Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day April 20, 2013

Zimbabwe complete massive win

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Zimbabwe 389 (Taylor 171, Waller 55) and 227 for 7 dec (Taylor 102*, Robiul 6-71) beat Bangladesh 134 (Jahurul 43, Jarvis 4-40, S Masakadza 4-32) and 147 (Cremer 4-4, Jarvis 3-75) by 335 runs
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Zimbabwe lifted themselves above Bangladesh's international stature with the whopping 335-run win in the first Test in Harare. Brendan Taylor's twin centuries and skillful swing and seam bowling finished off the game inside four days, as Zimbabwe took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The game ended when Kyle Jarvis took a magnificent catch at deep fine-leg to give Graeme Cremer his fourth wicket, that of Robiul Islam, to bowl out Bangladesh for just 147. Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe declared their second innings on 227 for 7, setting Bangladesh an improbable 483.

Bangladesh, a long-time rival at the bottom of the world rankings, brings out the best in Zimbabwe, who came into this series on the back of five consecutive Test defeats. This time, Zimbabwe were far ahead mentally as they used their familiarity with the conditions in Harare to mighty effect. It was a crushing loss for the visitors who are at the backend of a much better season, and it will set them back a few steps as they head into the second Test in a must-win situation.

Taylor made 171 and 102 not out in a Test match that, till date, has been his most prolific. He was almost a one-man show, especially in the second innings when one wrong shot from him could have given Bangladesh a sniff. Zimbabwe were 84 for 6 in the second innings, but Taylor took Graeme Cremer under his wing as they staved off a rampant Robiul Islam.

He broke several records on the way too. He became the first Zimbabwe captain to have scored two hundreds in a Test and also has the highest score for a Zimbabwe captain. He also beat his previous best of 117 in the first innings, and added the highest score against Bangladesh under his belt.

With the ball, Zimbabwe were led by the impressive Jarvis. It was a complete domination of the Bangladesh batsmen as he, Shingirai Masakadza and Keegan Meth kept the ball up and used excellent lines. Jarvis finished with figures of 7 for 115 in the match, doing justice to the hype around him. Masakadza took five wickets in the game while Meth kept one end quiet as the other two went about knocking the batsmen over.

Cremer too played a useful hand with the bat, scoring 42 and 43. These were vital runs, as he added two big seventh-wicket partnerships with Taylor that frustrated Bangladesh greatly. He ended the game with four cheap wickets, capping off a fine all-round display. If Bangladesh's first-innings collapse of 9 for 32 was bad enough, their second-innings showing was equally poor. Shahriar Nafees' extra keenness at the start of Test innings cost him yet again. After scoring two consecutive boundaries, he created a big gap between bat and pad, played all over a full delivery from Jarvis and lost his off stump.

After the lunch break, Ashraful hardly got out of his self-induced shell as he looked to drag the game for as long as possible. Mahmudullah at the other end went after the bowling, and soon enough, perished. Whether he had seen substitute Sean Williams stationed at deep square-leg cannot be a valid point for a batsman at this level of cricket, but his innocuous pull shot said much about his muddled mindset. His dismissal again triggered a collapse as Shakib Al Hasan and captain Mushfiqur Rahim fell soon after. Similar to the first innings, Shakib was caught at gully but this time he wasn't fending. He has a unique way of playing a late cut which he guides past gully and point, but this time he couldn't keep the Jarvis delivery down.

Luck too wasn't on Bangladesh's side as two of the dismissals showed. Jahurul Islam was given out caught behind when the ball had appeared to flick his shirt on the way to the wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami. A prolonged appeal from the slips created enough pressure on the umpire Tony Hill.

Mushfiqur was brilliantly caught at second slip by Taylor, who jumped to his right and grabbed it one-handed. The Bangladesh captain's dismal Test was in far contrast to his opposite number.

Mohammad Ashraful's dim-witted run-out close to the tea break rounded off a forgettable session for the visitors. Cremer spun one past Ashraful's bat and wicketkeeper Mutumbami's gloves, but Taylor saved the ball at slip. Ashraful, thinking it had beaten Taylor, went off for a run and was duly run out amid loud laughter among the Zimbabweans, as he wasted another opportunity and the home side basked in the glory of a great performance.

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

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  • on April 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I think BD think tank and management just misread the preparation about Zim tour. They should go before and play some practice matches before the Test, This kind of bounce track was well planned and preset. International cricket is not a easy walk away. Any team have the ability to bounce back strongly. I will arg again to BD selectors, please bring some fresh new positive talent in BD squad. The way Mahmudulah got out that just started the batting collapse. He was never a test player, only one century long time ago and no consistency same goes wilth Shahriar Nafis. He just got out the same fashion in last 6/8 years. How many time Ashraful got the opportunity though he played okay in this Test. See Batsman like Mominul, Marshal Ayub, Bijoy, and many more is waiting eagerly to perform for their country and please give them more opportunities. How beautiful Robiul bowled in last couple of matches?. Shahadat, Rubel was never a test bowler. Bring some swing and accurate bowlers like him.

  • MeijiMura on April 21, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    It was good to see a much improved performance by the Zimbabweans in the field for Bangladesh's second innings. As expected Jarvis took another bag of wickets and the turning day four pitch gave great assistance to Cremer who dismantled the lower order taking four wickets and playing a decisive hand in Ashraful's run-out. Congrats must go to Taylor for a fantastic performance. He carried Zimbabwe in both innings and was the difference between the teams in this test. As for Bangladesh, if they intend on winning the toss and bowling in the second test they had better play a third seamer. If they keep the same line-up with just the two seamers and they win the toss then they have to bat first this time round. I also think that when Bangladesh play Zimbabwe they are better off playing their natural game, not letting the Zimbabwean bowlers dictate to them. The return of their best batsman for the second test will help them in this regard.

  • on April 22, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    World class teams never give lame excuses of losing the key players.Because there are enough replacements.Bangladesh doesn't have any.So they are complaining.

  • on April 22, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Am really pleased with the team but could the rest of the batsmen stand up and be counted. Can't be relying on Brendan to pull the rabbit out of the hat all the time.

  • UAETigers on April 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Well I really laughs when BD fans call their team a bunch of lions!! Pardon me...but may be they are lions of a pound or small home made jungle!!! Please don't compare your mediocre test team against test playing nations!!! I always read and hear word "Improvement" from their fans...can you please tell me what has improved for them in tests since they got the test status? They should play 4 days games with A teams of test playing nation for 2 years and until they can win against them ...they shouldn't be allowed to play Test cricket as they are simply destroying this beloved format!!! an appeal to ICC by a test cricket lover!!!

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    BCB criticized players for this massive defeat. But the per4mance is due to Board. They haven't managed to organize a good First Class tournament so far apart 4m picnic FC season. This woeful per4mance will continue indefinitely unless BCB produce a top class First Class competition.

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    No execuse no more. Show action. You BD team insulted the whole nations of BD

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 21, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    OMG.BD cant win with their world class opener Nafees +world best allarounder shakib.i think BD is one of the top test team with these players.because BD fans said BD can win easily vs SL with these players.but BD lost by 300+ runs vs ZIM.i can't understand.ooooooo...i enderstood.no Tamim[world most aggressive opener]and no Mashrafe[world best test bowler]thats why BD lost.with these two BD can win easily against any team.

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I think BD think tank and management just misread the preparation about Zim tour. They should go before and play some practice matches before the Test, This kind of bounce track was well planned and preset. International cricket is not a easy walk away. Any team have the ability to bounce back strongly. I will arg again to BD selectors, please bring some fresh new positive talent in BD squad. The way Mahmudulah got out that just started the batting collapse. He was never a test player, only one century long time ago and no consistency same goes wilth Shahriar Nafis. He just got out the same fashion in last 6/8 years. How many time Ashraful got the opportunity though he played okay in this Test. See Batsman like Mominul, Marshal Ayub, Bijoy, and many more is waiting eagerly to perform for their country and please give them more opportunities. How beautiful Robiul bowled in last couple of matches?. Shahadat, Rubel was never a test bowler. Bring some swing and accurate bowlers like him.

