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

Sibanda ton secures rare series win

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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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  • r0ketman 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)

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • Tipu606 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • r0ketman 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)

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • Tipu606 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UAETigers on May 9, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Nice to see BD Fans picking up the reality by lookign and accepting weakness in their team. I have already suggested that BD should arrange 4 day matches against A Team of top 8 and try to beat them consistently. If they can achieve this I am sure they will do better against all teams in a 5 day test!! First prepare yourself to win small battels on regular basis then start aiming for big wins.

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    can I draw attention of BCB? I am gonna put up a few points for them to take under consideration. 1. Do you realize that your team lacks intl class players? 2. If your batsmen can not adjust to different wickets(it was at times slightly bouncy), why tour those countries with them? 3.Take your batmen into task for their failure. a. Mr sakib- how can he afford to go for a slog-sweep a ball when you are 3 down with 77? in 2nd ODI, he was wrongly given out because ball had an inside edge. but my question is- why could he not connect it well as it was there to easily flick on to leg for a single?b. Mr Mushiness-as capt, can he go for for a slog-sweep like that when your team is in shambles? c.Tamim- He makes 32 off 70 balls. His 32 came from only 18 balls. That means he does not have capability to make singles which is so very important for ODI. I remember, Rahul David was dropped from ODI as he was very slow. Then he took time, undergone practice and came back strongly.d. Mr Ashraf-??????

  • NP_NY on May 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Mujahid Islam: Just like the toss thing, your comparison of football and cricket also doesn't make much sense. You are right, no one says India should not play football. But then, no one says Congo should not play cricket either. Do you see India playing football against England, France, Argentina or Brazil? So how is it different from Nepal not playing cricket against India? Also cricket is a 2 hour game whereas test cricket is a 5-day game. This is not a fair comparison anyway.

  • on May 9, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Its happen in cricket. Be positive and take it eazeee. Don't be panic. Musfiq is a good captain and he should stay in the team. BD need a wonderful captain like him.

  • Jezinho on May 9, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Until Bangladesh start unearthing some decent fast bowlers, or any fast bowlers for that matter, they will never break into the upper echelons of the game. Zimbabwe seems more deserving of the ICC's millions. Rather than having ten consecutive test matches against the Aussies, England should be touring S. Africa (4 years between tours) whilst taking in matches in Zim and possibly Kenya.

  • gentleme on May 9, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    India was whitewashed in Australia . But when australia was in India ,they were beaten by 4-0. So here I'm not comparing Bangladesh with India or Australia because Bangladesh is a lot smaller team than them. But there is a thing a called home side advantage. But if bangladesh lost the series , we can't put all the blame to home side advantage, the top order of the team didn't perform at all and the bowlers were not up too the mark. I'll congratulate Zimbabwe Team for using the chances and advantages of being home side better than Bangladesh.

  • on May 9, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    A great win for Zim and a reality check for the BD cricket board and the fans.Even after all these years of international cricket, BD didnt improve in the world cricket apart from some flash in the pan wins (only in home conditions).The so called best players are not firing and the young brigade didnt show any promise.On the other hand its heartening to see Zim coming back in to world cricket strongly. Sibanda, Brendon T, Hamilton M, are to watch out for in the future. And for BD fans - Stop blaming the umpiring decisions or foreign conditions and start realizing that there is BD cricket is still a work in progress

  • Chris_P on May 9, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Too bad there wasn't a 3rd test to break the deadlock. Both teams showed, IMHO, that they will be able to compete with the other countries in both his format & T20, certainly BD in the subcontinent will still be a force. Interesting tussle by 2 teams who gave it their all, that's all you can ask of players.

  • on May 9, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    The Bangladesh performance came full circle...it was da zim series that turned around their fortunes which led up to their great showing in the following tournaments and now coming back to zim to lose basically everything that worked for them and now musfiq quits as the captain too...dis is great...Bangladesh were soaring pretty high after couple wins and maybe this will be a blessing in disguise for them jus like last time. Zim played awesome and im pretty glad that they won coming into the serious everyone thought Bangladesh were the favorites on paper but on the field is where zim proved them wrong... They should learn to be more professional if they want to beat bigger teams and upcoming s

  • TrickDaddy on May 9, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Can't believe Bangladesh still can't beat Zim, Zim lost an entire generation of players and started afresh and yet they have caught up with Bangladesh and are now beating them! Something is wrong with Bangla: they is no progress.

  • Happy_hamster on May 9, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Syed Adlou on (May 8, 2013, 17:20 GMT) Your master plan is a bit flawed, as things stand each full test team team has to play all the others home and away in a 4 year cycle. Top ranked sides gain minimal points when playing the lower ranked sides and many struggle to sell tickets for the one sided spectacles when hosting. Maybe they could have more with 2 divisions of 6 or 8, with Ireland, Afghan and Neherlands and maybe Canada but not sure if there is much demand elsewhere. Your point on tosses sound ridiculous but it can seem very unfair, such as Dhonni winning first 3 tosses v England but that is the challenge and I don't hink it would make much difference on the pitches in this series.

