Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo

Williams drives Zimbabwe to series-levelling win

The Report by Mohammad Isam

May 5, 2013

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Zimbabwe 253 for 4 (Wiliams 77*, Sibanda 49, Shafiul 2-51) beat Bangladesh 252 for 9 (Razzak 53*, Chigumbura 3-39) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sean Williams drives through the off side, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bulawayo, May 5, 2013
Sean Williams' unbeaten 77 guided Zimbabwe to a six-wicket victory © AFP

Sean Williams's career-best effort guided the Zimbabwe chase to a successful finish, after Vusi Sibanda laid the foundation. The home side levelled the series 1-1, making the third and final match of the series the decider. The six-wicket win also broke a seven-match losing streak in ODIs, Zimbabwe having won their last game in October 2011, coincidentally at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Bangladesh had been struggling at 185 for 7 in the 44th over but an unexpected hitting spree from left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, steered Bangladesh past 200 and then, unbelievably, past 250. He slammed five sixes in his maiden ODI fifty, which came off just 21 balls to equal the Bangladesh record for the quickest half-century.

That left Zimbabwe needing to dig deep but Williams was up to the challenge. He struck his eleventh half-century to finish unbeaten on 77 off 74 balls as Zimbabwe overhauled a fairly stiff target. He was not entirely attacking, but did bring out the big shots whenever the opportunity arose or a boundary was required. He struck five fours and a six, powered over square-leg. The boundaries came through pull shots, a straight drive and even a reverse-sweep slammed through regulation cover.

Malcolm Waller played a great foil to Williams, contributing 39 off 50 balls with four boundaries. His calmness in a nervous chase also helped, as he played mostly straight and used the crease very well. Williams and Waller added 86 after Brendan Taylor was dismissed in the 35th over, scoring at 6.29. They were mostly calm during the second Powerplay overs that followed immediately, taking just 29 runs as they kept up with the required run-rate.

That was the third of three mid-sized partnerships on which the win was built. The first of the three was between Sibanda and Sikandar Raza for the second wicket. The pair added 65 in just 12.2 overs, blunting the pace bowlers. They struck ten boundaries, Sibanda hammering seven in his 51-ball 49 which forced Mushfiqur Rahim to use five bowers in the first 12 overs. Raza was attacking against pace, hitting three boundaries in his 36-ball 23. But the newcomer playing only his second ODI struggled to get the left-arm spinners away.

It was the Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan bowling spell which slowed these two down, with Sibanda's falling lbw to Shakib. Four balls after he was dismissed, Raza followed suit as he chipped an easy catch to midwicket off Shafiul Islam.

Taylor and Williams then batted slowly, quite deliberately so. They added 73 for the fourth wicket, which was vital as they were 94 for 3 in the 18th over when Raza was dismissed. Taylor made 37 off 60 balls. The Bangladesh bowlers were ordinary, perhaps for the first time on tour as they were found out by a very good batting track.

They couldn't back up Razzak's last-ditch effort with the bat. He struck five sixes, one of which was hit out of the ground, in his 22-ball 53. Razzak's innings, though, only masked how poorly some of the top- and middle-order batsmen performed.

The openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful didn't reach double figures while the new No. 3 Mominul Haque struggled to work the ball around, and play his natural game. Mushfiqur made 26 in quick time but fell leg-before, while Nasir Hossain was constricted by some good field placements by the Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor.

Once again, Bangladesh were at the wrong end of a poor umpiring decision. Shakib was adjudged leg-before though the ball looked to be heading down the leg-side, and there was a hint of an inside-edge as well. His reaction was almost violent, slamming the bat on to his pads. It also accidentally touched Taylor's pad as he walked to celebrate with Prosper Utseya, and Shakib apologised immediately.

Until Razzak went after them, the Zimbabwe bowlers were more disciplined than in the first game, when they conceded 18 wides. The return of Kyle Jarvis made the difference, injecting much needed verve into the attack. He was poor towards the end, though, conceding 17 runs in the last over.

The May 8 finale would be the perfect end to an erratic but entertaining series which has seen some excellent fightbacks from both sides.

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

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Posted by Ammo666 on (May 7, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu are you calling the so called key players of BD even Tamim, Mushfiq, Nasir & also Shakib which Shakib ranked no.1 all rounder in the world ofcourse these are the key players of BD simply&also been a victim poor umpiring beacuse simply if one or two bursts from here BD wins as they are the match winners in current team&then bowling & fielding at their best according to thier capability they simply WINS. talking about recent BD performance,Srilanka lost 1 even in just two ODI series in their own ground but not a 3or5 ODI series so now see even their was 3rd or more you can't say your Srilanka would definitely win the rest..here even i am not talking about Mahmudullah who is not in his real form&keeping Ash out&then bowler Mashrafe (still the best fast bowler BD produced in international) but still have not totaly recoverd from is knee injury,Nazmul was also not doing bad but injured...so better not crticize&learn to appreciate&have respect whenever BD plays good cricket&WINS

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (May 7, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Actually Bangladesh hardly played that many games from 1986 till they got their status so please don't twist the facts. You can keep reliving the past but it won't get you anywhere good luck though :)

Posted by Anjanalw23 on (May 7, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

The funny thing about BD fans is when they lose a match they always comeup with a new set of match winners or the key players who didnt play in the match or wasnt in the side and when umpire decision go against some player he become the one man army and mr.consistant which BD's win or lose depend on.

Posted by The_Ashes on (May 7, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu - Great to some people like you interested and worried of a 'minnow' team appreciate it. Like my friend said, that's all in the past need to move on because it won't get you anywhere. Just make sure next time your team beats such teams 'comfortably'. Bangladesh Cricket is here to stay good luck!