  • MeijiMura on April 21, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    It was good to see a much improved performance by the Zimbabweans in the field for Bangladesh's second innings. As expected Jarvis took another bag of wickets and the turning day four pitch gave great assistance to Cremer who dismantled the lower order taking four wickets and playing a decisive hand in Ashraful's run-out. Congrats must go to Taylor for a fantastic performance. He carried Zimbabwe in both innings and was the difference between the teams in this test. As for Bangladesh, if they intend on winning the toss and bowling in the second test they had better play a third seamer. If they keep the same line-up with just the two seamers and they win the toss then they have to bat first this time round. I also think that when Bangladesh play Zimbabwe they are better off playing their natural game, not letting the Zimbabwean bowlers dictate to them. The return of their best batsman for the second test will help them in this regard.

  • on April 22, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    World class teams never give lame excuses of losing the key players.Because there are enough replacements.Bangladesh doesn't have any.So they are complaining.

  • on April 22, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Am really pleased with the team but could the rest of the batsmen stand up and be counted. Can't be relying on Brendan to pull the rabbit out of the hat all the time.

  • UAETigers on April 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Well I really laughs when BD fans call their team a bunch of lions!! Pardon me...but may be they are lions of a pound or small home made jungle!!! Please don't compare your mediocre test team against test playing nations!!! I always read and hear word "Improvement" from their fans...can you please tell me what has improved for them in tests since they got the test status? They should play 4 days games with A teams of test playing nation for 2 years and until they can win against them ...they shouldn't be allowed to play Test cricket as they are simply destroying this beloved format!!! an appeal to ICC by a test cricket lover!!!

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I wouldn't not criticize the players much, rather would criticize the team management and BCB, becoz;1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give proper fielding coach & supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to build sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    BCB criticized players for this massive defeat. But the per4mance is due to Board. They haven't managed to organize a good First Class tournament so far apart 4m picnic FC season. This woeful per4mance will continue indefinitely unless BCB produce a top class First Class competition.

  • BARFI on April 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    No execuse no more. Show action. You BD team insulted the whole nations of BD

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 21, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    OMG.BD cant win with their world class opener Nafees +world best allarounder shakib.i think BD is one of the top test team with these players.because BD fans said BD can win easily vs SL with these players.but BD lost by 300+ runs vs ZIM.i can't understand.ooooooo...i enderstood.no Tamim[world most aggressive opener]and no Mashrafe[world best test bowler]thats why BD lost.with these two BD can win easily against any team.

  • on April 21, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    no @ ashekahmed, it seems mahmudullah and shahriar nafees was send too early in Zim as a mistake cause the way they played the test match they perhaps thought they were playing T-20 or ODI, so lets see what they do in their own format when it starts & hope then they would not starts playing test match....lol

  • ashekahmed on April 21, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    just shocking.......mahmudullah and shahriar nafees should start travelling to bangladesh

  • Warm_Coffee on April 21, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Bangladesh deserved to lose badly I admit batting was pathetic but our boys play most of the time on pitches that have low bounce. Coming to a place which is completely alien to them takes a bit of time to get use to. Sadly! only one Bangladesh batsman can play on these pitches but the rest struggle. Third seamer is important for the next test match but please let it be Sajidul. Also no more bits and pieces player and time to drop Jahurul and Mahmudullah. We have deserving newcomers coming up like Mominul, Anamul etc.

  • on April 21, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Bangladesh thought they where play with young lads who used to crumble easely when pressure mounted. They faced a team that was mentally prepared to win from the start. I think the next test we may see a different Bangladesh side and a more fierce encounter! Hand clap to Taylor, its not easy living up to the legend of Andy Flower and having everyone always compare you & your team to the "Glory days"!!!!

  • Coolmaq on April 21, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Lucky BD is not playing the likes of the old Zimbabwe of the flowers brothers, Johnson, Streak and so forth. This would have ended in 3 days. BD are a good ODI and T20 side and the buck stops there. On their day, if they fire, they can beat anyone. But gee, come test matches, they are pathetic. Will all due respect to Zim, If BD can't beat a side like this, seriously, what chances do they have! Long long way to go. Will they continue to make excuses and wake up and have a reality check? Only time will tell but I am more inclined to go with the excuses once again! Good on you Zim! Keep up the good work and hope you guys can wrap the series and come out on top.

  • on April 21, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    well done lads, you did well..

  • on April 21, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    BD got smacked. Face it! That makes the next game interesting.

  • amilag on April 21, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    They just can't compete 5 days with Zimbabwe. Can they ever consider as a test team with potential? Never.

  • Krishhhhh on April 21, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    with such a big fan following and strong support behind .. BD players should respect and put some fight .. fans cannot compromise losses with one performance against SL. To start as favourite and losing on big margin is pathetic and the fans cannot digest it .. that too to a team which is away from international test cricket for a while. Of course winning away games are difficult but all the fans request is not to gift the win to host.

  • Krishhhhh on April 21, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    The first and foremost reason for this loss is pure over confidence they carried from first test against srilanka. Playing in Zimbabwe is always a tough task, even teams like India, South Africa faced uphill tasks in past .. having said that there is no match plan from BD.. all criticised Zimbabwe for their slow start .. but thats how they built the win by testing BD patience.. i wonder if they play any 5 day matches in BD .. all the batsman in hurry to go for their shots. except mush Rahim at present they dont have any quality test batsman.

  • t2_t24 on April 21, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Think tanks are not thinking.. Selection process is not the best one. Marshall Aiub, Mehrab jr.Shamshur Rahman should be given chance i/o Shahreer nafees, jahurul and mahmudullah. Shahriar is not class batsman.. he should be dropped along with mahmudullah. Mominul should be given chance. I dont know what our selectors are doing? Come on and give chance to them who performed well in recent First Class cricket.

  • on April 21, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    I think BD lost the match not to Zim players but their think tank. I think we forgot that Zim had a long history as a competitive test team in world cricket and they have a high skillful, experienced analyzer of the game. Just look at some of their coaching staffs Grant Flower , Andy Flower, Dunkan Flether , Dav Houton like many more. All over the world they are doing their jobs respectively. i just concentrate some of the commentary of Zim commentators , they were very intellectual and tactical with their analysis.

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    BCB should not take this loss lightly as they are spending tons of money but BD players are not performing at the level what BD fans want to see. Someone must be held accountable. It must start with selectors for selecting wrong players. Selectors must need to stop experiment with Nafees, Johurul, Naeem, Rubel, Shadat. From past and present evidence it doesn't seem like these players will do any good for the team.

    BD captain also need to learn lot about test cricket. This guy is still young but that can not be excused as he is playing test cricket for a while now. First, picking wrong XI, batting order is not correct, setting the field was not attacking enough, in form player (Mominul) was not part of XI and list will go on and on. Fans at back home please write a letter to BCB to take some action, fire all three selectors and ask coaching staff to teach BD captain how to lead a team that will produce better results

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    To sustain in test arena BCB should take more serious steps rather then only going through the motion. We are having shortage of pace bowlers for a long long time now but still we don't see BCB to take any kind of action like our neighboring countries are taking, like as regular pace hunting operations or to guide them have a permanent pace academy in Mirpur.

    We all know most international crickets do have bouncy pitches for their own but still our boy's plays with same old spin suitable pitches for our home fixtures. We should have some bouncy pitches in whole country for the sake of our better future cricket & as early as we can change such typed of cricketing structures for our selves, sooner we might have better result in our cricket too.

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234 believe me as a BD fan we all know how pathetic this feelings can be & we wish BD cricket concern members should be able to realize how critical this type of humiliation can causes us too.

    This is not the first time boys showed such poor performance in abroad, so if our cricket management would have realized this reality they would have taken serious steps to change the scenario from their past experience & BD cricket would have gone in right direction after all these years.

    If BD boys would have faced such pace & bouncy pitches in their home ground as mandatory for regular basis then they would have not gone through such typed poor show in abroad as always & if Zim can do such to our boys just think what would be their answer to SA & WI in their home condition!

  • on April 21, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Okay one pace bowler could be a good edition. but i think BD was right because they played with their strength spinners. See only Robiul was good but Rubel did not bowl well. So if we would play another simmer that's not like that we would win the test. Problem was BD did not bat well at all in both innings. They were awful. Mahmudullah was batting at 4 in very important position and he was disappointing as usual. Shakib just come back from Injury and not in good touch. Some crucial catch missed and some controversial decision by umpire Tony Hill goes against BD. that was also the turning point of the match. Shariah nafis was ordinary in his fielding as well batting.

