Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st T20, Bulawayo

Zimbabwe hold nerve for tense win

The Report by Mohammad Isam

May 11, 2013

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan goes for a pull, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st T20, Bulawayo, May 11, 2013
Shakib Al Hasan was superb with bat and ball, but it wasn't enough for Bangladesh © AFP

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.

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Posted by rsmehdihasan 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.

Posted by BanglaBandhu 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!

Posted by   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

Posted by Tiger-Claw 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

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

gud exciting game,that's wt everyone wants

Posted by British_North_America on (May 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

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

Posted by Ammo666 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by jackthelad 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.

Posted by an_alcoholic 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 ....

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (May 12, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Bangladesh is diluting international cricket standards; let them play IPL as the 10th team. Strip them of international cricket; they are pathetic.

Posted by Nduru on (May 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

You see this every time Bangladesh lose: People writing in to say how useless the team is and how they should be stripped of test status. The same with Zimbabwe. Guys, get real for heavens sake. This was a fantastic match and any team could have won. Bangla showed some great cricket (Shakib was best individual player) and this kind of thing happens in T20 matches EVERYWHERE. Infact, that's what makes cricket a great game. So why do people always want predictable wins in order to claim that such and such a team has 'learnt anything'? Face it all you small team haters: These guys try their best and played well this series.

Posted by gentleme on (May 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Bangladesh play well when they play with the stronger teams. there is a willingness among the players to do better. But when they play with the weaker team like Zimbabwe or Ireland, they become confident. the star players like Sakib, Tamim,Mushfiq become over confident. As a result they lose their way in the middle and never came out winning. They must take the game seriously and hold their nerves at the right time. Hope they will win today . Only then they can be able to hold their heads high.

Posted by AnanthX on (May 12, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

When will Bangladesh stop giving excuses and start playing somewhat decent cricket? Strip them of test status, I say! Man up, Bangladesh. Stop being so ordinary. Learn to play proper cricket!

Posted by seansie78 on (May 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

I dont see what aal the fuss is about really. The facts are there for all to see, baring atrocious umpiring all throught the seies really from almost all the umpires foreign an zimbabwean , on pitch and tv umpires, the matches were won by the better side. Forget about th usual excuses of the pitch being seamer friendly or lack of preparation (by bangladesh, what kind of preparation is better than playing SL?) zim only had their domestic cricket to go on(what does that say about that hey...?) I do wish the bangladeshi players and supporters would be tempered in their responses and show some character it is quite unbecoming of genuine cricket sportspersons all this ranting and raving evertime they lose to zimbabwe.Zim is after all better even witthout having played as manymatches in recent times. Bang. are a good side they just need to be a bit more tempered like Nasir. I hope zim wii line upp some A-team matches or maybe Ireland or Kenya for prep matches before the better teams come...

Posted by an_alcoholic on (May 12, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

a gem of a game...a typical of those t20s u want to see with a nail biting finish...but i must say you generally dont loose a t20 game from the situation of required only 49 in 6 overs with 9 WICKETS IN HAND....bangla tried more hard to loose than zim tried to win in these overs...of course Tinashe Panyangara bowled really good last over and held his nerve till the last...congratz to zim team....bd really need some self assessment after this series... with only 1 game left in the tour they cant do much with the results...but it ll be good to finish it with a win ....and return home with a positive note....and i m preety sure of their capabilities..best of luck for both the teams though i think bd need it more ;)...cheerzz

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Mushfiq had two more optional (!) bowlers, Nasir and Zia. I am amused why did not use any of them while Shafiul and Sajedul were performing good! This is the point I do not like his captaincy. We can remember about Shahadat! Mushfiq always selects a fast/medium fast bowler for the last over of the innings, and that is the over where we almost lose the match! It happened many times, for example, I can remember Asia Cup Final, where Shahadat gave 19 runs while Mushfiq had other options available! I think as a captain, when you have option, you must try it. And this is why I am not unhappy at Mushfiq's declare about captaincy.

In 1st T20i yesterday, Bangladesh lost only because nobody took the responsibility while batting! Hope they will come back today.

Posted by Sl-Cricfan: on (May 12, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

ohh....! no what was happent hear after 14th over i thought ban are now in winning time and i stoped watch live updates but when i see result today they have losted.what's going wrong here.is that unexperiense.as a srilankan now i know they have ability to beat any good team from this format......

Posted by aalhasankh on (May 12, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Mushfiqur Rahim ran out Nasir and Mahmudullah,shouted at Ziaur and then collided with him almost causing another run out. A captain needs to be a more cool headed person who should be calm even if everything else around him is crumbling. This captain caused the crumble. His resignation should come as a relief.