Posted by Sadequl on (May 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

I am willing to believe solely BD will dominate in decider match. Just a statistics of the last 2 matches, 1st Zia got 5 wickets haul & in 2nd he got 1. Shafiul got 2 each of the matches. Robiul & Razzak both got 1 each in the 1st one & none in the 2nd & last one is Shakib got 1 in the 2nd match.

If we look it carefully what was the difference between 2 match's bowling performances, then it is pretty clear our bowlers were 99% accurate with their approach in the first match by bowling exactly stamp to stamp, because 8 out of 10 Zim's wickets that have fallen was either being bold or either lbw but except Shafiul, blowers couldn't repeat it in the 2nd match with same manner. Zia looked a bit scattered in the 2nd match compared to 1st one & only wicket [Taylor] he got was also another reward for his accuracy [stamp to stamp].

This pitch doesn't look to be a bowling pitch but yet if boys can re-do their 1st match's performance then it should be an easy clinch for them. Go tigers go ;)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@ All_The_Way ; That doesn't matter how long your individual players were in the Test/ODI Cricket arena. BD Test Cricket is 13 years old. BD ODI cricket is about 27 years old. Therefore BD Cricket is old enough.

Agree that the BD team consist of young players. Possible reasons 1. Experienced players are not fit enough to play long (most of them are injured almost all the time) 2. Old players might be loosing their skill with time 3. BD Cricket management keep changing players in the playing XI (BD had 68 Test players within 13 years). No one cares the age of the players. Performance is the important factor.

Posted by KingAjmal on (May 7, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

@Anjanalw23: What? - more than 95% of the current squad of BD haven't played from years 00-06 wake up my friend! the current team is the youngest of all teams unlike many :) you guys are all about the PAST while us bangla fans are all about the present and future. We are surviving 4/5 days in test Cricket now whilst the other teams in the last six months especially those bowled out for 45 and 49 can't :) we're not saying Bangladesh are a top team or something of course not but becoming a competitive one. Not our fault if you cannot swallow the truth :)

Posted by anw.chw on (May 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

I think no other cricket team gets so many responses & comments like BD (so is it BD- the most popular team?)! When BD lose any match then all of a sudden BD become so popular in Cricinfo that they get so many comments (hundreds plus every time) from the well wishers and the haters! BD find the well wishers every time but unfortunately the haters go for hiding when BD wins!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

The umpire's performance should be under regular monitoring & evaluation too. There should be a grading system for the umpires and as per the evaluation result of their performance; they would be promoted to the upper level or to be demoted to the lower level! Otherwise the team like BD and their players will be affected continuously!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

What a performance by Zimbabwe, and what a "collapsed" performance by Bangladesh...the debris of BD bad performance is lying here and there....even their credibility buried deep in to the heap due to the great destruction caused by Zimbabwean onslaught....Zimbabwe you beauty!!!

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 7, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

@Mehdi Rahi - Take it as a compliment. There are many non BD/ZIM fans putting their pennies worth into the discussion. I wonder why? Regardless of what any SL fan wants to say about BD's performance in SL, they were not expecting the results that happened. They were expecting a whitewash. IND aspirations have have twice been foiled by BD in key tournaments - the Asia Cup being the latest. WI have been dealt with by BD on several occasions, again results that the WI fans were not expecting. DO I need to speak more about NZ's previous tour of BD, I guess the NZ fans would want me to keep quiet about it! So of course there maybe a lot of resentment by other fans ... bring it on!

Hopefully now we can get a good discussion between ZIM and BD fans on a ZIM V BD Series!!! ;0)

Posted by Manik_mia on (May 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Mushi should win the toss this time and decide to bowl. If the pitch is exactly same as last one, batting first means lose the game again. ODI and T20 always depends on toss wining. Mushi did not win one time yet. I hope he wins the toss in the 3rd ODI.

Posted by Sadequl on (May 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@ Mehdi Rahi take it easy mate & be sure there will be some fan who is always loves to act or work in negativity. That doesn't mean they will be able to stop to to praise any team when they will be in top.

Just think if BD would have white washed Zim in this ODI series, would there anything for the haters to talk about! I guess the answer will be "NO". So when BD team will be in a proper shape to beat all below ranking teams from them, with their good show then be sure the negative remark makers will be vanish automatically. Till then all we need is to be a bit more patient & also to give positive feed back & support to our team as much as they require for it from us.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

I do not understand what other countries fans are doing here. When BD won, i did not see them! There should only be Zim and BD fans!It is disappointing that few fans of other countries are as always ready to insult, bully BD team when they have opportunity. But my dear those friends, just remember we are here to tackle you with words as we are cricket crazy nation with lots of life, joy and feelings. and as always we will back our team and country.

Posted by Anjanalw23 on (May 7, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

@Taleb87- This is just few points u missed in ur comment 1.Your team scored 600 runs at Galle where 8 centuries were scored in a single match and SL had declared twice.and they score 570 or so runs with just 4 wickets lost and the declared the first inning when one batsman was at 150 and other 100 were batting.that says all about the pitch. 2.ur captain scored 200 runs on galle flat track. 3.u leveled ODI series purely thanks to the rain. 4. U couldnt survive 5 days in the test match followed by galle flat track. U just cant call BD a young team anymore by playing more than 10 years.

