Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Bulawayo May 12, 2013

Taylor satisfied with Zimbabwe's gains from series


Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said his side's failure to start well with the bat and ball had cost them the second Twenty20 against Bangladesh. The hosts went down by 34 runs mainly due to the partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, and later due to the loss of two wickets during their innings in the batting Powerplay.

"They got off the mark quicker than us today," Taylor said. "They approached their batting better than us and bowled better in the first six overs. They were going at tens, we were going at sevens."

Zimbabwe had pulled off a close win in the first Twenty20 on Saturday, but were missing the same enthusiasm in the second and final game. Shakib and Tamim added 82 for the second wicket, and though Zimbabwe fought back with the ball, they batted in fits and starts during the chase and ended up losing by a big margin.

"I don't think we were relaxed. I think we didn't execute as well as we had done on Saturday [in the first Twenty20]," Taylor said. "They scored quite freely as we couldn't put the ball in the right areas. We pulled it back nicely towards the end, and we thought that 169 was very gettable. Unfortunately, we lost crucial wickets at the wrong time."

Taylor was pleased with his side's performance against Bangladesh in the Tests as well as the limited-overs games. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by a whopping 335 runs in the first Test and later went on to win the ODIs after losing the first game of the three-match series.

"We are very pleased with how the ODI series went. Our record in Bulawayo against Bangladesh isn't good, so we can take a lot of confidence out of that. We can also hold our heads high for drawing the T20 series.

"Our players were very hungry in this series and we needed to put up our best performance after the West Indies tour. We were determined to do well at home, where we have had good results in the past."

One of the positive outcomes for Zimbabwe was the manner in which they kept Bangladesh in check. "I think Bangladesh will be pretty disappointed, I don't think they played their best cricket," Taylor said. "We saw Shakib come good in the last game. The likes of Tamim and Mushfiqur would be pretty disappointed. They're quality players, so I am sure they'd bounce back stronger. We knew we were going to go up against a confident Bangladesh side that did well against Sri Lanka. We executed our plans really well."

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

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  • ZCF on May 14, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Post match interviews of a cricketer, or captain for that matter, are a pointless exercise. Regurgitation of the same drivel! Naturally commentators(former players) suffer from the same emptiness on air- "I thought they were ten runs short", as if that's ever significant enough to make a difference.

    So much said in the quotations but nothing pointed to be found therein, still an entire headlined article was conjured up. It's brevity gives this fact away, not to mention limited narrations. One stands a better chance at succeeding in a Masterchef Elimination contest to make a dessert out of salt&garlic than to sieve out the gist of Taylor's remarks!

    True, the umpires had their blunders, but that's nothing more than the fact that they couldn't care less about the two wooden spoon contenders. The endemic Zim dropping catches syndrome, unfailingly reared its ugly head throughout the series. However, some of the BD plays at different junctures were suspiciously more than merely amateurish!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Well at least Zim showed some fight and it's good to see players coming into their own. Not happy with the loss on Sunday but overall, a much better performance against a highly vaunted side.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    my squad pick would be like this ...lets see how many people agree

    1.Hamilton 2.sibanda 3.Taylor(capt) 4.williams 5.waller 6.coventry(wk) 7.chigumbura 8.cremer 9.jarvis 10.mpofu 11.vitori

    subsities would be 1.raza 2.craig ervine 3.glen querl 4.utesya 5.masakadza.s

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    "I think Bangladesh will be pretty disappointed, I don't think they played their best cricket" even Taylor accepted that somehow Bangladesh could not played their A game ! BCB is trying to find out the problems and hope they find out quickly sooner than later.

  • Thejus on May 13, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Few observations on Team Zimbabwe during Bangladesh series +rotating strike +taking single against spin not foolish to attempt big shots +tail end batsmen have shown their worth +good understanding between Taylor and Hamilton +senior batsmen=Sibanda,Taylor,Hamilton in form +opening=Sibanda in form,Mawoyo return would make it stable +middle order talent=Williams,Waller,Erwine +allrouder hopes=Chigumbura,Cremer,Meth +pace bowling=Jarvis,Vittori,S.Mazakadsa,Panyangara,Chatara[Senior bowler Mpofu will be back] +spin=Cremer[can be expensive at times],Utseya[good] +lot of talent in pace bowling but still needs mentoring +try playing spin with the turn (hit 6) -team lack a good spinner -fielding standards can be improved (esp in Tests) -use a psychologist to put some confidence in Zim players -need to find a good wicket-keeper/batsman to support Taylor -should not get obsessive with sweep shot against spin,try playing it with the turn

  • Shuzi on May 12, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    @Taurai Mapuranga, we sympathize with the recent plight of Zimbabwe people and are happy that things are getting better. However, a visiting team should expect better hotels, access to good practice facility, etc. Zimbabweans should demand of their cricket board that this not be repeated in the future. I probably don't have to bring up umpiring. Even the Zimbabwean commentators were embarrassed at some of the decisions!

  • Monjur on May 12, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    @Taurai Mapuranga: No doubt ZIM will do that in near future and I would love seeing this mate! But I also believe that supplying petrol mixed water in the hotel rooms (imagine petrol perfume after shower or to freshen you up in the morning and then concentrate performing your natural game in the field!) where BD players were in, is not a good sign of hospitality. Again, pouring water in the practice pitch after ZIM practice session and before BD practice session is not an appreciable matter?! Moreover, asking the guest team to pay for practice facility at a high rate is not again an amusing thing. Yes, all these and much more 'Friendly' issues were daily issues for BD team during this tour mate! May be, BD and some other teams will not be interested for a tour in ZIM if these continues, let alone a very wishful 'Ashes'!

  • Shoaib on May 12, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @Taurai: At least Bangladesh 'competed' IN Zimbabwe. I doubt the same thing can be said if Zimbabwe were to play in Bangladesh where 9/10 your team would get beaten in fact, Zimbabwe last 2 away tours to New Zealand and West Indies were miserable. Before that away tour to New Zealand, you competed well with them at home but failed to them away afterwards and that's exactly the same with Bangladesh. Good thing is that your team will be touring Bangladesh next year so let's hope your team can prove us wrong.

  • Shabbir on May 12, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    @Taurai Mapuranga you wrote:

    "So be guaranteed that even if you are ranked number 1 and Zimbabwe 10, Zimbabwe will always beat you somehow !"

    If most of the poor umpiring decision go your way you will win a lot more than you should! Don;t deny it and be honest with yourself, ZIM played very well in some instances but failed in many other departments. The Test was a DRAW, the ODI was 2-1 WIN to ZIM and the T20s was a DRAW, and this was with home advantage and dodgy umpire decisions. Brendan Taylor can say what he likes and so can you but these are the facts.

  • siddhartha on May 12, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Good to see Zimbabwean cricket progressing.They really got 2 solid natsmen in middle order in Taylor and Williams now. Hopefully Ervine joins them back soon.Waller is another exciting player. Sikander Raza was impressive in two t20s.Hopefully we will see more of him.In bowling Jarvis looks good,probably the best after Steak for Zimbabwe.Meth also looked good in tests.However Zimbabwe still needs two good openers and a good keeper batsman. Probably Taylor should start keeping in tests too to give their batting more depth.They also needs a good spinner.Creamer is improving but he is often way too costly.

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