Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, Bulawayo

All-round Shakib helps Bangladesh draw series

The Report by Mohammad Isam

May 12, 2013

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Bangladesh 168 for 7 (Tamim 43, Shakib 40) beat Zimbabwe 134 for 9 (Shakib 4-22) by 34 runs
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Shakib Al Hasan plays a pull shot, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Bulawayo, May 12, 2013
Shakib Al Hasan scored a brisk 40 and then took four wickets to set up Bangladesh's win © AFP
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The Bangladesh spinners imposed themselves on Zimbabwe as they successfully defended a moderate total to register a 34-run win. Shakib Al Hasan was the hero with bat and ball, helping the visitors to draw the Twenty20 series.

Shakib combined his all-round skills in the same game for the first time on tour, starting with a dominant 28-ball 40 that got Bangladesh ticking, after they lost opener Shamsur Rahman early. Like the first game, however, they collapsed after an 82-run second-wicket stand between Shakib and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh ended up on 168 for 7 in 20 overs with Prosper Utseya at his economical best for Zimbabwe. That initial thrust from Shakib and Tamim, however, was the crucial difference between the two teams.

Shakib dismissed Sikandar Raza in the 17th over to effectively end the home side's chances, as the big-hitting Raza struggled to find the boundaries. Shakib ended up with 4 for 22, his best T20 figures. One of his four victims was the Zimbabwe captain, Brendan Taylor, who fell in the fifth over after looking dangerous during his brief stay at the wicket.

Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak also bowled crucial spells for Bangladesh, bringing back their lengths and using varying speeds whenever the batsmen charged them. Both bowled a maiden each and their overs were crucial to Bangladesh's defence of 168. Gazi went wicketless while left-arm spinner Razzak picked up 2 for 18 from his four overs. Shafiul Islam ended with two wickets too, bowling accurately for the first time since the first ODI of the tour.

Zimbabwe's batting never really took off after Vusi Sibanda was out in the seventh over. Sibanda made 32 off 19 balls, and Raza's 30-ball 32 was the next-most significant score for the hosts.

The visitors ended up on the same total as Zimbabwe did in the first game, although this looked like a slower wicket. But the middle-order wasted a fine start. From 86 for 1 in the 9th over, Bangladesh were 126 for 5 at the start of the 15th over.

When Shakib and Tamim were at the crease, Bangladesh were looking at a bigger score. They got together after Shamsur fell in the first over but wasted little time, smacking 14 boundaries in the first 10 overs. Shakib made 40 off 28 and Tamim 43 off 30 balls.

Both batsmen fell trying to slog and the captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, and his deputy, Mahmudullah, departed soon after. Mushfiqur, in what may be his last match as captain - the BCB plans to persuade him to stay on - was unlucky to be given leg-before to a ball heading down the leg side. Mahmudullah, however, gave a soft catch to cover, and the four-wicket collapse also meant that there were no boundaries for 26 deliveries between the 12th and 15th overs.

Only a 36-run sixth-wicket stand between Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque helped them cross the 150-run mark. For Zimbabwe, Utseya took 2 for 15 in his four overs, the fourth time in his career that he finished with an economy rate of less than four runs an over. Brian Vitori, too, was economical but the other Zimbabwe bowlers struggled with their length.

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Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Shakib is currently amongst 3 on ICC's top all rounder's list of all formats of cricket, which rare achievement was not made possible by any cricketer of this globe before!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@ Ammo666 ; Those two Test records (Highest Total for BD, Highest Score by BD batsmen) will be unbreakable for a long time (May be forever). That's a good achievement after all. Anyway just after a couple of days BD lost the 2nd test within 4 days (very common in Tests when BD involved) and lost the series 1-0. Yours is a typical comment from a BD fan. Loads of excuses and complaints. Missing "KEY" players, Umpiring decisions and loosing "TOSS". Find some new creative excuses before NZ tour starts. Otherwise it will be boring to hear same excuses and complaints.

