Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo May 8, 2013

Sibanda ton secures rare series win


Zimbabwe 251 for 3 (Sibanda 103*, Williams 55*) beat Bangladesh 247 for 9 (Mahmudullah 75*, Nasir 63) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Vusi Sibanda brought up his second ODI hundred by hitting the winning runs that secured Zimbabwe a rare series victory, against Bangladesh in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe's seven-wicket success broke the deadlock between the sides and gave the hosts the series 2-1.

Zimbabwe's bowlers laid the foundation for the victory, operating with discipline to restrict Bangladesh to 247 for 9. Brian Vitori's two-wicket burst with the new ball gave the hosts impetus, before Tendai Chatara and Prosper Utseya bowled expert line and lengths in the middle overs. There were no bowling heroes, but a collective effort did the job.

The batting hero was undoubtedly Sibanda. He forged different types of partnerships, often played the less dominant role, and stayed until the game was won. Sibanda was stranded for an over on 99, when Sean Williams hit a boundary with five runs required, but Williams then blocked five balls and gave his partner the chance to get to his hundred. Sibanda edged the next ball for four, to move to 103 off 135 balls, and the celebrations began.

Williams' contribution to the chase was 55 off 46 balls, his second successive half-century. He gave Sibanda adequate support and put himself in line for a Test spot in the future.

The fourth-wicket stand finished off what Zimbabwe's openers had begun, with a 79-run partnership. Sibanda let Hamilton Masakadza dominate and their association produced Zimbabwe's first 50-plus opening stand since September 2011. When Masakadza was dismissed for 41 off 46 balls, the platform had been laid for the rest.

Sikandar Raza began his third ODI innings slowly, taking most of the strike during a steady 56-run stand with Sibanda. Raza made 37 off 52 balls, and though he batted quietly for most parts, the pair frustrated the visitors. Bangladesh had an opening when they removed Raza and the captain Brendan Taylor in the space of six balls, but that was their last strikes of the game.

Bangladesh's innings was remarkably different. Vitori's successive dismissals of Mohammad Ashraful and Jahurul Islam rocked the visitors in the fourth over. He got one to climb on Ashraful, who gloved a catch to gully. Jahurul played around a straighter and fuller delivery, and was bowled.

Despite recovering from those blows Bangladesh lost their way during the middle overs, when three of their senior batsmen fell without converting starts. Mushfiqur Rahim made 32 off 41 balls before holing out at deep midwicket, after adding 62 for the third wicket.

Tamim Iqbal followed soon after, playing a shot in anger after having played only one forceful shot in his 70-ball innings. He made 32 with two fours and a six, and was more circumspect than usual, but was dismissed trying to slog Chatara. Shakib also threw it away after making 18 off 23 balls, giving Williams at short fine leg an easy catch while trying to clear mid-on.

Bangladesh were 110 for 5 in the 28th over, but recovered through a 79-run stand between Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah. Nasir made 63 off 74 balls, and after his dismissal Mahmudullah took over and scored his ninth ODI half-century. They gave their team a defendable target, but Zimbabwe's batsmen did not make too many mistakes in the chase.

The 2-1 series win was a boost to Zimbabwe after their poor showing in the Caribbean, while Bangladesh will rue their performance after impressive showings in three previous ODI competitions.

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

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  • roket on May 11, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Htc-Android: You must be a soothsayer to claim someone is a key player even before a series who averages 55 with the ball, not bat! Brian Vitori is an ordinary bowler who got lucky as BD batsmen gave away their wickets! No "Key player" in history has ever averaged 55 with the ball in test matches, if you can show me another one, I will stand corrected. If Brian vitori is a "Key player" than so is Shahadat for BD, who has much better average than Vitori. So BD lost the ODI series because they were missing a true "key player", following your logic!:-) (Sarcasm Intended)

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    The ODIs are done, (well done Vusi & Sean). Please Zim wrap up the T20s as well and then we can prepare for Sri Lanka. Consistency and application are needed from everyone, the top 5 especially, othewise we will get smacked from here to hell and gone.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    i think Zimbabwe is on the up... Bangladesh did nt ncessarilly play badly... But Zim played great ... I mean with more matches Bangladesh wont have a chance... Nice to see Sikander Razza Butt...contributing....

  • Amila on May 10, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234 ; That's called sarcasm. Honestly I don't have a problem with BD team or players. But I don't like the behavior of BD fans. After a rare win unnecessary boasting (Like BD won the WC, if a player took 50+ or 3+ wickets he becomes a Legend). After a loss senseless excuses and complaints (long lists of missing "key" players, umpiring decisions, pitch, outfield, floodlights, rain, duckworth-lewis, latest "TOSS"). Not only them but also mock opposition players. I'm against that. Not all BD fans do that. But most showed that silly behavior.

  • Farhan on May 9, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu : Its nice that u guys supports minnows but I saw your comments and it didn't seem that you are supporting Zimbabwe it is more like badgering us. You guys seems to have problem with we supporting our team. @appkhi: Your comment does not make sense. What policies are you talking about? Fans have every right to support their team. We do not have to come here and seek for others support. We don't go to other team's report and make negative comment but whenever there is a post about us some of you just come here and just blaming us. This is ridicoulas. At least Bangladeshi fan appreciate the performance of Zimbabwe but when we beat you all you did is complain and how unfair it was that we won a match against you. First watch your behaviour before talking about others. Thanks

  • Tipu on May 9, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Bangladesh batting was too slow, why BD players fail to hit the ball on the leg side and the slip side when there is no slip player in place?especially Mahmudullah instead of sending the ball to the boundary on the leg side he moves across and hits the ball on to the off side and gets a single!!!simply poor shot selection made the BD team loose.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    @Mesbah Ahmed. I agree, it can be very frustrating at times watching Bangladesh, they are improving on that aspect of their game though, however slowly. The middle order is looking pretty good with Shakib, Mushfiqur and Nasir. They are all still young though and continue to make the same mistake of going for their shots whatever the scoreboard says, rather than looking to build a partnership if early wickets have gone down. This is a matter of cricketing culture and only time can and experience can change it. That said, the selectors need to continue their search for players such as Nasir who are willing to play longer more patient innings. Find a couple more and the Tigers batting will actually be quite good!

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Thanks Jono Makim. I appreciate the way you look at our players. I will be on of the happiest persons in the world to see BD performing well. But at times it hurts me when I find our players plying indifferently with no commitment. you see Zim payed a heavy price in 1st ODI as they played all reckless and irresponsible shots. Our champs played like them and faced the music.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Banglas are still going through the building process of becoming a consistent international team. In my opinion this takes a full generation. Look at Sri Lanka, when they first started playing international cricket they were easy beats and had perhaps just one or two players that could perform consistently at the top level. Then along came the likes of Ranatunga, DeSilva, Vaas and Murali and from there they became far more consistent. Bangladesh are following along a similar path, having started out with really only Habibul Bashar and Mohammed Rafique as high class performers, the can now boast of Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiqur and with the emergence of Nasir and Robiul they are truly getting somewhere. In my opinion they just need one more quality batsmen in the top order and a match winning spinner and they will be away. These top players do not grow on trees however, not in any cricketing nation and as such patience must be called for. Good signs for Bangladesh, I reckon.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    To UAETigers- thanks for your suggestions. As for longer version: our players don't have patience and endurance which are of immense importance. So I think they should play six-day matches(may not be approved by ICC) each side playing thee innings so that they can sustain five-day match. one more suggestions-if possible our players should be sent to play in Sheffield shield even by paying the clubs instead of asking for it. and players should be paid by the board.

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