Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st T20, Bulawayo May 11, 2013

Zimbabwe hold nerve for tense win


Zimbabwe 168 for 5 (Masakadza 59, Taylor 40, Shakib 2-20) beat Bangladesh 162 for 8 (Shakib 65, Shamsur 53, Panyangara 3-32) by six runs
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The first-ever Twenty20 at the Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo was a thriller with the home team squeezing home by six runs. Zimbabwe fought back mightily when it mattered and Bangladesh imploded just when they could smell the win. The visitors collapsed from 120 for 1 in the 15th over to being kept down to 162 for 8. Tinashe Panyangara bowled a terrific final over, giving away just three runs as the Bangladesh lower-order failed to play smartly.

Zimbabwe had earlier made 168 for 5 after deciding to bat first. Hamilton Masakadza struck his seventh fifty while captain Brendan Taylor made a quickfire 40 as they put Zimbabwe on course for a big total. Bangladesh were brought back into the game by their spinners after the Taylor-Masakadza partnership ended, with Shakib Al Hasan getting both wickets and bowling economically in between.

Shakib was doing the job with the bat too, hammering 65 off 40 balls and helping add 118 for the second wicket with Shamsur Rahman. He struck eight disdainful fours and two sixes while Shamsur ended up with his maiden fifty, after a slow start.

The pair had taken Bangladesh to within 49 of the target with 34 balls to go, but the moment Shakib was dismissed, the Bangladesh batsmen started to make a meal of the chase.

Shamsur fell two balls later and it was down to the Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahman, to steer the chase. He began badly though, involved in two mix-ups that ended in run-outs of Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah in the 16th over. Nasir was inches short of safety as Tinotenda Mutombodzi broke the stumps. Mahmudullah was far from the crease at the other end after he got mixed calls from Mushfiqur; Mutombodzi swooped on the ball to his left and scored a direct-hit.

Then the pressure got to Ziaur Rahman, the Twenty20 specialist who had a torrid time connecting bat on ball. He frustrated Mushfiqur, with whom he almost had a collision, before falling to Panyangara's clever length in the 18th over. This wicket, and the eight runs from the over, perhaps swayed Taylor into picking Panyangara to bowl the last over.

Mushfiqur hit two sixes in the melee of wickets, before holing out to deep square-leg off the first ball of the final over when 10 runs were required. Panyangara was more resourceful in his last two overs than his first two, keeping it full to choke the runs. Sohag Gazi has some batting credentials but looked out of his depth towards the end of the chase while Abdur Razzak missed everything even though he was given room to swing.

Panyangara took three wickets while Prosper Utseya broke the Shakib-Shamsur partnership, taking both wickets. Brian Vitori was also excellent, giving away just 24 from his four overs and picking up the wicket of Tamim Iqbal in the first over.

This, after the Bangladesh spinners brought them back into the game with some control over the big-hitting in the last seven overs. Taylor and Masakadza put on 74 for the second wicket with the Zimbabwe captain severe on anything pitched on legstump. He made 40 off 25 balls with six fours and a paddle-swept six. He fell in the ninth over, after which Masakadza tried to up the run-rate but wasn't too successful.

He was dismissed after making 59 off 48 balls with four boundaries and a six. They failed to get the big hits away in the last five overs, with Shakib taking 2 for 20 and one wicket apiece for Gazi, Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh now have a final shot at redeeming the tour on Sunday. Mushfiqur will be under some pressure as he was in charge after the Shakib-Shamsur partnership broke, but couldn't see the team through.

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

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  • Mehdi on May 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    is it possible for a team to recover when they loss a crucial wicket by umpires bad decision? why so many bad decisions in whole tour. is there someone from ICC to look at this issues. I am not only talking about BD , as well Zim was victim of bad decisions. It had started from the beginning of test matches.

  • Shabbir on May 12, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Regarding Ziaur Rhman, he was regarded as a fast seamer, he then had an injury to his knee which affected his bowling. He then spent a lot of time practicing with the bat and is lightly regarded as an all- rounder.