Posted by Taleb87 on (May 7, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

i know there r lots of bd haters around here who just critisize and look for our weakness cannt stand us. & they never appriciate our improvement. they are blind because they dont know what we acheived within last 2 yrs. there is few list of our improvement against top team:1. we beat india & sl in asia cup and went through final ( & just 2 run short of asia champ) 2. we beat west indies & win 5 match odi series (3-2). 3. we drew odi series against sl (1-1). we all know that bd is quiet young in test cricket even they dont get much test match in a year. after that we are improving in test cricket also. recently we draw a test against sl. we fighting hard against WI. we scored 600. our captain made 200 runs and lots of. i cannt write everything you critisizer have to realize it. and one more thing how we bounced back against ZIM in test match and made series draw.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (May 6, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Williamson is good but Nasir Hossain is younger and averages in both forms well over 40 whereas Williamson doesn't. Please do not be jealous of our emerging talent. De Kock? the top run scorer of the under 19 world cup wasn't De Kock but another Bangladeshi :P De Kock hasn't exactly had a good start to his International career and a poor IPL campaign but good luck :)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu - You are SPOT ON with both your posts.I always love to BD fans's reaction in Cricinfo when BD plays.If BD wins,they claim BD is best in the world (apparently they are not), and when they lose these internet experts talk about umpiring decisions, technique of players and what not. Live with it my friends - on any given day BD can be slightly better or just about same as Zimbabwe in the world arena.Now that they are losing to ZIM, its official that they are fighting for the bottom most position in world cricket

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 6, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345 ; See. You even don't know players from other countries. Come out of caves.

You say Kohli, Chandimal and Darren Bravo are not young players. But in BD fans comments we see, BD is a young side always even though they have players played 100+ international games. That's called double standards.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

Albert Williamson scored that 100 against SA not Pakistan. Yea he is a great talent. I'm not comparing not Nasir with him but Nasir has a 100 against Pakistan too :)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

I was very much disappointed to see that Bangladeshi Medium pacers were delivering many short pitch ball. The bowling coach must advise the bowlers to maintain length . Speed does not matter but right length is important.We have seen many dangerous West Indian fast bowlers received severe punishiment due to short length. I wish good luck again for my country's cricket team.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

@abcdef_12345. Who is williamson? The guy who scored a match winning 145 against us in our home ground. Lets whats your Nassir would do against us? Williamson is certainly an underrated player.Just wait and watch. Those 4 guys i mentioned in my previous comment will be the best in the world within the next 4 or 5 years. We also have good young players like De cock and Miller to join these 4 guys.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 6, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

BD players are doing what they are capable of. They are the best cricketers in BD. But the opposition players are talented too. When BD players can't overcome the talent of other team players, they loose. Funny thing is that those silly BD fans try to be coaches, selectors or players on these Cricinfo pages.

When we talk about legends, Ashraful may be a legend in BD Cricket. He has been playing for 10+ years for BD, which is a good achievement. But when you compare him to Real Cricketing legends, he is nowhere. Funny thing with BD fans is when one of their players hit 50 or take 3+ wickets, they think that guy is a world class batsmen/bowler. Then when that player fails next time, ask for his head.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (May 6, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

I don't understand why people accuse us of excuses, its a fact that decisions the wrong ones go against Bangladesh thus ruining our chances. Albert yes Nasir Hossain is better than you :P

Posted by British_North_America on (May 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Albert_cambell Who is that Williamson you are talking about? And others three are no more young players.Two of them are captaining different sides.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 6, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

The best young players at the current period is Kohli, Williamson, chandimal and Darren Bravo. These guys scored run against tough opponents at tough batting conditions. Nassir Hossain is nowhere closer to these guys. He only performed well in Flat tracks against weak bowling attacks. He is a good prospect, but he is yet to be tested.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

@ Anwar Chowdhury ; Here is the comment pattern of BD fans.

In BD wins ; Boast BD players. In BD loses ; Lame excuses, Blame umpires, pitch, etc. Make lists of missing so called "Key" players. Say that we will win when the opposition tours BD next year.

Both occasions ; Insult opposition. Ask for the heads of existing BD players (Then they can add those players in the missing "Key" players list next time). Say we have improved. Point rare random victories over Top nations.

Posted by Ammo666 on (May 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Seems like so many ppl making poor & immature comments pointing at BD i don't understand why & how they can, when BD improving even more, so it an be also for another reason that they are jealous & is it also they will lose to BD often now seeing them this way:)... & also forgot how their team struggled to come to this level of cricket & after how many years..every time singing the same old song of 12 years how lame it is & this has gone so bitter already!! one has to win 1 & 1 has to lose this is what a game defines & so cricket...but it can't end up as humiliation for any respective teams like here playing BD & ZIM! so please first learn to respect world class cricket & praise that & then judge!!

Posted by cyborg89 on (May 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

i think bangladeshi bowlers did a good job.bd was just another 20/30 runs short.our middle order in a critical condition was rattled by the umpire.hope bd will fight back and win the series.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Here they came out from the caves from hiding again with their negative comments as BD lost the game as I predicted (also made comment) after the 1st match that they would come out in large if BD lost the 2nd match. Whereas they were completely missing when BD had won the 2nd test & 1st ODI! Don't worry mates! The Royal Bengal Tigers will roar high in the 3rd match again! Better u prepare well for hiding in caves again!

Posted by Javed_17 on (May 6, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

I think looking at this match gave a separation between T20I and ODI. In T20s a single performance is mostly enough to win a match. In an ODI, a full team performance is required and plain and simple Zimbabwe were the better team. Might not have better players but the commitment in the field, bowling and then with the bat. It was a total team effort. Yes William made 70+ but was amply supported by waller and to some extent taylor, Also sibanda set a good platform. BD on the other hand had no real threatening partnerships of over 50 runs. Teamwork is important, not because you have the better players means you are guaranteed a win.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (May 6, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

come on BD, you can do it. win the third match and win the series... Shamsur can take Ash place as Ash is not clicking this whole ZIM tour. Gazi should replace with one bowler.

Posted by Energetic. on (May 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Ashraful needs to perform or else its time to drop him for good.

