Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 4th day April 28, 2013

Bangladesh need six wickets to level series

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Zimbabwe 282 and 138 for 4 (H Masakadza 46*) need another 263 runs to beat Bangladesh 391 and 291 for 9 dec (Mushfiqur 93, Nasir 67*, Shakib 59, S Masakadza 4-58)
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The moment Ziaur Rahman hit Brendan Taylor's pad in front of the stumps and the umpire raised his finger, Bangladesh were closer to a rare Test win. At the end of the fourth day of the second and final Test, Zimbabwe were 138 for 4, chasing a 401-run target set up by Mushfiqur Rahim's 93.

The Zimbabwe captain's wicket was the one Mushfiqur would have wanted more than the seven runs by which he missed his third Test hundred. After umpire Ian Gould lifted his finger, it was easy to see and hear what it meant to the fielding side which was screaming for joy. Zimbabwe were 96 for 3, with their best batsman and captain out of the equation with a day remaining.

Malcolm Waller also fell to Ziaur for 15, missing a straightening delivery as his lack of footwork shackled him to the crease. Shingirai Masakadza was sent in as the nightwatchman at 118 for 4 with more than 15 overs remaining in the day, a strange decision but one which ultimately paid off. His elder brother Hamilton held his own at the other end, unbeaten on 46 off 94 balls.

Zimbabwe started the fourth innings positively but in the tenth over, Regis Chakabva played inside the line of a Shakib Al Hasan delivery which spun past to strike off. Vusi Sibanda fell soon after for a 50-ball 32, driving one straight to Sohag Gazi at short cover off Shakib.

Mushfiqur would thank his lucky stars that finally bowlers other than Robiul Islam stood up. Ziaur bowled a 10-over spell, mainly focused on being accurate. He hardly has pace like he did a few years ago, but managed to bring in his shoulders to generate speed. Shakib and Gazi bowled tightly too, both using a typical left-arm spinner and offspinner's line. There was hardly a loose ball.

Bangladesh declared about an hour after lunch on 291 for 9, going ahead of the home side by exactly 400 runs. Shakib, Mushfiqur and Nasir Hossain hit their second fifties of the game.

Nasir stretched the lead with the tail, making an unbeaten 67 and scoring most of the 40 runs that came after lunch. Apart from his effort, Bangladesh's dominance was also due to captain Mushfiqur's attentiveness to the situation.

He made 93 before being brilliantly caught at gully by Sibanda off Hamilton Masakadza, and his persistence was crucial to his side's staying power. Along with Nasir, he had to see off the first half-hour, which has often produced wickets in Harare. Though they hardly found boundaries because the home side had deep fielders on both sides, they played carefully. Zimbabwe bowled wide too, and the batsmen cut out the rash shots.

Mushfiqur and Nasir were happy picking up singles until the captain began to open up with a mistimed scoop and a slog-sweep - both off Elton Chigumbura. He had earlier hit a cover drive that sped to the boundary but the wicket had slowed down, and bounce was also on the low side. He and Nasir added 84 for the sixth wicket, back-to-back 80-plus partnerships for Mushfiqur, after his fifth-wicket stand with Shakib on the third evening.

Taylor missed the long hours put in by Keegan Meth, who is out with a right knee injury. He was seen sitting on the sidelines with his feet up and knee strapped. Hamilton Masakadza, bowling medium-pace, took three wickets but was never going to be as big a threat to the visitors. Kyle Jarvis did not bowl with the venom of the first Test, but Shingi Masakadza remained steady and picked up four wickets.

Had the Zimbabwe bowlers put up a better show even on the fourth morning, the Test match could have remained competitive. Bangladesh got most of what happened on the fourth day their way, though there again was the odd leg-before decision that they were denied. They would still take it, given they are closing in on a Test win for the first time in nearly four years.

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

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Very funny to see comparison between a 3rd class team like BD with other top teams! They are not better than ZIM.