Posted by Ammo666 on (May 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu welcome to present now you want me to forget about SL where BD achieved the highest total in BD test history where SL declared by scoring 570 with their KEY players thinking BD won't be able to reach that HUGE score but might face a innings defeat but BD showed them well with the BAT that an innings defeat is far but up on that they outstripped that huge 570 scored 638 & took the lead;) after that there was no brave sign on SL trying to win but only to draw:) &also won 1 ODI to level the series & again then a close T20. FYI there was no key player opener Tamim or Shakib who ranked no.1 all rounder in the WORLD&still in form so keep your so called "key" thoughts to you. coming to ZIM tour before the test sereis no practice match but in 2nd test BD overcame that even though 2 umpires were always with ZIM&then BD lost the ODI series&again poor umpiring&even in T20&losing all the crucial toss(luck) though BD also didn't play their real game in last 2 ODI..let ZIM come to BD;)

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 14, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Not really sure why anybody is trying to discredit BDs performance in Sri Lanka. ANY sri Lankan fan needs to analyse this simple equation:

SL fan expectation before the tour started (given previous BD performances and SL Victories on home Ground), minus, SL fans reaction after the tour had been completed = Big disappointment for SL fans.

SL fans expected a whitewash and it didn't happen. They can use as many excuses as they want but BD received many accolades for their present form, by media and sports commentators alike, up until the ZIM tour with the resulsts ending as follows: Test (Draw) ODI (Loss) T20 (Draw), which was seen as an overall loss for BD and a disappointment.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

"Because it's Bangladesh, we wanted to give the youngsters a chance," - Jayasuriya www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/content/story/627269.html

"Bangladesh are an ordinary side." - Shewag http://www.espncricinfo.com/bdeshvind2010/content/story/444422.html

This is what Cricketers said.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@ Ammo666 ; Where are those key players? Forget about SL. Why couldn't those so called "Key" players beat Zim? Yes. Lets talk about the present and recent past. vs Zim T20Is 1-1 drawn, ODIs 1-2 lost, Tests 1-1 drawn, vs SL T20I 0-1 lost, ODIs 1-1 drawn, Tests 0-1 lost, vs WI T20I 0-1 lost, ODIs 3-2 won, Tests 0-2 lost, World T20 Cup 2012 lost, Asia Cup 2012 lost. Key word "LOST".

BD fans doesn't have anything to brag about. Yes. After 100s of loses, one win is an achievement.

Posted by Ammo666 on (May 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu: Yes you soothsayer everyone knew that your SL is not going to lose any but sadly they lost a ODI right & the ODI series was levelled, but now i can say if Mahela was playing then they would have won both the ODI or what;D... BD have already have few key players in the current team to beat SL often now if those players are up to their task in a coherent manner&with that needs to play much on such pitch & i believe everyone knows it so we don't have to make a looong list of "key" players like your so called thoughts&your so called 3rd string team :) so don't cry over spilled milk talking about 13yrs but come to present & see their last two series against WI & SL which proved they are really improving though Zim tour was a bit different story (BD & all knows what was it) but BD fans does not really over boasts like IND & SL does its almost like they leave nothing&though IND is the most..but we all have rights to celebrate our win but should not humiliate before others does!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

@ r0ketman ; I called that 3rd string because, SL did not use their "ALL" of their automatic selection players to that T20I. That has nothing to do with the experience. BD does not have much experience in T20Is, since they have only played 30 T20Is compared to 52 T20Is by SL. True. Most of your BD players has played 5 odd games, because others are in the hospital or dropped and replaced by new players. Then BD fans can claim that the BD is a young team inexperienced team everytime they lose.

BTW if SL had all their full team, then you BD fans will say, experienced guys won that game for SL. After they retire SL Cricket doesn't have a future. (This was BD fans song during Test and ODI series.)

Posted by r0ketman on (May 14, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: On What grounds are you calling SL team 3rd string? 6 of the SL players had more than 10 T20I experience, VS 5 players on BD side. On the senior players, Mathews and Malinga has played almost double the number of T20 matches that Ashraful and Mushfique played. Both teams had 1 debutants. So based on the number of T20Is played, SL team was far more experienced than BD, so this was SLs first choice team, not 3rd string you are claiming. So if calling it 3rd string makes you feel better and be able to brag about this umpiring farce of a T20 win, then so be it!:-)

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 14, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