Posted by IAS2009 on (May 12, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

It was BD match to loose and they did, it happens in T20 cricket 49 from 35 should be chased 9 out of 10 times with 9 wickets in hand. tough loss.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

@r0ketman the reason Dhoni got MOM was because in India, they always tend to give MOM awards to Indian players even if India looses. Why was Jamshed's century considered not as influential on the outcome of the match as Dhoni's considering that the outcome of the match was Pakistan win? Consider the very next match where Saeed Ajmal was by far the best player of the match. Did he get the MOM award using the same logic that was applied for the case of Dhoni? Shows clear bias.

Posted by Rana38 on (May 12, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

As per as the performance of bd cricket team is not bad.If we want to be a strong team,we need to go through with a nice plan such as different player can be used in Test,ODI &T20 and need a specialized batting coach as well as selectors to make the right choice of playing 11.If i were one of them, my team as follows: (If spinning condition,then) Test 11: ODI 11: T20 11: 1)Tamim 1)Tamim 1)Tamim 2)Md. Asraful 2)A.Bijoy 2)A.Bijoy 3)Mominul Hoque 3)Samsur 3)Samsur 4)Sakib-al-hasan 4)Sakib 4)Sakib 5)Marsal Ayub 5)Mushfiqur 5)Mushfiqur 6)Mushfiqur(cap) 6)Mahmudulla 6)Mahmudulla 7)Mahmudulla 7)Nasir 7)Nasir 8)Nasir 8)Shohag 8)Shohag(Sabbir Rahman) 9)Abul Hasan(Ziaur) 9)Abdur R. 9)A. Razzak 10)Shohag 10)Shafiul(A.Hasan) 10)Taskin(Mukter Ali) 11)Robiul (Rubel) 11)Masrafi(Ziaur/Nazmul) 11)Masrafi(Ziaur) Best of luck.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 12, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

wallers 6 of the last ball made the difference in the result. shamsur played a good knock for his 50. But if he misses the next game, BD fans will add him to their long list of missing key players list for sure.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

How could two top batsmen run themselves out like that? These are basics that kids are taught in high school. Once Nasir ad Maumudullah were gone , the game was over. Ziaur lost his nerve and fails with the bat time and time again. It will be difficult for him to retain his place in the side. This game we should have won. Specially after what Sakib and Shamsur did. The latter is a great find. The great Tamim will misfire more often than he will score. We have to depend on Shamsur and Sakib and Nasir and Mushy for big scores. Maybe Mahmudullah too.

Posted by Fogu on (May 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

It was a good match. BD snatched defeat from the jaws of victory or ZIM snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It could be viewed either way. I am glad the match was competitive and fun. @jackthelad, if SL had a second string side then BD had a third string side. Let's not revise history. Give credit where credit is due. BD played well in SL despite injuries but BD played poorly in ZIM inspite of having all their players. The failure of top order and a lack of genuine strike bowler continues to hurt BD. And at times when top order fires, they throw away wickets as if they are allergic to staying at the pitch. Following BD cricket is not a sport for the weak heart. Hopefully BD shows better temperament in the next match. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

This win doesnt come as a surprise at all. After the One day series win, Zimbabwe are clear favourites.It was a close contest than expected, and Zim once again proved that they are always the better side

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 11, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

One positive about the BD team was the composure in how Shamsur batted. Once again Tamim failed and when Shakib took over the batting, Shamsur was in no big hurry to go for boundaries, slowly but surely he improved his strike rate. He gave the impression of complete control and didn't seem under pressure. This type of composure was sorely missing in the ODIs and now with Ashraful out of the picture, hopefully he gets a chance to not only play tomorrow but also for the series at home against NZ.

Incase anyone missed his last performance it was against SL in a one day where the umpire gave an LBW decision (even TV commentators felt Shamsur was hard done by).

Posted by Taleb87 on (May 11, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

vazure@how long you follow ckt. do know anything? i dont think so.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

@jackthelad who told you that BD is not learning anything? winning is not everything about learning. it is a part of game. if you are not a fan either from BD or Zim then i think you should waste your time on other thing. If BD would win today then everyone would praise and tell too much. Now they loose few matches against Zim! then everyone giving harsh words for them . the fact is BD is improving everyday and every match there is a close contest. The problem is they lost with Zim who ranked below than BD but no one is realizing that Zim played better than BD on a given day!

Posted by Baundele on (May 11, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I am surprised to see no revoke the test status of Bangladesh comment after this 6 runs T20 loss. :D

Guys, it was a wonderful cricket match. Both teams were in the match for the 40 overs. Zimbabwe got a great start and then Bangladesh pulled them back. During the chase Shakib and Shamsur made a wonderful partnership. Mushfiq's cameo was almost getting them over the line. The bowler of the last over gets the credit of not conceding those 10 runs. That's the beauty of cricket. Just enjoy!