  • POSTED BY ssanam on | April 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Congratulations,Tigers.And thanks for dedicating the victory for the victims of Savar man made garment factory disaster.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    yey... congrats boys. BD won the match to make the series level 1-1 each & now can say my 6th sense is working for me too, after watching this delightful joy ;)

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I am crossing my figures but my 5th sense says we might loss the match to "Hamilton Masakadza" & it is perhaps going to be another draw at the end cause our bowlers R finding it too difficult to make the Zims all out till end :(

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Come'n! Umpiring has been too poor in this match! I used to like Ian Gould! Along with him the other umpire did bulshit!! Ashraful and Tamim was not out, apart from that on 4th Day two genuine LBWs were not given. TOday just before launch it was a clear appeal for caught behind!! Come on! Thats too much against one TEAM!!

  • POSTED BY Rushman on | April 29, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Knowing that, Bangladesh don't have a world class bowling attack except Shakib, it is much possible to build an electrifying and sharp fielding side to make a balance. Team like BD need to properly identify their area of improvement..

  • POSTED BY hyfenm on | April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    i think Mushfiq is doing injustice to Shajidul. Why is he using this lad so seldom? it really disheartened me. other than this i find no reason of winning this match by BD.

  • POSTED BY Mr-ZimCricket on | April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    i am dissapointed in the way Chigumbura played this morning...it seems as though he has not taken into account the nature of the game situation. patience was needed for him to get bat on ball and besides, the longer on stays in on the crease the more chance for a zim draw or win. he literally gifted his wicket.

    2nd session is going to be the make or break...if Hami and Mutumbami play the whole session, then it will be something else!!!! chances are slim tho!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Musfiq you should learn fast. When new batsman came and he is edging at slip cordon. Why you are afraid off!! put 3 slips and a galy there. at least two catches went in between you and first slip. Use your head and learn fast. This is Zim and if you play top class oppositions then a single chance will suffer the whole team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    BD should attack more. They should attack more because there is only one result for BD to win this match. Why they are defensive mindset with defensive field. Come on boys. Jurgenson should tell his boys to attack both batsman and change bowlers according to requirements.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Very funny to see comparison between a 3rd class team like BD with other top teams! They are not better than ZIM.

  • POSTED BY ssanam on | April 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Congratulations,Tigers.And thanks for dedicating the victory for the victims of Savar man made garment factory disaster.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    yey... congrats boys. BD won the match to make the series level 1-1 each & now can say my 6th sense is working for me too, after watching this delightful joy ;)

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I am crossing my figures but my 5th sense says we might loss the match to "Hamilton Masakadza" & it is perhaps going to be another draw at the end cause our bowlers R finding it too difficult to make the Zims all out till end :(

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Come'n! Umpiring has been too poor in this match! I used to like Ian Gould! Along with him the other umpire did bulshit!! Ashraful and Tamim was not out, apart from that on 4th Day two genuine LBWs were not given. TOday just before launch it was a clear appeal for caught behind!! Come on! Thats too much against one TEAM!!

  • POSTED BY Rushman on | April 29, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Knowing that, Bangladesh don't have a world class bowling attack except Shakib, it is much possible to build an electrifying and sharp fielding side to make a balance. Team like BD need to properly identify their area of improvement..

  • POSTED BY hyfenm on | April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    i think Mushfiq is doing injustice to Shajidul. Why is he using this lad so seldom? it really disheartened me. other than this i find no reason of winning this match by BD.

  • POSTED BY Mr-ZimCricket on | April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    i am dissapointed in the way Chigumbura played this morning...it seems as though he has not taken into account the nature of the game situation. patience was needed for him to get bat on ball and besides, the longer on stays in on the crease the more chance for a zim draw or win. he literally gifted his wicket.

    2nd session is going to be the make or break...if Hami and Mutumbami play the whole session, then it will be something else!!!! chances are slim tho!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Musfiq you should learn fast. When new batsman came and he is edging at slip cordon. Why you are afraid off!! put 3 slips and a galy there. at least two catches went in between you and first slip. Use your head and learn fast. This is Zim and if you play top class oppositions then a single chance will suffer the whole team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    BD should attack more. They should attack more because there is only one result for BD to win this match. Why they are defensive mindset with defensive field. Come on boys. Jurgenson should tell his boys to attack both batsman and change bowlers according to requirements.