@r0ketman.''If this series was played in BD, Zim would not stand a chance''. Wow. Are you trying to be a fortune teller? Predicting the series result one year ahead of time...lol. If you say Zim won the series due to home advantage then same can be said if BD wins the series at home. BD came close against WI because of the early declaration made my the WI.Otherwise they would piled up 700 runs on the board. Zim too gave NZ a run for their money at home. Zim lost to WI in WI conditions, where Zim played international cricket almost after a year. Even BD would have lost if they had to play in WI. They got lucky last time as they played against a 2nd string side.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 14, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: You can claim all you want, the team you are calling 3rd string had 1, yes all of 1 debutant. So Did BD. So if having 1 debutant player makes a team 3rd string (According to youi), BD was fielding a 3rd string team as well. So your 3rd string team beat our 3rd string team, big deal! Even then, SL needed the help of 2 umpires to win that match! So I would not brag about that T20 match too much if I was an SL fan!:-)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 14, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

@ r0ketman ; SL 3rd string team fielded for that one off T20 beat you BD team comprehensively. That shows the class of your BD team. lol

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (May 14, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

I think Shamsur Rahman should partner with tamim in odi too , not just t20 . Yes he is very new and got things to learn but he is promising and his batting personality suggests he deserves to bat at number-2 not jahurul ashraful etc . I Hope Shamsu mia will be given chance in both odi and t20 so that he improves and strengthen Bd top order.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 14, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

@Albert_cambell: "The result of this proves that there is not much difference between both teams." I disagree. Equal strength teams usually results in Home side winning the series due to home court advantage, which is huge in cricket unlike any other major sport. The proof of this in in 100 year test history, unless there is a huge difference in the quality of the teams, home teams in test cricket has always fared better (hence my argument about practice matches). If this series was played in BD, Zim would not stand a chance, BD gave WI a run for their money in tests recently, and won the ODI series against Wi at home. The same Wi team that whitewashed zim. Zim got the results due to home factors, not because they are an equal strength team.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 14, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

@Htc-Android: And this is what we heard from SL fans when they failed to win against BD, the pitch was a flat road, D/L made the target too small, SL has a young team, they are a team in transition, new captain, we also heard 3rd string team for T20 (yet both BD and SL had one debutant in that match, not sure how that constitutes a third string team). And so far, everyone has failed to show me another example where a 5+ match series was played between test playing nations in the recent history without a single practice match on the schedule. Not one example, yet it is not a legitimate issue according to SL fans! Yup, us BD fans are learning excuse giving from the best in the world (the SL fans)!:-) Even more perplexing is the fact that SL fans are gung ho about proving BD is an inferior team, even when BD is not playing SL. I think they are still sore from not being able to steamroll BD like they predicted before the SL series!:-)

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

@r0ketman. Yes BD bounced back this time against an equally matched side like Zimbabwe. They did for the 1st time in their history. Obviously they wouldnt have done this against a stronger opponent( infact they never did this against a Top side in their history as well). Also you should not try match BD with other teams. We can only compare BD with Zimbabwe only. Not with other teams. The result of this proves that there is not much difference between both teams.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 13, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

This is what I hear from BD fans right from the SL series, when they lose a match. 2nd test match Vs sri lanka- Heavy outfield, SL cut the grass when their team was batting. 1st ODI- Floodlights went off our curators changed the pitch, Dew made it difficult for the bowlers. Only T20 match - Wrong umpiring decisions, SL played with 13 players. On top of that, they had a long list of missing key players throughout the series. If it dint happened they would have whitewashed SL in all 3 formats. Is this making any sense. why they have to behave like they are a better team. Now on the Zim series - 27 wrong decisions, Samething Zim played with 13 players, Lack of practice matches. So far I havent seen BD fans admitting their defeats. Thank god BD are not taking part in the Champions trophy. If one umpiring decision goes wrong then they start to claim that BD lost the trophy due to Umpiring decisions..lol

Posted by r0ketman on (May 13, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

@Albert_cambell:"But BD suffered these kind of embarrassing loses many times, but they never bounced back". Are we talking about the same series here? I would consider losing by 335 runs without any practice, then beating the same team by 143 runs is a pretty strong "bounce back". Maybe you have a different definition of what a "bounce back" really is. The fact is BD came back strongly in the second test, which is the sign of a good team. Anyone can see it clearly from the results of first test vs the second test. BD last played in Zim two years ago, at least 5 players on the BD team never played test matches in zim before. Just because BD and Zim play a lot of matches, how does that equate to BD not needing practice matches? ENG and IND has been playing each other almost every year for the past 100 years! They still play practice matches when they travel!! Not sure I am getting the point here.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

