Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day

Zimbabwe strike, Bangladesh fight

The Report by Mohammad Isam

April 25, 2013

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Bangladesh 300 for 6 (Shakib 81, Mushfiqur 60) v Zimbabwe
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Mushfiqur Rahim cuts during his half-century, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, April 25, 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim fought hard after the top-order struggled © Associated Press

On a day of nerves from both sets of players, Zimbabwe walked out happier after they picked up enough wickets to justify their decision to bowl. At stumps, Bangladesh were 300 for 6, and it was hard to say whether they, too, would be pleased with the outcome.

The error-ridden day was not pretty to watch at times. The home side almost gave away a good start by their bowlers in the afternoon but fought back through two wickets in the final session. They have the advantage of sitting on a 1-0 lead, which would help them to assess the Test later on.

Keegan Meth continued to bowl with the same discipline as he had in the first Test, keeping the batsmen on a tight leash with his line, length and sudden bursts of big movement. Kyle Jarvis had quite a disappointing day as the team's best quick bowler in the first Test. He bowled too full, and at times too wide. He, however, picked up a wicket late in the day.

Elton Chigumbura took two wickets, both gifted through absurd shots by Mominul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan. Shingi Masakadza also took one wicket, that of Mohammad Ashraful and that, too, off a poor shot.

The visitors had three almost similar sessions, losing two wickets in each. Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim helped the side to respectability through their 123-run fifth wicket stand after Bangladesh had slipped to 125 for 4 after lunch.

Shakib started off smoothly with three boundaries in his first 15 balls, but soon calmed down and supported Mushfiqur's recovery act. He reached his fifty off 84 balls, before launching into a bit of a four-hitting spree. But he fell in that trap, running out to Chigumbura late in the day to fall for 81 off 118 balls. He has now given away three opportunities to score Test hundreds in his last four Tests.

Mushfiqur, too, batted well, but just when he needed to see off the day, he fell leg-before to Jarvis around 20 minutes before stumps were drawn. He made 60 off 165 balls, an innings which was exactly what many before him could have done.

Tamim Iqbal's return to the line-up was important to the top-order but he was among the six batsmen to succumb to impatience rather than the bowling. He started off nervously before settling down and looking confident as he struck six boundaries. After spending some minutes on 49, the imminence of the landmark got the better of him. He rushed towards the non-striker's end, only to see Masakadza's direct hit catching him short.

Mominul, too, looked committed to a proper innings. But he, too, joined the soft-dismissal parade. In an attempt to keep a rising ball down, he chipped the ball down the throat of extra cover. It was yet another promising innings that was nipped in the bud. It all started with Jahurul Islam at the stroke of the first drinks break.

Jahurul and Tamim added 44 for the first wicket before the former holed out in the covers where Malcolm Waller ran back to complete the catch. Jahurul's restlessness was noticeable throughout his stay in the first hour, but here was a batsman who was again setting himself up for a big innings after blunting out the bowler's attempts.

But as has been his problem after battling out the initial foray, Jahurul tried to blast Meth down the ground and fell. He had earlier survived three chances, being dropped off Meth in the second over of the match as well as two run-out opportunities. Ashraful followed him back to the dressing room soon after to make it 58 for 2. He toed a pull off Masakadza and was easily caught at gully. His innings could have been even shorter than the 4 he made if Meth could have gathered the ball cleanly in the 18th over.

Tamim, too, could have been run out in the first overs of the first two sessions, and was also dropped catch in the slips. There were chances galore in the final hour of play too. Mushfiqur was dropped at square-leg by Graeme Cremer after he skied a pull before Brendan Taylor dropped Nasir Hossain at slip off Cremer. Ziaur Rahman survived a run-out chance in the 83rd over.

Zimbabwe's fielding was frustrating, but they will remain positive because of the conditions in Harare. Late in the second session and throughout the final session, legspinner Cremer found turn and bounce to his liking which would add to the general sense of advantage which the fast bowlers have felt on this wicket. They could still bank on Bangladesh's impatience in their bid to gain control.