Posted by SL_rockz on (May 6, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

3 RATING POINTS LOST !! Going from bad to worse :O:O .....

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

You can't win when you are bowling with the pace of 110 and 120

Posted by Ammo666 on (May 6, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

This time BD should not make any excuses of anything except Shakib's LBW decision which was really another huff & dissapointment & again one of the most key player of the team at vital stage...but other that that BD themselves did not play to there role & standard especially the upper order irresponsible batting & then the bowling department & this time robiul also looked blunt & also the timing of changing of bowlers & razzak was just fantastic & effectless with his batting in this game... & Nasir should have been used to bowl for at least an over or two to test..My team will be - Tamim, Shamsur, Ash, Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, Razzak, Shafiul & Robiul .. BD must fix there upper order early collapse asap & putting all pressure on the middle order in almost every game!

Posted by The_Ashes on (May 6, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Yes umpiring decisions was not of good standard in this ODI series but still our batting yet again was pretty poor and I do not understand why they are batting like that its not a test match, go and play your natural game. Its a batting wicket where even 300 is not enough and both teams have been playing pretty poorly I must say. Bangladesh cannot afford to lose this series and will come as a great disappointment and we are back to the bottom phase again if this happens. In the final ODI game, I'll keep the same 11 but change the order so runs are always ticking - Tamim, Ash, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Zia, Razzak, Shafiul and Robiul.

Posted by firoz_44 on (May 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

very pooooooooooooooor umpiring thats why lose the game.

Posted by Sadequl on (May 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Sorry @ Crikoot can't agree with U 100% but yet probably it's almost accurate & perfect. Some of us might say BD reached a higher caliber in ODI that we might win against any cricketing team but reality is even if Ire or Ned plays ODI series atm we might not have 100% victory record against them either due to instability & inconsistency which is a shocking truth. We developed a lot within few years but we haven't got the upgrade status yet.

Yes ICC should implement DRS as must for future matches to avoid arguments & neutrality of Umpiring. Reg, selectors already mentioned what U said. Mushi is still young to be a matured leader & he might have it by ages.

Political uncertainty is nothing new in subcontinent. Ind, Pak, Sl all have these kinds of political unrest & in some cases worse then us but yet they all became cricketing legend now. All it needs players dedication, sincerity, respect's for the game & for the nation alongwith management's supporting roll to gain ultimate result.

Posted by Manik_mia on (May 6, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Tamim should have been dropped and Shamsur should have been given a chance in the 2nd game. As BD won the 1st ODI, 2nd ODI should have been a trial for change. Now that they lost the 2nd ODI now they lost the trial opportunity. I have been saying that Robiul is a test bowler and he will be very expensive in power play time. He should be replaced by any other ODI bowlers. If you keep him he should be used as 3rd bowler after 1st 10 overs are done. Robiul did not get any wickets as well as was very expensive.

Posted by Samudro2106 on (May 6, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

This is the risk of playing against lower ranked teams like Zimbabwe, nothing to gain and lots of things to lose. With this loss Bangladesh lost 3 rating points. Even if Bangladesh won the series 3-0, they could have only gained 1 rating points though with these litttle increase we could have surpassed NZ in the ranking. So, BD lost a great opportunity but hopefully BD won't play badly in the decider otherwise it will not only dent the ratings but damage our pride too.

Posted by thewrongone on (May 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

So what's the way ahead for BG cricket? Although they are making progress, but not at a desirable rate. Particularly performance abroad is something not to be proud of. In my view, producing pacey/bouncy wkts and good fast bowlers should help for a starter. Batters will then learn to negotiate pace, swing and bounce. All our spinners, albeit some are of good quality,somewhat look the same. Too much predictable. They need to invent mystery delivers regularly.

Ash should be out of the team. PERIOD. For the next match,Mominul should be left out. Mushfiq should not shuffle too much. It makes a LBW situation much closer than it actually is. Top order should watch the bowling first instead of blasting from the word go. Letting some balls go past would help immensely and Tamim is capable of doing that. Worth repeating that foot movement is extremely important for Tamim,Nasir, Jahurul, mominul, or Anamul. Bowling at yorker length at of the of stump or thereabout would be useful. Good luck!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Zimbabwe has become the rising star in these days

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Zim deserves a lots of credits to put up a good fight throughout the game and at the end they won the game comfortably. BD was outplayed by Zim. None of the BD players except Razzak were top of their game. I think that's the reason BD lost this game, umpiring decision has not impacted the outcome of this game.

But BD should learn something from this game. No teams in the world will score a big innings in every single ODI. There will be always ups and downs. BD is not any different but they need to learn how to defend a small total. In this case, I think 252 was a reasonably good score as BD players should have been defended this score. But BD players were not up for it.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Congrats To Zim For Winning, my Question to BD fans, is there any one who can answer me those questions, THE so Called legend of Bangladesh Cricket Mohammed Ashraful, played 178 ODI & his Averages is Below 23, & he is the LEGEND Of BD Cricket, He start playing since he was 17 years Old, that Means he is playing for at least 10 years & still dosent know how to handle Zimbabwean Med pacers, & there are plenty of talented players like of Shamsur Rahman for ODI, Marshall Ayub for Test Waiting For Ever to get chnaces to PROVE they're Talent, instead of Getting them Chance The BD Selector are Dying for Those legend LIKE Shahadat Hossain (who cost BD The ASIA Cup)The man shouldn't be close to the National Team, And Sir Ashraful whos Polution Ruining the Whole Team, WHY?. Mominul is A good choice But He should Bat At 6-7 For now, and later on can be promoted, he is Too scare at his current position, shamsur Should Open With Tamin ,& Anamul Bijoy should Bat at 3 all problem solved,

