Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo May 4, 2013

Do or die for Zimbabwe

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Match facts

May 5, Bulawayo
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

If the ODI series follows the drift of the recently-concluded Test series, Zimbabwe should bounce back from the 121-run defeat in the first game and square the three-match ODI series.

They have a shorter turnaround, and have a lot to talk about in the team meetings and in the only net session they have on Saturday. It will start with the bowlers who conceded 18 wides, and were generally quite undisciplined. There was no relentless line and length like they showed in the first Test. Having said that, Shingi Masakadza was the only pace bowler in the first ODI who played in the Tests; though he picked up four wickets, he bowled the highest number of wides in the innings.

They will be boosted by the return of Kyle Jarvis and Brian Vitori, Bangladesh's nemesis from the 2011 tour. Regis Chakabva and Tinashe Panyangara have been dropped.

The Zimbabwe batsmen too have a lot to tighten up. Chakabva and Sikandar Raza left big gaps between bat and pad, and went at deliveries either too wide or too full. And it was also apparent that they have a tough time believing in themselves when captain Brendan Taylor doesn't stay at the crease for too long.

They can take a leaf out of Bangladesh's book of recovery. The visitors bounced back from a 335-run defeat and then more importantly, in the first ODI, didn't let a mini-slide - when they had lost four quick wickets - break their momentum.

Nasir Hossain will again be key and the management would look to Mohammad Ashraful to make a decent contribution. There will also be some pressure on Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah, both having got out in the thirties in the first game.

The team management was criticised for dropping Sohag Gazi, but the combination worked a treat as Ziaur Rahman and Shafiul Islam fired.

The onus will be on Bangladesh to complete the series win, and that would mean their unbeaten streak in ODI tournaments since the win against West Indies late last year remains intact.

Form guide

Zimbabwe: LLLLL (completed games, most recent results first)
Bangladesh: WWLWL

Players to watch

Shingi Masakadza put in an all-round show in the first ODI. He took four wickets, and later smashed a run-a-ball 33 when the batsmen had collapsed in a heap. More would be expected from the younger of the Masakadza brothers, though he would hope for a more controlled performance with the ball; he was lucky to pick up his first three wickets. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful were out to leg-side deliveries while Mushfiqur Rahim chased a wide one. Mahmudullah was his fourth wicket, undone by a slower ball. Shingi will also have to cut down on the wides.

Much can be expected from Ziaur Rahman in the remainder of the ODI series because he has improved as the tour has progressed. Now he has a five-wicket haul in his kitty, which would boost his confidence with the bat too.

Team news

The home side had made seven changes from their previous ODI, so more modification to this team is unlikely. Kyle Jarvis has a case to come back into the XI, though, in place of Tinashe Panyangara. The presence of Brian Vitori in the squad means he too holds a chance of playing. Vusimuzi Sibanda is likely to replace the dropped Regis Chakabva.

Zimbabwe (possible) 1 Vusimuzi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Sikandar Raza, 4 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Shingi Masakadza, 10 Brian Vitori, 11 Tendai Chatara/Kyle Jarvis.

Bangladesh's combination from the first ODI worked out fine, so they are unlikely to change anything. Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque would however remain watchful and be keen on making some more runs to keep their places intact.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Robiul Islam.

Pitch and conditions

The match will be played on a different surface on the same square of pitches, so similar conditions are expected. But due to the early start, both teams would be tempted to bowl first. The weather will continue to remain sunny but cool.

Stats and trivia

  • Ziaur Rahman became only the fourth Bangladesh pace bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in ODIs. The others are Mashrafe Mortaza, Aftab Ahmed and Farhad Reza. Ziaur is also the fourth man to take five wickets against Zimbabwe as a third-change bowler in the attack
  • Nasir Hossain is the only specialist batsman in the Bangladesh line-up to have an 80-plus strike rate in ODIs

Quotes

"Of course you have to believe that you can win the series, I believe we can. Bangladesh will be even harder to beat now that they have got confidence, they are a side that thrives on confidence."
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor puts on a brave face

"I will try to bowl in similar areas in the second ODI. My target is to give 30-35 runs in 10 overs. I will get wickets if I can keep them tied up."
Bangladesh allrounder Ziaur Rahman on his bowling plan

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Good to see Kyle Jarvis is playing. Lets hope the ZIM put up some type of fighting display this time. ZIM have a chance to level the series for an exciting third and final game. The manner in which BD comprehensively beat ZIM would suggest otherwise.

    Bangladesh now need to have ALL of their players firing at the same time rather than one player failing and another one picking up the slack.

