Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day

Bangladesh build lead after Robiul's five

The Report by Mohammad Isam

April 27, 2013

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Bangladesh 391 and 163 for 5 (Shakib 59, Mushfiqur 50*, S Masakadza 3-33) lead Zimbabwe 282 (Chigumbura 86, Robiul 5-85, Gazi 4-59) by 272 runs
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Robiul Islam leads his team off the field, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day, April 27, 2013
Robiul Islam led his team off the field after Bangladesh secured a big lead © Associated Press
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The second and final Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh continues to hang by the proverbial thread. Bangladesh are 272 runs ahead with five wickets in hand, but are some way from dominating the proceedings.

Zimbabwe fought back manfully in the second session, taking three quick wickets just before tea and adding two more in the final session. They were lucky too, being on the favourable end of two poor umpiring decisions and Shakib Al Hasan's appalling shot late in the day.

Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim consolidated after Bangladesh had slipped to 65 for 4. The pair added 84 until Shakib got impatient, charged at Hamilton Masakadza's innocuous medium-pace and edged behind like he had in the first innings. He fell this time for 59 off 104 balls, and had looked mostly in command. He was, however, dropped twice in the same region, behind point, on 45 and 48 but ultimately it was his own poor thinking that brought about his downfall.

Mushfiqur remained solid till the end, remaining at the crease on 50 off 85 balls, tight in his defensive play. He was also mindful of variable bounce in the wicket, but took it ball by ball, rather than going after the bowling. It was quite different than the start of the Bangladesh second innings, which was nothing short of frenzy.

Tamim Iqbal was the first to suffer at the hands of the umpire. The Shingi Masakadza delivery which rose considerably didn't touch his bat as replays showed; in fact, the ball was quite far from the edge. But he was given the marching orders by umpire Tony Hill, who had earlier given two poor decisions in the Zimbabwe first innings too.

Within a few overs, umpire Ian Gould was in action, adjudging Mohammad Ashraful leg-before to make it 18 for 3 when the Kyle Jarvis delivery looked to be sliding down even on first viewing. The replays confirmed this notion. Jahurul Islam was the second wicket to fall, when he prodded at a ball that was quite away from his body, edging it on way to the wicketkeeper.

After tea, Mominul Haque gave away another good start and edged Shingi Masakadza to first slip to make it three for the fast bowler. The edge was easily caught by his brother Hamilton, the first instance in which both brothers were involved. Mominul had survived a dropped catch by Vusi Sibanda on 2 and a run-out in the 13th over, but he couldn't make that count.

Zimbabwe looked to be in the ascendancy with Shingi Masakadza bowling quite well. But they suffered without Keegan Meth's accuracy and were later stalled by the Shakib-Mushfiqur partnership. The home side had earlier taken some control of the game in the first session with the bat but gave it away soon enough.

Robiul Islam took five wickets, being Mushfiqur's go-to man at every juncture. In the morning session, he broke the vital sixth-wicket stand between Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami. He continued to be very accurate, unusual for a Bangladesh fast bowler. The other rare trait in this series for him has been his willingness to keep bowling.

He found very little support from the two other seamers, as Mushfiqur insisted on using him in long spells. Sajidul Islam and Ziaur Rahman were hardly used, although the latter had Keegan Meth dropped at fine leg by Robiul.

Chigumbura hammered eight fours and a six in his 111-ball 86, but he couldn't complete the century after Robiul wrecked his off stump with a beautiful delivery. Before the dismissal, he got Zimbabwe past the follow-on mark and gave his bowlers a smaller deficit.

He added 85 for the sixth wicket with Mutumbami, who made 42. The pair began slowly, but Chigumbura started to find boundaries regularly. Mutumbami joined in, even hammering a six off Shakib.

Zimbabwe had gone off to a poor start to the day when Malcolm Waller holed out at deep square leg to a Sohag Gazi long-hop. It was a lucky day for Gazi who added the wicket of Meth, caught behind down the leg side. Gazi finished with four wickets, while Shakib took one. It was Shakib's show with the bat, though, that was crucial.

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Posted by rsmehdihasan on (April 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

why Robiul is giving so many short balls to Brendon!!. is it not easy to pick for Brendon? he should mix up with with his lethal out swinger. if he tried too much he might loss his concentration and length to his out swinger. and he should ball from pran fruti end where he got most of his wickets in first innings. Robiul should always concentrate his out swinger and good line and length. When pressure is there wicket will fall down easily. Have some patience boys..it is all about test cricket.