  • POSTED BY subahbayzid on | April 29, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Bangladesh play realy good cricket.i hope that Bangladesh will take all wicket as early as possible.go tiger go.

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | April 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu if I am not wrong, what other fans R interested is their own choice & that is why there is options in cric info's pages too, what country's game or what sorts of game's format one would prefer to pick up to be updated.

    Another point U mentioned regarding BD fan's appeal about out but the fact is we are sad to see such poor misjudgments by the elite members from whom we all expect higher qualities of umpiring for both sides neutrally in all environments.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Good luck for Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 29, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    ZIM batmen should now go into Faf du Plessis mode if they wanna win the series. All they need is a big fat draw. If they go for the kill, they will be all out within the 1st session. It will be really tough but if they can manage not to throw their wkts away, they can have a good chance here to draw it. G'luck Taylor n Co. !!! - SL fan-

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | April 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @ TigersCanKill your suggestion is really interesting & expect "Cric info" has nothing to loose if they can create such page or article for ICC's elite umpires or for all others who will be operating international matches for all formats.

    Umpires R human that's true we all know that but if this sort of ranking can be organized by collecting votes from the spectators or page visitors, judging them accordingly to their performances & merit from each of the international matches & then it would surely have a positive out come for umpires to perform better in the long run & that will definitely give us the best results at the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY cricanalyserbd on | April 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Lets arrange a series BANvsIND in india. that will prove how much strong India are. I think Ind will struggle to bring up the victory. bcoz our Boys love to play and beat ind.

  • POSTED BY AIUB-04 on | April 29, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Masakadza is there.So, still the chance is fifty fifty. However, i wanna address some issues regarding pace bowlers of BD. We don't have enough good pacers in our team. If now robiul fall in injury what would happen ?? How long BD would go with some less choice in pace attack ! Most of the cricket pitch in BD is low bounce and batting friendly. This will not help to generate good pace bowler and even good batsmen.

  • POSTED BY k_ahmed on | April 29, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Best Wishes for Tigers. i think we become a good team within 2 years

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | April 29, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    All eyes will be on Hamilton Masakadza as the last recognised batsman remaining at the crease. If he bats all day and is ably supported by the nightwatchman Shingi Masakadza, keeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbani, all-rounder Elton Chigumbura, and the tail-enders then Zimbabwe will get close. Hamilton Masakadza has been out of form for a long time now, but if he survives and if Zimbabwe get through the first hour of the day's play without losing a wicket then he will be well set for a long-overdue century and Zimbabwe will start thinking that not only can they play out for a draw, they might also be able to win the game. Should a partnership of any decent duration eventuate between Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura then things will become very interesting indeed to see how the Bangladeshis will respond to the pressure. A Bangladesh win for me is still the most likely outcome, but it depends on Hamilton Masakadza and the support he is able to get.

  • POSTED BY Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on | April 29, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Tamim and Shakib needs to pay more attention playing for there country.. Playing for the country is fighting for your country as long as you can...

  • POSTED BY Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on | April 29, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Bangladesh playing solid cricket .. I have to say it because this has to be the most messed up tour for Bangladesh..for many reasons..They haven't played any warm up match and also zim is not helping the cause by not giving any net bowlers for Bangladesh batsman to practice . I have to say umpires looked out of source many bad decision given against our team..

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 29, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Dhutugemunu Yes, because when BD bowlers hit the pad, they are actually out but in cases of Zim, they were not outs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Its been exciting cricket the past couple of days. To a fan that matters the most. These two maybe ranked at the bottom of the pile. But they are playing quality cricket for sure. Hope the Tigers win; they deserve it this time. We have gone too long without a victory in this format.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 29, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @Javed_17. Is Zimbabwe an experienced side. They came to play test cricket after 6 years. Its like they are almost starting everything from the beginning with new players. They lost to WI bcoz they dint play test cricket for more than a year. Even if BD plays test cricket in WI, still they are going to struggle. They got lucky last time as they got to play with a 2nd string WI side.