Posted by thewrongone on (May 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Congrats to Zim winning. BG batters mominul, jahurul, Ash, tamim should realize to let balls go to wktkeeper. This is an essential skill like coverdrive, driving on the up or leg glance and it is as useful even in limited over matches as it is in Tests. Secondly, without moving feet, shot playing is risky. Five average boundary shots are better than one glorious over the cover shot becoz of the risk involved. These batters are getting out in the same fashion over and over again. Coach should give them very blunt message on these batting issues. BG batters should realize getting thirties even fifties is not enough at this level. It is not a question of ability and skill. BG batters and bowlers have skills and ability. Application is missing. BD fans, please wait before considering yourselves world beaters. one or two wins do not take a team at the top. A culture needs to be created and it needs time. I said all these becoz I am a fan of Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by tigerletsgo on (May 6, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Tamim and Ash or Mominul none seems to have the guts and power to produce needed spark to start fire for the team's batting line. In the recent past Bd had won a match or two against good standing teams, yet lost a handful against weakest teams too. Obviously they have a serious problem with their consistency, notably with the bat, and that often starts with their openers. If Razak can show what he can achieve in the ninth wicket in the last match against Zim, then Tamim and Ash are no openers for a test team. My take is, Tamim is clearly stagnated at this point and he got no quick fix, whereas Ash is almost at the end of the rope and needs to retire. If anything is still left in these two, that's not potent enough for a good spark to star fire . Simply, no spark no fire. This team must finds a few good openers soon. My suggestion is to keep reshuffling the current batting line, you migh hit something unexpected as pure as gold. After all, Bd is a team with pool of tal ents.

Posted by Fogu on (May 6, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

BD is a competitive team in ODI, a slightly less than competitive in T20, Not competitive yet in Tests. I know, our BD brothers think we are world beaters in ODI, but even though we have beaten IN, SL and WI recently, we also lost to Scotland and Zimbabwe. That is why we are just competitive. For us to be great, we need a solid top order and better fast bowlers. We are two batsmen short and two fast bowler short. Let's not make nonsensical excuse that we are missing top players. We just didn't bat well. It happens. Be realistic and hope our boys put up a better effort the next game. Go Tigers!

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 6, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

Even though BD lost this game, I still think BD are favorites to win this sereis. So lets appreciate Zim for the good cricket they played today.

Posted by Meety on (May 6, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

I wish Banga fans would put umpiring decisions to the side when they lose. I am neutral, I think the umpiring decisons have gone against Bangladesh mostly in this series. This game though, was lost becuase the top order failed. Bangladesh only set a competitive total after a "freak" innings from a tailender. Then Zimbabwe showed better application. In the first game, Bangladesh played at about 60% capacity, this match was about the same. Zim in the first match played at about 50% capacity, in this game close to 80% IMO. Bangladesh need Tamim firing, & really does it need to be said - more from Ashraful?

Posted by Fogu on (May 5, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

To my fellow BD fans, please stop making excuses. Granted Shakib was wrongfully given out but that is not the only reason we lost. Tamim, Ash, Mushfique has not played well yet. 20s-30s score is not enough from our top players. These are the first choice players. 2 days ago, these players won the game comprehensively. One loss does not change anything. Just as we go over the top with wins and losses, the haters show up the same way. Let's regroup and come back strong. Just need the top order to give a solid start and our fast bowlers to hold their line and length. Go Tigers!

Posted by raul_abid on (May 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

it's not end of the world if even BD loose. as long as they put up a good fight i don't mind. they fought hard in test and 1st 2 ODIs. ZIM was far better team than us. now we do catch them up. cheers!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 5, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

@ All_The_Way ; I have a question for you. Have BD ever fielded their best team? During SL series we saw long list of so called "Key" players. Now here again we can see another set on missing player names (Mashrafe, Shahriar, Gazi 16, Taskin, Marshall and Anamul 10). BTW why they dropped Shahriar from the team for the 2nd Test? In your list their are 2 players who played less than 16 international games and 2 club level players. I assume Zim fans also can make missing players like this.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

@All_The_Way. Taskin and Mashall???? These guys never played an international match in their life...lol. Sohag was dropped bcoz it was a seamer friendly wicket. So if he comes back, whom are you going to drop from the team?

Posted by KingAjmal on (May 5, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

@Htc-Android - First of all Sri Lanka will be next touring Zimbabwe and it will be even worse if your team lost to them so I'll hope your ready for that. Secondly, these players are missing yes but so was Mashrafe (best pacer), Shahriar (fantastic record against Zim), Gazi, Taskin, Marshall and Anamul.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 5, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

As usual BD fans are coming up with excuses when they lose a game. In SL series they complained about Umpiring decions, Outfield.etc Now they are doing the same thing in this series too. BD deserved to win the 1st game. so as zim too deserve to win this game. So why not give the credit to Zim here? Some BD fans were asking to praise their team after winning the 1st ODI. But here is my question. Is there any BD fans praising Zim today for their win?

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 5, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

When I mentioned about Zimbabwe missing Williams in the test series, all the BD fans were laughing at my comment. Now we saw what he did today. Dont forget they are playing without mawoya, Price and ervine.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 5, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

"Once again, Bangladesh were at the wrong end of a poor umpiring decision."

@Dhutugemunu ...

1) BD did get several bad decisions in Sri Lanka and many bad decisions in this series. This FACT can not be disputed. The reason for it happening can vary but it has happened and unfortunately it has happened against key players.

2) The bad decisions today were not the reason why Bangladesh lost. To me all the BD players seemed very slow and lethargic, (take Nasir Hossain for example ... very subdued) - with the exception of Abdur Razzak in batting ;0)

3) I think one person asked for Shakib to be removed (who knows it could have been you under a different alias - you brave little keyboard warrior) - clearly he is fundamental to the team (proven by his premature departure at the hands of the umpire).

4) Lets hope BD can win the series and continue their unbeaten run of ODI series starting with West Indies Last year!

Posted by British_North_America on (May 5, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Dhutugemunu Why I do not find you here when Bangladesh wins a match?