Posted by Samudro2106 on (April 28, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@ Manik_mia Hope you know what it takes to be a captain, keeper and one of the best batters in the side. I don't think you need to have a economic bowler against a side like Zim. Mushy didn't use Zia because he had no bite in his bowling. Again,he's selected as a frontline bowler & frontline bowlers don't bowl like that. I'd rather select a bowler having a figure of 7-0-35-2 than a bowler with 7-4-8-0 .. By the way, hope Zia proves me wrong as BD need it.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (April 28, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

what Nasir is trying. Who told him to play his short single handed? just play your natural game with rotating the strikes. Do not try too much. Lower orders can bat and contribute!

Posted by Manik_mia on (April 28, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@ Samudro2106: I can not accept your comment Zia. He was not even given enough overs to bowl. Look at his economy. He gave away only 8 runs in 7 overs; also he created a chance and Robiul fished it out like "koi Mas". Mushi some times makes this kind of mistakes; keep using the same bowler. Even though Sakib was the worst with econmy rate he got 2nd highest amount of overs to bowl. 2nd time when Mushi brought Zia, he was able to create a chance I thought Mushi should have continued fir a 5 over spells. But No; Mushi needs to decide based on filed conditions and not based on pre-conceived plan which usually he decides over-night.

Posted by Batmanian on (April 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

@Goucsfan: 'Should cancel odi's and play another test' Now that is an idea!

Posted by Samudro2106 on (April 28, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

I think Bangladesh is in a decent state despite the irresponsibility shown by Shakib.I believe BD should increase the lead upto 400 as I don't think Mushy will do the same as Shakib because he looks the most composed batter in BD. In bowling, we need to be more careful as the other bowlers except Robiul must stand up. Though the spinners took 5 wkts in the 1st inning, I was really disappointed at their lack of consistency and accuracy. And Sajidul and Ziaur is far from effective which makes me wonder why some BD fans like them more than Rubel,Abul etc. However, Go on,tigers !!!!! We are always with you....

Posted by Manik_mia on (April 28, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Quddus-Mamu: Robiul will not be good for ODI or T20. His balls can be pulled to boundary very easy during the fielding restriction time. Test match is different as there is no restriction. Anyway, BD should try their regular ODI team; only thing is that they should have 3 pacers; if they use 2 pacers they need to use Nasir as pacer not spiner.

Posted by Manik_mia on (April 28, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

When Robiul bowled Mutumbani the 3rd umpire wanted to recheck if that was a NO bowl or not. Similarly when a close call was going against the batsman why 3rd umpire is not stepping in to re-ckeck if that was really an edged from bat or not. Otherwise what is the purpose of the 3rd umpire? If 3rd umpire can be given little more power you do not need DRS; because now a days TV camera can catch the view very clearly. BTW, there was 2 wrong calls also were against ZIM. Only difference is both wrong calls against BD were for 2 guys from top order whereas ZIM got one from top order and one in near tail.

Posted by grahaam on (April 28, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

DRS was introduced to assist umpires and the pace of the game changed along with technology, the fact that some test matches are played with DRS and some without, makes a mockery of ICC rankings etc. Test matches that lead to a performance rating ,that could affect sponsorship etc ,should all be played under the same conditions,

Posted by Tamzid69 on (April 28, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

@quddus-mamu,i dont think that would be a good idea.he should be preserved for test matches coz we dont have bowlers like him who can consistently swing the ball at pace

Posted by MeijiMura on (April 28, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

faisalnd98, from memory I recall one of the commentators mention that due to financial constraints SuperSport were using only 8 or 9 cameras at the ground instead of the usual 24 cameras or so - the same number of cameras at a domestic South African game. It was because of this that there is no DRS in place for the Test Match and therefore the Test Series. In any case despite the issues with umpiring there can only be one result in this test match and it will be a victory to Bangladesh. Zimbabwe are the most incompetent side in world cricket when it comes to playing spin bowling and yet they won the toss and bowled. In any case you should always win the toss and bat to put the runs on the board and get the best use of the pitch which will naturally deteriorate late in the match handing a significant advantage to the team bowling last. Bangladesh could declare now and win comfortably, but they will probably get a lead of 400 first just to make sure of it.