  • POSTED BY rusrajib on | May 5, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    we need shohag gazi, He is our golden future spinner.

  • POSTED BY rusrajib on | May 5, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    I am also agree with talim bangladesh that we need sohag gazi in the place of mahmudullah. Shohag Gazi has to need play more match because he is our golden future spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @ Sadequl:- I fully agree with u about Ash and other points. But unfortunately, i couldn't agree with Saeedsam at all. He is hopeful about batting of ash today. But we know from our experiences that he will be out just at a time when BD team needed him most. If i am to bet, i will go with Sadequl not with Saeedsam. We don't criticise ash without foundation. He himself is responsible for that. There is nothing personal. But, if his inclusion creates problem for the team, he should be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    inshallah i hope bd will won today match...i wantes to today must performer those players: tamim,sakib,shakib,mushfique,nasir,zia

  • POSTED BY maeen on | May 5, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Is'nt it natural that BD will win against the lowest team according to the ranking points like ZIM, IRE, KEN, AFG ? I think they are now capable enough to beat other top ranked nations like WI, SRI, PAK,even IND, ENG, NZ. So there is nothing to be surprised, if BD can take a Bangla Wash over ZIM. A team where the best all rounder does play can wish a win against any country around the world. So best wishes to them and advice to them not to pay any heed to any kind of criticism made by anyone.

  • POSTED BY Talim Bangladeshi on | May 5, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    team- tamim, ashraful, mominul, sakib,mushfik, nasir, zia, gazi, razzak, safiul, robiul.

  • POSTED BY saeedsam on | May 5, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    plz stop criticised to ashraful. request everybody enjoy ash batting today. lots of cricket still remain in ashraful. ashraful just need our support. we are ungreatful. we alrdy forget his glorious past perform.

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | May 4, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    I hope BD take match by match and plays seriously. Go Tigers....

  • POSTED BY habibarif11 on | May 4, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    4best squad. 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2. samsur rahman 3. Nasir Hossain 4. Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Shakib Al Hasan 6. Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Robiul Islam.

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | May 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Good to see Kyle Jarvis is playing. Lets hope the ZIM put up some type of fighting display this time. ZIM have a chance to level the series for an exciting third and final game. The manner in which BD comprehensively beat ZIM would suggest otherwise.

    Bangladesh now need to have ALL of their players firing at the same time rather than one player failing and another one picking up the slack.

  • POSTED BY rusrajib on | May 5, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    we need shohag gazi, He is our golden future spinner.

  • POSTED BY rusrajib on | May 5, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    I am also agree with talim bangladesh that we need sohag gazi in the place of mahmudullah. Shohag Gazi has to need play more match because he is our golden future spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @ Sadequl:- I fully agree with u about Ash and other points. But unfortunately, i couldn't agree with Saeedsam at all. He is hopeful about batting of ash today. But we know from our experiences that he will be out just at a time when BD team needed him most. If i am to bet, i will go with Sadequl not with Saeedsam. We don't criticise ash without foundation. He himself is responsible for that. There is nothing personal. But, if his inclusion creates problem for the team, he should be dropped.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    inshallah i hope bd will won today match...i wantes to today must performer those players: tamim,sakib,shakib,mushfique,nasir,zia

  • POSTED BY maeen on | May 5, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Is'nt it natural that BD will win against the lowest team according to the ranking points like ZIM, IRE, KEN, AFG ? I think they are now capable enough to beat other top ranked nations like WI, SRI, PAK,even IND, ENG, NZ. So there is nothing to be surprised, if BD can take a Bangla Wash over ZIM. A team where the best all rounder does play can wish a win against any country around the world. So best wishes to them and advice to them not to pay any heed to any kind of criticism made by anyone.

  • POSTED BY Talim Bangladeshi on | May 5, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    team- tamim, ashraful, mominul, sakib,mushfik, nasir, zia, gazi, razzak, safiul, robiul.

  • POSTED BY saeedsam on | May 5, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    plz stop criticised to ashraful. request everybody enjoy ash batting today. lots of cricket still remain in ashraful. ashraful just need our support. we are ungreatful. we alrdy forget his glorious past perform.

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | May 4, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    I hope BD take match by match and plays seriously. Go Tigers....

  • POSTED BY habibarif11 on | May 4, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    4best squad. 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2. samsur rahman 3. Nasir Hossain 4. Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Shakib Al Hasan 6. Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Robiul Islam.