    After his non-performance in the SL ODI (golden duck to Malinga - i think) and his performance in ZIM he was quickly playing himself out of the team. Then all of a sudden he started taking wickets in the last innings of the 2nd Test against ZIM and continued with that in the ODIs.

    SO the selectors have a dialema with him, was he put into the T20 for his batting or bowling? Mushi never used him for his bowling but his batting has been below par throughout.

    The public telling off from Mushi and not using him as a bowler would suggest he maybe one of the reasons Mushi has had enough!

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    BD has a long way to go to reach intl standard of cricket. they can never achieve it if the don't im prove on first class structure and make grassy and bouncy wickets. and don't include school level players like Zia

  • Muhaimin on May 12, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    I was watcing the match and Shakib played excellently, Shamsur slowed down for his fifty and then wanted to start hitting despite Shakib getting out previously and ended his own innings failing to connect with the bat. But all was not lost as we had plenty of wickets left and I was devastated when they gave Nasir out. The replays showed that Nasir's bat was touching part of the line when the fielder was touching the stumps with the ball, so by the time the bails were off he was in, YET HE WAS GIVEN OUT BY 3RD UMPIRE. After that all hell broke loose with Ziaur wasting a few balls and then getting out before even getting a boundary. Credit to the Zimbabweans though, they don't throw away their wicket like the Bangladeshi's

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    gud exciting game,that's wt everyone wants

  • mohammad on May 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Sadequl Team gave Nasir a chance, Mushfiq did not by making him run-out.

  • Shah on May 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @ Htc-Android i want to know from you then what long list of key players of BD you are talking about now when BD already have few key players to win a match against any international team in the world, its just they have been able to perform according to the their capability in a consistent manner at the same time bad luck is always with them..what ever bad luck is not an excuse mostly...& what do you want to say also that Zim doesn't have key players enough like BD does or what & Zim proved that they also have enough key players with a bit consistency & that is with both bat & bowl to win matches & so performed well enough & won against BD which they couldn't do that way & for that BD lost many close matches against few good teams..& BD fans any other teams playing ofcourse appreciate other teams also when they play well & wins...but not like here few nonsense ppl coomenting so negative & criticizing out of nowhere...

  • sadequl on May 12, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Few decisions in the 1st T-20 was a bit questionable for BD & it would have been much more fun if those didn't raised. 1st of all why to pick Sajidul in place of Robiul to play as a pacer's roll only when Zia was already there in the team! Even Ash or Mominul would have been much better option then Sajidul as they both can bat better then him & can even act as spinner as well. Why Zia didn't get any chance to bowl when Sajidul failed to perform in the match! Mushi looked too much frustrated in the match which is a rare thing to watch till now & not sure whether his resignation decision has anything to do with that or not! Nasir is in good form in the whole series & why selectors didn't want to give him a bit of chance to perform atleast in T-20 by bringing him as a top order!

    Expect to see some changes in 2day's match to have some sort of positive result to end the tour. Be positive tiger boys & try to play your natural game, don't worry about end result & v.best of luck to the boys.

  • Robert on May 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Mehdi Rahi - I love cricket and I will watch, and comment on, any match I wish. You do not have to be a 'fan' to speak. As to Bangladesh learning nothing - they have talented individuals, who on their day are as good as most; when their batsmen learn not to give their wickets away when they are set, and that every ball must be played on its own merit; and when their bowlers can consistently bowl challenging line and length without choking under pressure; and when their fans can understand that someone can criticise the team without 'hating' them; then I'll agree that Bangladesh are learning from experience.

  • Pratyush on May 12, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    i cant understand why people so eagerly want to strip the test status of Bangladesh.....and that also after a t20 result.....mate t20 and test are two different ....very different genres of cricket....they have just drew a test in sl ( n that's not easy...SL is not just a piece of cake...and that too in their home ground)...they won a test here in zim in alien conditions...so cant say that they are not capable enough to play test....though its true that they have still a long way to go ....

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