Posted by Shaikat007 on (April 28, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

I think the umpires need MAGNIFYING GLASSES to take decisions at this level of cricket. What a shame for cricket as the umpires of ICC's elite panel making same mistakes in both the innings!! How could you judge Tamim caught behind when the ball moved at least 6 inches away from his bat? How could you judge Ashraful leg before when the ball was moving far away from the leg stamp? I was hearing commentary of the live telecast on Ten Cricket. I also surprised to hear from one of the commentators that "leg stamp is still a stamp where the ball can hit, so it was a good decision by the umpire"!!! This also showing example of poor commentary as well...I would request the ICC to introduce the DRS system for all cricket matches at international level. Lets take the advantage of the technology in full.

Posted by faisalnd98 on (April 28, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

I have seen the worst even umpiring during this series. Surprisingly, more than 90% of the controversial decisions are taken against Bangladesh. Eventually, Bangladesh seems to play against 13 players. I don't see a reason for not using review system in this series. ICC should no longer allow any international match without review system.

Posted by A.Awal on (April 28, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

I felt very sorry for Ashraful. One of the common reason for killing his bright career is poor umpiring. I can remember most of the time BD teams suffer for poor umpiring and Ashraful's was the first victims. If he can given 50% of that chances then the scenario could be different. At the end of the day the selector will see that ashraful got out with a low score rather then he is a victim of poor umpiring.Some fan's use to tell than Bangla fan's always complain. But in every game when the time is very crucial then BD got a wrong out and everything is finish. If a team lost two top order batsman by wrong out then what left for them. I raise this question to ICC.

Posted by Javed_17 on (April 28, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

I am thoroughly impressed with bangladesh. Robiul is certainly a gem consecutive 5 wicket hauls deserve due recognition, definitely a future star. Shakib and Mushfiqur have certainly matured as showed by consecutive fifties. However i dont or wouldnt consider calling the winner of this match. First bangladesh seems permanently collapse prone and a solid batting performance from zimbabwe can change this into a win.

Posted by AKM_Saifullah on (April 28, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Mushfiq and Nasir have to negotiate first session. Scoring 90 runs in 30 overs. After lunch they should attack Zim bowling by scoring 70~80 runs in 15 Overs. A lead of 440 runs with 130 overs to bowl them out should be good enough.

Posted by Meety on (April 28, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Bangladesh is close to already having enuff runs to win. I think Shakib & Gazi will be tough to score against on Day 4 & 5. Up to Rahim to Marshall Banga's innings to around Lunch time Day 4. From there on, it would be real tough for Zim. Top quality match EXCEPT for the fielding - how many times was Shakib dropped?

Posted by shoeb1064 on (April 27, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

The start of Shakib's 2nd innings was very sensible, he was playing according to the merit of the balls. Don't what happened to him after he had reached into the 40s! It was very heart breaking to see the way he got out in this match considering his class. And bowler Shakib is not looking like as effective as he once was. I hope bowler Shakib will come back strongly. Awesome batting by Mushfiq.

Posted by shoeb1064 on (April 27, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

terrible umpiring continues against Bangladesh. One may claim that the both teams got even number of bad decisions but BD affected much as their top order batsmen suffered.

Posted by Gloucsfan on (April 27, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Should cancel odi's and play another test

Posted by Anti_iAnon67 on (April 27, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh for drawing this test series.Now they shld aim to bowl Zimbabwe out by tommorrow .Dont think Zim batsmen can even get closer to this lead,and I am also sure they wont pass 200 when they chase.Bangladesh shld now win this one by a bigger margin and they can bowl Zimbabwe out in less than 3 sessions.This is Bangladesh game now no matter the outcome tommorrow.

Posted by Sadequl on (April 27, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

As far as we know test umpires have some sort high caliber or higher knowledge to be selected as member of ICC's elite panel but if the elite members them selves make such kind of poor judgments in a test match then ICC should re-think more seriously to have umpires in that panel.

Yes its also true there R times when after watching the slow mo we even had to appreciate the decision taken by other umpires right away, like famous umpires; David Shepherd, Aleem dar, Steve bucknor etc, but with due respect to "Tony Hill & Ian Gould" still now they failed to prove the exact elite standard in the current test which is a real sad thing to observe & hope this wouldn't stuck among us in our memory with another Multan tragedy at the end.

