Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo May 3, 2013

Nasir, Ziaur script massive victory for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh 269 for 8 (Nasir 68, S Masakadza 4-51) beat Zimbabwe 148 (H Masakadza 38, Ziaur 5-30) by 121 runs
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Bangladesh came out on top by making fewer mistakes, and ended up crushing Zimbabwe by 121 runs. The home side fell into a sink-hole of wickets in the middle order, from which they never recovered.

The material differences between the two teams were Nasir Hossain's timely 68, which rescued Bangladesh from their own middle-order implosion, and Ziaur Rahman's five wickets, which damaged the Zimbabwe middle-order badly. It also helped Rahman bring down his bowling average.

It was Brendan Taylor's dismissal for 33 that saw the home side slip from 78 for two in the 15th over to 148 all out in 32.1 overs.

Taylor had his offstump rattled by Razzak after batting confidently for 37 deliveries. After a short partnership, Sean Williams was run out after some hesitation with his partner Hamilton Masakadza, who fell for a promising 38 soon after. He was Ziaur Rahman's first wicket of the day, before the Bangladesh bowler dismissed Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya in quick succession.

Chigumbura played a slog off his third ball, while Mominul Haque took a catch to remove Utseya for a duck. Television replays of Utseya's dismissal weren't conclusive as the umpires went to the third-umpire for a decision.

This was the worst period of play for Zimbabwe's batting as they lost 5 wickets for 15 runs in 39 balls. The last four of these wickets fell on 93, as Bangladesh took control of the game. Malcolm Waller and Shingi Masakadza added 55 runs for the eighth wicket but Ziaur broke the stand and later took the wicket of Tinashe Panyangara to complete the five-for. Robiul Islam removed Shingi who made 33 to add to his four-wicket haul.

Earlier, Nasir held the Bangladesh innings together after they were 94 for 4 in the 22nd over. It was his fifth ODI fifty, and he struck seven fours and a six in his 67-ball innings. He put together two important partnerships too. For the fifth wicket, he and Mominul Haque added 76 off 87 balls in quick time, before Nasir and Mahmudullah put together 44 runs for the sixth wicket.

Nasir's knock was the only element of the innings that wasn't riddled with mistakes, although his innings ended with a well-timed shot that was caught at deep point. But he dominated the Zimbabwe bowlers despite the situation. He found boundaries regularly, striking the ball very well and piercing the off-side field from the start.

Mominul struck three boundaries in his 66-ball 38, which was slightly slower than what was desired at the stage. And not for the first time, he was out playing a ball far from his body. All the main Bangladesh batsmen gave away their wickets to a combination of soft dismissals, poor calling and overall complacency.

It began with Tamim Iqbal, who was caught down the legside off Shingi Masakadza in the 14th over. He and Mohammad Ashraful added 65 runs quite confidently but their reticence at playing shots regularly had them getting out in such ordinary manner.

Ashraful, too, got out to a poor shot, caught at deep square-leg off Shingi's next over. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim under-edged to the wicketkeeper after chasing a wide one outside offstump from Masakadza. Three balls later, Shakib Al Hasan was run out after Mominul's poor call.

After he tapped the ball on the offside, Mominul initially called him for the single but stopped him midway through the run. Shakib slipped and before he could run, Malcolm Waller had hit the stumps with an underarm throw.

Masakadza was the best Zimbabwe bowler, taking four wickets for 51 runs. It was a frustrating morning session for the home side as they gave away 36 extras, including 18 wides. Masakadza completed his third four-wicket haul in ODIs after he clean bowled Mahmudullah. The beleaguered batsman came out at No. 7 to make 36 off 38 balls with three fours, key to their 88 runs in the final ten overs.

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

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  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim any more! Every one is a match winner, every one is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, Najmul are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. No need XI changes. this is good combination and also batting order in normal sitaution. best luck tigers...........

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | May 4, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu; I cannot believe you are actually saying this. This is the kind of pressure that Shakib has to live through everyday from our fans. You do remember he scored twin fifties not even a week ago in a win where he was also instrumental. Please do not be so fickle, every cricketer has bad days, and just because they do, you don't need to ship them off to INDIA because you think they do not care PLAYING FOR THEIR COUNTRY, especially someone who has given so much to the country's cricketing development. Shakib Al Hassan is still our best cricketer simply because he has turned around games single-handed more often than not and he still poses that ability. Remember's someone success while assessing their failures as well.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I said this before (during the BD vs. SL series), and I say it again, this guy Nasir has huge potential,he is world class and I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on to become BD's best cricketer ever. Well played Nasir & good luck for the future...from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Nasir should bat at no.3.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All these years we are losing games because of Shahadat Hossain. I cant understand why a bowler like shahadat hossain gets a chance to play in domestic competition. Well done Zia.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Congrats to BD team. But there are lot to improve. Everyone should help Shakib to come out of state he has been passing now. Ashraful has nothing to prove about his capability. Now only to deliver the result of being the most experience player of the team. Sorry for B Taylor.