  • maeen on April 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I think, the test playing nations situated in sub- continent are in most of the cases failed to make any match drawn let lone won on the pitches of overseas like south Africa, Australia, New Zealand ,or others, where the nature of the pitches are bouncy, and as they are not accustomed to playing on a bouncy wicket where the spinners get hardly any benefit.This is what happened in case of Bangladesh against Zimbabwe . And the other reason is the performance of BD in fielding. HAD THE CATCH OF TAYLOR NOT BEEN DROPPED ON 35 ..........,

  • borhans on April 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Why BD selectors thought about going with 2 seamers ..Can't they read pitch or even the history of that pitch ..Bad selectors or Bad players who to blame more

  • DD_f0rever on April 21, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    @getsetgopk

    You seem to be living in delusional World. Pak have good overall w/l ratio than other Asian teams because it had Great Cricketers like Akram, Inzi, Waqar, Imran etc.. But after their retirement, Pak has struggled more than other Asian Countries. And statsguru doesn't lie. Since 2000, Test W/L ratio of Asian teams reads, in decreasing order :- Ind, SL, Pak and then BD. Here you go :-

    (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=won;spanmin1=01+Mar+2000;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team)

    And it is not likely to change for at least HUNDRED more years. Sooner you realize that Juanid and Umar Akmal are no Akram and Inzi resp., better it would be.

  • NP_NY on April 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe! If Zim had batted first this game would have been over in 2.5 days. Not making even 150 in either innings in a test match is dismal for Bangladesh. BD has enjoyed test status for such a long time wth very little success. It is time to consider test status for teams like Ireland and Holland. If they start playing proper professional cricket I am sure they will be competing with top teams in 4-5 years.

  • shubham.nishad on April 21, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Bangladesh batting against Zim, it felt like they are up against Masters of Swing....

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 21, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Bangladesh dont have proper domestic structure and infrastructure to develop test cricket yet. So I never expected Bd to improve in Test cricket very fast and hence this series was not a big surprise to me but the truth is Bd still improving in Test although very slowly . BCB has given priority to shorter format of the game, hence BPL and other stuff which helped Bd to improve remarkably in Odi recently although pace balling void needs to be filled up. I dont care how some sore people lashing out on Bd for this performance but I know if new young talents like Tashkin Ahmed, Marshall Ayoub , Nazmul Hossain Milon, Momenul huq, Shamsur rahman , Mosharraf hossain etc etc keep popping up at this rate then the future is bright and Bd will be a good test nation as well as a strong odi team in near future.

  • on April 21, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Shame on Bangladesh ! Team selection also shameful! why injured and unformed players like Shakib, Mahmudullah, Rubel, Shahrier Nafiz are selected? without Tamim, Sakib, Shahrier Bangladesh performed better in SRi Lanka Which is more better team than Zim. Why selection committee think about young players like Marchal Ayub, Shamsur Rahman, Abul Hasan.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 21, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Well said Sinhaya! I don't know why fans keep on comparing time in years. This is the 21st century, more cricket is being played and the playing ground is more level across teams. Bang cannot expect to be given the same amount of time as Ind n NZ were. That being said, they have been improving.

  • RajaPradeep on April 21, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Bangladesh remind me of Sri Lanka back in the 70s and early 80s. Give them some time and more exposure in the global arena and they will be a force to reckon with in years to come. A strong first class domestic structure, enhanced coaching at junior levels and better infrastructure will go a long way. It is important for the sport of cricket that we have a strong and competitive Bangladesh team.

  • Sinhaya on April 21, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    @adrianct1971, hey do you know that India played ONLY 15 tests from 1933 to 1952!! Please dont compare the 1930s as hardly any cricket was played. During the world war from 1939 to 1945, no cricket was played at all. NZ played only 45 tests for the first 26 years! Look at how much Bangladesh played from 2000 to 2013. Simply far more than what NZ and India played for their first 2 decades as test playing nations. Bangladesh's test wins against Windies cannot be counted as the whole Windies XI was on strike and an uncapped XI played in 2009

    Look at NZ test history in detail. From 1930 to 1944, only 14 tests were played. From 1945 to 1954 only 19 tests were played. From 1956 onwards they started winning tests. Remember for tests, experience is a must and matches must be played regularly in a given year. So India and NZ taking a long time to register their first test win cannot be counted due to the lack of test cricket played back then.

  • m.moyaz on April 21, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Respect to all commentators. as Bd fan like to say any team can have bad day but 9 for 39 for a test playing country hard to accept. Bd should make some changes to the team. Momjnul played well last test I don't know why he is out. One player can make difference ex. Tylor. New player can get chance to like Marshall . Management plz wake up. Moyaz

  • adrianct1971 on April 21, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Whilst I agree that the performance of Bangladesh is really worrying in terms of their test match skills, one must not forget that they are only 13 years into it as well. Take New Zealand, they took 26 years to win a test match, or for that matter take India, they took 20 years to win a test match and even a team like South Africa took 17 years to win a test match. So all is not doomed yet for Bangladesh BUT they better get into the top tier soon!

    ICC should seriously think of having Tier 2 level of having 8 teams comprising of 4 bottom placed Tier 1 and the tier 2 teams like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland etc, playing on a regular basis. Teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will not benefit from playing top level teams of Tier 1 and also does not make commercial sense.

    And to SPICE it up, the last placed Tier 1 team ( out of the 8 main teams) should be relegated to Tier 2 and Top of the Tier 2 (out of the 4 teams) to be promoted to Tier 1 every two years or so!

  • on April 21, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Good on Zimbabwe! Brendan Taylor looks to be a quality player, as do Jarvis and S. Masakadza. I'd like to see Ireland and the Netherlands playing tests against Zim and BD - good for the development of all of them. I think they should all play occasional matches against stronger nations as well - if only because I'm dying to see Ireland play at Lord's - but it'd be good if they got more games against others on a similar level.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 21, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Cong. Zim; better luck for bd next time

  • Htc-Android on April 21, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Cangratz zimbabwe. Brendan taylor is a superb player.I hope him along with jarvis will take zimbabwe to new heights.

  • on April 21, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    i think zimbabwe's bounce wicket& condition is main reason for this loss...our boys can't cope with this condition.

  • FOTO on April 21, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    OK Robiul got 9 wickets in total in this match and Jarvis 7 wickets. Who says BD fast bowlers are terrible? Robiul got more wickets than Shingi, Chigumurra, and Meth combined. Robiul will indeed be a world class test pacer in near future. Probably the most wickets fo a Bangladeshi fast bowler in a test. So if we get a Left arm fast bowler like I dunno... SAJIDUL then it will be very troubling for the batsman. And put Rubel and Shahadat in. These four pacers will rock Zimbabwe.

    BD team 11 for second test: Tamim/Shariar, Jahurul, Ashraful, Mominul, Mushfiq, Nasir, Gazi, Robiul, Rubel, Sajidul, Shahadat.

    If Bangladesh are still looking forward to play Shakib and Mahmudullah then cancel out Shahadat and Rubel. If I pick a vice captain for BD instead of Mahmudullah it would be Jahurul or Nasir or Shariar. Ash goes out of form in captaincy even if its vice captaincy. Hmmm or we can kick out Rubel and bring in MARSHAL for an extra batsman or even MOMINUL.

    ~From BD fan.

  • FOTO on April 21, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Why is Mahmudullah playing like a T20 match? Him and Ashraful were going decent and I thought it was going to be a draw but this man just through away his wicket! He should be sacked from the test team and learn his lesson. He was innefective both bat and ball. So was Shakib. Bring in Mominul kick out Nafees and bring in TAMIM! Kick out Enamul and bring in Sajidul. Kick out Shakib and bring in Shahadat. This is a decent team. Mominul can control the innings that's why we had a chance against SL. Until Shakib starts scoring runs in domestic cricket. THEN Bring him in. You guys all saw in SL Shahadat was pretty quick in the t20 match against SL. I think he should be given a chance in these conditions.