  • MeijiMura on May 9, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe for their second successive comprehensive victory over Bangladesh who were thoroughly outplayed in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs. Following on from Hamilton Masakadza's undefeated century in the 2nd Test, it was great to see Vusi Sibanda finally play an innings of substance and record a long-awaited and most importantly undefeated century to bring home the bacon for the Zimbabweans. Sean Williams also impressed for the second consecutive match. I think Zimbabwe are a far better side with Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza opening the batting and Williams adds a new dimension with his class and ability to play spin bowling and pace bowling equally competently. Raza also showed promise in the innings he played. Malcolm Waller performed well in the 2nd ODI too, so things are looking good for Zimbabwe and the fact they got over the line so convincingly despite fielding so poorly was a good effort in the end. Having said that stronger challenges await later this year.

  • raul_abid on May 8, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    there is no shame in loosing. every time you play, you learn.

  • BOND_OO7 on May 8, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    As BD batsmen love to go hard after every delivery,lets see how they gonna play two t20. Smash the ball hard to your heart's content and finish the tour with a positive result to heal the wounds of ODI series loss.

  • BOND_OO7 on May 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    The positives of this series for BD are they scored around 250 in every game even after falling in early trouble. The negatives are their top order batsman failure of getting out before 100. I woudn't blame bowlers as there was nothing in the pitch after first hour in the morning. So regroup,take positives out of it, turn the negarives into lesson and move on

  • appkhi on May 8, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @asiacricket1234....I do not know why you are surprised if SLfan does not like BD.....No one like BD team due to their board policies....Pakistan, Sri Lanka, now Zimbabwe. India also do not care about BD....so they are alone due to their fan behavior and their board policies...

  • Dhutugemunu on May 8, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @ cyborg89 ; Yes. Sometimes sub-continental teams struggles in foreign soil against tough opponents like SA, Aus or Eng. Not against Zimbabwe. You can't simply drag Ind, Pak or SL in to the story and hide. Don't try to match BD with other sub-continent teams.

    @ asiacricket1234 ; SL fans support the minnow side always. We SL fans supported BD even at the Asia Cup Final. Since most BD fans claimed that they are world beaters, SL fans supported Zim, which is the minnow side here.

  • Happy_hamster on May 8, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    abcdef_12345 you are the Bangladesh entry into the world inanest posters championship against GSinge of India, Randy0z of Aus, SurlyCynic of SA and Front_Foot_Lunge representing England (Pak, NZ and WI failed to make the grade this year and SL have too many to be able to narrow it down).

  • SachinDravidGanguly on May 8, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    So Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe. Can't believe because according to their fan their team is awesome. Anyway this is the same team that scored more than 600 against SL and won a ODI too which shows the class of SL team I guess. I think Zimbabwe should have a series against SL. if they can beat Bangladesh im sure they can beat SL too. At least in ODI. Good Luck Zimbabwe and well done for the series win :)

  • asiacricket1234 on May 8, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I am bit confused here. Why is Sri Lankan fan celebrating Bangladesh's Lose???

  • rishabh_unplugged on May 8, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Bangladesh can only pull of a one odd upset win over 10 games. Even Ireland can do that. The test status of Bangladesh should be revoked.

  • cyborg89 on May 8, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Even after all these years of glory,experience and with legendary players we saw how all the sub-continental teams (not always) but often struggles in foreign soil. Bangladesh is no different from that.So all the haters stop shouting.Bangladeshi bowlers did fair enough but the batsman lost it.Really appreciate the comeback from Zimbabwe.But still think that Bangladesh lost the series more than Zimbabwe win it.Bangladeshi players have to learn how to handle pressure and expectation.However keep fighting....we are always with you.

  • Htc-Android on May 8, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @SL_rockz. I agree with you mate. The biggest weakness of Bangladesh cricket is their fans. They always put pressure on their team by overrating their players. Every time a player scores a 50 or picks up a 5 wickets haul, they will say he is going to be World class bowler/batsman. They should remember that every youngsters around the world do these things.

  • raul_abid on May 8, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    i think it was overall healthy competition. bangladesh has nothing to loose. if you look back zim's andy & grant flower era, zim was far better team that time than BD. now BD made a mark and become very much competitive. they had made 250 around scoring in every game despite not having 100% from their batsmen. it was far different pitch than what they have back home and also toss played a vital role. it's easy to bat after lunch. so therefore either bd is unlucky or guilty of not winning a single toss. good luck both team. it's now time to move on.

  • on May 8, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Shame. Its a real shame for Bangladesh. Zimbabwe played better cricket no doubt. Where was shakib!!!! A bad day for him. Apart from poor performance, umpiring was also a reason.

  • borhans on May 8, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    its happens when you play in low bounce pitch with limited assistance to pace bowling .BD really need to improve their pitch condition if they really want to win in every corner of the world .It like our batsman have less clue when ball swinging or with high bounce & our pace bowler also struggled with this good pacer friendly pitch .We spend millions for cricket but what can it bring when our pitch is really poor for any quality pace bowling

  • SL_rockz on May 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Here we join the party :) World Best team was beaten by ZIM who did not even had proper match practice even :) WOw!! BD deserves to be World best ODI team :) Poor show by BD and hope now BD high -Five fans understood what they have done to their cricket.They simply destroy their own cricket by such over rating of the side .Their attitude about cricket is neither gentleman either and will only kill the spirit of the game only.