@r0ketman. BD knew Zimbabwe conditions more than any other team in the world. Because both these teams play each other more frequently home and away. On top of that BD played 2 tests ahead of the ODI series and beat Zim in the 1st ODI by 121 runs. So they know the conditions very well. So there shouldnt be any excuse for losing the ODI series. Also i am not sure why do you bring a cricket match that happened about 40 years ago. What exactly are you trying to say here. Are trying to match those English bowlers with these Zim bowlers.Yes it happens to every team. But they bounce back and win the next test/series. But BD suffered these kind of embarrassing loses many times, but they never bounced back. 79 matches 4 wins and 69 loses talks about everything about BD team in test cricket.

Posted by anandodhara on (May 13, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

BD would have white washed Zim in all formats if 27 wrong decisions didnt go against BD. It was very clear that the umpires played for Zim too. No team can win games playing against 13 man. Zim cricket is not going anywhere. They were just white washed in every format by WI. Wait there are more to come, Srilankans will crush this Zim team. Wait and see. My advice to Zim honesty is the best policy. Winning like that will not give you strength for the future. Go tigers. Forget what happened in Zim, we all know how they won. Lets win with some big teams.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 13, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@r0ketman. Of course Zimbabwe are inexperienced side. The whole world kow that. They lost a whole generation of players and started with new players and still managed to be on par with BD. They returned to test cricket after 6 years in 2011 and they managed to beat you guys and beat you in the 1st test by 335 runs. If you look at the Zimbabwe team the most experienced member in the team is Taylor(18 tests), Mazagadza(23 Tests) and the rest with less than 10 match experience. So are you telling this is not an inexperienced side. BD team is way more experienced than this Zim team( Shakib-30 tests, rahim-34 tests, Ashraful- 61 tests, Mahmudullah- 17 tests, Nafees- 24 tests, Tamim- 28 tests, Shahadat -35 tests). In terms of experience BD is equally experienced as the current NZ team team( except Mccullum- 75 tests and Taylor - 46 tests, the rest played the same amount of test as BD players). You cant keep on say BD is an inexperienced side.

Posted by Fogu on (May 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

This is getting sillier by the day. Sportsmanship is missing among the fans who cry about teams not displaying sportsmanship. Everyone agrees that SL is a much more established team and BD and ZIM are not as good as the established teams in Tests. BD can compete with most teams in ODI now and it has been proven over the last two years. T20 is crapshoot. If BD fans don't realize that BD is not as good in Tests, then they have a blind spot however, if other nations don't realize that BD is a good ODI team now then they are ignoring reality. I thnk the comments need to be respectful without disparaging each other. Go Tigers!

Posted by r0ketman on (May 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: Oh we know very well SL team is 3rd string. Which is why, our 3rd string batsman Ashraful was hitting your 3rd string bowlers all over the park during that t20 match. I think that is why the SL umpire was scared and gave Ashraful LBW to a ball that was no where near hitting the stumps. If SL was not playing with 13 men that day, BD would have shown SL how 3rd string they really are! LOL!:-)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 13, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@ sohan_faisal ; I'm not a NZ fan. But have you forgotten all the whitewashes you had for years and years. OMG for 13 years. Some BD fans said that forget about the past losses and talk about present and future. But still BD fans living in their rare victories over weakened teams (Zim, NZ or WI) or random rare fluke victories over Top nations (Ind, SL). Anyway until BD wins another ODI or T20I against a top team, BD fans will boast on two wins over Ind and SL to reach Asia Cup final and drawing a Test against SL and drawing ODI series 1-1 against SL. When is the next win guys? 2015 or 16?

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 13, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

@ r0ketman ; Who made excuses? SL team wasn't a new one. SL had Sangakkara, Dilshan, Herath and long list of experienced players. (Unlike your long list of missing "key" players) We SL fans knew that SL is going to win that series against BD. There was no doubt about it and they did it.

