Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo May 4, 2013

Masakadza not worried by loss

Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza has said that the home side is not under pressure playing at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, a venue where they have lost to Bangladesh seven times in nine matches. He was the top-scorer in the first ODI, but was one of four batsmen to fall when the score was on 93.

"I think we just had a bad start in Bulawayo," Masakadza said. "We couldn't fight like the way we were supposed to. I think 260 was a par-score on this wicket, which is batting friendly, but we just didn't bat well enough to chase it down.

"I think they (Bangladesh) had a few good games here where we haven't played so well ourselves. We don't really think there is a jinx. We chased 300 runs against New Zealand in a one-day game."

Masakadza fell trying to work Ziaur Rahman on the leg side. He was batting on 38 and was looking increasingly fidgety after the dismissal of Brendan Taylor a few overs earlier. He was ultimately adjudged leg-before and the collapse continued as Elton Chigumbura followed him back to the pavilion in the same over.

"The mistake was that we kept playing across the line to Zia and gave him five wickets. This is a simple mistake, but I think this broke the back of the batting. So the guys had talked and thought about it. We had sometime in the nets today so I think it will be fine tomorrow (Sunday)."

Masakadza wasn't pressing any panic buttons yet, despite the big loss in the first game, but is looking forward to some more contributions from the rest of the batsmen. "We still have two more games to go. I believe we are capable of bouncing back and are looking forward to the game tomorrow.

"There are guys in the middle orders who are also scoring runs, and they did it in [the] West Indies. So I think it's not [just] relying on [a] few people. The whole thing is a team effort, and I think as a team we just didn't come [out] right yesterday."

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

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  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Masakadza said "We chased 300 runs against New Zealand in a one-day game", probably do not know 6 big wins Bangladesh got against India, Sri Lanka and West Indies in 2012-13 so far where 5 of them they chased ! One game Zim chased 300, lost to NZ ! It feels he is still in the past. They need to bounce back to the series but he is talking about the past !

  • Aditya on May 4, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    cmon zim..just start believing in yourself more..u just need to be more aggressive..

  • Shabbir on May 4, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Hamilton, believe me, you should be worried by the loss and the under performance of many of your team mates. If anything the 2nd test Match and the first ODI proved that something was not right when Bangladesh first arrived in Zimbabwe.

    Take your Pick 1) ZCB changed the schedule, 2) ZIM refused a practice match, 3) ZIM did not provide good facilities for the BD teams (Poor training facilities, watered down car petrol, Poor hotel standards), 4) BD took ZIM lightly.

    Perhaps one or all of the above, regardless BD have moved on and ZIM still seem to be thinking in terms of that one game, where they dominated BD. Before ZIM's eyes, Robiul, Ziaur and Shohag are blossoming to back up established players such as as Tamim, Mushi, Shakib & Nasir.

    ZIM have lot of questions to answer and are experimenting too much with the team. So yes Hamilton .... you should be very worried.

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