Posted by indirockz on (May 5, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Wrong umpiring decisions, absence of first choice players, light outs, pitch....I can go on and on for the excuses I've been reading from BD fans. Now Zim with less experience compare to BD simply outplayed the minnows. It's not wrong to loose but its wrong to be boastful about your team trying to insult other biggies while your team has simply achieved nothing (I mean it...nothing losing 86% of the total test matches played over 12 years and not having one a single tournament which includes more than 2 first class teams). Come back in about 20yrs where your players can back your brags with their solid performances.....ciao...Congratulations to Zimbabwe...I'm really impressed with their current team

Posted by raul_abid on (May 5, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

BD shouldn't go to zim without having DRS/fair umpiring in place. awful test umpiring as well as in ODI. i don't know umpires fixed it up with zim. or SA umpire got too much love for zim. any way congrats to ZIM. i thought it was enough 1st innings score, but they proved me wrong.

Posted by Jadejafan on (May 5, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Far too much excuses from Bangla fans but I do have to admit Shakib dismissal was clearly wrong. If Bangla got something to prove then you have to win the last match otheriwse its back to square 1 good luck!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 5, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu : If u wanna pick one or two comments and complain about it than God help ur poor soul. not like other team's fans doesn't complain about the quality of umpiring. Shakib is our main player and anyone with a functional brain will understand that losing him in such manner hurt our progress today. People in this post who are complaining about umpiring decision are just summing up the reason behind why we lose today & assuming that u can read more than one sentence I hope that u saw most of us mainly complaining about irresponsibility of our players.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

1. During SL tour, there were comments that BD gets wrong decisions because they are the minnows. Here again BD fans complaint that BD gets wrong decisions. So BD is a minnow compared to Zim.

2. After 1st ODI there were comments from BD fans that Shakib is out of form and he should be replaced by somebody else (unknown player). Suddenly Shakib is in form in this match and BD fans morn about the decision against Shakib.

3. After 2nd Test and 1st ODI, BD fans were over the moon and boast about BD players. When BD looses blame umpires and make excuses.

Posted by CricCritic27 on (May 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Bangladesh i think just fell 15-20 runs short, mainly due to a poor start from our opening batsmen. This is a good batting pitch, and you are expected to get to a score close to 300 if you are batting first. Razzak's little cameo definitely won him a place for the two T20's, but his bowling, his main department, was nonthreatening. Our bowling was very weak today. No matter how you look at it, you must admit that fast bowling is not our strength. For the next match, my advice is to bring in Gazi in replacement of Ziaur or Robiul. 2 pacers are enough.

Posted by Sadequl on (May 5, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

It was the exact same result & performance which our boys preferred to give us mostly as a regular practice, when ever we fans starts to believe on them, they will put us down by getting defeated by the opponents poorly & making us hopeless. It seems boys bring us back to sense again by loosing this match, otherwise some of us & some of our BD boys would have thought they could beat any team in the world in a series of matches.

When our team is learning to reach in stability, then we all need to be a bit more patient & our boys should realize each of the international matches they play has a special value to their team as well as to their countrymen.

In 1st ODI most of the batsmen were flopped except Nasir's brilliant show. Those who didn't performed in that 1st match, wasn't that their duty & responsibility to perform well today with more seriousness? Just wonder when our boys will grow with more maturity to give us some sort of stability & consistency in international cricket!

Posted by Sadequl on (May 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Thanks boys for making me right on my prediction by loosing this 2nd match & it was quite obvious to see, Zim played their natural game in this match as expected. I guess our team management haven't taken this 2nd match seriously as they took the 1st match by running with all guns. I am pretty sure team selectors preferred to stuck with winning combination but to be fair if we can not find out our lacking when it is in a minimal stage & essential then more disaster is about to come.

It can be compared to a battle field, finish your enemies when they R about to lost the battle to make sure victory is yours. It was a great opportunity which our boys lost today, when Zim were in such a tremendous pressure by loosing the 1st match with such a huge margin. So if our team would have taken this match with more seriousness they would have won the series easily. ATM I see less hope for our boys to kick back & Zim will surely have the upper hand with their home advantages in the last battle.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

"Once again, Bangladesh were at the wrong end of a poor umpiring decision. Shakib was adjudged leg-before though the ball looked to be heading down the leg-side, and there was a hint of an inside-edge as well."...the report itself says its all...!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 5, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

It was pathetic show from Bangladesh. Our batting was rubbish. Donno why we still have Ashraful. He only scores against SL so I think we should only pick him when we play SL. Mominul is not for ODI, He got too many opportunities but he couldn't make a good impression. Bowling has been below average too. Our spinners are better tha Pacers but in this series it seems they forgot how to take wickets. Umpiring quality was really poor. Even kids at street cricket does better umpiring. But at the end it is our fault that we didn't get enough run and couldn't take their wicket. Ive a feeling that we are going to lose this series. When we went to SL we didn't have most of our main cricketer but here we do so I donno why they are performing like this. This is annoying and frustration :@

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (May 5, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Shakib was clearly not out but our batting was simply reckless anyway. This series is not even over yet even New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India have lost to Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in the last 3 years which is even worse since they are the big teams.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Not going to blame umpiring for today's game, happens all the time.

Fact is, Zimbabwe outplayed us, and I congratulate them on a successful chase. Well done.

Hopefully we get to watch a great last ODI.

Posted by SL_rockz on (May 5, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@WonkyBail very true and genuine comment.All other ppl except BD has saying this to BD fans over a very long time.But never learn.So no use of telling them.Let them enjoy with that poor enjoyment of excusing.Try and learn from Even ZIm if u can.But i know it will never be happen.Feel really sorry about that.1 st ODI BD played well.Congrats to that .Was a good team performance which is a very good sign.Hope they may rap up the series today but equally well display of good cricket from ZIM take it to a decider.From spectators point of view that is good.:) But With ranking and potential BD should win all hose easily.But i am afraid it was not the case. ZIM was up to it.Good work by ZIM. today belong to ZIM.Lets see whose going to walk away as winners.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Really happy with how this is turning out good for cricket these two being competitive.