  • BanglaBandhu on May 8, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Firstly, well done ZIM, you have had several problems and have made a good comeback to international cricket. Its also encouraging to see that so many of the team players ZIM players have had so many caps - this experience and cricketing tradition will hold you in good stead.

    Regarding BD, despite being a heavy critic of Mominul, removing him from the team in the thrid ODI was a wrong move. Ashraful can not be trusted as a top order batsman. Ziaur, should be trying to show off his batting SKILLS and not just trying to SLOG, Mahmadullah and Nasir should be moved up one more place in the order. Robiul is a Test bowler. Shakib needs to control his emotions as he keeps losing it! BD as a team need to improve tbeir fielding. Saqulain was ineffectual in this tour.

    Thats it rant over!!!

  • Fogu on May 8, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Cogratulations ZIM. You truly deserved this series. Last two games ZIm showed BD batsmen how to bat in ODI. BD needs to sort out their top order issues. In every game we lost 4 wickets prior to reaching 100. If not for Nasir, Mahmudullah and Razzak, we would not have crossed 200 in any of the games we played. We also need to have better strike bowlers for fast pitches. Our spinners are good in the subcontinent but not as effective outside of it. We must develop fast pitches for the development of our bowler and batsmen. Even though BD had improved over the last two years, it is not enough. Congrats again ZIM for a well deserved series win. Go Tigers!

  • on May 8, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Good to see Zim win the series. They are a far better team than most think. They just need to be playing more competitive Cricket. The test match victory against Bangladesh was a real good one but wish they managed to at least draw the next one. Bangladesh are playing quite a few games and really are not push overs anymore. After that wonderful test against SL where Rahim and Ashraful had a dream partnership, losing against Zim would have hurt real bad. Jarvis is a really good bowler. Taylor is an international standard batsman.. I am looking forward to some competitive Cricket from these so called minnows!!

  • dulabhai on May 8, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Drop Tamim & Ashraful. These two are just show offs...good for nothing.

  • Shajadul on May 8, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    ZIM played well but I think some pitches do help during afternoon. I am not taking any credit away from ZIM. During day time it's 225 pitch. During afternoon it turns to 300+ pitch. BD played all three matches during morning :( Better luck next time...

  • UAETigers on May 8, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Mujahid Islam...hahahaha...I have never heard this excuse before...Toss defeated BD not ZIM and themselves!!! Next time you would say fielders shout not allowed to take catches of BD players!! And bowlers should not get them out and umpire should not give decision against them!!! and boundaries should be inside circle!!!

  • getsetgopk on May 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Well I never imagined this one, blame it on the toss, the toss is unfair and thats why BD lost. That is not hilarious if you think thats what I'll say next. I would call it call it a pathetic attempt at hiding your teams miserable show. Now be prepared for the wrath of the mighty BCB in the upcoming BPL, players from ZIM will be payed late than the others, but wait a minute...

  • vish2020 on May 8, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Now, nothing more to say then that Bangladesh is the worst team in the world. Give up your full member rights and let others try

  • Dhutugemunu on May 8, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Zim won. BD lost. But It was a closely contested series. Can see some Zim fans claiming that they are better than BD. Don't overexcited Zim friends. Both teams are at the same level. For sure when you tour BD next year, you will have a hard time in those turning pitches. Can see some BD fans blaming team selection and players. If that guy who has got a golden duck scored a 50 or Top order batted well you will praise them and team selection. This is just a bad day. A few guys blaming the toss. That's based on pure luck. Bat first or bat second team should adapt. Loosing toss is not an excuse or reason to loose the match.

  • Ammo666 on May 8, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    What a game to lose for BD..it was really unexpected & so hard to believe that they lost the 3rd ODI also & lost the series with that & that is playing against Zimbabwe comprehensively where before this series BD looked a better side even if its little...& why BD won't lose as they again couldn't put up an enough competetive score to defend Zimbabwe in this particular pitch where even over 260 doesn't look enough & again same story of losing 3 to 4 wickets before reaching 100 because again top order early collapse & again putting all the pressure on middle order & the rest so how many times it can repeat..... its really time for BCB to have few changes in the BD batting order & even in the team line up & give chance to play international cricket to 2 or 3 players like Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub & Taskin & more if necessary & remove Ash & Jahurul from at least ODI & give mominul a few more chance to see if he can make his place batting at no.4 or keep him for test only..all the best!

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Great played by Zimbabweans, congrats to them for their classy effort. In our team, Tamim need a break, Ashraful one my favorite player please retire from ODI cricket, Why Shariar Nafees is not in ODI team where his batting average is better than Tamim. Lastly please BCB wake up, don't select counselors only, develop our cricket with designing proper domestic structure.

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Great played by Zimbabweans, congrats to them for their classy effort. In our team, Tamim need a break , Ashraful one my favorite player please retire from ODI cricket, Why Shariar Nafees is not in ODI team where his batting average is better than Tamim. Lastly please BCB wake up, don't select counselor only, develop our cricket with designing proper domestic structure.

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Im sure though if Bangladesh were to bowl first then they would have won but no excuses they batted poorly and lost to a competitive Zimbabwe. I also think that losing by 120 runs vs Bangladesh in 1st odi spurred Zimbabwe on to win the series.