  • POSTED BY Ebrahim56 on | May 4, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Many men, many minds !!!

    I see many are talking about Nasir's batting in top order. But what the reality is , he's the middle order batsman always and he feels comfortable in 5/6 down. He is to save the team if the top is failed to start nicely.

    Another issue is Shamsur and i agree with all of you to include Shamsur and exclude Ashraful. Ashraful should be kept on backbench to regain his form.

    However, I'm happy with this win. I think Bangladesh should whitewash them in ODI to forget the shame of 335 defeat in First Test.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 4, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    While Mominul is a good player, BD selectors need to realize that no. 3 is the most important position. On pitches where there are lots of runs, Mushfiq, Shakib. Ashraful, or Maumudullah will be best for for this position. On pitches where BD needs to be cautious and stay at the wicket and rotate strike, use Mominul. Basically young players have to be shuffled to find a suitable position for them.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 4, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    As a neutral, I think Bangladesh played at about 60% capacity, & were lucky that Zimbabwe barely scraped 50% of potential. The end result - 121 run win to Bangladesh, is more than what the difference of the two teams really are at, BUT the best team win. MORE is needed from Tamim & Shakib for Bangladesh, on the other hand, the weight of the world rests on Taylor's shoulders & a brisk 33 was not half good enuff.

    I thought the Test series had better contests than this match, but am hopeful of better quality over the remaining games. If Bangladesh play their best cricket they should win this series easily, but as we all know Bangladesh are more than capable of an implosion or two!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim any more! Every one is a match winner, every one is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, Najmul are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. No need XI changes. this is good combination and also batting order in normal sitaution. best luck tigers...........

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | May 4, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu; I cannot believe you are actually saying this. This is the kind of pressure that Shakib has to live through everyday from our fans. You do remember he scored twin fifties not even a week ago in a win where he was also instrumental. Please do not be so fickle, every cricketer has bad days, and just because they do, you don't need to ship them off to INDIA because you think they do not care PLAYING FOR THEIR COUNTRY, especially someone who has given so much to the country's cricketing development. Shakib Al Hassan is still our best cricketer simply because he has turned around games single-handed more often than not and he still poses that ability. Remember's someone success while assessing their failures as well.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I said this before (during the BD vs. SL series), and I say it again, this guy Nasir has huge potential,he is world class and I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on to become BD's best cricketer ever. Well played Nasir & good luck for the future...from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Nasir should bat at no.3.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All these years we are losing games because of Shahadat Hossain. I cant understand why a bowler like shahadat hossain gets a chance to play in domestic competition. Well done Zia.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Congrats to BD team. But there are lot to improve. Everyone should help Shakib to come out of state he has been passing now. Ashraful has nothing to prove about his capability. Now only to deliver the result of being the most experience player of the team. Sorry for B Taylor.

  • POSTED BY Ebrahim56 on | May 4, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Many men, many minds !!!

    I see many are talking about Nasir's batting in top order. But what the reality is , he's the middle order batsman always and he feels comfortable in 5/6 down. He is to save the team if the top is failed to start nicely.

    Another issue is Shamsur and i agree with all of you to include Shamsur and exclude Ashraful. Ashraful should be kept on backbench to regain his form.

    However, I'm happy with this win. I think Bangladesh should whitewash them in ODI to forget the shame of 335 defeat in First Test.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 4, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    While Mominul is a good player, BD selectors need to realize that no. 3 is the most important position. On pitches where there are lots of runs, Mushfiq, Shakib. Ashraful, or Maumudullah will be best for for this position. On pitches where BD needs to be cautious and stay at the wicket and rotate strike, use Mominul. Basically young players have to be shuffled to find a suitable position for them.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 4, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    As a neutral, I think Bangladesh played at about 60% capacity, & were lucky that Zimbabwe barely scraped 50% of potential. The end result - 121 run win to Bangladesh, is more than what the difference of the two teams really are at, BUT the best team win. MORE is needed from Tamim & Shakib for Bangladesh, on the other hand, the weight of the world rests on Taylor's shoulders & a brisk 33 was not half good enuff.

    I thought the Test series had better contests than this match, but am hopeful of better quality over the remaining games. If Bangladesh play their best cricket they should win this series easily, but as we all know Bangladesh are more than capable of an implosion or two!

  • POSTED BY Nazrul-Yng on | May 4, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Over all nice performance but still need to improve in top order batting line up.Sometimes Tamim forces on himself to change his batting style, it is not good effort.Yesterday also he did something like that .

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | May 4, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I think, everybody did great job except Shakib. So, we need just one change in 2nd ODI. Gazi should be in , instead of Shakib. I believe Shakib lost his momentum by thinking too much about IPL. Team management should send him to INDIA to play IPL. Good luck Tigers.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | May 4, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    There is nothing big in this win. BD should win this tournament comprehensively, against a team like Zim. BD have beaten tough opponents like Ind, SL, WI and NZ several times in the recent past.