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | May 4, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    @ Ashiqur Rahman R U related with Ziaur Rahman, 5 wicket hauler ;) just kidding mate. Your judgment, thoughts & predicts R absolutely correct for BD team but U know main concern for BD is "consistency". We do have records batsmen stumbles like cards too [58/78]. Ash could be an example for it & as our previous coach mentioned if Ash plays one good match then only god knows how long we might needed to wait to see another better performance from him. We need stable top class opener batsman rather than a Caribbean dancer in the field.

    Our selector prefers to give many chances to non-performed players, even to a bowler like Shahadat. Can't understand why on earth we need to give so many chances to such players, when we already have better performers or options waiting eagerly to give their best for the team!

    If Ashiq's prediction is accurate then BD might have an easy chance to clinch the series, in-sha-Allah but being a realistic BD fan I can't relay 100%. Anyway best of luck BD boys.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Ash must play like a vital tomorrow . Tamim Sakib n Nasir should go through natural cricket as previous done without taking ultra risk. game must go on with natural motion from bd 's strength .

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | May 4, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe has a good chance of getting back to the series as BD is really good at screwing up. Bangladesh need to sort out their mistakes from last match. The way top order got out in last match is not acceptable. Nasir not gonna score everyday so they better not make the same mistakes. Good Luck to Bangladesh. Hope they will keep their act together.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh.. hope bangladesh will seal series win tomorrow

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 4, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Shamsur for Mominul on this pitch would be a great pick. Ashraful at number 3 and Tamim opens with Shamsur.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | May 4, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    I see several comments from BD fans about bringing on the big teams and how great we are. Guys, confidence is good but lets not get carried away. We have not been beating SA. ZIM may be tough in their backyard but they are still ZIM. Lets take it one game at a time. We should play more games with NZ and WI and groom our youngsters. But before that, let's win the next two games. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY zihan-tiger on | May 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    bd should arrange a series with any top ranking team immediately after this one and they r capable of throwing challenge to any other team ryt now.can any body say whn BD's nxt series wil take place?and with which team?

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    bd will will this match, all the best

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Judging the performance through out the last year and first half of this year, I do not see any reason Bangladesh will not win the series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh beat India, Sri Lanka (Asia Cup) and West Indies (3-2) comprehensively in 2012 and again they beat Sri Lanka (1-1) in 2013 and drawn a test match. Yes I agree they wobbled against Zimbabwe in 1st test, because they didn't have any clue about the condition. Now they are adjusting the game in Zimbabwe Condition. If BD play their natural game, they will win and hope they will not try something out of ordinary. For Zimbabwe, I do not know but feels like team is playing under the shadows of past glories. If they don't act now, may be they will become Kenya where once Kenya was the main rival of Bangladesh and now a days the closest rival is WI and NZ not Zimbabwe. Its not an attack to Zim team, its just a true judgment from a Zim fan. We all want to see Zim to do well in cricket, but administration are the barrier.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Don't see any reason why bd not gonna win. If bd play their their natural game, there should not any problem to beat Zim. A player like Sohag Gazi sitting out proves the strength of current bd team. All the best tigers.

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | May 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Zimbabwe cricket suffers from having to try promising players in real matches, this is because they do not organise A Team tours or ask for representation in the SA domestic competitions like Namibia have done . This is where you can truely identify is a player can step to next level. To use the current system of selected other than the best should not be acceptable in International sport. Sibanda not playing?? etc etc etc ...

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | May 4, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Credit to Mangongo for trying out the youngsters, but not all at once! Despite doing ok in the WI Tests, Chatara got quite a pasting during the ODIs. Like the repeated hidings Meth receives in the same format(albeit being decent in the long format), that's a clear sign that he shouldn't be picked in the LOIs. The same logic applied in the exclusion of Jarvis, injury spared Meth, why not leave Chatara out as well? We have Vitori available, our very own Malinga!

    In an ODI, Chakabva plus the exciting Raza(new & nervous), added to Malcom 'Trevor Gripper' Waller is shooting yourself in the leg already. We can never win with that makeup. If you must then drop Raza down to six where he can come in with less pressure. Get Vusi back in there please, while you're at it make sure Taylor bowls Elton his full quota instead of inexplicably giving the load to part-timers. Elton is more than good enough to bowl 10 overs at less than 5rpo against BD and pick up a couple of wickets!

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | May 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    We may have won by a big margin but Bangladesh did not play as well as we were expected them to especially with the batting. Batting needs to be more positive i.e. rotate the strike so the scoreboard no matter how slowly is always ticking. I will continue with the same 11 but the order should change i.e. Tamim, Ash, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Zia, Razzak, Shafiul and Robiul.