Posted by SL_rockz on (May 5, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

World best team!! welldone :P ...Keep up ur good work to the rest of the tournament :)

Posted by WonkyBail on (May 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Bangladesh may be at the bottom of the rankings but their fans sure are top of the excuses/blaming umpiring decisions. The officials are neutral in all games is there a suggestion the decisions are fixed and if so why? You might win the next game and therefore the series and then the drum beating re:huge potential etc can re-commence. Think of what Zimbabwe have had to put up with in their country in the last 20 years and yet there fans never make excuses, they are an example to all of us.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

"Once again, Bangladesh were at the wrong end of a poor umpiring decision. Shakib was adjudged leg-before though the ball looked to be heading down the leg-side, and there was a hint of an inside-edge as well"-Reporter. This is common in your every article on BD match

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

To all my BD Fans don;t get disheartened with this loss, it was a good match and if BD could have scored another 20-30 runs, result would have been totally different.. But I am happy with BD's test performance and showing sign of improvement which was missing previously.. In ODI matches you loose some and win some.. but still I am happy with the effort shown today by the BD team..

Posted by hasib9 on (May 5, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Bangladesh lost simply because of bad decisions against our batsmen in form: Shakib and Mushfiq. Just when Mushfiq was starting to accelerate he was given out. Shakib had to rebuild and again when it was time for him to put the foot on gas, he too was given out. Then Nasir had to rebuild all over again. The rebuilding process slowed things down. And having Mominul on your side doesn't help either on a wicket where there was plenty of runs. I never supported the idea of having Mominul in the squad when you have Shamsur in hands.

Posted by shaikat0000001 on (May 5, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

I think poor Umpire & poor Captaincy cost BD lot . Musfiq was totally poor on Field . Bowler change & Fielding set totally below per . BD needs to change Mominul & Zia for next ODI . Jahirul & GAZI should IN .

Posted by leotusher on (May 5, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

well congrtzzz icc for wht u hav been doing...if u guyz cant bound every team to use referral system den at least work hard to ensure good quality of umpiring...its really surprising dat bd is suffering da whole series by da bad umpiring...its not da 1st series bd has been suffering for poor umpiring...its been happening from very long period of tym....its really sad dat a single team has to suffer for ur worthless activities....

Posted by British_North_America on (May 5, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Mominul's 24 off 55 had a negative impact on whole batting order and at one point, a Zimbabwean commentator was happy that he survived a stumping.The commentator said it is a good outcome for Zimbabwe.He needs to be replaced by Shamshur with Ashraful batting at 3.And Tamim, your career strike rate(79) suggests you are never a dashing batsman.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (May 5, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

No excuses we deserve to lose this, batting was simply terrible especially on a good surface. They better not disappoint us by losing the final game.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

I question mushfiq's approach in today's match.Bowling handling wasn't up to mark. Batting lineup also looked inappropriate. Batting order needs to be shuffled. Mushfiq be aggressive in next match.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (May 5, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Momenul Huq is okay only for test but definitely not right for odi/t20 . BCB PLEASE try Shamsur rahman instead of momenul in short format . Bd top order needs to be fixed. If ashraful turns out to be too inconsistent then try Marshall ayoub instead of him.

Posted by adam02 on (May 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Tamim shouldn't play negatively .His main job is to take the opposition attack apart .If he go that defensive then we need to replace him with a more attacking opener .maybe drop tamim to 3 .Ashraful's failure affecting teams success .Monimul''s too defensive approach also disturbing the teams run rate .bring shahriar nafees & drop ashraful to 4 bring sakib to 3 .mushfiq also should bat after Nasir .Mushfiq not doing well up in the order

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Just disappointing show from Bd . BTW a well deserved victory for Zimbabwe. and nothing to say about umpiring as it's been awful as usual. Shakib and mushfiq are today's victim of poor decisions. well played zim

Posted by Shibly.Mahmud on (May 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

It has been years I am following BD cricket. They are improving but with lot of difficulties what I feel is created because of poor strategy makers. The way Mominul started playing at no 3 can not be a strategy. His inability to rotate strikes made things difficult for other fellow batsmen. He is playing good in test and should play only that version. It is now crystal clear that he is not yet ready for ODI at this level. I think a good start ( runrate) only gives middle order scope to flourish. So will expect Tamim and Ash a far better start with Shamsur at no 3. Best of luck BD tigers.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Disappointing from the perspective of Bangladesh. Many years they are playing ODIs still loosing against a weaker opponent. As usual openers proved themselves worthless again. After watching Zimbabwe and Razzak batting, it seems not a hard pitch to bat on. Lots of works to be done by the Tigers. We can hardly accept this type of loosing after what they have shown us recent past.

Posted by Anjanalw23 on (May 5, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

BD 's dream of whitewashing zim is done and dusted.Congrats Zim! Keep up and win the ODI series.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

I think we certainly deserve losing this one even after scoring 252.Taking apart razzak's 54,it was a pathetic batting show with a score of 198 on a batting pitch like this. I just dont find any clue to being too defensive and letting opponent to dominate with the ball. Zim showed how to bat with ease on this pitch.I say it again Bangladesh rightly deserve losing this match.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Mominul alone himself messed it up. Playing slower than a test match and putting pressure on his fellow batsmen. He should be replaced with someone from down the order like Nasir, Shakib or Mushfiq. And enough with Ashraful, get him out and bring Shamsur Rahman for the next match.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Zimbabwe shows how to bat on a track like this,rotating strike nicely,whereas BD batsmen only put pressure on themselves being too defensive.i just cant understand their approach.Be poditive,look for single.