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Posted by Mystrious_Faisal on (April 26, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Zimbabwe now have hard task on their hand. They have to be patience. They should punish the bad balls and play good balls with responsiblity. Not taking risk is key to succed in test. I saw Bangladesh played some risky shot, what is really unneccesery. Zimbabwe really have to play their own game. Playing loose or risky shot could cause them out. Though i don't want this, as a Bangladesh fan.....:)

Posted by Mystrious_Faisal on (April 26, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Bangladesh had been doing a great job in test. They improved so much as they now have ability to compete with any other test playing country. But all they need now, is nothing but consistency. They has to be consistent and confidence, but not over-confidence. Thats the key.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

LOL.... I am loving Robiul Islam! He frustrated ZIM batsman in the first match with his 9 wicket haul and now he's frustrating ZIM bowlers. BD will be very happy with their score of 391. Many BD fans and of course non-BD critics will be harsh on the batters for giving away their wickets. However look at the stats and you will see that BD have been very consistent. OK, against AUS, SA or other teams it may not be enough but with a team like ZIM, its a very very competitive target.

TV commentators are talking up the ZIM batsman and how the wicket has become one favouring batting ... over to the ZIM top order to prove them right. Over to Robiul et al to show the opposite.

Posted by Neutral_Criciki on (April 26, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

good batting today from Nasir more sensible should try keep Zim on the field as long as possible and then have a crack at them with the bowl

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 26, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

This time BD need to bowl twice good as they did in 1st test. In this pitch more batter will play like taylor for sure.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

@ Ain_EL_Sabet ,bro I m afraid it will b too late by den,its useless havin ur best player posted remotely n expectin 2 bring stability. in my view nasir can win u guys alone given he has tym n partners of some repute at da otha end,i rememba how well he played our bowlers n I was really amazed by dat u know y,coz our bowlin attack is arguably da best n it was no different wen we last played againt Bd, ,as I asked 4 him earlier lemme say it again let us have him let alone his battin his fieldin skills can earn him a place in our side,,,,,

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (April 26, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@ Aryan Khan , to me Nasir Hossain is the most talented and promising cricketer in Bd team so far. He is truely a sharp talented batsman who can also do pace balling and a bit of spin. But the reason why he is given so late in the order is no other batsman in Bd team can handle pressure at that late stage. May be its good for the team as a whole for now but I really think its not good for Nasir Hossain individually becuz it doesnt give him opportunity to improve/develop as he would have at number 4 and the fact that he gets tail anders to partner at number 7. If nasir plays at middle order its better for future of Bd but Bangladesh only look at present (the series or game currently at hand) .

Posted by Batmanian on (April 26, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

I really enjoy the format of having a proper Test on in the evening (in Australia) and one or two IPL match-ups for a bit of light relief. Great opportunity to get to know Zim and BD cricket. I recommend scheduling such series during IPL every year (maybe get Ireland, Namibia, Kenya involved, too - a US-Canada quasi-Test series would be fantastic too)!

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (April 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Some reason, Nasir is always performs better in lower order. Team management tried him in top order few times and he failed most of the cases. I don't why, only Nasir can explain. Good luck tigers.

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (April 26, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Zimbabwean bowlers looked ordinary today, except for Keegan Meth. At least Jarvis came back late in the day and picked up a key wicket. Chigumbura got lucky and got a wicket off a poor delivery. Cremer had his moment but needs to show greater consistency.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

I hope that Bangladesh will be score 380 plus and bd win the match.

