Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 2nd day April 26, 2013

The edge that wasn't and a Taylor failure

Plays of the Day from the second Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Shot of the day
Sohag Gazi made the first ripple on a quiet morning when he decided to take on Zimbabwe's best bowler, Keegan Meth. Mid-way through the morning session and almost out of nowhere, Gazi gave Meth the charge. He lofted a length ball over midwicket and stood back to admire his own hit. It was cleanly struck and well-placed and took Meth by complete surprise. He was moving the ball both ways and challenging the batsmen and did not expect to be taken on in that fashion. Meth followed up, as any hot-headed fast bowler does, with a bouncer.

Over of the day
When Bangladesh's innings ended with 12 minutes to go before lunch, most assumed the break would be taken. Not so in this game. Since the changeover is limited to 10 minutes and time is the most sacred commodity in a Test match, the umpires indicated a solitary over would be bowled in the two minutes before the scheduled break. It was a testing six balls for Zimbabwe's openers, as Robiul Islam gave them a taste of what was to come later with his away swing, and they would not have gone into the dining room with much of an appetite.

Missing DRS moment of the day
Even if both teams agreed, there is simply not enough in the way of funding for this series to accommodate DRS but it could have been put to good use. For evidence of that, one need look no further than Regis Chakabva's dismissal. Robiul delivered his stock ball - pitching on off and moving away and Chakabva stretched forward but was beaten. Mushfiqur Rahim collected and Robiul led the appeal for caught behind. Chakabva stood until Tony Hill raised the finger when he walked off in disbelief. Replays showed he had not hit the ball and the sound was the result of bat against pad. It was a classic example of where the batsman is so sure that he would have asked for the review had it been available.

Soft dismissal of the day
There had to be one but this time it came from an unlikely source. Brendan Taylor had been Zimbabwe's example in the first Test and looked set to do the same in this one. He saw off dot ball after dot ball and only allowed himself the occasional release but even he couldn't resist when Gazi tossed one up invitingly. Taylor eyed the area over midwicket and launched it there but picked out Shakib Al Hasan. He knew immediately that he made a mistake and Zimbabwe would have to depend on someone else this time.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should have their very own rendition of the Ashes, 2 tests aren't enough at all.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Firdous Moonda has rightly said about Rabiul's away delivery. Frankly speaking , last time when i see such beautiful execution of out swing I cant remember. And both Rabiul and Sazidul is 1000 times better bowler than Shahadat.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    When there are about 6-5 decisions which went in favor of ZIM in each innings of these two test matches then there was no talk, no headline, but u see there is talk & headline when one controversial decision was made in favor of BD!

  • srikanthan on April 27, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    As Ian Chappell sometime back, while it is good to have technology, we also have to accept the fact that dependence on technology would bring down umpiring standards over a period of time. It has come to a situation where either you use technology as an aid or not play at all.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    The Tigers are roaring everywhere in BD, in Zim! The senior team took the control in the 2nd test against Zim so far and the young Royal Bengal Tigers beat SL youth in the 3rd ODI and is leading the series by 2-1! Now see, the haters of BD cricket went in hiding again in the caves whereas they came out in large numbers when BD lost the 1st test in Zim!

  • Bang on April 27, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Sir, alike "Chakabva stood until Tony Hill raised the finger when he walked off in disbelief." Bangladeshi batsmen showed same baffled look when given out or bowlers showed pain on their faces when genuine appeals were turned down. Tony Hill or whats-his-name Bowden would have never dared to act so careless had it been a match between India against any other countries.

  • AFM Danyal on April 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Taylor was the prized wicket and Shohag produced a gem to deceive him. Now the question is, can Bangladesh take a lead and build on it to make a convincing win? Let us see if Bangladesh has matured enough to level the series... Bangladesh needs the win to redeem the 1st test loss in the series.I hope Sohag Gazi mesmerizes the opponents fort and bring in a victory!!!! :)))

  • The on April 26, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Like some have said, many poor decision's have occurred in this series, couple against zimbabwe, more than half a dozen againt Bangladesh.

    End of the day message is clear, there should be a DRS system in place, both teams would be happy with it. But Bangladesh should be the first to take advantage of any opportunities of the DRS system, as they are at the wrong end of a poor decision a lot.

  • mainul on April 26, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Firdosa Moonda, i am very much shocked that Chakabva's wrong dismissal only attracted your attention but 5-6 wrong decisions against Bangladesh in first test did not.I dont know why the umpires most of the time give wrong decisions against Bangladesh which change the course of the match. If DRS is made compulsury in every match,i can assure that every Bangladeshi will be very very happy, because Bangladesh will be the most beneficial team

  • Shoaib on April 26, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @Raiyan: Spot on! also I remember everyone praising Zimbabwe when they scored that 389 in 150 something overs whereas Bangladesh surpassed that today in less than a 110 overs but no praise against a much better bowling attack of the 2 teams. Double standards but shows they are worried about the threat Bangladesh Cricket holds in the future.

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