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @ ZCF_Outkast: Dude i beg to differ, we had some fine technically adept batsmen back in the day maybe you just didnt follow cricket then. None better than one Andy Flower (OBE). Ask any cricketer they will tell you he was nothing but a grinder, comfortable facing pace and menacing to spinners. Murray Goodwin rings a bell, Stuart Carlisle, Gavin Rennie those lads had technique. Ask anyone who followed cricket in the 90's. Grinders were the Grant Flower, Alistair Campbell, Trevor Gripper et al

  • abs.liton on May 8, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe.... Great win the match and the series. :)

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Zimbabwe played well and Bangladesh deserve all the criticism they get. All the haters will be coming out in numbers but Bangladesh batted poorly throughout and this wicket was a beauty to bat on and 300+ scores are more than possible. Their bowling was ok since the wickets prepared were absolute roads. Zimbabwe congratulations continue. But once again our top order has failed, Ashraful... and also Jaharul... what can i say? In the case of Ashraful, he should be dropped from ODI team since he has failed in all the matches on this tour and Jaharul should spend time training more. But if Zimbabwe were to come to Bangladesh, i am sure they would have no chance.

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @NP_NY, I agree with your point, "Toss is also more important in some weather conditions than others". That's why, when a team loses all the tosses in the series, I don't think we're doing justice to that team. In fact, Toss in the first match and then rotate the deciding choice among playing captains will ensure fairly distributed chances. Cricket should not be a game of luck. Every team should get equal treatment. Instead of giving one team power to decide in all 5 matches of a series, it is always better, to equally distribute that choice. I also think DRS should be mandatory for all cricket matches. Unless and until we can't ensure equal and fair condition for cricket, and stop criticizing loosing teams, cricket will never be popular. Look at football. No one says, India plays poor football, so they should not be allowed to play any more football. I think we should give test status to 10 more countries, and ODI status to 20 more countries if we really want to popularize cricket.

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    good win for ZIM. they have surely improved. 1st test win was great and lost the 2nd 1 but no body expected them to win odi series.

    For BD, the problem is 1 step forward and 2 step backwards. they need to improve their domestic circuit really. need to find out the causes for their dismal shows. they simply are inconsitant. had a good WI series and now this was not good at all.

    Nasir Hossain is really talented and performed very well. he will be a future great.

  • jimwhatever on May 8, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    even after playing cricket for a long period of time BD has not gained proffesionalism in the way they approach a match. ireland play cricket more professionaly

  • jackthelad on May 8, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Mujahid - how is the toss 'not fair' when it is lost (but presumably fair if it is won)? More pertinently - Bangladesh lost this game because they played the same way they have throughout the five games - batsmen getting a start then being stupid. The second Test was won by their bowling, but you can't expect inexperienced bowlers to fire every time. There needs to be some serious reflection and introspection by BD batsmen, because they all basically play the same way every game, and give it away because of this childish 'gonna have a crack at this one whatever' mindset far too often.

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    wtg Zim, U guys really deserve this victory for your positive & fruitful approach & U guys should try to bring back the glory U had in your cricket. Don bother what critics says & do what U do best, surely U will have more success to come pretty sooner.

    BD boys deserve this too for their non performance through out the series & its a real lesson for them not to take any cricketing team as lightly as they took Zim, before starting the series.

    If BCB still can not see which way BD cricket is going on then they should wait to see for more disaster to come & sooner Ire or Ned will be in top of BD's cricket too. Guys just ask your self whether you guys are justifying your self or not by doing such with your country [peoples republic of Bangladesh] !

    We R 13 years in test & more then in ODI arena but yet we R still in bottom ranking, means we R still there where we have started the journey. Well job done BCB & many congratulations.

  • NP_NY on May 8, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    @Mujahid Islam: That won't work. Toss is more important on some pitches than others. Toss is also more important in some weather conditions than others. Tossiing a coin gives both teams/captains a fair chance to begin with. Here's the other thing - BD needs to look inside to see how they can improve as a team than blaming poor umpiring, toss, etc.

  • Htc-Android on May 8, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Williams played an important part on this two victories with 2 half centuries in both matches and Vitori took 2 wickets of BD top order batsman today in his 1st game of the series. This is why i mentioned these players as key players. Also It will be different story had these played along with Ervine, Mawoya and Priice.etc. So congrats to Zimbabwe winning the ODI series and leveling the test series without your key players.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 8, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I think the problem lies within the ROOT ,BCB.I dont know how much committed BCB staffs and members are to the country's interest. They dont seem to have any intention of taking BD cricket forward rather busy in manipulating power. BCB change your mentality and think about country

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Well, this is not the end of the world for BD! Zim are good on their home as are we in ours. It was the battle of the closed ranked team which has won by the home team! Mushfiq failed with luck to win the toss in each & every game which was crucial as batting is generally become more easier in the later part and also the top order of BD consisting Tamim, Shakib, Ashraful failed in every innings of ODIs. There was no help for the spinners in the pitch as well. So the outcome of the series is not a very strange one! Congrats to ZIM!

