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

Bangladesh leadership blames poor batting for loss


Moments before Mushfiqur Rahim announced his resignation as captain, he and his deputy Mahmudullah had blamed the Bangladesh top order for the 1-2 defeat to Zimbabwe. Mushfiqur was among the top five batsmen who hadn't scored a half-century in the series.

Bangladesh had also lost all three tosses, but Mushfiqur said it was a matter of handling the conditions rather than relying on luck. They had gone 1-0 up after the first game in Harare but lost the next two.

"Luck is not everything," Mushfiqur said. "We are a much better team than how we played in this ODI series but we couldn't prove it, especially with the bat. None of the top five could score a fifty in the series, which is very disappointing. We regularly lost early wickets, which affected our scoring rate. If we had scored 270 on all three occasions, it would have been a different ball game.

"Obviously that's [complacent] what they looked like. I wouldn't say Zimbabwe bowled too badly but we lost early wickets and we went into the last ten overs with only a few wickets in hand. It hampered our performance."

Mushfiqur, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful averaged less than 22 in the series, and Bangladesh often replied on the lower-middle order to bail them out of tough spots. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah were the only batsmen to aggregate more than 100 runs in the series.

"I wouldn't blame the wicket. I would rather say that the top-order didn't bat well," Mushfiqur said. "We couldn't do that well in the first match either. In all three matches, the lower middle-order backed up well.

"I think the toss was also very important, so we also needed some luck. Our target was to bat second, because we are good at chasing totals. But we couldn't do well with the bat, and hence lost the series."

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

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Its nothing but BD took zimbabwe lightly & conditions were also a major factor.....Lets have a test nd ODI series in Bangladesh then u ll see the result...i bet bd will win each nd every game against zimbabwe id they play in BD.....

  • Mehdi on May 10, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Now it is up to the selectors how they want to shape future BD cricket team. i can say some of the players are getting more than enough opportunities but even their average is not up to the mark. End the day of the day, it is all about the average and their temperament according to match situations. Some time i feel sorry for lots of new comers those who are not getting enough opportunities for them. If this continues then some of the position in BD's top order batting will struggle for few more years.On the other hand few of top journalists and news papers are backing some of the players like i can say blindly. that's why those players are getting extra coverage, influence for their ageing carrier. Still i do not know why Mominul was not in 3rd one day. This guy is batting well and some how scoring and his average is telling everything. Others top performers in domestic circuit are waiting for long time without any luck. Now there should be some kind of evaluation system.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Anyone else remember Mashrafe's problems with the team post-injury? I just see the common link in both incidents to be Shakib. (don't get me wrong, shakib is the life-blood of bd cricket, but he seems like an alpha-male to me, one who aims to eliminate all potential opponents.) Mushi is, as Mr Isam as mentioned countless times, very very sensitive and emotional. It just seems like the team was great when Shakib was away. With him back, there seems some problem overall...just like last time, when Mash was left out/sat out himself...just a thought...don't know if it makes sense or not...

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Well it was very painful to see Mushy resign the way it was done. We have seen painful resignation by another Bengali Captain after one infamous tour of Zimbabwe, so to me it looks to be a horror place for Bengalees. It is very hard to Captain a side, which has more seniors than juniors. This team has Tamim, Ashraful, Sakib, Razzaq,who all started playing cricket before Mushfiqur, and they must have passed a comment, which hit Mushy hard. I dont see an alternate acceptable Captain in the present squad, but if Mushy is to be convinced back, he has to be given authority and power to conduct the team, otherwise the results wont improve

  • Muhammad Rakibul on May 9, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    This is a common fact of BD top-order batsmen. They mostly failed in bouncy condition no matter the opponent is a top team or an associate. Only way to recover 4m it to prepare bouncy pitches in domestic venues. In main venues they shudn't prepare such pitch as they r good against any opponents at low & slow pitches in home. But they can prepare seaming pitch in other venues where BD cricketers can play domestic matches.

  • aniket on May 9, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I think BD had solution on this earlier and its SANDEEP PATIL.. Bring back Coach of his caliber and a good bowling coach.. Raw talent needs grooming by expert hands to be consistant..

  • KH. RAFIQUE on May 9, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    How many times do i have to speak the same thing- "We really need to make 3 different teams for the 3 formats of the game"???Selectors kindly take a look in my 14 man squad for the 3 formats- Test-1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Ashraful 4.Shakib 5.Mushfiq 6.Nasir 7.Gazi 8.Robiul 9.Mominul 10.Rubel 11.Enamul Jnr 12.Marshall Ayub 13.Sajedul Islam 14.Naeem Islam ODI-1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shamsur Rahman 4.Shakib 5.Mushfiq 6.Nasir 7.Gazi 8.Shafiul 9.Mashrafee 10.Razzak 11.Sajedul Islam 12.Ziaur 13.Mahmudullah 14.Johurul Islam T20-1.Tamim 2.Nafees 3.Shamsur Rahman 4.Shakib 5.Mushfiq 6.Nasir 7.Mosharrof Hossain 8.Mashrafee 9.Shafiul 10.Razzak 11.Sabbir Rahman 12.Ziaur 13.Mahmudullah 14.Johurul Islam

  • Chamath on May 9, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Bangladesh cricketers have raw talent but do not have cricketing mind to back the skills. The will never become a major test playing nation, not with shakib, tamim or anybody. I think it's best for them to step back a little, forget BPL or any other entertaining cricket and consolidate on the domestic test cricket. Look at zimbies now. They step back as the lights of Flowers and Streaks fade and consolidated on young talent and here they are, much better than Banglis. All the credit to Zimbabwe cricket board to back their players with all the financial crisis the country facing. This is SPIRIT OF CRICKET, not Dhoni calling back Bell after humiliating, desperate run out attempt by Ashwin. Hats off for Zimbabwe..

  • Ebrahim on May 8, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    the defeat was very frustrating for BD fans and supporters.

    We don't have any consistency.

    Resigning from captaincy is not a solution for it !

  • Nuria on May 8, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    A bettter performance was expected out of BD in this series as they had back to back wins in the 2nd test and the 1st ODI but then again we cannot always blame them nobody can live up to our expectations...a game is a game one or the other has to loose in this case it was BD but life goes on their will be other matches as well...so it is better not loose hope cuz bd can be agressive sometimes.

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