  • FOTO on April 21, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    I think BD has learnt lessons to always FOLLOW the pitch. We already had so many spin bowlers and Zimbabwe had 1!!! Zimbabwe used 5 PACERS! We used more innefective spinners and they are not LEGBREAK! Legbreak spin can spin on any pitch. The end of the fourth day it was spinning if BD had managed to stay 40-60 over more in the first innings then they would had a chance to really spin the ball and get Zimbabwe all out. Really dissapointed why Shakib was there? He had surgery and did not do a single front foot block. Does BD WANT Shakib's records to go down? We had so many part time spin and why do we need full time? And bring in Sajidul he is LEFT ARM FAST it would be interesting to see Sajidul and Robiul. Shahadat has a very decent record against Zimbbabwe. Out of all hte times they don't use Shahadat NOWS THE TIME TO STOP USING HIM! THis is a pacy wicket too bad Abul missed out. Ashraful hats off to you, you actually scored runs. Not even a single Bangladeshi made a fifty!From BD fan

  • wbyeats on April 20, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    And just to add: in the last 13 years, BD has won just 3 Test Matches, lost 67 and drawn 8... This keeps getting funnier and funnier...lol.

    So poor BD fans what do you have to say now? Please see my other comment below.

    Rule of thumb: you can't play, you don't open your mouth. Get lost and stay lost.

  • BanCricFan on April 20, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Guys it was just a bad match... take it. Well done Zimbabwe. Hope our tiger will show great fight back in next match. Go tigers Go...

  • getsetgopk on April 20, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    kc69: Which universe do you come from? The W/L ratios for the four teams I mentioned are exactly what they have here on statsguru. Its not about what one believes, its a fact. SL have a better overall W/L ratio compared to India. Pak has the highest while our Bangali brothers are at the bottom as per usual, one that nobody expects to change in the coming hundred years.

  • kc69 on April 20, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Please read the below article for Asian team's performance outside subcontinent.

  • Fogu on April 20, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Horrible performance by BD. Except for Robiul, no one showed up. As a BD fan, it is very disappointing and frustrating to see this performance. B needs to realize Mahmudullah is wasted up the order and choose bowlers according to the pitch. AUS decided to go with their strength of fast bowling in IN and were comprehensively beaten. I had said before the test started to play Mominul instead of Shakib since Shakib is injured and has not played in a while. However, I am not sure if that would have made much difference. But again, we have seen one player makes all the difference (Taylor). Oh well, time to put this behind, pull yourself up by boot straps and focus on the next match. Go Tigers!

  • kc69 on April 20, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    @dontlikecricket:Your stats seem to be wrong according to Cricinfo for last 2 years(20 Apr2011-2013):Team-Win/Draw/Loss records for subcontinent teams are India-1/2/8, Pakistan-2/0/4,Sri Lanka -1/2/6,Bangladesh-0/1/2.Please use statsguru for accurate results and don't consider Pakistan's test performance in Dubai/Abu Dhabi etc. as Overseas results.

  • borhans on April 20, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    its just that Zimbabwe have far better pace attack than other two asian country so i guess Bangladesh have payed the price for ignoring them ..i really enjoyed how zimbabwen pacers swinging ball both side & with really good speed of 40k don't foget indian seniorless side lost the odi series against this side ..so surely this zimbabwe young side has all the talent to become a real threat to any team

  • kc69 on April 20, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @getsetgopk:I'm not sure where do you get your stats and rankings from anyways yuo speak exactly like a sore Pakistani fan who always believes their team is world number 1 in all formats(we all know the truth).

  • fan_2_fans on April 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    ICC should not take test status away from BD.Cricket needs countries like BD,ZIM,IRE,AFG to do well or else cricket will always be 8 nation sport.INDIAN FAN.

  • Sadequl on April 20, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Mushfiq's statement "We are capable of scoring big runs" not sure how much believes he had on his own word though when he & his boys couldn't even get 150 score in two innings! It's a real shame & if BD boys thought all pitches in the world would be same to that 1st test's flat pitch like SL's then they R "Wrong" & hope now it's a real lesson for them after such disgraceful loss to Zim. It seems even if BD would have used three pacers or additional batsman they would have lost it anyway due to the tremendous performances of Zim bowlers & top class test batting by Teylor all alone.

    BD boys will have another chance to prove themselves on next test from 25th but after watching this poor show can not relay on them that much at all but yet wish to believe they will learn their mistakes from this 1st test & will fight back to give us some pride.

  • warun_sharma on April 20, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    SL pitches more suitable for Bangladesh team because they're having only spinners who can bowl, but they couldn't manage a win @ SL. I think they can't play test cricket ever , yes they can play ODI cricket because they're having blind hitters like Dilshan, Mxwell & ect , sometimes they will click & @ that day they will get 250+ runs after that there're fast bowlers can bowl 4,5 overs (but those fast bowlers will bowl all over the place definitely with 10 wide bowls) then those spinners will come to the scene they're not a wicket takers but they can contain job very well, someday batting side will get panic & play some loose shots they will get wickets , so they will win one out of 25 matches, SORRY BABLADESHI FANS THIS IS THE HARD TRUE STORY ! U HAVE TO BELIEVE THIS ! if Bangladesh will going to lost games like these then they're blind hitters try to practice copy book cricket technique which they can't .ICC PLEASE DON'T KILL BANGLADESH CRICKET ,REMOVE THEY'RE TEST STATUS ! THANKS

  • dontlikecricket on April 20, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    I thought I will dig out some stats of last couple of years test performences of Asian teams. I have heard so many arguments so thought there is only one way to find out. My main reason for last 2 years is because all of the Asian teams are in some kind of transition with them still undecided about combinations , emergence of new players etc. Please let me know if I have made any error. Win / Loss ratio are (wins first): SL 5 10 IND 10 10 PAK 9 5 BD 0 7

  • getsetgopk on April 20, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    BOBO: I thought your a BD fan but you turned out to be another sore India fan LOL... look at that, both India and BD have lots in common, both are terrible tourists especially in tests. The W/L ratio for sub continental teams reads, in decreasing order, Pak, SL, Ind and BD. Both of them are at the bottom and will always stay there for eternity.

  • jackthelad on April 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Reality check for Bangladesh - you are nowhere near being a Test side yet. You have some talented players, but the mindset that believes it can only play one way needs to be addressed; Bangla are a not-so-bad One-day and T20 outfit, but they are miles from being a competent Test side. Because they can scratch a drawn series against the weakest Sri Lankan side in a decade doesn't make them world-beaters.

  • on April 20, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I couldn't believe this..... BD the world no. 1 team losing.....

  • wbyeats on April 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    One thing is consistent in BD...BD cricket loses while BD fans keep coming up with a) excuses and b) their fav slogan: WE ARE IMPROVING......really funny now...BD has been improving for how long exactly?? ...lol...you lot are the funniest....so what now? Haha....this is hilarious....

  • SL_rockz on April 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @EnayetT:- feel ypu have got the point what all other ppl outside BD trying to say.But most of pathetic ppl and attitude doent do good for your cricket any longer.They just donot care wheher team is playing cricket or some other thing in the field !!! They just excuse and excuse and say we will see next time we meet you in BD(They continue say these words like children do when they were beaten by other) Also speaks with i donot know abt a BD team that doesnt exist .If new comer to cricket see those comments and see rankings he will think ah 0 points to BD and 128 points to SA..mmmmmh I suppose 0 means they have never beaten or so something like that and 128 means SA is last or like that.It is that much of humiliating over rating by fans .It fails for BD to prevail in test cricket any more.Some of their fans say they donot need test cricket i think we sud respect that sir.Ban the test privilage from BD.

  • faizan_feroz on April 20, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    im srk @ yeah i understand india has refused to play test nation of their own callibre after their series lost to eng :P XD

  • SL_rockz on April 20, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    By abcdef_12345 "not this boring format of test cricket which will die soon"

    So my dear fellow fans from all over the world !!! What do you say know for this kind of comments and ppl !! Are we going to let them play anylonger in this format !! They say it is boring then why should not we give them that break from this boring test format ....THEY THEMSELVES SAY THEY DONOT WANT TEST MATCHES AND PLEASE ICC BAN THE TEST STATUS FROM BD...Coz now their ppl has this attitude test cricket is not good and boring so why keep them alive in tests ??? It will be an unfair thing for the both highly respected test cricket and BD as well... Last thing when people cannot dance they say fault is not theirs But on the EARTH !!!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 20, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @ Imsrk

    Dude BD are better than Pakistan. At least they play honest Cricket.