    @ BOND_OO7; Nobody hates BD team or players, but fans.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | May 3, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Yes, new momenul has issue with running but this running between the wicket should not be such a big deal to Bd fans becuz it can be easily fixed, one does not need training to get his running right , just some tips from coach. Momenul is solid and he will grow and become useful in near future for Bd. I also think Shamsur should be given chance in odi/t-20 , the guy has real potential and can improve fast if given chance, he is the natural partner for tamim. In short format cricket, perhaps nasir should bat higher .

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | May 3, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    haters just cant digest bd win. i really "feel" for them because in the coming days bd gonna win more matches and it will add to the haters' sufferings. So digest well and lessen suffering ,else you dont know how terrible things are going to get ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    BD fans need to stop criticizing Mominul. BD's batting order is not correct as Mominul never should have batted at number 3 position. When Anamul joins the squad, BD's batting order needs to be re-shuffled.Anamul and Mominul both have shown promising signs and it is evident that both of them will be doing well in an international arena. Even if they have bad games, they should be part of the XI for every single ODI BD plays. Unfortunately, batting order is not correct, Nasir should bat higher and Mushy should always bat down the order.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | May 3, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I stand by my comment about Mominul. He has only played 6 innings but has shown the temperament to anchor an inniing. He definitely was not the aggressor today but we don't need two players being aggressive at the same time. Based on the situation, he played a perfect supporting role for Nasir. After losing four quick wickets we needed to consolidate and he played well and did not throw away his wicket like Tamim, Ash and Mushy. He has a cool head and that is what we need in the top order. Running between the wicket is a problem but not a huge one compared to how our experienced batsmen throw away thier wickets. I can see Mominul and Nasir batting at #3 and #4 position for BD in the future followed by Mushy and Shakib. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    @ Subterraneo: hey dude, at least u r a single brave heart to come out from the cave! and look u didn't appreciate BD's win in this comment too! The excuses are are real as BD truly faced serious problem by injuries & umpiring for the last 7/8 months! But at the same time the backup players proved worthy which is a very good sign for the future of BD cricket !

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @Subterraneo, whether you like it or not, ZIM has benefited far more than Bangladesh in the the two tests from "poor" umpire decisions. Many BD fans were shouting from the rooftops about this bias, even before the 2nd test had been completed and even after it looked like Bangladesh were winning.

    To everyone else, regarding Mominul, I think the point many people are trying to make is that, If Mominul thinks that his partnership with Nasir (where Nasir made the most of the runs), was what turned the game into his favour, then he will learn nothing.

    Someone needs to tell him he is a talented batsman but he needs to be more attentive to where the ball is going before he starts calling for a run, or starts running after hitting a ball. As I mentioned previously, the jury is still out on him, we shall see how he performs in the 2nd ODI, especialy when it comes to runing between the wickets.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | May 3, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    We should be using these fast bowlers from now on across all forms rotationally Zia, Sajidul, Shafiul, Robiul, Nazmul and Mashrafe. Cannot believe we have been sticking with Shahadat, Rubel and Abul in the last 2 years when we have much much better fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    what to say?? This is an average performance from both of the team...BD was careless in their batting. And Zim played bellow standard. Apparently, the Batting lineup for BD is ok to me. Good to see BD fast bawling is improving.. Its not all about winning but improving in every matches and that was missing(In terms of Batting).. Nasir is proving himself world class every match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    It was a fantastic win over the home side..Zia & Nasir was wonderful to watch !

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | May 3, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury: BD fans also hide in their holes when BD loses, instead of congratulating the opposition. Some also look for excuses (umpiring, injuries, etc.). Next time, let us congratulate our opponents when we lose, even if by 335 runs.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | May 3, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Nobody is blaming Mominul. Because he is inexperienced, it would be wiser to let him bat lower down the order so less pressure on him. He played well today but the first 4 batsman in our line-up should be all the experienced ones.

  • POSTED BY Ashraful-Nihad on | May 3, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Again, Bangladesh suffers for umpire's bad decision. But, this times not any batsman, rather bowlers. As a result Ziaur Rahman missed his first ODI hat-trick. Like abdur Razzak also missed a hat-trick on last series against Srilanka, due to umpire's bad decision. But, at the end of the day, sufferer is Bangladesh Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | May 3, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    People criticizing Mominul nees to stop. He needed to play the anchor role today after 4 quick wickets. He and Nasir put on 76 off 87 balls after four quick wickets. That is pretty good. If he had gotten out playing a rash shot, we would have been crucifying him. He played his role perfectly while allowing his aggresive partner to keep the rate up. I wish Shakib showed as much maturity as Mominul at times. He tends to lose his wicket with bad shots almost as much as Ashraful. I would stick with Mominul and blend in Shamsur and Anamul gradually. We have a good nucleus and let them grow without pressure. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    The Royal Bengal Tigers are roaring very high again in Zim far away from home! Now see, the haters of BD cricket went in hiding completely in the caves, whereas thousands of them would come out if BD loose the 2nd match! These fans always made harsh & negative comments here in cricinfo against BD cricket! why don't those people come out from hiding now to appreciate BD? If they can't do that then those people don't deserve to criticize BD cricket any more.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Congrats BD tigers....that a very good start. specially for Nasir. what a player we got...hope he will play many more years for bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well done boys. Ziaur proved me wrong n am very happy with that. Congrats to selectors to pick him. Nasir is awesome as always. Mominul should be more mature in No. 3. Best luck for 2nd match.