  • Albert_cambell on May 8, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    The result of this series shows where both teams stand. Bangladesh are at the same level as zimbabwe. Bangladeshi fans should not point out some of those rare wins against the top 8 teams and say they are on par with these teams or better than some of those teams.(I have seen Some of those fans claiming this) Anyways there is nothing to be ashamed of. They just lost to an equally matched team like zimbabwe.

  • ZCFOutkast on May 8, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    In Zim's cricket history we've had a lot of grinders, but no technically adept, classy&complete batsmen to take pride in. One who is aesthetically a joy to watch&keeps us glued to the set. Vusi has often threatened in brief knocks, but never consistently delivered. Hope this opens the door!

    Jarvis' wretched limited overs credentials continue to get worse. Why on earth a bowler whose AV&SR is 48 with an economy of 6.2, should even make Zim's LOI squads does not make sense. Particularly when the brilliant Vitori, Panyangara or the champion wicket-taker Shingi have to sit out!

    I've been satisfied by Taylor's keeping, enough to have faith in him keeping in Tests as well. He wrong footed himself needlessly several times, but in the process turned simple catches into great ones. Leaked several byes but gradually improved, as did the bowlers' discipline. However, as the side's captain&most dependable batsman, constantly pulling out that inexpert reverse sweep of his is very irresponsible!!

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Zimbabwe worked really hard to clinch the series ,their effort was visible, Bangladesh somewhere underestimated them, this is what i felt ,it was simply not professional by BD

  • rsmehdihasan on May 8, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Today BD batted poorly, All top batsman just threw their wicket in the very early stage of the game . They should spend more time and play some risk free shots, rotate the strikes and go for odd bad balls. But it looks to me that they were in some preset mind and thought about over 270+ at the beginning of their batting. It is all about partnerships and patience to wait for right moment. Some of the decision of selectors were not right according to my thinking. As Ashraful was not doing well, so he should replace with Shamsur Rahman. Mominul can play as he was not doing too bad. After 2nd match, we look that pacers were not getting too many help from pitch, in that perspective Gazi can play today's match. Overall it was a bad day for BD. I hope now BD team management with look forward and think about T20 series.

  • Samudro2106 on May 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Really poor from Bangladesh. Can't say anything more.. Zimbabwe played brilliantly specially as far as chasing calmly is concerned and they deserved to win the series as they played better and did fewer mistakes..

  • on May 8, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    BCB must take this loss seriously no matter what's the outcome in next two T20 games. BD selectors/coaching staff/captain must be held accountable. BCB is spending tons of money but players can not deliver as they have performed very poorly. Winning ODI once in a while against higher rank team doesn't prove anything. BD players must need to play consistent cricket whether at home or on road against higher or lower rank teams.

    Effective immediately BCB should fire 3 seletors for selecting wrong players for wrong format. BD captain Mushy is not good enough to lead the team. BCB should find his replacement in an ODI. Mortaza is the only option if he is healthy. Coaching staff should be re-evaluated but I won't recommend to fire caoching staff at this moment as they should be given more chances. BCB, it is about time to make some changes otherwise results will be same year after years.

  • on May 8, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    One more loss for Bangladesh and the critics will be out in force, calling for our ouster. This game was lost from the start - Jahurul in place of the young Mominul who is improving all the time. He always scores 20 plus. What did Jahurul give u? A golden duck. Then there is the great Ashraful - a perennial non-performer. Why is he selected over and over? Sohag Ghazi can bat someand he sure can bowl. Anyone can do better than Ashraful. And Ghazi would be a handful for the Zimbs. With the proper team selection, we can still win. Lets go and win the 20/20 games, boys. We know u can do it.

  • ZCFOutkast on May 8, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well done to Mangongo and his boys. Fresh from a drawn Test series, they've come from behind to clinch the ODI series. His hard taskmaster approach has proven to be a success. This time BD were much better than the 2011 tour, when Zim was well prepared after tough A series against top sides. His influence has been the difference in browbeating into the boys the selfbelief they lacked after a horrible 2012&WI tour.

    After watching they way BD bowled during the Sibanda&Raza partnership it was clear they deserved to lose. No determination&discipline. Very little changed even when Vusi was struggling before medical attention or when fortuitous wickets fell. Williams is good, but Mushfiqur's field placings plus the lack of urgency from the fielders themselves was a sign that they had already thrown in the towel. Wrong attitude.

    Chatara was unfortunate to miss out of the MOTS. His bowling throughout was the difference, particularly that key 2nd match plus today.

    Simply Brilliant from Vusi!

  • Harlequin. on May 8, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @Mr-ZimCricket, I don't think that Bang & Zim playing against associate teams should be viewed as a step back for them, I think it should be looked upon as a step forward for the likes of Ireland and Kenya. It will benefit both sets of teams I think, Ire/Ken for the experience of playing better players, and Bang/Zim for confidence and blooding younger players who might get destroyed by the likes of SA/Pak.

    Overall, great to see Zimbabwe competing with some decent looking players. Been some troubling times in the past 15 years, but having played across there I can tell you that the passion for the game is as great as any nation.

  • British_North_America on May 8, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    99 out of 100 teams would like the bowler to bowl a wide in that case.Why Shafiul did not do that?I remember a test where Mahmudullah were 95 and Bangladesh 9 down.Dhoni brought Harbhazan to get the number 11 out.You do not join the party of opposition team, do you?Now, we have to hear that Shibanda scored a century against Bangladesh although he had been dropped by Nasir earlier.