During that series SL had new skippers and used couple of new players. That is the transition. Anyway Mahela told, he is going to step down from the captaincy after Aus tour, because next two series are against BD and Zim, which are going to be easy assignments in the learning curve of next SL captain.

Even in T20I they used a young "3rd string" team. In Jayasuriya's words SL tried that "3rd string" team because the opposition was BD. lol

Posted by sohan_faisal on (May 13, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Some Newzealanders are blowing their trumpet. Have you forgotten the white wash? BD laundered you well and packed and sent you to your country and you lost the series 4-0, thanks to rain for rescuing you from more humiliation. BD won the one day series against west indies by 3-2. BD became runners up in the Asia Cup by beating SL and Ind convincingly and then lost the final by 2 runs. BD has drawn the ODI series in SL. Shakib Al Hasan has become the best all-rounder in world which is also a win for BD. Those who followed the series with Zim, must admit that the series was full of wrong umpiring and it cost BD much. there are other problems in Zim tour which BCB will take care in any future seriesLastly, those who don't think BD is a improved side, stop watching BD or stop your bad comments because your comments can only burn your heart but can't hurt BD team because we the countrymen and supporters are satisfied :-)

Posted by Rafelgibt on (May 13, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Looks like BAN dashers got the opportunity to do their only tasks very well.I'm really agree (???) with you that 12 long years are a very long time still we proved not worthy of playing TEST,ODI & T2o.ICC must take away our all sorts of cricketing membership...Hahahahaha....What a joke!!!!Roar Tigers Roar>>>>

Posted by r0ketman on (May 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

@Albert_cambell: BD won the second test by 143 runs. NZ won in Zim last year by 34 runs. You know what else, NZ got a practice match on the same ground they played the test match in, for a one off Test match!!! BD played a 2 match series, and they did not get a single practice match!!! On what grounds can you tell me that not having a practice match is an excuse? BD beat Zim by a bigger margin than NZ!! And against NZ, Zim was in the hunt. On the second test against BD, Zimbabwe did not stand a chance, they were never close to getting the 400 they needed. So BD played better than NZ, after they got their practice on the 1st test.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 13, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

@Albert_cambell: Zimbabwe lost big on the second test, which they usually do to big teams as well. It only goes to prove my point that when BD got the practice they needed on the first test, they showed Zim who the better test team was. And getting out for less than 150 in test match is not really news worthy, India (who was the number 1 team in the world at the time) was bundled out for 44 during their visit to England in 1974. What is your point exactly?

Posted by r0ketman on (May 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: New team, transitions...now who is giving excuses? Sanga alone has more matches under his belt (in all formats) than half of BD team combined. Just because your old players retired, you can't use that as an excuse. Yet BD fans get lambasted when we point out legitimate issues, like plumbest of LBW's not given today for example. BD only lost the ODI series, the test was drawn, so was T20. @albert_Campbell: How did BD have ODI practice match in Zimbabwe? When did that take place? Show me one other recent series, involving any teams, that had more than 5 total matches where the visiting team did not get a practice match, and the visiting team ended up winning the series. Just one example, and I will stand corrected. And Zim Inexperienced? Between 2011 and now, BD has played 6 test series, so has Zim (2 of those series were played against each other). How does BD have more experience? Zim decided to take a break prior to that, whose fault is that again?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 13, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

@r0ketman. BD lost the test to Zim by 335 runs. This is something that happens when BD faces a team like SA. In both innings BD dint even cross 150. It was pathetic to watch them losing 9 wickets for 32 runs and still you blame lack of practice match as an excuse.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Zimbabwe played the whole series with 13 players (11 player and 2 umpires). It is a real shame and it reflected in the last T20, too. Anyway BD should not be disappointed at all as everything was against them, even the facilities provided in Zimbabwe were nowhere near comfortable. Welcome back, Tigers. Surely, Zim is going to visit BD one day and we will see how they go with the series.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 13, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

@ r0ketman ; Ah. Nice one. Another excuse. Not enough practice matches. If you requested practice matches and Zim did not provided them and if you really need practice matches why did you go to Zim and play? You could have canceled the tour saying that "We are not coming, because you are not providing us practice matches". lol