  • dontlikecricket on April 20, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    I have said few times before, BD should not be allowed to play test matches. Their W/L ratio is amazingly shocking. Even other Asian teams, IND, PAK and even SL did not perform that shockingly when they started to play test cricket (why not check stats for yourself??). For a team which is playing test cricket for a decade, their performances are just not good enough. No matter what BD fans say, their team is not just good enough. I suspect the root cause is weak first class structure (4 day cricket). Just because a country has some sort of international T20 league does not prove they are good enough to play test cricket!!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 20, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @ getsetgopk - Comparing your team with India or other Asian teams doesn't make Pak a Great side overseas. It seems, you are still living in past glory of Wasim and Waqar. If Pak team was indeed that great, it wouldn't have got HUMILIATED in SA. 0-3. Pak's World record of 0-9 when they toured Aus is well known. BD should play Tests or not is a different matter. Just because BD lost so heavily to Zim you targeting BPL ? Then BPL deserves applause too as just after playing BPL, BD team performed way better than expected against SL in SL. Understand Miss. ? ?

    And if T-20 leagues indeed have such bad effect on players then I wonder what will happen to Great Pak Cricketers who are already looking clueless OVERSEAS.

    Good luck with PSL. Can't wait to start.

  • Dhutugemunu on April 20, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    After BD lost to SL, BD fans said that "Wait until SL comes to BD next year. We will beat them". Same story here. They say Wait until Zim comes to BD. We will beat them. he he :D

  • warneneverchuck on April 20, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Bd fans shudnt feel bad ther is always pak team for them to compete

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

    lol. During SL vs BD series, BD fans were crying that Shakib is missing. Now abcdef_12345 says "We want to see Mominul instead of Shakib". What a joke?

  • on April 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    m a pakistani,,,,comeon Bd fans wots da big deal????its jst a loss n believe me its gonna b forgotten soon u hav a wonderful team n i m sure dey will make a comeback its jst a matter of time,,,,i m a bit shocked 2 see nasir battin so down in da order to me hes one of da best n i mean it coz he plays with a lot of patience but for dat to happen u need to hav partners who can support u.

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

    Bangladesh were doing quite well in the past months so it's a little unexpected to lose so badly. Losing from Zimbabwe by 335 runs is a lot. Losing from any team by 335 runs is a lot. Taylor scored almost as much as the bangladeshi batsmen in the match.On the other hand, Zimbabwe won because they were better - full credit to their batting and bowling. They were also doing good in the recent past and I'm happy to see them winning this one. I'm here for the good cricket and it makes me happy to see both teams doing well on Test,ODI and T20 level 0.<

  • EnayetT on April 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @Built_4_the_kill, "...if the cricket bats are shaped like FISH and the cricket balls are made of rice, no team in the world can beat Bangladesh in any format of cricket. .. I would request ICC to implement this new idea. In addition, I would also request ICC to introduce 50 overs per inning test cricket. By adopting these two initiatives ICC can help Bangladesh become more competitive in test arena. Otherwise I don't see any hope with BD. " My friend, I could not agree more (I am a Bangladeshi). Some in this forum made comments for learning from mistakes! The basic assumption in learning from mistakes is "the ability to learn". No learning happens when there is an acute deficiency in ability to learn....

  • SamRoy on April 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @james.jones Last time BD won those two matches were against WI 'C' Team whose top 25 cricketers had gone on a coup against the cricket board (WICB). They are the worst test team in test cricket history and should not have been given test status by ICC in 2000 (It was a money making move by Dalmiya). They have improved a little bit but are still pathetic. Sehwag said they were a bad side, he was brutally honest without being diplomatic.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    getsetgopk We general Bangladeshis are happy with BPL.So, don't worry.And BD even not in the league of Zim? Let Zim come to BD and we will see how many 100s Taylor scores in turning tracks.He hardly has a 50 in BD.It is a shame to loose tests, other than that general public like me get something from BPL, not this boring format of test cricket which will die soon.

  • getsetgopk on April 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    BOBO: Before posting comments you should take some time off and know a little about the game that you apparently care about some much. Stats guru is not that bad place for a start. Pakistan has the 3rd best W/L ratio in test cricket throughout the history and miles ahead of the other Asian teams especially India with that 0-8 world record. BD is not even the league of Zim and shouldn't be playing tests in my opinion. Do you really think BPL is 15 days? That is a stupid thing to say considering the amount of work goes into preparation, franchises, bank accounts, foreign players, contracts, deals, advertisements and what not. That time and energy could have been spent on setting up FC structure, that was the point of my comment which just went way above your head. They didn't even clear that mess of players salary for the previous year, how can that be just 15 days? You get the point MR. 15 days?

  • james.jones on April 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Zimbabwe's record against Bangladesh Played 10 tests, won 6, lost 1, draw 3. I don't understand why Bangladesh was being perceived as a superior team compared to Zimbabwe. Bangladesh last won a test match in July 2009 (3 years & 9 months ago).

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on April 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Phew...! What a pathetic show from Bangladeshis! I think now the time has come to take away the test status from them and hand it over to IreLand/Afghanistan! And for an instance Bangali supporters and people should stop considering themselves as a "non-minnow"!! They are literally even worst than that! Hats off to Zimbabwe ! they really showed Bangla their true face! They also showed that they r the most underrated minnow of recent times! something also goes with Bangla's over-hyped and over confidence...

  • on April 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    As a Banglaldeshi , I will say that BD will out from Test Cricket for 5-6 years .

  • Captainman on April 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Yes Bangladesh batting was a disgrace but please don't blame Shakib, he just got back from operation and his body language in that test match showed he was lacking practice and looked kind of wayward. Also people questioning whether he can bat on these grassy bouncier surface, he scored his first test 100 against New Zealand in New Zealand so he can do it. Jahurul and Mahmudulah needs to be dropped in the next test match and bring Sajidul as the third seamer for Enamul. No Shahadat!!!

  • BOND_OO7 on April 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    BD got the support of 180 millions.I myself watch even a BD test match keeping myself absent from college.But didn't think that this team would disappoint me this much in return. We all sit before tv with great hope. Now our hopes are shatterred. Yet we stay beside my country hoping for good. Best of luck ....

  • indirockz on April 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    excuse me....did I read it right? Zim.... a country with 0 points beat the mighty BD by 335 runs? Hahahaha, should be a tough lose to digest for die hard bangla fans. Before start of series, I heard some claims that it will be a cake walk and how they will beat the hell out of listless Zim and whitewash and stuff like that. I don't see any of them happen. Zim performed clinically, led by captain from front and convincingly beat the so called asian tigers. I say again, it's good to be fan but its too much to brag about club level performers. None of your players are world class. I say give test status to IRE and AFGHAN since they are performing better than this average team.

  • alcapoon on April 20, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Learn from mistakes is an understatement and probably not suitable for Bangladesh as they have already committed 67 mistakes in 78 test matches. Here are the stats http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;team=25;template=results;type=team and out of those 78 they have won 3 with last win in 2009 against weak west indies http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/25.html?class=1;result=1;template=results;type=team;view=results

    In comparison Zimbabwe have won 10 out of 90 with 26 draws. So yup Zimbabwe is definitely from their mistakes.

  • on April 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I m from Pakistan nd long time supporter of team BD, but now loosing hope...they really disappointed me in Zimbabwe

  • Built_4_the_Kill on April 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    A very good game where both sides fought for a loss. The approach of Zimbabwe team was for Bangladesh's loss and the approach of Bangladesh team was for their own loss. Very rarely you witness such a harmony in a test match. In the 130+ years of cricket history, such harmony was witnessed only 60+ occasions and in all those occasions Bangladesh was one of the teams.

    A Bangladeshi friend of mine once told me that if the cricket bats are shaped like FISH and the cricket balls are made of rice, no team in the world can beat Bangladesh in any format of cricket. According to him the fish+rice is the most famous food in Bangladesh and no one in the world can beat them when it comes to cooking and/or eating this dish.

    I would request ICC to implement this new idea. In addition, I would also request ICC to introduce 50 overs per inning test cricket. By adopting these two initiatives ICC can help Bangladesh become more competitive in test arena. Otherwise I don't see any hope with BD.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 20, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @ getsetgopk

    It doesn't make sense when you target BPL. What's wrong with hardly 15 odd days of BPL once an year ? Just because BD organized T-20 tournament doesn't mean Tests have never been their priorities. It is because of BPL that BD were able to draw ODI series and 1 Test match against SL in SL. It is more of a sub-continent problem where batsmen generally struggle. Ind got white-washed in Aus. Pak got white-washed in SA. SL have never -NEVER- beaten Aus in a test match let alone series home or away. What does it show ? Pak has no T-20 league as of now. So it can be considered as per your logic that Tests are Pak's priorities then why they got white-washed in SA a few weeks ago with their so called "Best Bowling Attack" that included so called magician Ajmal too ? Why is Pak's overseas record so pathetic ? Sorry but your comment is in bad taste.