  • POSTED BY Samudro2106 on | May 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Bangladesh played no way near their best but still managed a comprehensive victory which was expected. And the fans here have been too harsh on Mominul. Just a run out or two doesn't make a young promising batsman 'not good enough'. He's new and he will do things smoothly as time goes on. Bangladesh should score over 320-330 in the next match and I believe this batting lineup can even score more against Zimbabwe..

  • POSTED BY wasioc on | May 3, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Congratulations, Tigers, bring the series win by 3-0.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Mahmudullah was never a Test batsman. He was good in one day and possible t20. But in one day he contributes well. at least his batting average is telling. because in one day we need more alrounders who can bat little bit at the end and as well can bowl. Think about him in one day but definitely not for Test. and consistency was always issue for Mahmudullah. In Test we do not need average alrounders, we need specialist batsman and bowlers who are consistent in every conditions with good average.

  • POSTED BY BD_Bamboo on | May 3, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Thumbs Up to Mehdi Rahi & Sammy K -- Not for holding the same thought but for being logical and optimistic. When the tree gives you fruits with worms in it, the first action is not chop it off but to use some dis-insection. Let's nurture these boys. Go Tigers !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    WELL DONE BAN.... ZIA really did well, NASIR is turning out 2 b a gr8 batsman...... PACE attack looks a little bid well nd will cntnue if selectors keep avoiding GREAT Shahadat+rubel

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Zim is a good team. Its a bad day for them. congratulation BD. but dont forget the word consistency

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | May 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Congratulation Bangladesh. Zimbabwe is a good team at home so beating them by such margin is impressive. I was a bit worried when the middle order collapsed but Nasir and Riyad did a great job. Bowling performance of Zia was unexpected. Well Done to him. I hope the other players will step up so we can finish the series on high.

  • POSTED BY BD_Bamboo on | May 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    I'm just tired of some of the trigger-happy cyber warriors here. drop this guy, drop that guy. You guys did the same with Ashraful (i agree, coz 22 average is not acceptable) , shahadat ( I agree in ODI n T20), But now you guys started with Mahmudullah n Mominul . You have to give them enough chance man unless some superman is waiting on the side bench. They are both talented. our middle order is finally solid now. But we are still struggling to solidify the top order : Here are few who we have been trying back n forth for the last 5 years to accompany Tamim Iqbal: Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddiqui, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Jahurul Islam, Ashraful, Nafees Iqbal n they all failed miserably. Most recent additions are Anamul Haque n hopefully Shamsur Rahman. Let's see where the quest ends. Shamsur should be given a chance to T20 immediately. Once we solidify the top order and find 2-3 decent pacers we'll be strong enough to challenge the big dogs on any soil. but til then , patience man.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Mominul is batted in a position where BD needs someone to just occupy the crease as long as possible. and He just need to take the anchor role and give others freedom to play their shots. He batted nicely while BD was in trouble in one of the test match, Today he also contributed 39. That was okay. only two way BD could reach 300 (what other fans are telling) that is either Tamim stayed longer in the crease or Nasir and mominul batted rest of the overs at the end. Cricket is all about partnership. even in t20 you have to bat longer time to keep wickets in hand.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | May 3, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    @Anti, originality never did anyone any harm...

    Congratulations Tigers. You never looked like getting 269, especially when wickets fell regularly, and Zim's bowling upfront was tight. Credit to the talented&fearless Nasir. Even the wickets that fell were rather silly. Actually, the fact that you got to that score makes one wonder what might have been. If this was two of the top sides on this pitch I'd say the side batting first wouldn't have felt safe having scored 350!

    Zimbabwe had a few selection issues which worked against them. Vitori ahead of Chatara would've genuinely troubled you guys. Surely a cameo from Vusi as opposed to Raza/Chakabva, plus Mushangwe for one of them would've made the match more competitive. Waller's fighting qualities are invaluable in Test cricket, but we needed an aggressive batsmen batting up or lower in place of him. It wasn't pleasant watching Shingi outbat him so much. Decision makers would've taken note of that.

    Anyway well deserved win Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY saeedsam on | May 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    first of all thanks to bd team for such good performance. i believe people should respect to ash....becoz he is the man who show us that we can win with any team....i hope u understand what i mean...plz dnt forget your past.