Posted by The_Ashes on (May 5, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Our batting has been very bad, we definitely deserve to lose this game. Abdur Razzak batting has been very impressive.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 5, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Get mominul and Ashraful out of the team.

Posted by borhans on (May 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Zimbabwe really bowled well they deserve the win for BD what our batsman were doing ..pathetic to see them playing like test match ..too much negative bating & allowing zimbabwen bowler to dominate is a bad idea in the beginning .

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

looks like a good start is being thrown away here,dont do this guys,come on!!This total can be chased,one more good partnership.Go Zim!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Its cricket ... the one ball game we will come back strongly

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

its not a good sign for a team when bowler acting like a batsman and the batsman falling again and again. To be competitive you should have a solid middle order batsman. Its time to Sakib and nasir to bat up the order. I guess Nasir should bat at number 3 and shakib should bat at number 4. Only these two can make a solid middle order. Other batsman like mushfiq and mahmudulla should follow them. What could i say about ashraful, after 12 years of international cricket he is not consistent at all with an batting average of 22. For opening slot still tamim is perfect and we need a new one to be his partner. Imrul kayes was good he can keep the wicket. my best eleven. 1. tamim. 2. imrul kayes/ samsur rahman 3. nasir hossain 4. sakib 5. mominul (he need time to settle in top order)5. mushfiq 7. mahmudulla 8. ziaur/ sohag gazi (depends on condition) 9. razzak 10. safiul 11. rabiul

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Its an overall team effort, ZIM won't give up so easily, so BD need to put real good effort on the field...cheers to Razzak !

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Best innings Razzak played in his ODI Career.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Abdur Razzak Played very very well on this match ever i seen.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

can some fan of ashraful tell us as to why ash was sitting with Saki and showing his idiotic feature. After fall of 1st wicket, as an opener and senior batsman, he should have tried to develop a big partnership with mominul and others. But he tried his best to shorten his innings and failing at 6, succeeded at 8 thereby putting BD team in trouble. After going back at 8, he should have felt sorry for his failure to shoulder the responsibility as senior batsman. But his picture and mood with Saki didn't suggest anything of that sort at all. Because, he knows that he will be selected again and again in spite of poor performance consistently. Saeedsam commented that we are ungrateful. No, we are not, but ashraful is ungrateful and showing careless attitude towards sentiments of our people. In 2 ODI's, his average is lowest and making his total average (which was 22 only) even poorer. Selectors should send him back immediately if wants to save the ODI and T20 series as well.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

thanks to god razzak brought it all back.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Thanks Abdur Razzak for your 53 Ran innings from 22 ball including some nice short.

Posted by MdAaquib on (May 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

well done Razzak bhai... really powerful shots to get us to a very healthy total. we can only win from here.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

What a innings played by RaZzak !!!!! He comes out of nowhere...Hit a six more than 110 meter .......

Posted by Energetic. on (May 5, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Again poor batting and even if we win, don't really deserve it. Ash will always be Ash and I think this should be his last series if he fails in the last 3 games of this tour. Mominul is just not fit for number 3 slot far too much pressure on an inexperienced player and should bat lower down after Nasir.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

It is RAZZAK the game changer

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

What an onslaught by a batsman who bats on number 9 !!

Posted by halfbloodprince.du on (May 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

This is the first time I've seen Razzak launch himself like this in an international match! That drop will surely be on the Zimbabwean players' minds in the dressing room.

Posted by Sakib_cricket07 on (May 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

oh Razzaq u may have won the game for Bangladesh.........

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 5, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Abdur Razzak has just owned both Shingi and Kyle Jarvis!!! Unbelievable performance ... take that Zimbabwe and shame on you BD top order!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

As I said yesterday that BD batsmen have to step up as we can't expect Nasir to perform everyday. By the look of it it seems we are going to lose today. Selecting Ashraful is a massive mistake, He usually plays one good innings in each format a year and he has already done that so we are not going to get any good innings from him this year. Drop him get him back when we'll be playing SL next year lol

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

I don't know why ZCB don't allow the DRS system. Because of this , Many BD batsman got out in previous game as well as today. I hope ICC will watch this and think about DRS system permanently in ODI .

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 5, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Shakib is out and once again an umpire decision is proving controversial. Obviously Shakib's behaviour can not be condoned but just like Tamim before him, it is a reaction to the sub-standard officiating that has marred this series. The ICC really need to look at this and make a correct assessment of what has happened in Zimbabwe over the last few weeks.

Posted by KingAjmal on (May 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

This poor umpiring is simply not on everytime mistakes happen I'm sorry to say. Time for UDRS in my opinion.

Posted by Sadequl on (May 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

for sure Zim would not want to have a repeat of the previous game in today's match & looks like BD has already in the back foot by getting out 4 top orders so cheaply.

Just cant understand why in earth BD selector's choose Mominul once again for this 2nd ODI even after his poor show in the first match ! I am not saying that if it would have been someone else the end result would have been totally different but where in 1st match he showed a poor show by wasting so many deliveries to score that nominal amount of runs then why not someone else to try for this 2nd match !

Hope our seletor's also did saw that how Nasir who scored most of the runs in other day with his partnership with Mominul, so this is totally unexpected to let Mominul to play once again too & just see what he has done today as well !Our selectors needs to utilize the maximum effort for each of the matches boys will play in the ground to assist them from out side. Otherwise all success will go invain.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

@ Saeedsam who was very hopeful about ashraful's batting but he has been proved very wrong. @ Sadequl who very right about ash and his performance. I supported Sadequl & said ash would perform even poorly today. After Tamim's out, ash was dropped at 6, got a life but failed miserably to utilize the same to his & team's advantage. Sadequl was absolutely right. This ashraful is creating hindrance for other talented and promising players who are waiting in the line.

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