  • malepas on April 20, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I think BD missed a golden opportunity to get improved and lift their skills by refusing to tour Pakistan,,this would in turn made Paksitan to tour BD and playing around 4 tests in year against a quality team like Pakistan would enhance the BD teams performace. As no other top test playing nation would play BD, this was their best chance and they blew it. They think far ahead of themselves, and played a draw on a dead track against SL gave them false perception of their ability at test level. Well done Zim.

  • Zillurcc on April 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Learn from the mistakes. I know different condition, different ground, bouncing wicket & u haven't played in such pace bowling favor wicket for many years. But off course this is international cricket. So learn quickly. Leave out swing deliveries outside the off stump at least first 50 deliveries u face. Shakib, when i first saw u knocking in Mirpur stadium in lunch break, many years back; i made the commend that this boy has the capability to become one of the best batsman in the world, off u were not a regular spinner then. U r playing too much short in test match. U know all these; just concentrate, no need to play too much shorts at least first few overs. Don't give up, u got still time to prove that u r not that worse team. Best luck for the next match.

  • SpitFire on April 20, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan, its really hard for me to say, we really deserve to be at the bottom of the ranking... There are excuses surely, but we shouldn't dip into those. Zim bowlers did a real good job, and its time to axe the Vice Captain. Nafees out, Mahmud out, Enamul out. Bring in one more seamer and play Mominul instead of Mahmud. Harare ground belongs to Zim, and Indians know it better actually. So we have to forget about winning the next match. Draw will be an achievement.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I donno how much is too much. I am a Bangladeshi and I am embarrassed with these lot. If after 13 years of test cricket this is how u perform than I think this is the right time for BCB Think about self-imposed ban. This team does not have the right to be a test team. I'd love it if BCB announce that this is gonna be Bangladesh's last test series for next two years.

  • on April 20, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Guys, Don't worry. We will come back in next game and win the game with dashing style. Promise, I will give a treat if we win.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    What a whole lot of excuses-no practice match blah blah blah . Looks like tailor and jarvis will torment BD this series. THe truth is BD rely heavily on an allrounder whose batting avg and bowling S/r is not very .... eye-catching.

  • Mr_Cricket2 on April 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Power House ? Century Partnerships , 500 first inning runs .... This BD team is so unpredictable.... and the BD Fans are even more of it ....they play only 1 test draw against the weakest SL ever and think of these phrases ... I am not seeing any comeback in the 2nd test ....

  • on April 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Honestly, supporting bd is waste of time.I am saying this with lot of grief. I have been supporting this team since my childhood. Never missed a second of their match even if i had exams or anything. I knew they will get better, when they performed bad. But today i felt they dont care about their fans. No one even tried to perform,do check their dismissals !& Hafeez & kallis is way better than shakib, so boy come down where you should be in the ranking ! Firms should donate money instead of giving them on scoring 200. What are you gonna do on this performance ? We fans feeling extremely low. Congragts Zim

  • getsetgopk on April 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Chris_P: There is that issue of course, but barely a few years into test cricket and they went after the money that could be made in T20 with BPL. BD was never ready jumping all in to T20's so soon. With limited talent like BD have, you have to pick and choose which format you want to focus on and BD chosen T20, I think that much is clear. BD is never going to be a strong Test team. The talent is thin as water, no reserves, no pacers, batsmen that are good enough for 30 runs and so. There is a common myth that stronger test nations aren't doing enough to help out the weaker ones, just a myth. Truth is, the reason why there are only ten test nations playing this sport is because test cricket is way too demanding. Even a whole country's resources, if not fully devoted to it, failure is inevitable. Test cricket is the ultimate form and DEMANDS the ultimate respect. BD fans must be day dreaming when they dont have a first class structure and they're out here thinking they can win tests.

  • tmp789 on April 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Hats off the Zimbabwe for winning this Test, especially what the country has been through over the years.

    What Cricket really needs is lots of teams to play better cricket so that we don't have 1 or 2 countries dominating for a long time.

    Hopefully Bangladesh improve from here, they have been languishing as minnows for too long in Tests.

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on April 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Shame for Bd fans..poor poor perfomence.. don't understand the ability of our test team.. no one seemed to bat in the right manner.. i think we need a different test playing team.. and we also need some fast pitches in our domestic cricket...

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    We want to see Mominul instead of Shakib, and Marshal instead of Jahurul.Find a partner for Tamim ASAP.

  • siddhartha87 on April 20, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Taylor showed his class in this match.He was in a completely separate league from the others. Jarvis really looks the best Zimbabwean bowler since Heath Streak. However Zimbabwe still needs better performance from seasoned campaigners like Hamilton Masakadza,Chigumbura and Waller. Bangladesh still hasn't learnt to face quality pace attack.

  • The-love on April 20, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    @BDFans :- No need to panic friends....Yes ofcourse we didn't bat well but i think only difference was taylor between two team's batting.BD lost by 335 runs and taylor alone scored 275 runs.Some decent batting by BD and getting Taylor out cheaply in next game may win us the match.Being an Indian I know how does it feel when your country loses but for now they need our support so instead of thrashing players just wait and hope best for the next match.I am sure they will come back hard.

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    hey, come on, this is certainly not the current strength of BD team now, i strongly believe, due to some wrong strategic decisions, this horrible result is happened, here are some of these; 1) not picking the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing shorter version matches of 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, directly entered into the longer version in totally opposite bouncy pitch in Zim without playing any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, not practiced a single day in BD, 4) the whole team looked exhausted as there was a little gap between the SL & Zim trip, 5) some players like Shakib & Nafees still look unfit after coming back their injuries, 6) players were mentally and physically disturbed as their hotel water system was horrible (petrol was mixed with water, so the hotel should be changed immediately)...I strongly hope that BD will certainly bounce back in the 2nd test with better strategy, adjustment, three pacers & fit players...

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe...this welcome result indicate that their pre-match preparations were good. while over confidence of BD cost them the match...

  • fr600 on April 20, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    An amazing win for Zim and an unexpected shameless performance by Ban.

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Go Zim Go! am so impressed by the all round perfomance of the team. Bravo to Captain Taylor for getting back to back centuries.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe ! what a clinical performance. Was Brendon Taylor batted on a different surface? awesome batting. keep it up...

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I have been saying for a long time - enough with same old players and give promising talented young new players like Marshall Ayoub , Nazmul Hossain Milon, Momenul huq, Shamsur rahman , Mosharraf hossain etc etc chance to improve and make Bd better team in near future. Now all Bd fans have to agree with me what I was saying. Really, some of the old Bd players had reached their limit, they are not gonna improve any more. Now its high time Bd should look for future, not past or present. Work on promising players of future like taskin ahmed, nazmul hossain milon , marshall etc even if this means to compromise current game/series at hand , target future .

  • BBrianBlair on April 20, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Why so much fuss over BD's loss. Zimbabwe have actually improved a lot since returning to test arena. They have been beating teams like SL, SA, Aus and India in T20/ ODIs. They certainly are not below BD.

  • on April 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The over reliance on taylor really gives me a tough time to breath. What are people like sibanda masakadza going.mangongongo on the othe hand should not boast of anythng bcz ths has bn purely an individual perfomance by one guy. I can't stand th sight of one guy being med to shooulder other batsmen failures.mawoyo seems to b the only black guy who cn deliver,the reSt are just rubbish yes I mean sibanda,chigumbura,masaka nywy thank you tayloy cremer,javis,meth n shingi thank you guys

  • an_alcoholic on April 20, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I still strongly believe that BD team is better than the result refers....congrats to zimb team n taylor for his 'incredible' performance.... with no offence i must say ashraful need some psychological treatment..i mean wots wrong with him ..again n again same mistakes ...its really sad watching such a tallant going waste...shakib need some more tym wid his fitness i think....bd really need to improve a lot...with this kindda performance dey seem lucky to draw a test in SL.