Posted by hamid_khan65 on (April 26, 2013, 3:01 GMT)


BD,s batsmen are always inconsistent , irresponsible, restless & lack of commitment.Any good result is the outcome of the luck of people.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

come-on folks wots dis,nasir in my view is da best batsmn bd hav got n still hes battin dis low in da order n wot surprises me even more is da reaction commin from a few bd fans u guys really think dat he cant play test cricket????plz gift him 2 us (Pakistan) n dn c how we manage 2 top da list of test cricket for gud 10 to 15 years dat he has in him,

Posted by FOTO on (April 26, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Good luck BD lets hope Ziaur can score for once!!! THey can do a 40-80 run partnership tho. Shohag is also left... so their is SOME batting left... I can't wait for Sajidul to play considering he is a LEFT ARM FAST BOWLER!!!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

i am pretty much bd scored 300/6. espcially when i watched 125/4. they recovered very well. musfiqur showed a classic innings.though shakib was lucky enough to reach 80 but run is always wlcome doesnt matter how it comes. i hope bd will pass 400 level which will be good compititalbe score. and i think its possible as still we have three genuin batsmen left ( nasir. zia, gazi). and i know gazi still couldnt click his batting.but he is very much capable to score 30 -50 against any top team.at the end of the day i think bangladesh is slighly ahead with 4 wkt hand. and i noticed wicket has good turn for spinner as i cremer got some turn which is good news for bd spinner. hopfully we can pack up cheaply and take a good lead.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (April 25, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Too often you see when Bd batsman approach ton he starts to rush and throw away his wicket. Batsmen of other teams do the opposit in this case - patient and careful.

Posted by Fogu on (April 25, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Even though BD scored 300/6, I am disappointed at their batting display. They could have just as easily folded for less than 200 if ZM had held their chances. Key BD batsmen threw away their wickets and did not display any patience that is required to play test. I would have been happier with 240/3 at the end of the day rather than score 300 in a day. BD batsmen need to grow up fast if they want to taste any kind of success in Test matches. Hopefully Nasir, Zia and Sohag can get us above 400. Go Tigers!

Posted by appkhi on (April 25, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

@grahaam - I think you live in virtual world and you have no clue what you are saying....today is first day BD played average game and in your opinion Zimbabwe already lost the game.

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

As usual Jarvis&Cremer both costly and ineffective! Ball after ball of "vicious" two-way swing from the other end coming towards you at a menacing 115kph couldn't provide better mental&physical relaxation amidst non-existent danger! Can any batsman wish for better batting conditions? Someone here said if Zimbabwe were to ever come across batsmen who put a price on their wicket they will be embarrassed. With this lot that statement couldn't hold truer!

What more can we say about the BD batsmen! Talented, exciting yet utterly thoughtless in parts at the same time. But if you can get to 300/6 after being put in then I suppose you can be forgiven. Another 80 odd runs should be possible from Nasir and the tail to make up for the previous debacle. My suggestion is that they make it painfully slow while they achieve that to reduce time left in the test for safety. Certitude suggests a rash shot from Nasir triggering another record collapse with Zim facing before first drinks tomorrow!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

BD's lineup looks little better in a second test than in a first test. Still batting order is not correct. Ashraful and Tamim should open, Nasir should bat at 3, Shakib should bat at 4 and one more middle order batsman most probably Marshal should be added instead of Johurul to the lineup.

Neither Shafiul or nor Ziaur is a test bowler. But both are pretty good resource for ODI & T20. It is hard to believe that BD selectors couldn't find a good pace bowler from domestic cricket. There got be at least one pace bowler in a BD domestic cricket can perform in a test cricket. But selectors are afarid to experiment with a new face. Some people lear by word, some people learn by consequences, some people never learn. BD selectors will never learn. It is just about time for BCB to let these 3 selectors go.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

After all BD has a good chance to recover themeselves. Tamim returns to the eleven & got near 50 score, its looks like when Tamim is exists in the squad BD play better but, if Tamim's absence make a huge blank. So now a balance BD team are playing thatswhy a better result will be expected from BD. A better decision had taken by the management to rest Mahmudullah but the decision about Enamul Jnr. is not a correct.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 25, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Look at Ashraful stats. He has played 61 test matches but only 8 50s whereas Tamim, Shakib and Rahim have played 28, 30 and 34 test matches respectively and they already have more scores of 50s than Ash. This one example just shows how much of a disappointment Ashraful has been.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

BD is a good team but to think the bottom order will succeed were their top order struggled is hard to believe. Zim bowling attack will probably rap things up during the first session and as we have already seen Zim batsmen are very capable indeed. so its still early days to a call winner in this test match.

