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May 4, 2013
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 hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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