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    The only word that defines this is 'SHAME'. I am ashamed of the team. In a country where half the people live on less than $1 a day, we are spending thousands of dollars on them. Each time they get a 100 they are given around $2500 as prizes just from the board. We are pampering them, we fans root for them in here in Cricinfo and protest as soon as anyone like legaleague insults us. But I am lost for words now. What can I say now? When Shakib fails to get to double figures in both innings, how can I boast that my coubtry has the best all rounder in the world?

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 20, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Isn't it enough for BCB to be shaken up? For god's sake,make a pacy,bouncy wicket and launch a 5 day-match tournament throughout a year. If int. schedule is off,then it should be made mandatory for all the national players to participate in that tourment. Make a move now

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Congrats to Zim...Completely outplayed and thrashed.....No excuses. Zim is the better team so far-- From a BD Fan

  • borhans on April 20, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    there was no test playing mentality for bangaldesh in this match ..its like they want to end it within a day .after all the hard work in srilaka this teams looks like they don't even want to come to zimbabwe ..what happened in between ..selectors really need to question themselves going with only two pacer & droping monimul but giving chance to nafees ...worst team combination worst batting performance & no test playing mentality what else one team need to devour a huge defeat

  • Chris_P on April 20, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    You need only look at the first class structure of any country to determine whether they will be competitive in Tests so this result is no surprise at all. More than 10 years on & the BD hasvn't advanced in tests, nor will they as long as the current system stays. Competitive in T20 & ODI they are, but tests? Forget it. Unless there is a complete overhaul, this will be as good as it gets I am afraid. This reflects very, very poorly on test cricket. A total absence of application & patience by BD. You need it in large volumes to be comtpetitive & this only occurs through a proper first class system, ergo, the future for BD test cricket is very, very dim. To be blunt, they will only remain to inflate other countries' batting averages & improve bowling averages. Test cricket, totally out of their depth. Where is the 5 or 10 year plan to improve this? That's right, there is none! A real shame for cricket.

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Can't remember a pathetic loss like this in near past. Mushfiq was claimimg to introduce a third seamer. Where your 2nd seamer was an average performer, what's the point to include a third. BD needs serious thinking, and now I believe their feet are on ground. C'mon regroup and reclaim your position.

  • ibbani on April 20, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @ abcedf_12345 - If you deduct 43 of Jahurul from 134, it would be 91 in 1st innings, 40 of Ashraful, then it would be 107 in 2nd innings. If you take off 6 from Robiul's wickets in 2nd innigns, then it would have been 500 run margin loss to Bangladesh. Stop doing Mathematcis of subtracting great innings, go on with the game and enjoy your team losing so heavily to the so called minnows by you fans only. your team utterly butterly dont deserve any test status, stongly DONT DESERVE. 75% comments are the same in this page. so better dont say those kind of bullshit comments.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Great win for Zimbabwe. Heath Streak's work as bowling coach has really improved our bowlers. Mangongo will be quick to claim credit, but he is nothing more than a figurehead coach.

  • tboz13 on April 20, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Mr Strict Mangongo well done for beating BD!!! you have proved that Zim cricket is still a force to reckon with, esp after all hope was lost at the WI tour, u managed managed to put the boardroom squabbles behind the team and focus on winning. i feel that they should make you a substantive coach for Zim.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    This is the day we would love to forget. Days like this come one or another day but you have to move on. We are utter disappointed but have we anything to do with that?

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Drop Shakib Al Hasan for the last test, ODI and T20 series.He is not fit yet.Drop Mahmudullah or change his batting position.Bring Mominul.Jahurul should never be given a chance in the national team.

  • Harmony111 on April 20, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Wow what a hard slap to those BD fans who were talking lowly about NZ when they were not doing well. Zim have not only won this test match but they literally obliterated BD here. Shall we too now talk about BD's test status being suspended?

    If after so many years BD are yet to win a single test and can't even compete in tests with Zim (with all due respects to them) then probably BD will never ever learn to play cricket.

    I honestly think that BD are just not good enough and ICC should consider Holland or Ireland or even Afghanistan for the new vacancy in the test club as BD are bound to be shunted out after this humiliating performance.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    To be honest, if you deduct Taylor's 171 and 102* from Zimbabwe's total, the whole scenario would be different.Zimbabwe could not reach 389 had Taylor been out on 35.They might end on 250.Then again in the second innings when Robiul threatened to keep the target within 360, Taylor stood up.

  • Jadejafan on April 20, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I actually think in Test Cricket a team like Ireland can also beat Bangladesh. Jadeja is a better all-rounder than Shakib!

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    To BD Fans and supporters: though your team have lost! but your team and fans should not loose hope! they have improved a bit in recent times! for instance, a 13 runs improvement from 1st innings!!!

  • britishcricketfan on April 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    This is embarrassing. BNG team and BCB really need to have a look at which direction their heading. They really do not deserve to play test cricket, and it hurts to say that because I've defended them a lot. Thier batsmen especially are a disgrace, especially after all the hype after the draw against SL. Mushfuqur keeps on picking players who have under performed for too long now e.g mahmuduallh. why? especially when mominul looked so promising in the SL series...

    Ive spent too long following them and supporting them over the years, but this was the final straw...not gonna waste my time on them anymore...

  • Legaleagle on April 20, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Absolutely phenomenal stuff from Zimbabwe. They truly outplayed an overconfident team of untalented players.

    Bangladesh team and fans should do some introspection. Bangladesh fans though scoring 600 runs meant they won the series in Sri Lanka. Last I checked that was not the case. Showing blips of batting or bowling over a span of 15 years doesn't mean a team is doing well. Bangladesh lost 0-1 in Sri Lanka.

    Bangladesh is losing cause, and world cricket has run out of patience with their recurring pathetic performance.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Once there was a time when Zimbabwe was very strong.In 2003, many class players stopped playing cricket for them including Andy Flower.However, 10 years had been passed and new generation talent has emerged.Brendan Taylor is a very good batsman outside subcontinent.Kyle Jarvis is a world class pacer.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Crushing win for Zimbabwe. Bowling, fielding and a bit of batting all came together nicely to produce a defining allround performance. Excellent work from Taylor. He batted BD out of the match.

    Vusi, Hami & Elton will get their batting right, and the debutants will get better as well. On the BD side, the question is how much value will a limping Tamim, just like SAH, add to the BD cause in the 2nd Test? Zim will have too much for them. Perhaps a fine lesson for the BCB in that you must always pick your fittest players and back them to perform instead of holding out on star unfit players.

    Congratulations to Mangongo for leading the side to such a big win. Excellent coach! With him at the helm we can even reign in NZ, WI & SL!!!

  • Kaihan on April 20, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Guys, the reality is BD is the worst in this kind of pitches. There are no such pitches in BD. But if Zim comes to BD, it will be a different story. BD did well in Srilanka because they got pitches similar to BD pitches. I guess BD will lose again in the 2nd test for the same reason - From Bangladesh

  • on April 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Good for Zimbabwe cricket .and congt to taylor for his out standing betting in both the inning s .

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    What an absolute trashing! Just heard few BD fans say that BD is better than Zim. I guess with their kind of bowling attack and batting they won't win overseas. No good pacers. Zimbabwe take a bow! Remember Zim lost severely to WI while BD has a draw to cheer about.

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Credit where it belongs, i believe the zim cricketers did a good job and deserved a win, the lack of international matches by zimbabwe only lies as the factor which undermines great potential in our country yet the likes of brendan taylor and crew show a glimpse of what we could do. there is still room for improvement and its upto them to prove what they are capable of

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh are a decent limited overs side but in Test Cricket they're a joke and looks to me they keep getting worse and worse. They don't even take Test Cricket seriously even their sponsors give a reward for scoring the most 6s even though its a Test match. They simply give Test Cricket a bad name. If Zimbabwe can bowl them out like that then who knows what a team like South Africa would've done. Bangladesh batsman apart from probably Tamim cannot play on seaming tracks and that's why players like Shakib are way too overrated.

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    There is no explanation of that type of performances. Sometimes these days come in cricket when you have nothing to say. But that's disappointing. Again we shouldn't forget we have good side and we can bounce back. These incidents nearly happened in recent past with the teams like SA, AUS, NZ, England.

  • Patdabac on April 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Bangladesh must be one of the worst teams I've seen in a long time. Bangladeshi bowlers can't take 20 wickets and can't score more than 150 runs in an innings either. As usual the fans will be making up excuses for their team. Bangladeshi's are no where near the standard required at the test level. They can just about manage draws on flat pitches but can't compete in bowler friendly pitches.