Posted by Nduru on (April 25, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

On paper, it is an even day. But I think Bangladesh should be the happier team. Why? Because they lost the toss and Zim would have hoped to totally dominate them and bowl them out on day one. That did not happen, partly because Zim bowled poorly, and partly because they fielded poorly. So they've now lost the momentum and the advantage. Still think a draw is possible.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

Ziaur looked uncomfortable against the pacers. But inshallah he and Nasir will get a good partnership and if they score 350, it will be unlikely they will lose. But I fear Zimbabwe will be too defensive and play out a draw so they can win the series 1-0. Hopefully our pacers can knock Zimbabwe over in the next 1-2 days then Bangladesh bat until day 4 and then Zimbabwe will have to play Bangladeshi spinners on a pitch that is looking good for spinners!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (April 25, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

@Dhammika Weerakkody - U Lankans think Ashraful is best BD player because he only scores against SL and fails against all others..BD's Best Player is Shakib and Mushfiqur By a long long distance..

Posted by TigersCanKill on (April 25, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Being a BD fan, after looking at how cheaply BD players have surrendered their wickets today (after all those promises in last three days about being patient in the crease), I think we have seen enough. It is time to understand that these BD players may be good for ODI or T20 but they are incapable of playing test matches. I think there is only one solution to this issue. Just make two totally separate teams - one for test, another for ODI/T20.

Posted by grahaam on (April 25, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Unfortunately It looks as if Bangladesh have drawn the series. From this position they have enough to beat Zim even if Taylor repeats his performance from the first test. Meth is a class bowler of consistent line and length with pre determined swing but he cannot bowl all day. The rest are just too inconsistent and Jarvis is clearly injured and this was let out during the prep for this match. Zimbabwe batting will fold if the Bangladesh bowlers have now settled in Zimbabwe in-line with their batters..Test series drawn ..the rest of the tour will go Bangladesh

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 25, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Hossainis playing his natural style. Changing his style in tbe first match caused him to go cheaply. Batting like this we can hope he gets to 80 plus. This team may not be the best test playing team but it os currently the best test playing team for Bangladesh. As su h we must accept the bitter with the sweet.

Other than Ashraful and Mominul everybody else has played acceptably well for BD. IMO Jahuhrul played well in the three innings he has been in, bearing in mind he is a relative newbie. Tamim was too anxious to get the 50 and was getting frustrated. Kudos to Shakib and Mushi for steadying the boat. Give ths team credit from a demolarising loss and each player is taking an account of himself. ZIM did not expect this response and I would say currently BD are slightly ahead and need to push this out to 375 plus. Then we can see how our bowling stands upto a weak batting line up (Taylor not included in that last comment)

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

we can't understand one point here. we as sri lankans we believe that Ashraful is the best player who can play all 3 formats of cricket Bangladesh has ever produced. they should protect this experienced player. Its like most of bangla fans want their players to score runs very quickly even in tests. The player wwho scores runs quickly is not the best.

Posted by donald_100 on (April 25, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

i hope people dont get carried away by the total posted tomorrow batting in the morning will be as challenging for the lower order and then ZIM wil actually bat as conditions improve for the rest of the day .For me its evenly poised .COME ON YOU ZIM BOS 2-0 to the BRENDAN TAYLOR BOYS!

Posted by Neutral_Criciki on (April 25, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@borhan maybe i dont understand cricket,but hes no sehwag,and i know him being the most consistent bd player and as a long term national prospect along with the potential hes got he should be looking to make big runs(like the one in Galle against srilanka) rather than a quick fire 20-30,play sensible and make more calculated shots rather than try hitting every ball for six( in tests),hes one of the best players we got so we must be critical of him

Posted by Kingzzzz on (April 25, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Bangladesh still needs to bat ideally for 1 more session if not more. Anything over 350 will be great since the wicket is now offering something for spinners.