Posted by Energetic. on (April 27, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Well if Bangladesh can get at least 320 runs, Zimbabwe will be batting on a wicket which will just get difficult for the rest of the match. Cremer was turning the ball and Gazi who got 4 wickets in the first innings, will prove to be a handful again. But Zimbabwe will be in 2 minds whether to go for the chase and take it 2-0 or defend and draw this test match thus win the series 1-0 interesting stuff tomorrow.

Posted by fr600 on (April 27, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

BD is going to win this match but I'm still disappointed with their performance.

Posted by FOTO on (April 27, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Day 5 will be the hardest time to bat... So if BD atleast gets 50 more runs... then Zim will have to struggle to reach to that mark alot! But BD has to get atleast 3 early wickets within 20 overs.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (April 27, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Clearly not out Tamim and Ash dismissals but despite that early set back of 3 wickets, our young experience players captain and former captain have not backed down which is great to see. I just hope these 2 wrong dismissals does not cost Bangladesh the game. I'm also disappointed that our players and staffs are not being treated right in Zimbabwe. No doubt Zimbabwe maybe competitive against Bangladesh in their grounds but that's about it. We know if you were to play in Bangladesh, you'll have no chance of even competing let alone winning or drawing. Its time to axe Jahurul from the team, he just isn't good enough and there are better batsman than him. It's still sad to see both Shakib and Tamim not going for 100s and continuing with their 50s. If they want 40+ career test averages then you need to score regular 100s not regular 50s.

Posted by hasib9 on (April 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

I think the ball was a minimum of 6 inches away from Tamim's bat. And for Ashraful, I also think that if there was another set of stumps next to the original stumps, the ball still would have missed. I know test matches are long, and it is easy for the umpires to lose concentration, but when in doubt, the decisions need to go in favor of the batsmen. I thought Taylor should have been given out at least 3 times in the first test, which ultimately could have changed the results. I hope BD put on a big partnership tomorrow and win the match despite everything that happened to them. And I owe Ashraful an apology for criticizing his batting in the recent past. I realized he has been a victim of bad umpiring throughout his career. He also got runout way too often, which is more than half the time his own fair but still, I do see now that he is indeed talented. Other teams are obviously afraid of him.

Posted by KingAjmal on (April 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Its true Bangladesh are having problems off the field like lack of proper water supplies, accommodation, facilities etc one even has Chicken Pox this is very very serious and needs to be dealt with. Zimbabwe must not forget that they will be touring Bangladesh next year so I'd hate to think what would happen during their stay over there.

Posted by r0ketman on (April 27, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

@ ibbani:"Whatever it is, BD is going to lose this test match too". Famous last words?:-) I am sure we will not hear back from you after BD thrashes Zim by the end of day 4. Just like we are not hearing from all the BD haters who came out in droves after the first test to trash talk about BD's performance.

Posted by borhans on (April 27, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I don' get it why ICC monopolizing DRS with few pricey equipment .with the current tv camera umpire could judge any out easily .so why ICC forcing their multi million dollar equipment package to be added if any one want DRS system .Umpire did the best job by taking out best of the players of BD side .One mistake can be forgiven but two mistake twice in a short period is not acceptable .Cricket is an expensive game .Teams spend millions of dollar in practice,touring creating talents .so if Bad umpiring become the major player in a game then all these effort goes in vain

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (April 27, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Shakib is having a good all-round game 2 fifties, 1 wicket 4 maidens and 2 big catches. Game is still poised, 1st hour is crucial for both teams. Umpiring was very poor enough said.

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (April 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

BD should complain to the Match Referee and ICC formally about poor umpiring. BD should also complain formally to ICC about cold treatment they are getting in Zimbabwe (poor accommodation, petrol-mixed water supply, inadequate practice facilities, wetting practice pitch after ZIM's practice to stop BD practicing properly, etc.). BD received the same kind of treatment in the last tour and the team failed miserably. ZIM is clearly trying to upset BD players so that they perform bad in field. Would they do the same with English or Australians too? BD should consider this as a serious and lodge formal complains.

