Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day April 27, 2013

Caught and bowled Masakadza

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

Gift of the day
Malcolm Waller had shown enough composure on the second evening to keep Bangladesh at bay and had to consolidate on that in the morning session but he did not manage to. In the fourth over, Waller was offered a short ball from Sohag Gazi and duly pulled it straight to Shakib Al Hasan at deep midwicket. It was in keeping with the trend of batsmen getting themselves out but cost Zimbabwe dearly as they hoped to eat into the lead.

Shocker of the day
Umpire Tony Hill has made three incorrect caught-behind decisions in the match so far. Two of them, to give out Shingi Masakadza and Tamim Iqbal, occurred on the third day but it was not his blunder that can be called the worst of the lot. Ian Gould, who judged Mohammad Ashraful out lbw has that label. Kyle Jarvis bowled a low full toss that was swinging down the leg side and struck Ashraful on the front pad. It was clearly missing leg but Jarvis' appeal was enough to convince Gould that a disbelieving Ashraful had to go.

Missed chance of the day
With these two teams, there had to be a few of these. This time, it was Zimbabwe's wasted opportunity, as they could have run-out Mominul Haque when he was on 13. He drove the ball straight to mid-off where Shingi Masakadza pulled off a sharp save, by which time Mominul was almost at the non-striker's end where Shakib, his partner, had not moved from. Masakadza sent a wild, high throw to Richmond Mutumbami, who could not gather as he jumped. In the end, he broke the stumps without ball in hand and the Bangladesh No. 4 was safe.

Brotherly love of the day
Shingi Masakadza told ESPNcricinfo he chose to play cricket over football because he wanted to be near family. Today, he twice got the opportunity to show how much it meant for him to play alongside his brother, Hamilton. When Mominul got a healthy edge to first slip off the younger Masakadza, the older one was there to take the catch and the duo had a family wicket but the real joy came out later. Hamilton broke the 84-run stand between Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim when Shakib swung at a wide one and was caught behind. Hamilton took off to high-five with Keegan Meth at fine leg but Shingi jumped in and lifted him off the floor in celebration.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Two wickets have been gifted to Masakadza. It is very dreadful to see that all the wrong decisions made by Tony against Bd. I think he does not like the Bd.

  • Shoaib on April 27, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Zimbabwe pace bowling is looking very impressive, they're young, sharp and energetic. Shingi has talent with the ball and as long as he is consistent and keeps working hard along with his other fast bowling team mates then for sure they can give any batsman from any team a run for their money. They have given not only Bangladesh batsman but in their last series West Indies batsman are very tough time with ball but their batting remains a massive worry. If their batsman were facing quality bowling from i.e. South Africa then it would've really dented them.

  • Rezaul on April 27, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I saw Indian coach and English coach seeks explanation from match referee if they dont agree with any decision. Andy Flower was so upset with a decision that instantly he went to match referee's room and expressed his displeasure, eventually ICC had to give a press release saying that umpire was wrong in that decision. Wondering whether any Bangladeshi coach so far went on to complain and take it that far because Bangladesh always receives bad decisions series after series.

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