Posted by king78787 on (April 25, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Is this just the 1st test but the teams switched?Dropped catches, over reliance on a certain spinner and only 2 knocks of substance

Posted by Live71 on (April 25, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

this is the perfect test squad for bd.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (April 25, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Not booking a practise match was probably what hurt Bangladesh in the last test match. You cannot with the snap of your fingers adjust from low bounce to high bounce. I hope our management has learnt from that and why practice matches are important. Jahurul shouldn't be part of our team anymore, doesn't at all value his wicket possibly same with Ash.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

The way BD batsman got out it just remind me that right now BD players do not have any idea how they should bat on a bounce moving difficult pitches? They just play their shots. This kind of pitches are not like BD or Srilanka lower flat wickets. When there are no pressure why they are in a hurry to score runs. I can not see they have patience to see balls like 5/6 overs, sometime 8/9 overs for a loose delivery. If opponents create a little bit of pressure by just checking runs then they become anxious and give away their wickets cheaply. This kind of approach is self destructive in Aus, SA, NZ, ENG and ZM conditions. Sometime they just have to leave lots of ball when ball is moving too much. The solution can be BD should have at least 2/3 fast bounce tracks at home circuit where they can practice before the series as well domestic tournaments. Before series with those countries they should go little bit before and play some practice matches to cope with conditions.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

No point in criticizing Nasir's style of play, if likes of Gilchrist, Prior can succeed coming in at 6 and playing like this in test cricket, then whats wrong in Nasir playing like this?People talk about dropped chances they gave rather than talking that they scored 300 on the first day.On the other hand , when zim scored 350+ in first test , no one talks about the drop chances they had rather appreciate them. Bangladesh playes on bad game in the year and Geofrey boycott starts talking about bd cricket, where was he before that game. As far this test goes , bd scored 300 on the first day on a green pitch, come on guys give them some appreciation for that.its just the first day!

Posted by Shajadul on (April 25, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

If BD can score 100 more runs with last 4 wickets then it'll be very hard for ZIM to beat them. Pressure will be on ZIM to score which may backfire like what happend for BD in the last game.

Posted by Neutral_Criciki on (April 25, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@WARM so he does come in the latter stages, but hes in the team for ONE particular reason his batting and shamshurs' a very good capable batsman and hes been looking good at the crease for the few balls hes faced and Nasir been trying to gift his wicket away from ball one he came in even when mushy was in there with him, and i think they should try play sensible and get 100 or more runs from here on in (not being too arrogant) like most teams would rather than playing aggressive and losing 4 wickets for 0 runs like they did in the first match,why give it away when your in a good position

Posted by BARFI on (April 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Shakib is a good batsman. But is he a good test player? Absolutely not, I know he scored 80 runs but should we be pleased with that. Seriously, he could have scored 100 and think about his country for once. Rush of blood is good for one day but not for a test cricket. Nasir Hussain is playing T20. Comeone, no one has talked with the players after the first tests. Please so not insult your countrymen by playing like this. It may be your day today but you follow this path you will score zero the next day! BD players have habit of saying " Why don't you play". Ya right! You are en employed cricketrs of BD and you are serving your country. Always remember that!

Posted by borhans on (April 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

@ Neutral ..Either you don't understand cricket ..or trying too hard to get attention Nasir is currently one of the best batsman that Bangladesh have .He is the most consistent batsman .IF you can score runs fast without getting out & it become your batting style then slow batting will definitely not go your way .Shevag have performed long time like this ...So there is no question about how Nasir perform ...Time has come to drop Ashrafull for another 2 year .Maybe we will see another double hundred after that ..Now Ashraful should take his long vacation that he usually take .