Posted by jackthelad on (May 11, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

@rsmhehdisan - the reason is not far to seek, it is that Bangladesh are learning nothing from this international experience.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (May 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Why we are so depressed for a loss in a t20 close contest!! it can happen in any match with any opponents. Just cheer up and encourage our cricket team and players. We have to come out from this negative mentality or reaction for a match. if we behave like this then what is going in players mind.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Come on BD fan. Some of your comments are too harsh. Wake up and show some maturity. It was a close contest and game of t20 it can happen. Inspire our team and captain. Yes we feel some time shocked or sorry but we have to give full credits to Zim team for their great comeback. Come on BD tigers. You have to do it by winning tomorrow. Give your best next match.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 11, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

@VaZure: Not true. MOM goes to the player with most influence in the game. Dhoni won the MOM for a century against Pakistan recently, even though India lost badly, and on top of that Pakistan opener hit a marvelous century as well. The reason Dhoni got MOM was no one else in Indian team scored over 20, and without his century India would have bundled out for 80 runs. Dhoni's century actually made a contest out of that match. So, player from the winiing team wins MOM is not necessarily true, It is in most cases, but not always.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

It was a good fight for BD team. Do not worry just keep fight like this. I have full faith in our cricket team and their players. End of the day it is just a game of t20 where anything could happen. They fought hard and loose a close contest. Once again congratulation Zim team for their come backs.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

i need lot of matches for zimbabwe....they r the good team.....

Posted by jackthelad on (May 11, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

It could have gone either way, all down the line - a real thriller. Zimbabwe kept their heads at a couple of crucial moments while, unfortunately, Bangladesh once again didn't. It's getting a little tiring reiterating that Bangla are an inexperienced side (Zimbabwe are equally so) - the point is, I can see little evidence that Bangladesh are learning anything from the experience of these six internationals. They had a good result against a Sri Lanka second eleven, and from that seem to have assumed that they just have to turn up to win. Not so, but far otherwise.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (May 11, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

well done zim . Ziaur rahman is pretty useful economical t-20 baller , howcome he never got to bowl ? Why sajedul and shafiul in but robiul not selected ?

Posted by VaZure on (May 11, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@Hassan MOM goes to the player of the winning team. If u get a 100 and 5 wickets and end up on the loosing team u cnt b MOM. Wel dne Zim i wasnt sure why Panyangara was included bt nw i c why. Would love to see Coventry bat in tomoro.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 11, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

I do not think, after today's match, many people are going to request Mushfiq to remain as a captain.

Posted by SaadRocx on (May 11, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Brendon Taylor you beauty. Awesome batsman,Awesome Keeper and Superb Leader !!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 11, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Great Performance from Zimbabwe but than beating Bangladesh seems to be the easiest job nowadays.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

The shot selections by the BD batsmen were very poor. They did not deserve to win this match.

Hats off to Zimbabwe. They are a strong side on their home turf. They showed that last year when they won the unofficial tri-nation series, and they've shown it again today that they are - quite literally - able to pounce better than the Tigers when it mattered most.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

This always happens with asian teams in starting they play well but can't end well I think Asian teams always over confident

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (May 11, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Great to see Panyangara bowl well in the final over, he had looked very poor earlier on. Hamilton and Brendan batted well and it was Waller's power hitting at the end that put Zimbabwe over the top. Malcolm continues to cement his place in the side. Hopefully Shingi and Jarvis will return for the next match. Thankfully Matsi is not in the squad, his time has passed.

Posted by Nduru on (May 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

WOW! That's all I can say! I was so depressed after 15 overs. I thought Bangla was walking this one. My wife even asked me why I was so down! Then it all started happening! I could not believe it! Well done Panyangara and the boys for keeping your cool and never giving up! Also agree with @ZCF_Outkast - awasome crowd and support in Byo! I can almost forgive you for calling my hometown Bambazonke!

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 11, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

I cant find any clue to Bangladesh's persisting with Ziaur. He is neither a good batsman nor a good bowler. Getting one wicket costing 35 runs in t20s and 50 runs in Odis means nothing special.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Why Ziaur Rahman was taken in the T20 against Zimbabwe? He did not bowl a single ball and misused very valuable balls he let those go as Dot balls. Mushfiq lost his temper and Tigers lost the match for these few vital minutes in the first T20. A game seemed very much in control lost its way. Ghazi also gave Mush hard time wasting balls. And why Sakib was not judged as the MOM? 59 of Masakadza is not superior to sakib's 65 and 2 wickets.