  • POSTED BY adam02 on | April 29, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Don't forget India lost the ODi series against this Zimbabwe team in 2010 .India's test record against foreign pitch also not good .So why they blame Bangladesh so much .. maybe they think Bangladesh is really a better team than India ..

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | April 29, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @Htc-Android first i am not a bangladesh fan. Second bagladesh does not have a lot of experience in test cricket( you can verify this in cricinfo's very useful stat page), and so very few would expect solid test performances. On the other hand bangladesh are a much deadlier force in the shorter format of the game. why would anyone put bangladesh ahead of sri lanka or new zealand? the answer is easy, because they have beaten them. Sachin tendulkar made his 100th 100 in a losing cause and the victors, yes u guessed it bagladesh. On the other hand to compare an incosistent bangladesh to a lowly zimbabwe because on one test series would be very harsh. As for the 'will do better', always nice to hope but sadl the past is the best fortune teller. the not so hot west indies made a mockery of zimbabwe, so it seems as long as there is good turn or pacy wicket zim is doomed and lastly, this test match win is in zimbabwe if u cant win at home u win at home u cant win anywhere else.. cheers

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Good Luck Tigers!!! #WinThisTest

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 29, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    I have seen many BD fans claiming that their team is better than SL/IND/NZ. So now i can see where they actually belong. They are only on par with zimbabwe who just got readmitted into test cricket. With more experience Zimbabwe will do better than BD.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | April 29, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    BD fans wants umpires to give out when BD bowlers hit the opposition pad and not out when other bowler hit the pad of BD batsmen. lol Umpires are human. They are not 100% accurate. Be cool guys.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | April 29, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    one never know. BD are popular chokers epecially in test cricket. The final result will tell the story.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | April 29, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Seems other fans are not interested in this BD vs Zim encounter. May be IPL is more interesting to watch/follow than this test involving two bottom ranked teams.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    i'm backing Zimbabve to win it by 5 wkts. :)

  • POSTED BY ImpartialExpert on | April 28, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    I am happy that BD is doing well in this test match. Hope they continue to do well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    'classic' umpiring n funny commentary!! that is all about this test series..

  • POSTED BY TigersCanKill on | April 28, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    I want to raise some issues about umpiring. Not only the umpiring in this test was hurtful to both BD and Zimbabwe, it was also damaging to the quality of the test and overall to the pride of the game called cricket. Any forceful decision (like the ones against Tamim & Ash) to compensate a poor decision against the other team (like the ones against Chakabva & Shingi) is not justified at all; every situation must be judged independently before raising the finger.

    I am sure there is a performance based ranking system for umpires like we have for players. I am appealing Cricinfo to keep umpire ranking in Cricinfo site. As a fan of cricket I will be pleased to see the ranking going up or down for umpires based on their performance. As outsiders we, the fans, cannot do anything about bad umpiring; this will, at least, be a consolation for all of us when the ranking will go down for bad umpiring. Plus it will create extra pressure on umpires which eventually will improve their performance.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | April 28, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    See! instead of using fast bowlers like Shahadat or Rubel, go with new ones and stick with them like Robiul, Sajidul, Zia, Nazmul, Shafiul etc because they are much much better than them plus are tidy and consistent. All 3 of our fast bowlers today have been impressive, I like the combination of right/left fast bowlers and right/left spin bowlers in our team. Abul Hasan has potential especially with the pace he possesses but needs to work on his bowling for now and then one day return.

  • POSTED BY Cricket-Critics on | April 28, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    BD team needs a fast bowler like Mash and replacing Ash recommended a regular performer at 1down position, why Ash gets too many chances where as many other potentials are in que to join national squad??...no meaning. If can changes forward in these 2 important alternatives, then i guess BD team can rule any team except very frequent Test match win. They got capacity in recent days. Lessworthly, BCB no need high profile coach..its alright as long as players are fit and keep rolling with matches with busy schedules. Good Did Mushfiq and brothers. :-)

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | April 28, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Totally agreed @ BanglaBandhu & surely no matter what result comes out tomorrow from this 2nd test match, it looks weird to see how umpires also had to participate in the neat result's of this match.