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Bangladesh gifted two wickets apiece in every sessions. Wish they keep this calculation to get to a respectable target. Game on...

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 25, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

@Neutral: That's being way too harsh, he bats right towards the end and anther wicket gone during his time at the crease means the tail is coming in so he really got us extra runs then just defending along with the tail.

We may have scored 300 but still 5 of the 6 wickets were gifted to the opposition which is still very disappointing. Cremer was turning the ball a bit with his leg spin so our spinners Shakib and Gazi will be a handy later. Bangladesh still needs at least 50 more runs to take control.

Posted by Neutral_Criciki on (April 25, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Its like Nasir Hossain is trying to send a clear message to BCB,that he isnt meant for test cricket and then having an evil grin because he knows they are literally too stupid to get it.He should be dropped for disrespecting his place on the national team and playing like this,if he doesnt know how to play test cricket then he should come forward and simply admit it rather than trying to give away his wicket every single ball.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

lol I was going to continue sharing my strategy for winning for Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but it seems Bangladesh has just gifted their wicket (Shakib Al Hasan) gone!. Very well then. This change things for Bangladesh, now they have to make sure they get atleast 100-150 more runs on the board so that they are not out of the game. Zimbabwe will have to continue putting pressure and take wickets if they give 100 more runs they will still be able to win this match assuming they bat well and score big like they did in first match. If by the end of third day Zimbabwe has 50-100 run lead Zimbabwe will smell a white wash and will be closing in. Good luck to both teams may the best team win

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Not a big fan of Bangladesh and certainly not cheering for them but that is personal reasons. The reason I said that is because I do not want anyone to think I am a blind fan of Bangladesh when I say very good come back by Bangladesh. Right now score is 242/4 about 17 overs remaining. I cannot say Bangladesh has got the match in their hand however they have fought back after shameful performance in the first test. For Bangladesh they need score atleast 500 runs by session 3 tomorrow to get a upper hand in this test match after achieving that first goal it is all on their bowlers to do their part. As for Zimbabwe they need to make a decision right now that if they want to go for the throat or draw this test match and take the series. In order to win this test Zimbabwe will have to get Bangladesh out by lunch tomorrow at max by then score could be at 350ish-400ish. After that they will have score 450-500ish quickly let say 100 run tomorrow and then 250 by the end of 3rd day.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

why we are not able to stay in wicket more times. why running like a suicides. we are not playing one day match . its a test match. the only way to good result happens to bat for long long time.one day player like jahurul islam should out of this test team. we need more solid test batsman in opening position. marshal ayub and shamsur rahman should be bring in test squad. zimbabwe is not good tem comparison to srilanka .we play in good in srilanka. look back the performance of srilanka this helps us to doing good for how to play .

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

BD seems to have made some adjustments to their batting and now the ZIM bowling attack seems to be running ou of ideas. Congrats to Shakib on his 50 but pleeease slooowww down.... no rash shots!

Taylor was excellent in the first match but he alone cant always carry ZIM. The BD top order has performed much better than the ZIM top order. Without Taylor ZIM would be dead in the water.

Also looking forward to Robiul bowling again, hopefully he can do the business once again.

Posted by tushar60 on (April 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

easy easy... still long way to go....

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Posted by mahjut on (April 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

to add some context to my defense of Jarvis ... after 11 tests Steyn had a higher ave, higher SR and higher ER than Jarvis so far (and 32 wickets, I think - almost nothing in it there). Hard to see how Zim could do much better, but easy to see they could do a LOT worse

Posted by Kingzzzz on (April 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Why does Tamim do that? run which was never on. The way he got out was exactly the same way he got out last month when he scored 112 against Sri Lanka. This is a test match mate not a T20. I don't want to see Jahurul in the team again he's a walking wicket. As for Ash, why am I not surprised?