Posted by ibbani on (April 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Whatever it is, BD is going to lose this test match too. Best of luck from Zimbabwe fan, tomorrow morning it will be end of BD in 15 overs with 40-45 runs, just over 300 runs for Zimbabwe, they will chase that down on 5th day morning, Test will be completed,

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Every body will want a bit more from the Invincible Robiul but I reckon quality bowlers like Shakib and Gazi won't step outside even in a pitch of Harare. In the fourth innings there is always a chance to perform with slow bowlers. Just Mushfiq needs to use them properly. We need to use the support of Nasir and Mominul to break through.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (April 27, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

I really hope that Bangladesh win this. When was the last time that Bangladesh won a test? I think they won one against West Indies when the entire team was out with a boycott, didn't they? They certainly haven't won much. While they are closer to the pack in ODIs and T20s (but still below the main teams), they are still a long way behind the main teams in tests. While Zimbabwe themselves are still a long way behind the main teams too, if Bangladesh can win this then they can at least know that they aren't a long way behind Zimbabwe. At least they can get a ranking and have something to work towards.

Posted by Fogu on (April 27, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

With a few overs to go, Shakib threw away his wicket. He needs to improve his temperament. BD does not have 4-5 world class batsmen like big teams and can not afford their best player to throw away his wicket. He did the same in 1st innings. We need to demand better from our players and hold them accountable. I am not sure why we never learn. Other than that, good comeback by BD in this test after the 1st test debacle. If we can add 100+ runs tomorrow, it would be difficult for ZM. But we need to bat carefully in the 1st session and hit out in the 1st hour after lunch and declare to give ourself a chance to bowl out ZM. ZM will be in no hurry since they just need to draw so we need to be aggressive. Go Tigers!

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

Subtract the dropped catches, loose shots to get out & umpire incompetence, and this match would be high quality cricket like any other. As viewers we'd be treated to the finest. But then again the sides on show wouldn't be Zim& Ban! Either way the constant has been the brilliance of Robiul Islam. His success this series hasn't been due to any fortune. Purely excellent seam bowling & determination. I hope his average nudges below 30 and stays there. The standout performer of the series whichever team wins it!

Zim will be favourites to pick up an early wicket tomorrow, following which Bangladesh won't delay the resumption of their 2nd innings much. I'll back Zim to get 350 odd if they start to bat just after lunch. They will have to smash Robiul out of the attack early and treat the spinners with utmost disrespect do so. Robiul aside, this BD attack has been one of the least deserving of 20 wickets in my entire history of watching Test cricket, and Zim need to help qualify that fact!

Posted by Energetic. on (April 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Should've been 3 down not 5. I'm tired of these decisions against our team happens everytime and that's the problem. I agree as well Jahurul shouldn't even be in the squad. The test batsman we should be having instead are Naeem (patience), Anamul, Mominul and of course Marshall.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

It's about time umpires start paying a price for their gross misjudgements. I think they are getting away too easily. Enough said.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

One more good partnership should do for Bangladesh but we definitely have to bat out the first session of day 4 and if possible continue as long as possible. The wicket is offering low bounce now and some turn suggesting its likely to deteriorate after the lunch session. First both the captain and Nasir need to sensibly reach 300 then its in Bangladesh's hands again.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (April 27, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

I would say Zimbabwe still have a good chance to win. Bangladesh has a habit of collapsing in second innings and giving away too many runs. In fact Zimbabwe should have been all out before 250 but they could not get them out. If Bangladesh want to win this test they have to give 400+ target to Zimbabwe and have to have enough time to get them all out. Which means they have to score 128+ run tomorrow at a good run rate. Donno if they will be able to do it. Prob end up getting all out before 300 :/. Anyway All the Best to Bangladesh. I hope they do everything properly.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (April 27, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

i am thinking of when BD should declare(if they can).if possible BD should take a lead of 420+ then declare.seeing the run-rate,i think BD can declare after 2nd session of tomorrow's play.then rise questions in the mind of the ZIM if they should play for the win or look to draw.420 in 4 sessions is very possible.BD should look for nothing but a win.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 27, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@Warm_Coffee, I agree that Jahrul and Ash have not made that much of an impact but Tamim was clearly not out. It's not even if it was a 50/50 call it was plain and clear to see. In the first test match Taylor should have been out at 36 also several LBWs were not given. It is also noticeable that the umpire often refers an "out" in favour of BD to the third umpire but not when in favour of ZIM.