  • Taleb87 on May 8, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    i know i am big fan ash but i dont want him to give anymore chance. he has got many chances but he couldnt utilize it. he is themost senior batsman of our team but he never realize it. he cannt take responsibilty. i am very disppoinnted to tamim iqbal also. look his ave is only 29. if you want to be classy batsman you need to be consistant. doesnt matter how talant you are. look we find nasir .if selector didnt give him chance we couldnt find him. so now we have to look for new face for top order. bcb really need to think about coming world cup & they need to settle a balanced team before that.plz bcb give chance our new faces. shamsurl should be given chance in t20. drop ash, jahirul no need them. they are worthless.

  • on May 8, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Well, I think it is time for ICC to think about toss rule. Toss was initiated to give both the teams fair chance. But, it is not fair when a team loses all the toss in a series. I think we should do toss for the first match in a series and then the alternative teams should be given chance to decide. For example, if Team A and Team B are playing five match series, then, toss will only be allowed in first match. Say, Team A wins the first match toss, then automatically team be will decide in second match and then team A will decide on the third, and so on. That will ensure fair and equal balance of condition to both team A and team B. Cricket is a game where toss plays a vital role in some conditions. So, I'll suggest ICC to think about this rule.

  • on May 8, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Zimbabwe Deserved it , shit cricket from BD ! If they play like that after the have perform up against the strong opponents that means they are not confident enough better cricket against the weaker team, Lots of anger to watch this sort of game , no quality bowler to take wicket ! When they will realize? It's a wake up call for BCB !!

  • on May 8, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    What happen to the mighty tigers, i thought they were supposed to be rising. they just got extremely lucky with an ODI win in Sri lanka, and thought they were on top of the world. Everybody apart from the BD fans knew it was just a fluke win.

    There is a missive gap between them and the top 6 and there's sooo much catching up to do.

  • on May 8, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    well done zim i think the X factor was sean williams once he stepped in zims run rate picked up.not taking anything away from sibanda but wen sean went in he started scoring like he had started his innings.well got something to say tomorrow wen i go to work

  • on May 8, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Bangladesh is not even close to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has three world class fast blowers. 4-5 Solid Batsman who know how to handle any situation that comes front. Besides, Bangladesh top order batsman don't know how to play as a top order batsman and middle order batsman have no idea about their role. They just come and go. I don't why Musfiquar Rahim is on the team ? who has an avg of only 25 in ODI as a middle order batsman !! Ashraful he is not well qualified to play ODI/Test, with an avg of 22 and 24. Jahurul Islam proved that, he is not capable of handling situation. I think the best solution is to step back from international Cricket. In the mean time they can prepare themselves, they can build good bouncy pitch like Zimbabwe.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 8, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    How long BCB gonna pretend to be asleep?Will BCB ever wake up? Haven't you seen enough? Isn't it the time to think about making pacy and bouncy wicket in domestic arena? And why not bcb launch a pacer hunt and strengthen FC state? If you dont do so,then BD gonna continue to perform worse in overseas series. BCB,please take action

  • British_North_America on May 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Zahurul is not meant for international cricket, take my words.Ashraful should play test and T20 only.Please take Shabbir Rahman for the ODI.Ziaur needs to show capability in either bowling or batting.

  • Sadequl on May 8, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Thanks BD top orders for such a rubbish performance through out the series & especially in today's ODI decider. Now we actually can't even expect to see a better performance then this & it became a habituate for us fans to know our bowlers are far better then our batsmen for a long time now. Once again it was proved how much essential to have some fresh legs in our top order & we are loosing most of the international matches only for the lacking of our top order's stability & consistency. Still we have to depend on Ash after such a long time testing him by bringing him back every now & then in to the team as a continuous basis!

    My question to the selectors & to the BCB management - does it making anything better for our present or future cricket at all? If we still can not find out proper replacement for the "NON performers" in the team then why bother to send the team abroad to play an international series! How much longer this sort of humiliation we all have to bear?

  • Fogu on May 8, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Poor showing yet again by the top order. For those clamouring against Mominul wishes that he was there to add his 20-30 runs and stabilize the innings a bit. Jahurul is poor. I would take Mominul anyday over Jahurul and twice on Sunday. Mominul is gritty. However, our so called senior players have never learned how to pace an innings. Nasir and Mahmudullah are better at that. Going forward we should try Shamsur/Anamul as openers along with Tamim. Senior members should take more responsibility. Let's hope for a better bowling and fielding display to win this. Go Tigers!

  • on May 8, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    having not playedintl cricket for a while, Zim is still destroying BD. Now think, what will happen to BD after a few months when Zim will get momentum as they will have played a few matches here and there.

  • on May 8, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Fabulous innings by mahmudullah & Nasir Hossain. Nasir's consecutive performance is good for Bangladesh cricket.