  • Jawwad123 on April 20, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    @Faisal Rocky: you cant always blame luck nor the umpires...im a BD and a BD fan too but i have to say its the bangladesh batsmen that have to be blamed here! This was their simple problem in this match(and 2 years ago too)- overconfidence! Just because they played well against SL doesnt mean they are invincible against lower ranked teams! they play well there they because they were cautious and confident but here they were overconfident and started dreaming from which they never woke up and before they knew it they were losing and that too awefully!! Now I hope Bangladesh doesnt have to spend another two years regaining their momentum they had so nicey built!

  • DD_f0rever on April 20, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    335 runs - Margin. That indeed is a thrashing !

    'That really raises questions about BD's Test Status' - No, Im not going to say anything like this. But it just shows another case of sub-continent team getting thrashed overseas.

    Still a LONG LONG LONG way to Go for BD before even thinking of competing sides like NZ, Eng, Aus and SA in their own backyards.

    Btw, Congratulations to Zimbabwe and its fans. Glad to see Zim has found some real match winners. Jarvis is a Great Find. I knew he would fire ever since I saw him bowl especially against WI. Now being consistent is the key.

  • SportyKid97 on April 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Hoping that the second test and the limited overs series will follow a much much better performance then this. Someone also needs to tell the ZIM commentators that they are way too biased and boring. Go Tigers! We are always with you.

  • Mitch1066 on April 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Well played zimbarbwe. Seam to out played the tigers. Seams under estimating Taylor and his lads was bad . I watched tigers play england and they were very poor seam they are close to being weakest test nation I think them zim Kenya Ireland Scotland the Dutch Afghanistan should play first class cricket games or test between them to bring them all up. As West Indies Pakistanis sa England Shri Lanka India the auz nz are stronger then those two

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on April 20, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Yes, BD was unlucky with some bad calls - BUT this was a very poor overall performance. Very poor, to keep swinging and swinging in a Test Match! The fact that they are not even trying to push this game till the 5th day is appalling. Very good team performance Zimbabwe. Good fight, good confidence and good planning with good decisions taken as well.

  • DD_f0rever on April 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @ Faisal Rocky

    The incident you are talking about, Taylor had already scored 116 runs by then. You may cut those extra runs he scored after that (50 something). Still BD will lose by a big big margin.

  • on April 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Really on these pitches B'desh are not test standard. Don't expect too much from them. In the limited overs they will improve.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Having said that, the players themselves need to take a lot of blame for being greedy and lacking foresight. It would have helped to let one or to go and go along with Zim's strategy to bowl outside off. The longer the seamers had to bowl meant Jarvis&Shingi would be limited to shorter spells, while the less threatening Meth, Hamilton & Elton would've been called upon to bowl more.

    That way they would've picked up easy runs with little risk. With Cremer called on to bowl more overs, and potentially Maruma as well in search of wickets, runs would've flown plenty. As it stands BD barely managed to last beyond ODI overs which is a great shame.

    But then again when Cremer does come on and dishes juicy full tosses like that you expect Nasir to deal with it properly. Not sure if those kind of horrible Murali-like misses are down to lack of preparation.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    BD may yet come back strongly in the 2nd Test, but the short time in between Tests limits their potential to achieve that. Team management and decision-makers need to take the blame for not giving their boys a lot of time in Zim ahead of the 1st Test, as well as a couple of tour matches.

    Considering this was an important tour for BD following a loss in their last tour here, and in which nothing less than a 2-0 win would suffice, such preparation was crucial.

    We do have some good seamers, but the abundance of talent in the BD batting has really made our bowlers look far much better than they are. Failing to gauge the pace of the wicket was responsible for a lot of the mishits which were caught. Lack of preparation hurt these technically able batsmen!

    To those questioning the aggression of the BD batsmen, those were awful balls they gave the necessary treatment, and they should be commended. Against better batsmen, Zim really should have conceded no less than 300/2 in either innings.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Really, just tantalized ! What does happen to bd when they tour zim? Really disappointed

  • on April 20, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe. I hope our batsmen (BD) can learn from the likes of Taylor and put up a better show in the second test.

  • jktvish on April 20, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Bangladesh is far from being a consistent test team. They could play ODI or T20 at international level. That's about it. Hat's off to Zimbabwe for such a great performance in spite of all issues in that country.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Great performance from Zimbabwe, and to think the players are dealing with all sorts of issues behind the scenes such as not being paid on time.

  • jktvish on April 20, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Bangladesh is far from a consistent test side. They can be considered as a decent ODI or a T20 side. That's it. Zimbabwe is playing inspirational cricket.

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    good batting by taylor..he has potential to become a world class player.i

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Yes... Bangladeshis are always unlucky! This time Jahurul Islam. Can anybody remember the the ball -- "100.2 Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, appeal for lbw, that looked mighty close, landed on middle and moving just a hint towards leg, Taylor got half-forward and was struck on the pads, in line with middle and leg, and that looked out. Didn't seem like it was going over either. Tony Hill doesn't agree. Extremely close, and for me, that was out. - espncricinfo"

    And he made 171 in that innings! Unlucky Robiul Islam!

  • Nduru on April 20, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    So proud of you Brendan! You are in illustrious company, and deservedly so. The team also supported you very well, although I really wish Mawoyo was playing and that Hami and Vusi could find some form again.

  • Nduru on April 20, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    So proud of you Brendan! You are in illustrious company, and deservedly so. The team also supported you very well, although I really wish Mawoyo was playing and that Hami and Vusi could find some form again.

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Yes... Bangladeshis are always unlucky! This time Jahurul Islam. Can anybody remember the the ball -- "100.2 Robiul Islam to Taylor, no run, appeal for lbw, that looked mighty close, landed on middle and moving just a hint towards leg, Taylor got half-forward and was struck on the pads, in line with middle and leg, and that looked out. Didn't seem like it was going over either. Tony Hill doesn't agree. Extremely close, and for me, that was out. - espncricinfo"

    And he made 171 in that innings! Unlucky Robiul Islam!

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    good batting by taylor..he has potential to become a world class player.i

  • jktvish on April 20, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Bangladesh is far from a consistent test side. They can be considered as a decent ODI or a T20 side. That's it. Zimbabwe is playing inspirational cricket.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Great performance from Zimbabwe, and to think the players are dealing with all sorts of issues behind the scenes such as not being paid on time.

  • jktvish on April 20, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Bangladesh is far from being a consistent test team. They could play ODI or T20 at international level. That's about it. Hat's off to Zimbabwe for such a great performance in spite of all issues in that country.

  • on April 20, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well played Zimbabwe. I hope our batsmen (BD) can learn from the likes of Taylor and put up a better show in the second test.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Really, just tantalized ! What does happen to bd when they tour zim? Really disappointed

  • ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    BD may yet come back strongly in the 2nd Test, but the short time in between Tests limits their potential to achieve that. Team management and decision-makers need to take the blame for not giving their boys a lot of time in Zim ahead of the 1st Test, as well as a couple of tour matches.

    Considering this was an important tour for BD following a loss in their last tour here, and in which nothing less than a 2-0 win would suffice, such preparation was crucial.

    We do have some good seamers, but the abundance of talent in the BD batting has really made our bowlers look far much better than they are. Failing to gauge the pace of the wicket was responsible for a lot of the mishits which were caught. Lack of preparation hurt these technically able batsmen!

    To those questioning the aggression of the BD batsmen, those were awful balls they gave the necessary treatment, and they should be commended. Against better batsmen, Zim really should have conceded no less than 300/2 in either innings.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 20, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Having said that, the players themselves need to take a lot of blame for being greedy and lacking foresight. It would have helped to let one or to go and go along with Zim's strategy to bowl outside off. The longer the seamers had to bowl meant Jarvis&Shingi would be limited to shorter spells, while the less threatening Meth, Hamilton & Elton would've been called upon to bowl more.

    That way they would've picked up easy runs with little risk. With Cremer called on to bowl more overs, and potentially Maruma as well in search of wickets, runs would've flown plenty. As it stands BD barely managed to last beyond ODI overs which is a great shame.

    But then again when Cremer does come on and dishes juicy full tosses like that you expect Nasir to deal with it properly. Not sure if those kind of horrible Murali-like misses are down to lack of preparation.