BTW BD lost the series against SL. Tests 0-1 lost, ODIs 1-1 draw, T20Is 0-1 lost. So it was won by the dominant side (I mean team with higher rankings). Here the situation is different. Highly ranked BD side lost the series. SL fans didn't get dissapointed with the results, because SL side is in transition phase. New captain, some new players.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

Congratulations to BD for causing an upset. Levelling a series with Zimbabwe is a great achievement considering the current standard of BD cricket. BD can take a lot from this win

Posted by rivernile on (May 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

This was a good series. It was sad to Bangladesh lose the ODI series (especially since that is our strength now). I wish we were more consistent. Now we wait until October for the next series?!?!! That is too far away. We really should play more cricket. I wish our team management had worked out a deal for a fuklk tour of Pakistan

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 12, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

@r0ketman. You cant use BD not playing a warm up game as an excuse to cover up their loss to an inexperienced side like Zimbabwe. You should watch the way your batsman got out in that test match. Most of them got out playing lose shots. If the conditions are difficult, then they should have tried to occupy the crease, take singles and bat long innings instead of going for their shots. Even zimbabwe batted for 150 overs in that test. During the ODI series you had enough practice, so why did BD lose the series?

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (May 12, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

Despite the loss, Zimbabwe have made great progress this series. Taylor has proven himself to be a tactical genius as captain, always being a step ahead of the Bangladeshis. The middle order is set with Williams, Waller and the returning Ervine (hopefully). Our strike bowling has never had so much depth with many players to compliment the destructive Kyle Jarvis.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 12, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: Now the BD fans know how it felt to be a SL fan a few months ago, where the expectation was SL was going to steamroll BD. Unfortunately, SL was not able to find the steamroller. Atleast for BD, while a disappointing trip, we can find solace in the fact that it was after all an away trip where they did not get a chance to acclimate properly. When England toured India earlier this year, how many practice matches did they play? And how many did BD play? And to hear that BD's request to practice in the morning was turned down by Zim! Under the circumstances, BD did well against Zim in unfamiliar conditions! The same can not be said about SL in the recently completed series against BD!:-)

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (May 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

BD team management agreed after the previous tour in ZIM that they will ensure that BD team has enough practice matches in ZIM to cope up with the environment next time. Looks like that they forgot what they agreed from past failure and did the same mistake. On top of this, the team was equally concerned about issues off the field (lack of practice facilities, sanitation, health and safety, etc.) and ironically they had to play against the umpires in a lots of occasions. There are more than one instance where some BD players had to engage into conflicts with the umpiring in the series. Clearly, BD management hasn't done enough or taken a step to rectify this. No formal complain to match referee, no proper negotiation with ZIM board, nothing. I personally think BD can question ZIM's ability to host a series at this level and infrastructure inspection prior to a series should be made before visiting them in future. The last series was lost because of poor BD management and this one too.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (May 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

I missed this one live, but it's almost as if someone handed me a script before I just watched the rerun. How many times must I say this - if it's not his rubbish keeping then it's his pathetic captaincy. Brendan Taylor!! Why on earth do you pull Utseya out after his first over, and why didn't you bowl Mushangwe at 1st change since you went in with a spinners up front policy to mimic BD. Clearly you swiftly and unilaterally changed the team game plan from the middle. Hope Mangongo gave you a major ticking off!

Both Williams & Waller in the same XI for a T20I again! Considering we're that desperate, why not make them open like the old trio of Dravid, Sachin & Ricky? That way their predictable failures are more than compensated by able T20 batsmen to follow (Raza, Hami, Vusi, Taylor)!

Someone needs to tell Panyangara that less expensive overs are expected in your earlier spell not later when it's least expected. As for Shingi, what nonsense was that? Mpofu, Mupariwa where art thou?

Posted by The_Ashes on (May 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Shakib is starting to pick up form with bat and ball again. Can't wait to see him play for Leicestershire soon.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (May 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Finally something to cheer about for BD fans. Mushfiqur ended his final assignment for now in a win. Hope he will be back as the skipper again.

Shakib performed well after Mushfiqur announced his resignation as the skipper. Is that a coincidence?

Anyway BD lost this whole Zim tour, where BD had high expectations of whitewashing Zim. Tests 1-1 draw, ODIs 1-2 lost and T20I 1-1 draw.

