Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh

Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)

Tamim and Ashraful are all set. Kyle Jarvis is ready to go too. Two slips in place against Tamim.


Pitch report says that apart from some early help available for the bowlers, it is going to be a flat, high-scoring surface. It is the same pitch that was used for the first ODI. Anyway, the teams are in the middle already.

8.30 am: Zimbabwe have won the toss and as expected, they will field first.. Vitori comes in for S Masakadza, and in Bangladesh, Jahurul comes in for Mominul.

Not much of a crowd at the Queens sports club, today being a weekday, but let's hope those empty stands fill up later in the day.

8.15 am: Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe.. That is the sequence of winners in this tour. Almost a month has gone by and both teams have remained neck to neck, all deadlocked, as Mohammad Isam wrote in the preview. Someone is going to finally come out as a winner in the series. Isam thinks Zimbabwe are slightly ahead, I think Bangladesh have an extra gear which they haven't used in this tour and today might be a good time. To make the wait more exciting, I am going to focus on this.

Also, today is the birthday of a cinema legend and designer Saul Bass (Google reminds us), the man behind some of the most memorable title sequences. Remember this anyone?

Shaf: "You know dooms day is not too far when you see IPL games preview is on the headline and an international games is on "More News" section even when you select "global"." ----- Point well noted Shaf, it's being reordered now.

Ron: "Shame on you for not covering the series so far Dev! (don't care what your excuse is). Anyway, good to see the lucky charm back in commentating. Bangla win is guaranteed now for sure :D!" --- Ron, don't blame me. Blame the IPL, the reason for all ills in the world.

0.1

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, bowls a length ball on the middle stump, the batsman defends it off the front foot

0.2

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball just outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it towards cover

0.3

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it back down the pitch towards mid-off and calls for a quick single

0.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, short and wide, Ashraful doesn't waste any time, he cracks it over point

0.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, he gets one to jag back in from a short of length, the batsman dabs it towards second slip

0.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, this one leaves the batsman after pitching on a length and Ash goes fishing, is lucky not to edge that one

End of over 1 (5 runs) Bangladesh 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (3b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-5-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (3b)     

Mehedi: "It's a good strategy of Zimbabwe think-tank to pick up Vitori for this series decider as it may be considered as a mind game as well. Remember Tamim's comment about Vitori during Bangladesh's last visit to Zimbabwe?" --- Here is Vitori..To Tamim

1.1

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a full-toss outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it straight to cover

1.2

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls it on a fuller length from wide of the crease and it swings away, the batsman leaves it alone

1.3

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, bowls this one wide outside off and it swings further away, the keeper dives to gather it in front of first slip

Mike Dube: "I think its high time Zim should change and experiment batting first , coz Mr Taylor will not always win tosses. We need to bat first without any form of pressure"

1.3

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, bowls it on the stumps from wide of the crease, Tamim comes forward and just times it through midwicket

1.4

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, is that bat or pad first! Loud appeal for lbw, but that pitched outside off, hit the pad outside off, unnecessary appealing

1.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls it back of length around off stump, the batsman comes forward and tucks it to square leg

1.6

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another length ball outside off, the batsman defends it to cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) Bangladesh 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
Tamim Iqbal    3* (9b)      BV Vitori    1-0-3-0
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (3b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-5-0

2.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, this one jags back a long way from around off stump, hits the batsman on the thigh pad as he gets surprised by the movement

Just one slip in place

2.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler

2.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, he shuffles across and tucks the length delivery towards wide mid-on for a single

Orko: "@Mike Dube: budding teams usually prefer to always bat first... so the fact that Zim is bowling first actually means they are playing to their strengths and trying to make use of the conditions.. I am not sure why that's a bad thing!"

2.4

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of length delivery around off, Tamim defends it towards cover off the front foot

2.5

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, more solid front foot defence by Tamim, he plays it towards cover

Andrew: "Win the toss and bat first is a winter strategy in Zimbabwe since it seems to get easier to bat after lunch. In the series in 2010 (SL, India and Zim) it was almost predictable that whoever won the toss would win the match. But it does not always work, as ZIm found out last week."

2.6

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, enough is enough Tamim says, from nowhere, he comes out charging down the pitch and smashes that over long on, absolutely kills that one, into the stands

End of over 3 (7 runs) Bangladesh 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
Tamim Iqbal    9* (12b 1x6)      KM Jarvis    2-0-12-0
Mohammad Ashraful    5* (6b 1x4)      BV Vitori    1-0-3-0

3.1

Vitori to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, oh that is all over for Ash! caught at gully! It was the first ball that Ash faced from Vitor, it bounced extra from a short of length and surprised the batsman, who awkwardly fended at that one. The ball caught the shoulder of the bat and lobbed gently towards the gully fielder

Mohammad Ashraful c Sibanda b Vitori 5 (13m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Bang_La: "That's Ash, having International (c) to get out during most crucial time of a play. ZIM bowlers are simply fabulous!!"

Jahurul is in early

3.2

Vitori to Jahurul Islam, OUT, he is knocked him over with a corker! That is not what you want first ball as a batsman! It was full, swinging in to the batsman and the batsman was too slow to cover it, it takes the middle stump out of the ground.

Jahurul Islam b Vitori 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vitori is on a hat-trick

SarfBD: "A series decider is not the best time to experiment."