    Another misjudgment happened at the end of 4th day's play. Umpires are suppose to warn fielding captain as advance about insufficient light, if they think or feel light is not sufficient enough for pacers to be operated which they didn't do & called it off for the day while there was 5.2 over's time was still remaining. Hope ICC & match referee is keeping an eye of these silly decisions taken by "Ian Gould" & "Anthony Hill" in the match, so that such kind of incidents doesn't happen again in any other test matches in future.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the test match and level the series 1-1 . Best of luck Tigers .

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | April 28, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    On the bright side, the umpiring has been very good - there has been no batsman wrongfully dismissed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @Abu Taleb: Not every batsman is a "new ball" batsman, mushfiq is doing very good in his current position. Nasir is a very aggressive and he is better suited at 6 or 7.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Today was a good day of cricket for Bangladesh, wonderful to see Nasir being so consistent. I think the batting line up looks pretty solid, though the openers needs a bit of tuning. Tamim should play the aggressor role where Johurul should glue the innings together. I think Johurul has been doing well, but a rush of blood always cost his wicket. I liked the way Ziaur bowled today. He looks fit and fine and given his height, he is ideal for a pacer. With a little bit of hard work, he has the potential to become someone like watson of Australia. I agree with the others that Taskin should go through a process, but as of now we don't even see him in the U-19.

  • POSTED BY ferdous06 on | April 28, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    well done tigers. keep it like this till the fall of the last wicket. all the best to the tigers!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What about if musfiq step up and open with tamim and then nasir can at 5. My Odi team; 1.tamim 2.musfiq 3.asraful 4.shakib 5. Nasir 6. Mominul 7.mahmudullah/ shafiul 8.zia 9.gazi 10.razzak 11. Robiul

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | April 28, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Yea Bangladesh should win this test but you can not trust these guys. They have a habit to leak run and in first test Zimbabwe tail have scored lot of runs too so I'd say Zimbabwe still have a good chance to win this test. I really hope Bangladesh will play like a professional team tomo and win this test. Good Luck to them

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | April 28, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Shakib and Gazi will be the key on this day 5 pitch since the ball is starting to grip and turn a bit. Great all-round figures for the boss 2 50s, 3 wickets and 2 catches so far. I like Rahim as a captain, he's very active and talkative and agree with him on why the umpires called for bad light today but not yesterday when he batted.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | April 28, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Nasir Hussain plays like a champion. He is playing frequent "not out" innings suggests that he probably should move up the order. Perhaps at number 5 for ODIs, after Shakib. Also Mushfiq should give him the ball every now and then.

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | April 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    As was predicted after day 1 Bangladesh victory is the only result now, A third test would have been an Innings victory for the visitors as they have settled well into the conditions. Zimbabwe selection continues to raise eyebrows, the inclusion of Chakabva to open was a shocker , Taylor or Masakadza should have moved up , with Williams coming into the middle order. Selection is still not merit based. PS Do not mention the Irish!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    The Tigers are roaring everywhere in BD, in Zim! 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!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Why umpires just called off little early. At least they can offer Musfiq to bowl with his spinners. Yesterday, At same time Musfiq batted with Nasir in Dark light. Is it not a little edge towards Zim! some of the decisions were very close in Gazi's bowling but umpire Tony Hil just turned down. yesterday he gave a very bad decisions toward Tamim out. Tamim was in great form and if he scores then ZIM might be in back foot early hours of yesterday.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | April 28, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Its true Bangladesh have a lot of work to do if they want to competitive at Test Cricket. Clearly no practice matches was the reason Bangladesh batting was so poor in the first test and this second test is proof of that. Mind you its played on the same ground. It takes a while to adjust from low bounce to high bounce. I agree Nasir is proving to be a gem for Bangladesh Cricket. He is still continuing his form from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | April 28, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    So here we go again... First we see Tamim getting punished for his frustration at the level of poor umpiring. Now see both Tony Hill and Ian Gould surrounding Mushi and having a go at him!