As some BD fans said, wait till Zim tours BD next year to win a series. Till then enjoy some random and rare ODI or T20I victories over Top nations. Peace out.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Overall am happy with the way Zimbabwe played in the whole series and they should up their game especially when playing against spinners.Bangladesh on the other hand did not disappoint much but rather their failed to read the conditions correctly and failed when it mattered most.Wish the best for the two teams in their upcoming series.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

This was a consolation win. Losing ODI series was a big disappointment. It seems like BD has right combination of batsman but picking wrong players for wrong format as well as wrong batting order has produced inconsistent results.

BD should go with following batsman in a ODI series: Tamin, Anamul, Nasir, Shakib, Mushy, Mominul, Shamsur/Mahmud. Anamul & Mominul should be always in the lineup whenever BD plays ODI. Even though Shamsur is a top order batsman but there is no room in the top so I would plug him or Mahmud at number 7 position.

Nasir can not play finisher role. There is nothing to finish if you haven't built anything. Nasir should play at number 3 position to build the innings followed by Shakib. I think Ashraful should play Test & T20 and take a break from ODI. But I don't think Asraful is the reason BD lost ODI series to Zim as none of the BD players performed. Picking 1/2 wrong players and also incorrect batting order are the main reasons for defeat.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Bangladesh really needed Ashrafull in t20 format .Zia and Shohag gazi have to listen batting .they are both well in balling . Mominul should have to learn be confident about his batting and balling otherwise he will dropped!!!Razzaq have to play 6th or 7th position and have to learn batting also.Robiul is well in Test.He should learn in swing ,bounce,yourker,slow ball and out swing to come on ODI and t20.Musfiq is well today in good captaincy after mahmudulla and william's argument.Good luck BD

Posted by grahaam on (May 12, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Its T20, so has little bearing on the fortunes of these two weak international sides ...Real cricket will will keep the doubters doubting, that they have the requirements to keep the top tier status , or will some secondary system be adopted to see which teams are fit to play Test cricket with the other nations ,. It could become more certain after the future series Zimbabwe have this year, as to whether it is viable for them to play at Test level. If they can only play competitively at home , and, against Bangladesh but not further, something needs to change in international cricket to allow the Dutch , Irish and other rising nations to have their chance to shine at the top level.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (May 12, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

BCB should report to ICC about the poor, actually very bad umpiring in this series. This is not accepted in International Matches like these.What hasn't happened? 5-ball overs,edges given not out,given out not-edges,ball missing stumps given out,ball hitting middle stump not give.

DISAPPOINTED!!

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (May 12, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Points for BD management - place the players where they are suited: Mominul & Mahmadullah- test + ODI. Ashraful - just T20!!! And bring on Taskin - want to see him bowling for the national team!

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (May 12, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Happy with the result but disspointed with overall scenario! BD won by 34 runs here, and lost by 6 runs in the first match when it was theirs for the taking.. anyone remembers that ZIM hit a 6 of the last ball of their innings? BD need to evaluate these collapses... there was no need to feel pressure and take rash shots... there was no need till the last 3 when it is do or die... where ZIM excelled and I was very impressed with how Taylor maintained his calm exposure. ** Worst umpiring ever, can anyone say how many bad lbw decisions were given here? How about the 5 ball over in a match where every ball counts? Anyways average performances from both teams which show in the results. Good job BD for doing well overall - great jon Shakib, Shamsur, Mushfiq, Nasir, Abdur!!!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (May 12, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Shakib proved himself again as best cricketer of his country in all 3 formats. Wish him a good luck for IPL and County T20 season in upcoming weeks. Hope he can per4m in the same way for Kolkata & Leicestershire.

Posted by Sadequl on (May 12, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

wb Shakib & thanks to BD boys for making the T-20 leveler by finishing the tour on a high.

All in all if we can see whole series [Test, ODI & T-20], it was eventually equally posed for both sides. Yes Zim were a head in one ODI match, to take the ODI series but never the less a good show from both sides in each form's of the game.

Over all both sides were almost equal in their performances to give us joyful momentum through out the series. Though BD couldn't do as it was expected [could be an over expectation] from them but yet it wasn't too bad either & on other hand Zim also showed their progress in the game a lot too. For sure both teams still have a lot to do & a long way to go in the game.