Posted by mahjut on (April 25, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

In 7 tests ... since come back ... Jarvis has taken 28wkts@27ave with a 3.57 ER. five of the seven games are against stronger opponents than BD (16 of the wickets too) and 3 of those 5 games were on foreign soil. One may have a low regard - and justify them by narrowing the scope of the argument - but the numbers over the career so far more than justify his inclusion in any Zimbabwe test attack ... Not that he doesn't have room for improvement (he very clearly does), nor that his place should be guaranteed but having taken 14 wickets in his last 3 Tests (and seven in the last one) - you'd certainly expect to see him playing in this one!

Posted by DoraemonBangladesh on (April 25, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

If Shakib and Mushfiq keep on playing till todays end then Bangladesh will have about 320 runs at the end of the day. And then tomorrow IF Bangladesh can get 450 runs then they will gave their Bestest chance .

Posted by gdavis on (April 25, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

It's sad to see Zimbabwe field first when given the choice. Coming off a good batting performance in the first test,they have given away the psychological advantage of having runs on the board.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

sachin was playing good then why he has to play in air? very poor short. Test match with in a blink the situation can be change, Johurul needs to learn fast and have to score big.

Posted by Mystrious_Faisal on (April 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Don't know why Jahurul felt nervous at 20-30-40. You're a good batsman, mate, try to control yourself. And a word, well written by Mohammad Islam.

Posted by Sadequl on (April 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@ Zics from live commentary, same here mate. I was also thinking the same, after reaching home within one hour & perhaps tomorrow as a holiday I will be able to see the tough fight from our BD batsmen but once again after loosing 4 quick wicktes now cant relay whether they would be able to stand before I reach home or not...lol

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

This is my fourth attempt. I am worried that the score will halt between 220-240. Why are these Bangladeshi players throwing their wickets so cheaply? Is it too cold to stay in the creeze.

Posted by Mambomagic on (April 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

89 for 2 is not bad , hope the BD player do not read the comments cause they might be discourage anyway there a four full day to play , too early to tell the outcome

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (April 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

My low regard for Jarvis is well known, and with good reason. Only 6 times out of 13 innings has he taken more than one wicket, and only once has he bowled at under 3rpo.

Die hard fans of his say he's a strike bowler so his being expensive is justifiable as long as he takes wickets, but that's misguided reasoning. Jarvis is a 133kph bowler at most and as usual when he's getting pasted like this he drops his pace further. For the most part he carries little to no threat and the bulk of his wickets are fortuitous.

As for the dropped catches, that's precisely what happens when you field people in key positions due to friendship, and that's what Taylor's done with Cremer. Hide him somewhere near the boundary so the slow outfield can help him out.

2nd Inn hope to see Elton&Shingi get the new ball, with Elton going hard at lefties(Tamim). The BD batsmen have given the poor balls good treatment, but they haven't shown enough courage against Meth so they may yet rue those easy runs.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

for playing such an stupid shots, jahurul islam and ashraful should be sent back home and banned from all kind of cricket home and abroad. They should not be even allowed to play in domestic cricket so as to prevent young sters from following them and damage/destroy their career

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Selectors need to come out. Again i am urging and requesting please give more opportunities to new comers. Ashraful, Mahmudullah, Nafis were never consistent and did not learn anything after getting ample amount of opportunities. Bring players like Mominul, Nasir, Bijoy those who can bat according to match situations. it is now up to them how they can see future BD cricket team.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

I am watching these games having my tv muted. So much for impartial sporting commentating. I wonder if Jim pays for these commentators. In that case BANGLADESH should have her own commentators.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

I have always said Jahurul Islam is a walking wicket. All he did is score a 50 against an Indian bowling attack but that's about it.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Johurul was playing good then why he has to play in air? very poor short. Test match with in a blink the situation can be change, Johurul needs to learn fast and have to score big. He was getting enough opportunities. He has to score 50 and 100s.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

looking for the another spectacular performance from the zimbabwe quicks

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

It looks a pretty good Bangladesh Team. Hope the Tigers can take there revenge & make the series 1-1.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

its good to see Bangladesh making changes

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