    Bangladesh can't win... One TV commentator was criticising BD for not appealing loud enough and that's why the umpire weren't giving the right decisions. Now Mushi is getting slaughtered for appealing!

    Then at the end of the game, Mushi (not one to back down) has felt that once again due to poor officiating Bangladesh have suffered. Yesterday, when BD were batting, the umpires were happy to bat through poor light. Even the TV commentators thought it was too dark yesterday, yet the game continued.

    Today, without warning and thus giving Mushi no chance to use his spinners, the umpires have called a close to the game. The irony is that the umpires wear a symbol with three letter on their hats ... the three letters say ... "ICC"... I wonder what that means and what significance it has to the test?

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @JPNana, I don't know why are you saying that. BD has already shows it's talent in One day and T20, but not that much in Test. But still they are showing great fight against a deserving test playing country like Zimbabwe and they have greater chance to win this match.

    You can say BD needs to play more test :)

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 28, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is one classy player! his maturity at his age and how to deal with the situation is impressive. He's clearly one of the best young talents in World Cricket right now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiq. He missed third century but he has done the job! Now waiting for another fifty by Nasir and a 400 run lead.

  • POSTED BY Mukhles on | April 28, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Welcome to Bangladesh Team for smoothly come back. Well done BD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Bangladesh should win this match..they are now well ahead then Zimbabwe

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  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Bangladesh should win this match..they are now well ahead then Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY Mukhles on | April 28, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Welcome to Bangladesh Team for smoothly come back. Well done BD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiq. He missed third century but he has done the job! Now waiting for another fifty by Nasir and a 400 run lead.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 28, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is one classy player! his maturity at his age and how to deal with the situation is impressive. He's clearly one of the best young talents in World Cricket right now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @JPNana, I don't know why are you saying that. BD has already shows it's talent in One day and T20, but not that much in Test. But still they are showing great fight against a deserving test playing country like Zimbabwe and they have greater chance to win this match.

    You can say BD needs to play more test :)

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | April 28, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    So here we go again... First we see Tamim getting punished for his frustration at the level of poor umpiring. Now see both Tony Hill and Ian Gould surrounding Mushi and having a go at him!

    Bangladesh can't win... One TV commentator was criticising BD for not appealing loud enough and that's why the umpire weren't giving the right decisions. Now Mushi is getting slaughtered for appealing!

    Then at the end of the game, Mushi (not one to back down) has felt that once again due to poor officiating Bangladesh have suffered. Yesterday, when BD were batting, the umpires were happy to bat through poor light. Even the TV commentators thought it was too dark yesterday, yet the game continued.

    Today, without warning and thus giving Mushi no chance to use his spinners, the umpires have called a close to the game. The irony is that the umpires wear a symbol with three letter on their hats ... the three letters say ... "ICC"... I wonder what that means and what significance it has to the test?

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | April 28, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Its true Bangladesh have a lot of work to do if they want to competitive at Test Cricket. Clearly no practice matches was the reason Bangladesh batting was so poor in the first test and this second test is proof of that. Mind you its played on the same ground. It takes a while to adjust from low bounce to high bounce. I agree Nasir is proving to be a gem for Bangladesh Cricket. He is still continuing his form from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Why umpires just called off little early. At least they can offer Musfiq to bowl with his spinners. Yesterday, At same time Musfiq batted with Nasir in Dark light. Is it not a little edge towards Zim! some of the decisions were very close in Gazi's bowling but umpire Tony Hil just turned down. yesterday he gave a very bad decisions toward Tamim out. Tamim was in great form and if he scores then ZIM might be in back foot early hours of yesterday.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    The Tigers are roaring everywhere in BD, in Zim! 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!

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | April 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    As was predicted after day 1 Bangladesh victory is the only result now, A third test would have been an Innings victory for the visitors as they have settled well into the conditions. Zimbabwe selection continues to raise eyebrows, the inclusion of Chakabva to open was a shocker , Taylor or Masakadza should have moved up , with Williams coming into the middle order. Selection is still not merit based. PS Do not mention the Irish!!!