Hope both boards would think more seriously from now on to have similar tours for frequent basis for their own benefit & if top cricketing teams don't want to participate with them, then surely it would be very handy for these teams to raise their progress parameter on high by making such.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

You simply can't win with 11 player against 13!! Those umpire looked like school cricket reserved umpire!! How cloud they give the out of mushfiq when they were acting like nothing happened to the Williams and Sw Masakadza lbw!! What a shame..Where is ICC? Are they sleeping or what??Umpiring in this series will always be disgrace for cricket.To be mentioned,I've never seen a 5 ball over!! Still somehow BD managed to win this game.Congrats to them. I really missed Simon and Aleem Dar in this series!!

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (May 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Once again Bangladesh proves how good they are at losing grip of a great start. They were at 86 for 1 in 9 overs and in the blink of an eye, they found themselves at 115 for 5 by playing too many loose shots.BD should have scored atleast 190.Anyway, once again poor umpiring was at it's best. The decision of giving mushfiq LBW out was too poor as the middle stump was clearly visible from the non striker end.In contrast two lbw appeals by BD against Zim batsmen were turned down straight away. Moreover, Umpire called an over during BD batting innings that consisted of 5 deliveries.! BD has become the ultimate victim of this. Now will icc be able to make time to look into this? Or icc will remain silent untill big ones fall victim to this ?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

On a different note does ICC have a policy to review what umpires have done in this series? They should review every decision made.Shocking error rate. They should also have standards on how many times replays should be shown of lbws and decisions.Those of you saw the series should know by now what I am taking about.I do not even want to go to the level of commentary we had..unfortunately totally biased.

Posted by KingAjmal on (May 12, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Not 1 lbw decision given to Bangladesh when it looked clear plum, terrible umpiring in the whole series I must say. I think Ashraful should play only T20s for Bangladesh but no more Tests and ODIs because he keeps failing everytime. Mahmudullah is definitely not a T20 player (bad stats) and should focus on the longer forms. Shame Bangladesh do not play much T20 Cricket otherwise Shakib would've been ranked in the top 3 in that form.

Posted by Energetic. on (May 12, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Good win and excellent performance with bat and ball from Shakib and well deserved man of match and series but Bangladesh was simply average in this whole tour series and is unacceptable. Now a good time for them to take a good long break and players and management to think about a lot of things on how to come back better. Umpiring in this whole series has been one of the worst I have ever seen, far too many errors.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 12, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

This is the first time I witnessed a 5-ball over.Bangladesh has a tendency to judge one's T20 form on the basis of test form, test form on the basis of ODI form, come out of it and evaluate the last innings a batsman played in particular format.

Posted by Fogu on (May 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

A good win for BD. Let's stop talking about Ashraful. He needs to be out of National team until he learns to bat responsibly. Everyone agrees he is talented but everyone also agrees that he is not reliable. We need reliable players. Mominul is reliable so far. He is inexperienced but has the temperament. He should be regular in Tests and ODIs. Regarding Batting: Tamim, Mushy, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah should be regulars in all three formats. We need to find a solid opening partner for Tamim and a 1down batsman. This series will be known for atrocious umpiring. ICC is doing disservice to BD and ZIM with these umpires. Even though ZIM were a poor host (only off field issues), the games were played in good spirit and looking forward to ZIM tour to BD. These two teams are more evenly matched with a slight edge to BD. We will know better once ZIM tours BD.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

atrocious, simply atrocious umpiring.

Posted by miltonabdh on (May 12, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Poor team selection! Ashraful was dropped for his poor performance in ODI series though he had a quickfire 41 off 27 balls in the last T20I against Sri Lanka and we all know his big hitting ability. Ashraful's rash temperament is rather suitable for T20 cricket. Mahmudullah and Mominul are not that big hitters, yet preferred over Ashraful. Bangladesh should stop playing with Ashraful. He is an amazingly talented player but horribly inconsistent. Ashraful has his own faults; but better management could make the best out of him. Do not crush his confidence by making him scapegoat when the other players fail, too.

Posted by BARFI on (May 12, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Umpire now giving 5 balls and over to ZIM. There should be an written complain against those umpires. They are unfit for Intl events and favoring ZIM

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