  • POSTED BY bmbexpress on | May 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Very happy to see Mahmudullah showing the sign of recovery from his recent bad patch. I think those who criticised Mahmudullah during the test series will now go a little easy on him. Mahmudullah had some great innings last couple of years. Don't be too harsh when he is running out of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Have some respect to Zim team. Congratulation BD team for winning the first match. I hope BD team will put their foot in the ground. Now just think about second game and winning the series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Have some respect to Zim team. Congratulation BD team for winning the first match. I hope BD team will put their foot in the ground. Now just think about second game and winning the series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Have some respect to Zim team. Congratulation BD team for winning the first match. I hope BD team will put their foot in the ground. Now just think about second game and winning the series.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Have some respect to Zim team. Congratulation BD team for winning the first match. I hope BD team will put their foot in the ground. Now just think about second game and winning the series.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | May 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Bangladesh are much much better than Zimbabwe, I just wished we played that practice match to get use to the conditions otherwise we would't have lost that first test match so bad. I'm almost sure that if Zimbabwe were to play a full series in Bangladesh then they would get thrashed almost everytime. But our batting was still pretty careless and need to bat much much better because it was a 300+ wicket for sure. Its best if Mominul bats lower down, it makes no sense having a new inexperience player over the likes of Rahim or Shakib.

  • POSTED BY BD_Bamboo on | May 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Drop Mominul already, eh ? Relax guys ! You are guys are terribly cynical n disparaging without solid reasoning and your criticism is nowhere near constructive, rather disgraceful n biased. Look man, this guy is 21 yr old and has an average of 35+ in First Class. Causing 2 run outs and slightly low strike rates in the first few matches of his career can't be the reason to slaughter him already. n don't forget his effortless crucial half centuries in the debut test. Look at the top order now : Tamim (Lefty) , Ash (Righty) , Mominul (Lefty) , Mushy (Righty) , Shakib (Lefty) , Nasir (Righty) -- Can you imagine how hard it will be for any bowling line up in the world to continue to keep the line n length tight to such a batting line up. why do you think they gave away 32 extra yesterday?

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | May 3, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Good show by BD. Batting needs to improve from sudden slip if they want to do well against good teams. Good luck for the remaining games...

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | May 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    We have to bat much better but let's win this 3-0 and after that arrange an ODI series with Ireland so we can say how much of a gap there is between Bangladesh and the rest of the lower ranked teams and get rid of that tag 'minnow' at least in limited overs. Yeah sure Zimbabwe and Ireland better than Bangladesh in your dreams :)

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | May 3, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Good to see that BAN got a good start in ODI series.Hope they wont be over complaisant as take the series match by match and GRAB victory.Im sure ZIM will be back with fury.Though we won but frankly speaking few things we need to work out for our betterment.Firstly,Mominul is really disappointing as looked very shaky; clearly showed he is not a ODI type of batsman.Secondly,the bowling of Mahmudullah is also not upto the mark for a while in ODIs but glad to see he is back in touch as batsman.Thirdly,the fielding placement of Mushfiq is really heart breaking while Bowlers were bowling without any SLIP fielder and at least 4 boundaries had been gone through the slip areas.Hope next match he will sort out all these things and snatch a VICTORY again for us.Roar Tigers Roar>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    This Bangladesh team can beat any team in 50 over format...well done.

  • POSTED BY Aprul on | May 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Nasir can play under pressure like shakib, go ahead nasir.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | May 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Congrats to Zia. He had been considered for national team for his big-hitting capacity. But from this tour, he has become one of the main fast bowler in BD. And I'm also trying to remember the last time a BD fast bowler picked up a 5 wicket haul in ODIs. Probably it's the best bowling figure (5/30) by a Bangladeshi seamer after Mashrafi's 6/26.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | May 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    No disrespect to Zimbabwe but their fans and some of the other fans (critics) got carried away when Bangladesh got thrashed in the first test. Its becoming clear lack of practice matches was the main reason for that loss but even with them I still think it would've ended up in a draw. But who knows how Zimbabwe would play IN Bangladesh. People are praising i.e. Joe Root on how much of a special talent he is and of course he is a special talent but Nasir Hossain is not only a bit younger but much better than him. Zia bowling is superb but concerned about his batting. Zia needs to rotate the strike for a while then play his shots.