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Some may expect that BD will win but that will not happen as they have no player like our genius Ashraful. BD was 15 for 2 and that created hindrance for Tamim to play his natural game with big shots. In this match, Tamims avg is lowest i.e he has scored 32 with 74 balls. It is very unusual of him. When he started big with a huge 6 at the end of the 2nd over, our genius who preserve hostility with Tamim got out with the 1st ball in the 3rd over. Consequently, run rate dropped like a stone in the river. After dropping ash, if johurul could have opened, he could keep pace with Tamim as he did during Test series and then Tamim could have continued with his hammering. After 1st wicket down, Momimnul could go to face those bowling as he did during last 2 ODI in the same field. Remaining players did much better than Ashraful. Let ash do the postmortem of the match and let's hear what he has to say this time? Who is to blame for his poor performance and country's sufferings? IT'S ONLY HIM.

  • Energetic. on May 8, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Deserve to lose, shameful batting by Bangladesh top order and very average tour. Nasir Hossain should be batting at 5 not 6 or 7 because you are just wasting him but our management never learns.

  • Mr-ZimCricket on May 8, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    i do not necessarily agree with all those who propose that Zm and BD should play lesser nations like ireland and kenya. the two nations have made great strides in developing their cricket and by going back to play with lesser teams will only result in us failing to break into the test playing arena. let zim and BD play each other as much as possible and on the occasional intense get a tour or two against the average teams like windies and black caps. by doing so most of our players will improve their stats and thus gain the confidence needed to beat the India's and the South Africas.

  • rsmehdihasan on May 8, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    it is up to bowlers to bawl well and use slower or bouncer cleverly. Tight length and more attacking fielding is expecting from BD bowlers.

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    can i ask our so called top order batsmen to learn from Nasir how to bat?

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    when BD is stuggling against a team like ZIM, why India and other big ones will invite them to play ? any answer, BCB? To BCB, if BD wants to survive in international cricket, then concentrate on domestic league. make bouncy and uneven wickets, play longer version through out the year(if need be. skip one or two international tournament/tour) one more suggestion: bring top class international players for local league. if clubs can not afford them, BCB should pay for all clubs

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Bangladesh is possibly not yet up to the mark to play at international level. They are a little better than club cricket. One may ask a question- BD wins against test playing nations. Well answer is- if you play 100 matches, you will win one one or two. Even if a Ranji tropfy team or Sheffield cup team keeps on playing against test playing countries, that team will win one or two matches. and about ZIM? it is the same. i suggest BD, ZIM, Ireland, and Kenya should join Ranji trophy and Sheffield cup and play ODIs and four day matches at least for five years and then come to international cricket. I apologize if I have hurt some one`s sentiment

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    BD team again fell in the clutch of 93 / 4 like 2 other match in this series. About this scenario, ashraful commented " top order batsman didn't get run and failed". In those 2 match everyone scored more than him. Even then he was allowed to comment like that of an expert who knows everything about others but him. What BD selectors and coach will do today? After loosing the game should ash be allowed to explain reasons for team's failure? If allowed, he will put all blame on mushi's shoulder so that he is removed. Same thing happens last time with Shakib and Tamim also. He wanted all top order batsman to perform in this crucial match but how he did himself. Did he ever ask himself and reviewed his own performances? I m wondering how ash is going to act what he is going to say to be in both T 20 matches? What excuses will be shown by selectors for his failure in this match to select ash again for T 20 saying that's another version of game and ash deserve chances again to prove himself.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I do not understand why selectors left Mominul. it looks like team management is reacting negatively regarding Mominul. They should give him time to boost his confidence. Mominul is doing fine at number 4. Yes, he is little bit lack of his full confidence but at least he was scoring runs. Other hand what Ashraful was doing in this whole tour. Shamsur Rahman should replace asraful as a tamim partner. If mominul place is in question then what mahmudullah did in previous matches. They can shuffle the order if mominul is lack of confidence at number 4. Someone could come early then him. Gazi should include as he is more effective in shorter version games. It can be a tough match for Bd and they have to score over 265 and have to bowl with their best effort.

  • Captainman on May 8, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Jahurul is no different my fellow fans, all he has done is score an 'impressive' 50 against an Indian bowling attack but in all the other games he has featured, not 1 50 and shouldn't really be in Bangladesh's squad because he's just isn't good enough. Ash had his chance and can only blame himself. He seems to only perform well against Sri Lanka but that's about it. Obviously Anamul is the long term prospect of Bangladesh but I think people have been harsh on Mominul because he just doesn't bat at 3 and should instead be batting lower down in both the long forms especially since he's inexperienced.

    My strong advise to BCB is to stop selecting players that have failed time and time again and move on and give the new guys a chance when we need to fill in a role because you never know and our new fast bowling option of Robiul, Sajidul and Zia was proof for that category.

  • rsmehdihasan on May 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I do not understand why selectors left Mominul. it looks like team management is reacting just like us, normal spectator. Mominul is doing fine at number 4. Yes, he is little bit lack of his full confidence but at least he was scoring runs. Other hand what Ashraful was doing in this whole tour. Shamsur Rahman should replace asraful as a tamim partner. If mominul place is in question then what mahmudullah did in this whole tour. They can shuffle the order if mominul is lack of confidence at number 4. Someone could come early then him. Gazi should include as he is more effective in shorter version games. BD can only save this game if he can score over 265 and have to bowl with their best effort.

