with the bat and averages only 32 with the bowl in spinning pitches vs poor teams like WI, ZIM, Kenya. I hope the ICC considers giving teams like Ireland test status.

Posted by Sirio on (April 19, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Now BD will strike a deal with Pakistan (who brought them into test cricket !) and play in Pakistan. They will miraculously won a test mach there and its going to be another 13 years from then that we have to face the challenge (of entertaining ourselves with BD). If you see what I mean, its actually going to be a win - win situation for both international cricket and Pakistan / BD given that the international cricket will comeback to Pakistan and more importantly, FINALLY BD WILL WIN A TEST MACH AGAINST A BETTER SIDE plus they will also be ABLE TO REVENGE THEIR ASIA CUP DEFEAT.

What a scenario. Do this BD. God bless you.

Excellent display though! ( I mean from Zim). I meant it. Well played.

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (April 19, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Kyle Jarvis is so awesome.

Posted by gsingh7 on (April 19, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

when i told yesterday that bangladesh will do enough to avoid follow on i was not joking. bangladesh have worst batting in all test playing nations, even pakistan batsman wud have scored 200 on this pitch. well done zimbabwe , now win match inside 4 days and get much needed rest on day 5/.

Posted by laduma on (April 19, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

I am a t loss for words I was hopping Vusi would play a calculated role and show what he is truly made of, lets hope Waller and Taylor will take us to 400+

Posted by Smack-DAT on (April 19, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully : Agree with you brother, excellent display, BD is really IMPROVING by each passing day, give them some more time (may be another 20 years) and this team will b immortal, within spam of JUST 13 years BD managed to won 3 Test..and their today's performance shows why!! INCREDIBLE!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (April 19, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Pleaseeee BCB take couple of years break and teach them how to play test cricket and save us from this embarrassment :'(

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

The decision to bat again boggles me a bit..........

Posted by laduma on (April 19, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

this is a good opportunity for Vusin Sibanda to show his mettle, well done to Taylor for commandeering his troops very well. Go Zim Go Zim

Posted by Ahgg on (April 19, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

What a poor performance by bd. thought after all the hard talk by their fans they will at least give a fight to Zimbabwe. Seems like they are still at the bottom of the pit and cannot see a day when they can compete let alone defeat a side

Posted by crazycricketfan4life on (April 19, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

@BOND_007, totally agree with your point, at least BD had a plan yesterday. There seemed to be no direction today. But all credit to Zimbabwe, they bowled beautifully to tear the batting apart.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 19, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Congratulations to BD for reaching 134. Excellent performance!

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (April 19, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Very patriotic commentary from Nkala. Nasir sticks his bat out playing horribly away from the body to a poor delivery and that dismissal amounts to a set up!? I'm sorry Bangladesh are self destructing badly here.

Nothing the tail-ender could do to that well directed yorker. Superb delivery from Jarvis. A few more like that to mop up the rest of the tail and the psychological harm on Bangladesh will be beyond repair as when the follow-on is enforced!

Just observing the dismissals of Nafees, Nasir & Mahmudullah a pertinent question needs to be asked - "Were Bangladesh justified in opting out of a tour match or two"?

It helps if you need an excuse when you fear a pending loss, but Bangladesh should have backed themselves and prepared very well to make a fist of it. As it stands they've simply rolled over. Shocking!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

This is the only reason we as BD fan can not relay totally on BD batsmen yet cause when ever fans started to have some sort of faith on them, they mostly will let them down by playing such poor games all around. That reminds the ODI WC defeat by WI & SA with such similar humiliation in our own home ground. Thanks boys & keep up your good show as always so that as fan we can never get over existed by anymeans & stay put on our sit always.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (April 19, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Whats the use of spending time and making dot balls in the middle if you get out at last without scoring a decent score? In the end it means nothing. Its better getting out after scoring quickly than getting out slowing down the run rate.

Posted by Nduru on (April 19, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

YES! Well done boys. Keep up the pressure.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (April 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Zim bowled very wide defensive lines first up and didn't offer the BD batsmen a chance to score of those deliveries. That halted the run scoring but created no chances either. Unfortunately the BD batsmen relaxed too much and from nowhere created an opening for Zimbabwe.

Meth has the ability to swing the ball but his pace negates the speed of movement so much that at this level the batsman should be able to adjust whichever direction he's swinging it. Mahmudullah's lazy shot summed up the lackadaisical approach.

Shingi brought some urgency and made the batsmen play more which created chances. Great ball to get SAH out. However, that was stupid from Ashraful.

LBW to get Mushfiqur out will probably raise questions. BD had so many plumb appeals which the umpires were not interested in. A few home decisions in our favour perhaps? What would sport be without homeground advantage! Anyway BD their worst enemies here.

Superb stuff from Shingi. Expect more of the same after lunch.

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