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | May 3, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Well done BD a very good win even though we didn't played our best cricket still we won vere convinsingly. Mominul is a good prospect but I think he is better suited for test cricket so I think at some stage shamsur should get a chance & I think Zia bowled beautifully today if he keeps a steady head while batting he can be excellent pace bowling allrounder for us which is rare in Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    If BD wants to win in the second match for clinching the series, ash should be dropped for the next game. Tamim cannot play his usual game with ash because of past bitter experience with him. Bring Shamsur to open with Tamim and that give him a practice also. If ash is allowed in the 2nd game then he will be out in a typical manner even with poor score than the 1st match. By sitting on the side line, Shamsur will not get required practice to face zim bowlers in actual scenario. NO MORE ASHRAFUL PLEASE. HIS CONTRIBUTION IS VERY POOR AT THE MOMENT. PLEASE SEND HIM BACK TO BANGLADESH. WE ARE TIRED OF SEEING HIS GESTURE EVERY TIME HE IS OUT FOR HIS OWN MISTAKE. HE IS ALWAYS OUT WHEN HE IS NEEDED MOST.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 3, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Nasir Hossain in my view should be batting at least 1 place higher because he's too good to bat that lower down and can get even more out of him if he bats a bit higher. 5/6 are the best positions for Nasir Hossain but that depends on the situation. He is no doubt one of the best youngsters in World Cricket now along with Umar Akmal and Joe Root but I put him slightly ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Today Bangladesh's best player Shakib neither was at his best with the bat nor with the ball, yet they managed to pull out such an impressive victory. Great job done boys. Bright future ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Well deserved win for Bangladesh. They kept it simple, get runs on the board and bowl in the right areas. Opposition batsmen are bound to make mistake if BD bowlers bowl on right channel. Keep up the good work Bangladesh team and waiting to see more wins are coming.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | May 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Surprised we won by that much even if its against Zimbabwe but our batting was still disappointing. Mominul Haque should be batting lower down because he's inexperienced and less pressure for him but his knock today was impressive. Rahim and Shakib need to bat at 3 and 4 because they are our most experienced players and can anchor the innings for long periods. Technically we were 30-40 runs short but nevertheless it was still good enough but we have to bat much better than this in the next few games. The good thing about Bangladesh is that they did not play like a typical minnow and collapsed all out like Zimbabwe good win!

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | May 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Good team win by BD. Definitely soft dismissals are a concern and it will come back to haunt us against big teams. 4 of our batsmen scored around 30 but did not go on to make 50+ score. The 5th one, Nasir, is a true find for BD. Our bowlers did give away some runs but we got lucky that ZIM gifted us some wickets. However, it was a comprehensive team win. If BD wins the next game, they should play Shamsur in the last match. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY BARFI on | May 3, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Please do not bash ZIM. It is good to play good cricket but bad to basn an opponents who are equaly talented. BD is somewhat relying on Nasir and this is not a good thing. Nasir should not feel pressured. He is already a world class player and hope to see him as a captain of BD someday.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    A great win for Bangladesh and cements their dominance against ZIM on this ground. They have now gone ahead of England as the team to beat ZIM the most at home. However it is important to be critical of Bangladesh's performance.

    Despite the accolades he seems to be receiving from the above report, Mominul needs to improve his game. We also benefiitted from ZIMs sloppy bowling (in Sri Lanka it was us BD fans who were complaining about the number of extras we gave to SL in the first ODI, which cost us the game).

    Encouragingly, Nasir Hossain is going from strength to strength, Mahmadullah is shaking off those cob webs, Tamim is getting back to his best. I would have liked to see more of Shohag Gazi but maybe next time. Robiul didnt disappoint but neither did he shine. However it all looks promising for the future.

    We are slowly getting there!

  • POSTED BY Mystrious_Faisal on | May 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @Hellodolly; Are you out of mind! Didn't you see BD win 3-2 against WI in december. You think they were street team ? Are you kidding man! Let's praise good play. Learn to respect good play!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    A well deserved Victory for bangladesh, well done ! that will surely put them ahead in the ICC ranking, they are playing some absolute beautiful cricket In ODI format since theycrush NZ 4-0 at home, beating India, Sri Lanka asia cup and series win against West indies and away series draw with Sri Lanka, This is just the beginning of the glory of Bangladesh Cricket ! well done !

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | May 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Congratulations tigers & thanks for the great show. Only lack's which was shown in the whole match was Mominul's inexperience show with running between the wickets & his inability to catch up with pretty ordinary bowling's from Zim to score with such slower rates as per ODI status. Another thing looks a bit shaky which was the 4 bowler's quota strategy, which was shared accordingly by Shakib, Mahmudullah & Mominul. Shakib looks not fit yet after returning back from his injury to make his hard core presence in the pitch yet as he use to do as an all-rounder. Mahmudullah & Mominul's bowling was even inactive on the lower order batsmen too. Other then those it was really a comprehensive victory by the boys.

    Wish to see Shamsur to given a chance in place of Mominul & also Nasir to be given a chance to faces few more balls by promoting him a bit top order too. Hope boys will look over those misleads in the next games & in-sha-Allah they will dominate the series pretty easily. WTG Tigers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Mominul is very steady and dependable. He can be like Nasir, the rocks that BD needs in the middle. Its great to see that the Tiger's middle order can come to the rescue even after a top order collapse. Inshallah, this is a good team in the making. Well done boys.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I am waiting to see Zimbabwe white washed and my such desire is not sporty but something else against Non-cooperation, Intentional weak management of Zimbabwe cricket and govt.This is also to protest Umpires' huge wrong decisions on the ground.Tigers are playing against 13 Players at time.So, a lesson should be given to the extra players(Zimbabwe govt/Cricket Board, Umpires) too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    That was a total annihilation of Zimbabwe in their own back yard. I hope the Zimbabweans will snap out of their dream from thinking that they are at par (if not better) than Bangladesh in Cricket. The only reason why they won the 1st test, is because they caught Bangladesh completely off-guard with their pace friendly wicket; especially after the Sri Lanka tour that offered nothing to the pacers. Had Bangladesh had a 1st class match before the test match, the Test series would have been 2-0 in our favor. What we need is more cricket with Zimbabwe to go up in the rankings.