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | May 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Was Kyle Jarvis left out for the first ODI???!!!!!! If so, THEN WHY?!!! Have the Zimbabwean Selectors lost their minds by not picking someone who is definitely their attack spearhead? I know the fast bowlers Panyangara and Chatara did a decent job, but I think an opening pair of Jarvis and Mpofu would be far more effective. If Vittori is fit however, he should be included with Jarvis.

  • POSTED BY Julian_Vella on | May 4, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Taibu retired, Ervine & Coventry not available playing in Europe, Mawoyo & Mpofu injured so that leaves just Vitori & Price

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the ODI series comfortably. Zimbabwe lacks match winners like those of Bangladesh. So, they will become whitewashed!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone 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, 6:10 GMT

    I am tried to see one-sided matches like this. Zimbabwe should better play with Kenya or even Afganistan to improve their skills in bat. Can anybody please justify the selection of Regis Chakabva, Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura? These players are failing again and again even though its a flat wicket. Please bring Charles Coventry, Remond Price, Taibu (As a keeper and batsman), Mawoya, Ervine, Mpofu and Vitori. These changes could bring some sort of improvement in the team for balance.

    Bangladesh should concentrate to play better team than them not much poorer quality teams.

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | May 4, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman irrespictive first odi result i want you to go for wickets rather than for dot balls, go for wickets always even you can be expensive sometimes but wickets win matches bowling tight is part time bowlers duty you can be be the prime bowler so go for wickets all the best for future.

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  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | May 4, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman irrespictive first odi result i want you to go for wickets rather than for dot balls, go for wickets always even you can be expensive sometimes but wickets win matches bowling tight is part time bowlers duty you can be be the prime bowler so go for wickets all the best for future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I am tried to see one-sided matches like this. Zimbabwe should better play with Kenya or even Afganistan to improve their skills in bat. Can anybody please justify the selection of Regis Chakabva, Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura? These players are failing again and again even though its a flat wicket. Please bring Charles Coventry, Remond Price, Taibu (As a keeper and batsman), Mawoya, Ervine, Mpofu and Vitori. These changes could bring some sort of improvement in the team for balance.

    Bangladesh should concentrate to play better team than them not much poorer quality teams.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone 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, 7:19 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the ODI series comfortably. Zimbabwe lacks match winners like those of Bangladesh. So, they will become whitewashed!

  • POSTED BY Julian_Vella on | May 4, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Taibu retired, Ervine & Coventry not available playing in Europe, Mawoyo & Mpofu injured so that leaves just Vitori & Price

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | May 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Was Kyle Jarvis left out for the first ODI???!!!!!! If so, THEN WHY?!!! Have the Zimbabwean Selectors lost their minds by not picking someone who is definitely their attack spearhead? I know the fast bowlers Panyangara and Chatara did a decent job, but I think an opening pair of Jarvis and Mpofu would be far more effective. If Vittori is fit however, he should be included with Jarvis.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | May 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    We may have won by a big margin but Bangladesh did not play as well as we were expected them to especially with the batting. Batting needs to be more positive i.e. rotate the strike so the scoreboard no matter how slowly is always ticking. I will continue with the same 11 but the order should change i.e. Tamim, Ash, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Zia, Razzak, Shafiul and Robiul.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | May 4, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Credit to Mangongo for trying out the youngsters, but not all at once! Despite doing ok in the WI Tests, Chatara got quite a pasting during the ODIs. Like the repeated hidings Meth receives in the same format(albeit being decent in the long format), that's a clear sign that he shouldn't be picked in the LOIs. The same logic applied in the exclusion of Jarvis, injury spared Meth, why not leave Chatara out as well? We have Vitori available, our very own Malinga!

    In an ODI, Chakabva plus the exciting Raza(new & nervous), added to Malcom 'Trevor Gripper' Waller is shooting yourself in the leg already. We can never win with that makeup. If you must then drop Raza down to six where he can come in with less pressure. Get Vusi back in there please, while you're at it make sure Taylor bowls Elton his full quota instead of inexplicably giving the load to part-timers. Elton is more than good enough to bowl 10 overs at less than 5rpo against BD and pick up a couple of wickets!

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | May 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Zimbabwe cricket suffers from having to try promising players in real matches, this is because they do not organise A Team tours or ask for representation in the SA domestic competitions like Namibia have done . This is where you can truely identify is a player can step to next level. To use the current system of selected other than the best should not be acceptable in International sport. Sibanda not playing?? etc etc etc ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Don't see any reason why bd not gonna win. If bd play their their natural game, there should not any problem to beat Zim. A player like Sohag Gazi sitting out proves the strength of current bd team. All the best tigers.