Posted by tapooori on (May 11, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Can't believe what I just witnessed. A match was literally thrown away by a team, collectively. And this time, along with the stupid shots by BD batsmen, captain made sure to offer free wickets to Zimbabwe by calling for suicidal runs. This is not the first time and with Bangladesh cricket I am sure it is not the last time.

Frankly speaking, BD team is not going to learn and we all have to admit and live with this fact.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 11, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Clearly more frustration for Mushi. I really like the guy and you could see his anger and frustration when publicly scolding both Ziaur and shohag for wrong selections.

For the record, I believe, the third umpire got it wrong and Mushi was OUT. Also Mushi was responsible for running out Mahmadullah. Also I believe that the umpire got it wrong with Brendan Taylor and he was OUT for LBW by Razzak.

Its all very sad, BD were poised to win after Shakib and Shamsur's opening (forget about tamim). There are many reasons why BD lost and funnily enough most of them have nothing to do with ZIM.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (May 11, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Unbelievable ! Quite unbelievable ! A team is at 122 for 1 in 14 over. With 47 runs needed in last 6 overs and 9 wickets in hand,anyone would bet 99 percent in favor of win for that team. That team was Bangladesh. But to my utter surprise they lost it. It shows how GOOD Bangladesh are at letting an easy win slip away. Unbelievale !

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Poor team selection is responsible for the defeat in the 1st T20. We don't need five specialist bowlers; three pacers, two spinners. Probably, we forget that we have two spinning all-rounder which is really effective for a T20 match at least. We should choose one more batsman instead of a pacer in our team combination. Probably, we have a tendency to drop Ashraful. I am not claiming that he is performing well in this series so far. I just want to choose the best-11 from the current squad.

Also, we should investigate the role played by BCB for the Zimbabwe series. Why BCB didn't arrange at least a practice match in Zimbabwe before staring the series to adjust with the situation? Why they were unable to arrange a hotel containing the minimum facilities? The players faced the same problem in the previous Zimbabwe series in 2011.

The BCB should take the responsibility.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 11, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

I will blame Mushfiq for the run-outs of Nasir and Mahmudullah.Specially after Nasir's run-out, no need to push Mahmudullah for the run.These two batsmen both scored fifty in the last ODI.Mushfiq is a very good person but his main problem is he cannot keep himself cool when it is required.We saw it in the third ODI of Sri Lanka series when he himself got a suicidal run-out.Thanks to Nasir who rescued us in that match.Apart from Mushfiq factor, I think selectors should rethink whether Zia is a batsman of international level.Having big muscles does not make one a great batsman otherwise we would see many Gayles from the Caribbean.Zia can be tested as a bowler but he should be considered a batsman for international cricket.I do not remember he scored 20 runs in any match of international cricket in the last two years.He did not even do well in the last BPL.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (May 11, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Zimbabwe win again. It's becoming a habit, as is BD self-destruct button! For the most part they were good for the victory but that denied Mushfiqur run-out with bat clearly in the air meant poetic justice demanded a Zim win.

Great work from Hamilton he played extremely well. Taylor injected more impetus to Zim's innings. As for his keeping? Made the most of a lot of run-out opportunities considering there's no batsman in front of him to affect his vision, but quality keeping must be reflected through stumpings, when you're a little unsighted, and a 0% success rate in that area won't do anyone any favours. Utseya will have been maddened by that but he produced once again. As did Vitori.

Bulawayo the city of Kings. My city of birth. That's what a real crowd looks like. You hear that Bambazonke?

Saving the best for last - as Panyangara's sole supporter I am most pleased! Credit to Taylor for believing in him as well. Next game Shingi for Chatara & Matsi for Sean/Waller!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 11, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh. They have been really consistent in this tour. First they humiliated in Test then they lost ODI series and this is about time they lose the T20 series too. They are on the right track. Carry on the good work boys

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Well, this defeat will leave the Bangladesh dressing room even more tattered after the Mushfiq drama and the ODI series loss. They played beautifully, just the hiccup after Shamsur-Shakib lost them the match. It will be hard to get motivation for the match tomorrow. But nevertheless, goodluck. We need to reassess our capabilities and weaknesses after this tour immediately. We want to see a more positive side, both mentally and physically for the next series in October against NZ.

Posted by SaadRocx on (May 11, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

seeing brendon taylor bat is a treat to watch...such calmness and composure under pressure situation.,followed by some awesome keeping. Just 1 word "Respect"

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

I am a bit confused as to why Zia didn't bowl, so does it means he was picked as a batsman? His batting credential aren't aren't very impressive................ hope he proves me wrong ^_^

Posted by BARFI on (May 11, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Taylor not given out...what a shameful umpiring...on a bowling of abdur Rzaak (over 5.5)

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