The reason why I raised the topic was because Mushi has often complained about this unfairness in officiating and it shouldn't be the case that an umpire affects the mentality of players. I think Tamim's wicket had a negative impact on the team as Bangladesh were probably thinking that they have both ZIM and the umpire to contend with.

I agree that ZIM have been hard done by on occasion but the majority of poor decisions have gone against BD. Something to look for in the ODIs

Posted by KingAjmal on (April 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Don't get me wrong or anything but umpiring not just in this test series but other series in the last year or so has been pathetic. If both these weaker teams were playing against a higher opposition and such wrong decisions go against them then there's just simply no way back. I think is about time to bring UDRS so such things won't happen. Besides, it makes the game interesting for the fans even the players and UDRS will most of the time stop everyone from complaining about a particular decision and move on.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

if zim takes a wicket before the close of today's play, zim will win this

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 27, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Guys! yes umpiring in this series has been poor but let's be fair, Zimbabwe also had their bad decisions go against them. Also I don't think our boys Jahurul and Ash would've even made that much of a difference because they have really been disappointing especially Jahurul who shouldn't even be part of Bangladesh national team plans. Credit to Zimbabwe though for always showing fight and never giving in.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Mominul you did great. In bad time you bat well, just need some little experience. Have to check your strokes outside off stump, specially for drives. Keep doing good work and you have definitely a great future for BD team.

Posted by Mystrious_Faisal on (April 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Now this is compact and sensible from Shakib & Mominul. Keep it up bro! Glad you guys tryna be set in the middle........:)

Posted by Sadequl on (April 27, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Same old story from BD batsmen & another waist of chance as it appears. Guys for god's sake pls stop playing like a learner kids in the test arena. How long this sort foolish approach we would have to see from BD openers only God knows & cant understand why BCB is careless after all these years without having any real backup test batsman cant understand the meaning of it !

Hope ICC is watching the standard of a test match's umpiring in here & they will take proper action against such kind of silly & poorly decisions they took in this test match to rectify themselves for betterment in the future.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 27, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

A few days ago there was a lot of talk about home advantage and I would like to mention this again.

ZCB changed the schedule as originally the shorter formats games were due to be played first and then the test afterwards. This would have been better for BD as they had just come from playing ODI's and the T20 from in Sri Lanka.

Also part of home advantage has to be the officiating. Many decision have gone against Bangladesh in the first game and the decision against Tamim Iqbal in the 2nd innings was atrocious. I am not saying all the umpires are from Zimbabwe but why have so many decision gone against Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Now tony hills come with his great umpiring.. The best batsman from BD camp is gone by a bad decision. is it not a big blow!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Every one is talking about top class fast bowlers, BD just needs bowler like Robiul who can bowl with proper line and length and have control with his lethal delivery out swinger. who knows if he can pitch the bowl in same areas he can be as good as great Macgrath. He just needs to bowl in same area without lots of experiment. BD selectors need to find bowlers like him who can swing bowl in both ways and have right length and control. If Pakistan can try with 17 years old Amir then why BD can not try with Taskin. Taskin have the pace and height and have the wicket taking deliveries. There might be some others. Age does not fact about performing for country, just a small comparison in bating, look at Nasir and Ashraful. Nasir is playing the same way and scoring runs everywhere whether Ashraful is still doing the same mistakes. Robiul should not overused. He just needs to focus only on Test cricket.We need specialist test players. Test cricket is most important for BD future

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Definitely lots of thing BD should learn. Forget about all other format of game , concentrate only on test cricket. They can not take even 10 wickets of ZIM team. One bowler can not do anything. Selectors need to choose right swing bowlers. They bring Sajedul and Ziaur but they are effective less.

Posted by Lenniesahayi on (April 27, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

We just need one stubborn partnership then the lead should be something we can contain.Very good match position,enticing for both sides.

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 27, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Zia should believe in himself to positioned him as the new ball partner with Robiul. Zia have strength and stamina to conquire the position. His economic figure even considered good in modern day cricket. At least Musshould try him to dry up scoring from on end to create more chance for Robiul or SAH and Gazi. But I wondered, why SAL in action and if it is, why give up the old ball so quickly when it is due?

Posted by Mystrious_Faisal on (April 27, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

It is Robiul, who have done the trick. Superb bowling display. Other bowlers have to come out and show they can do that thing too. Then Bangladesh can hope to a win.

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