  • POSTED BY Neutral_Criciki on | May 3, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @hellodolly Keep in mind coming to the 1st test BD didnt have any match practice or warm up matches to get used to the conditions. And yes BD are years distant off to give the bigger teams a sweat,given one or two good pace bowlers comes along the way from somewhere!

  • POSTED BY Anti_ZCFOutkast on | May 3, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Panyangara looked ordinary today, just as he has domestically. Very strange team today with the toothless Utseya also selected.

  • POSTED BY borhans on | May 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    teams which has patience can do well in test as they wait till bowler get frustrated but in odi only quality teams which can take runs at a steady speed can do well .I guess some weakness of zimbabwe is coming forward .they can't go with the 2.5 run rate like test in odi & most of their batsman are not capable of playing shots for four & sixes

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | May 3, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    As pretty much the sole campaigner for a Panyangara recall to the national side, I'm extremely happy and satisfied. A first international match in a while, let alone basic game time after the season ended, I thought he did very well.

    He's always been the best seamer we've unearthed since Streak. Has a superior bowler's mind compared to all the current options we have, and always seems in control and in command of what he's trying to do with the ball. His inclusion was a masterstoke.

    Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the dropping of Vusi Sibanda. Anyway BD were always going to be too strong, and Taylor missed the trick after winning the toss. Bat first at Queens!

    Cricumstances permitting, Mpofu for Chatara, Vusi for Raza, Matsi for Chakabva, pllus Mushangwe for Waller(regardless of his score today) would've significantly strengthened this team: Vusi, Matsi, Hami, Taylor(wk), Williams, Chigumbura, Utseya, Shingi, Panyangara, Mushangwe, Mpofu.

  • POSTED BY roook on | May 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    32 extras is too much even for a irregular team at international standard. Zimbabwe has a decent bowling performance in test but need to maintain same discipline here.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    @helloDolly ... yes I did say that the days of a BD collapse in an ODI match are long gone. You are aware that this is an ODI game we are playing... ( er .. aren't you ??). Obviously Bangladesh have done very well for themselves over the last few tours against WI and the SL in the ODI format I do take your point that you BD have to improve more in TEST cricket. Lets continue this conversation about BD's performance in a TEST match when a TEST match is being played. ;0)

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    If Mominul and Nasir 70+ run partnership does not work then who knows BD would have packed under 220/230. Who knows Shakib would score ! what ever BD got that is perfectly well from the situation they had. This kind of situation comes and teams overcome the deficit. Have some respect to Zim. and run out is a part of game. Even great batsman like Ganguly and Inzi were notorious in their whole carrier about running between the wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    The way some of the BD fans are reacting it looks like that run out is not a part of the game. tell me How many games Mominul have played? He has scored each of the game.His average tells everything. he is little lack of confidence and with time he can come out. Definitely Mominul is a promising batsman for one day and Test. if selectors react like some of the fans then daily you have to bring a new team with new sets of players.

  • POSTED BY Pinarsh255 on | May 3, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Nasir Hussain is some cricketer for Bangladesh, has the potential to become a truly world class player after Shakib (to an extent Tamim). Wonder why he is not bowling these days? Is Bangladesh trying to develop him as Hussey, ABD, Dhoni or Morgan? He should bat higher up the order.

  • POSTED BY helloDolly on | May 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    It seems blind leading the blind!both teams are heavily inexperienced even though they have more than a decade of playing under the caps;BD played WI when they were a street team and beat them heavily and ZIM played the reformed WI and got beat heavily;so I can't really feel better about BD;and as B-Bandhu says that collaspe for BD is' long gone'!Well! B-Bandhu what a short memory you have; Remember! the first test when BD lost 5wkts AT the score of 134!Well!lets play some big teams and then see what happens;hope ICC will help in these mattes.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Tamim is said to be a big hitting and shot playing batsman.But his career strike rate in ODIs is 79.Shehwag has near hundred and Jayasuriya has 91.I think Tamim is no more an aggressive batsman.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | May 3, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Throwing wickets away time and time again, its not on. I agree Momi needs to bat lower down and have Rahim at 3 then Shakib etc. Missed out on what should've been a 300 score.

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | May 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @ TheVillain can't agree with U in here for that mate cause Mominul is better stay off unless he can't score fast enough as a top order & if he comes down order he will waist more balls which it showed today on his performance. If he can not utilize this great opportunity by coming as top order then how we can expect he will do better as a lower order! He seems too much enthusiastic compare to others as new comer & he is the reason for Shakib's downfall of that run out, which he tried to do it with Mushfiq too earlier if U can look it carefully. So at the end what he did was better then worse, to play as a supporting roll to Nasir by facing & misusing of plenty of balls in the 1st ODI, which is too odd comparing it with Nasir's great performance today. So lets keep Mominul wait in the line up for rest of the matches rather we can have a go with Shamsur, who is already there waiting in the line up to show up his ability for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    without some exception, this is a good cricket all around. Mominul is a good promising batsman. He needs time to grow up and ,most importantly, he has this ability. The run out for Sakib costs a lot but sakib himself was ascribed for that.At the end, the batsman who impressed me that is Nasir,a real tiger..............