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    What was my forecast this morning, yesterday and day b4 yesterday? I said very categorically that if Ashraful is taken BD is going to loose this match and the series as well. Jahurul should have been taken in place of ashraful. Mominul, though short and inexperienced, faces crisis better than many senior players. Why ash was quoted by the press or commentators? If there is a paper tiger, it's him. The selectors do politics of selection and manipulate things in a manner so that ashrafool remains unchanged. But why? Why all our selectors will always be eager to keep a so called top order batsman with batting avg just around 22? If BD loose today, it will be for selectors to keep ash in the team instead of Mominul whose avg is better than so called genius ash- a name for hatred only.

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    why Asraful gets chance again and again???

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Come on Zim lets get them wickets 2 down 7 to go

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  • on May 8, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Come on Zim lets get them wickets 2 down 7 to go

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    why Asraful gets chance again and again???

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    What was my forecast this morning, yesterday and day b4 yesterday? I said very categorically that if Ashraful is taken BD is going to loose this match and the series as well. Jahurul should have been taken in place of ashraful. Mominul, though short and inexperienced, faces crisis better than many senior players. Why ash was quoted by the press or commentators? If there is a paper tiger, it's him. The selectors do politics of selection and manipulate things in a manner so that ashrafool remains unchanged. But why? Why all our selectors will always be eager to keep a so called top order batsman with batting avg just around 22? If BD loose today, it will be for selectors to keep ash in the team instead of Mominul whose avg is better than so called genius ash- a name for hatred only.

  • rsmehdihasan on May 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I do not understand why selectors left Mominul. it looks like team management is reacting just like us, normal spectator. Mominul is doing fine at number 4. Yes, he is little bit lack of his full confidence but at least he was scoring runs. Other hand what Ashraful was doing in this whole tour. Shamsur Rahman should replace asraful as a tamim partner. If mominul place is in question then what mahmudullah did in this whole tour. They can shuffle the order if mominul is lack of confidence at number 4. Someone could come early then him. Gazi should include as he is more effective in shorter version games. BD can only save this game if he can score over 265 and have to bowl with their best effort.

  • Captainman on May 8, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Jahurul is no different my fellow fans, all he has done is score an 'impressive' 50 against an Indian bowling attack but in all the other games he has featured, not 1 50 and shouldn't really be in Bangladesh's squad because he's just isn't good enough. Ash had his chance and can only blame himself. He seems to only perform well against Sri Lanka but that's about it. Obviously Anamul is the long term prospect of Bangladesh but I think people have been harsh on Mominul because he just doesn't bat at 3 and should instead be batting lower down in both the long forms especially since he's inexperienced.

    My strong advise to BCB is to stop selecting players that have failed time and time again and move on and give the new guys a chance when we need to fill in a role because you never know and our new fast bowling option of Robiul, Sajidul and Zia was proof for that category.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I do not understand why selectors left Mominul. it looks like team management is reacting negatively regarding Mominul. They should give him time to boost his confidence. Mominul is doing fine at number 4. Yes, he is little bit lack of his full confidence but at least he was scoring runs. Other hand what Ashraful was doing in this whole tour. Shamsur Rahman should replace asraful as a tamim partner. If mominul place is in question then what mahmudullah did in previous matches. They can shuffle the order if mominul is lack of confidence at number 4. Someone could come early then him. Gazi should include as he is more effective in shorter version games. It can be a tough match for Bd and they have to score over 265 and have to bowl with their best effort.

  • khurdum on May 8, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    BD team again fell in the clutch of 93 / 4 like 2 other match in this series. About this scenario, ashraful commented " top order batsman didn't get run and failed". In those 2 match everyone scored more than him. Even then he was allowed to comment like that of an expert who knows everything about others but him. What BD selectors and coach will do today? After loosing the game should ash be allowed to explain reasons for team's failure? If allowed, he will put all blame on mushi's shoulder so that he is removed. Same thing happens last time with Shakib and Tamim also. He wanted all top order batsman to perform in this crucial match but how he did himself. Did he ever ask himself and reviewed his own performances? I m wondering how ash is going to act what he is going to say to be in both T 20 matches? What excuses will be shown by selectors for his failure in this match to select ash again for T 20 saying that's another version of game and ash deserve chances again to prove himself.

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Bangladesh is possibly not yet up to the mark to play at international level. They are a little better than club cricket. One may ask a question- BD wins against test playing nations. Well answer is- if you play 100 matches, you will win one one or two. Even if a Ranji tropfy team or Sheffield cup team keeps on playing against test playing countries, that team will win one or two matches. and about ZIM? it is the same. i suggest BD, ZIM, Ireland, and Kenya should join Ranji trophy and Sheffield cup and play ODIs and four day matches at least for five years and then come to international cricket. I apologize if I have hurt some one`s sentiment

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    when BD is stuggling against a team like ZIM, why India and other big ones will invite them to play ? any answer, BCB? To BCB, if BD wants to survive in international cricket, then concentrate on domestic league. make bouncy and uneven wickets, play longer version through out the year(if need be. skip one or two international tournament/tour) one more suggestion: bring top class international players for local league. if clubs can not afford them, BCB should pay for all clubs

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    can i ask our so called top order batsmen to learn from Nasir how to bat?