  • POSTED BY Bowlersbackdrive on | May 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    He is poor with strike rate, poor in running between the wicket, poor to play in the gap, poor in big hitting. Why mominul is at this level now? "Looks promising", is no more a qualifying criteria in BD cricket I hope. BCB should stop spoiling young talents. So far as I know Naim is fit now, and must be a better choice with bat and particularly with ball.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Well ... Mushi wanted 260 to 270 in the press conference yesterday, however Bangladesh could be kicking themselves a little as they could have got a little bit higher then the 269 they got. Mushi, will be very disappointed with his contribution and despite Monimul's contribution, I feel if Shakib was scoring rather Mominul, the scoring would have been higher.

    All in all though, where previously we could have expected a collapse a few years ago, those days are long gone. It also highlights the importance of Nasir Hossain batting lower down the order. It was also nice to see Mahmadullah, showing some resilience that was lacking in his previous outing in the first test.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Mominul is doing good guys,, Hold your breath just give him some more time to get some experience but still he is scoring. he is not highly talented like asraful but still he scores . that matters at the end of the day.How many times Ashraful got out just throwing his wickets?. still he is doing the same thing. Average is matters at the end.

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | May 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Mominul Haque needs to bat lower down. He's just inexperienced at the moment and costing wickets because of it. Batting has been careless yet again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    tigers r in fire on their first odi vs zim .......

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I think the jury is still out for mominul and his main problem is his lack of experience, especially running between wickets.

    In Sri Lanka he was also responsible for the run out of Mahmadullah and has done the same in Zimbabwe. When he hits a ball he starts running and is not sure where the ball is going but still runs.

    His batting is good but in the ODI format you would want a higher trike rate. Presently Nasir is ahead on runs and looking more comfortable and has faced 20 less balls.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 3, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Mominul is the wrong guy for number 3. He got Ashraful and Mushfiq out by being extremely slow and now Shakib run out. Who put their most inexperienced guy at number 3?

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    What caused those 1st two wickets? Lacking technique? set batsmens striking timing playing well, goes out to a ball moaning to be hit for four but no regret watching Ashraful's wicket expected as always,and is it a good move mominul moving up the order over shakib and mushy?

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    hoping to see sikander in play ..today

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    hoping to see sikander in play ..today

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    What caused those 1st two wickets? Lacking technique? set batsmens striking timing playing well, goes out to a ball moaning to be hit for four but no regret watching Ashraful's wicket expected as always,and is it a good move mominul moving up the order over shakib and mushy?

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 3, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Mominul is the wrong guy for number 3. He got Ashraful and Mushfiq out by being extremely slow and now Shakib run out. Who put their most inexperienced guy at number 3?

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I think the jury is still out for mominul and his main problem is his lack of experience, especially running between wickets.

    In Sri Lanka he was also responsible for the run out of Mahmadullah and has done the same in Zimbabwe. When he hits a ball he starts running and is not sure where the ball is going but still runs.

    His batting is good but in the ODI format you would want a higher trike rate. Presently Nasir is ahead on runs and looking more comfortable and has faced 20 less balls.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    tigers r in fire on their first odi vs zim .......

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | May 3, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Mominul Haque needs to bat lower down. He's just inexperienced at the moment and costing wickets because of it. Batting has been careless yet again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Mominul is doing good guys,, Hold your breath just give him some more time to get some experience but still he is scoring. he is not highly talented like asraful but still he scores . that matters at the end of the day.How many times Ashraful got out just throwing his wickets?. still he is doing the same thing. Average is matters at the end.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Well ... Mushi wanted 260 to 270 in the press conference yesterday, however Bangladesh could be kicking themselves a little as they could have got a little bit higher then the 269 they got. Mushi, will be very disappointed with his contribution and despite Monimul's contribution, I feel if Shakib was scoring rather Mominul, the scoring would have been higher.

    All in all though, where previously we could have expected a collapse a few years ago, those days are long gone. It also highlights the importance of Nasir Hossain batting lower down the order. It was also nice to see Mahmadullah, showing some resilience that was lacking in his previous outing in the first test.

  • POSTED BY Bowlersbackdrive on | May 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    He is poor with strike rate, poor in running between the wicket, poor to play in the gap, poor in big hitting. Why mominul is at this level now? "Looks promising", is no more a qualifying criteria in BD cricket I hope. BCB should stop spoiling young talents. So far as I know Naim is fit now, and must be a better choice with bat and particularly with ball.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    without some exception, this is a good cricket all around. Mominul is a good promising batsman. He needs time to grow up and ,most importantly, he has this ability. The run out for Sakib costs a lot but sakib himself was ascribed for that.At the end, the batsman who impressed me that is Nasir,a real tiger..............