Mush comes in to face the hat-trick ball

3.3

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, a good delivery, full and swinging down the leg side, it catches the pads on its way to the keeper, excites everyone.. That was a really good ball though

3.4

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, another one swinging down the pads, the batsman flicks it to fine leg for a single

3.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps from wide of the crease, the batsman dabs it towards mid on and calls for a quick single

3.6

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, another good delivery! pitches on middle, swings in to the batsman, Mush is lucky to get an inside edge on to it towards square leg

Vanesh: "Any camera shot of Taylor yet either licking his lips or having a massive grin on his face?" --- No camera shots, but all I can hear are over excited commentators

End of over 4 (3 runs) Bangladesh 18/2 (RR: 4.50)
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (3b)      BV Vitori    2-0-6-2
Tamim Iqbal    10* (13b 1x6)      KM Jarvis    2-0-12-0

4.1

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, length delivery honing on to the off stump, the batsman comes right behind it in defence

4.2

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, Mush stays in the crease and whips it through midwicket for a single

4.3

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a loose drive to a full delivery outside off, the batsman gets beaten by the angle on that

4.4

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, what a drop at mid-on! Chigumbura it is! Oh no, that is one of the worst drops I have seen. Tamim tried to pull a shortish delivery, but was in no control, he got a top edge that went straight to the fielder

4.5

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he bowls a fuller length on the stumps, the batsman tries to whip it to the leg side, but misses and gets hit on the pads, survives the appeal as it was heading down the leg side

4.6

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, another shout, this time for caught behind! But this is off the pad

End of over 5 (2 runs) Bangladesh 20/2 (RR: 4.00)
Mushfiqur Rahim    3* (7b)      KM Jarvis    3-0-14-0
Tamim Iqbal    11* (15b 1x6)      BV Vitori    2-0-6-2

Jambe: "The only problem with Vitori's bowling in the fourth over is that we will start asking the "What if...?" questions. Like what if Vitori had bowled in the first ODI? What if...?"

5.1

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a short of length delivery that jags back into the batsman and hits him on the thigh pad

5.2

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, fuller delivery on off stump, swings away and takes the outside edge past a diving second slip fielder

5.3

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman sways away from the line and lets it go

5.4

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of length delivery around off stump, Tamim stays in the crease and defends it

5.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, tries too hard, but bowls this one down the leg side

5.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beautiful delivery! he bowls it from wide of the crease, it comes in with the angle and then leaves the batsman late, beats the batsman's forward prod

5.6

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls it full and swinging, wide outside off, the batsman lets it go through

End of over 6 (5 runs) Bangladesh 25/2 (RR: 4.16)
Tamim Iqbal    15* (21b 1x4 1x6)      BV Vitori    3-0-11-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    3* (7b)      KM Jarvis    3-0-14-0

6.1

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, fuller length delivery in the channel, the batsman comes forward and steers it to third man

6.2

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery around off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

6.3

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, beautiful cover drive! It was full outside off and Tamim is not going to miss those ones, he drives it through wide mid off all along the ground

6.4

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he comes forward and drives the length ball straight to cover

6.5

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, back of length delivery angling away, the batsman stays on the back foot and opens the face to run it down to third man

6.6

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, the batsman tucks it to the right of square leg

MC Clap Your Hands: "Wonder if Zimbabwe needs to hire a specialist catching coach...there can be no excuses for Chigambura to miss that catch!"

End of over 7 (7 runs) Bangladesh 32/2 (RR: 4.57)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (9b)      KM Jarvis    4-0-21-0
Tamim Iqbal    20* (25b 2x4 1x6)      BV Vitori    3-0-11-2

7.1

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, bowls it wide outside off, keeps going away from the right hander, it's an easy call for wide for the umpire

7.1

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, better delivery, it's on a length just outside off, not much swing. Mush comes forward and defends it to off

7.2

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, Mush allows the ball to come to him and runs it down to fine leg

7.3

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another short of length delivery, the batsman gets up on his toes and nudges it to square leg

7.4

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a good short delivery on the body, the batsman belatedly decides to get out of the way

James: "umm, what is going on over there!? And I don't mean in the middle, but in the commentary box. What are they talking about? I know the level of TV commentary has been below par in this series, but this is just new level of weirdness."

7.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a fuller length delivery that hits the batsman high on the front pad, loud appeal for lbw, but that was going over

7.6

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a fuller length outside off and gets it to swing away, left alone by the batsman

End of over 8 (2 runs) Bangladesh 34/2 (RR: 4.25)
Tamim Iqbal    20* (29b 2x4 1x6)      BV Vitori    4-0-13-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (11b)      KM Jarvis    4-0-21-0

8.1

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he goes full outside off stump and Mush drives it to mid-on, with a lot of wrist in his punch

8.2

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, he goes aerial to a full delivery and whacks it over mid on, it just drops short of the boundary rope

8.3

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, he bowls it wide outside off, the batsman cuts it to deep backward point. Third man gets around to cover it, but almost allows it to go through him.. Poor poor fielding, lucky not to give a boundary

8.4

Jarvis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it towards mid on for a single

dValk: "@James: They are still excited by Waller's 99* against New Zealand 2 years back."

8.5

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and defends

8.6

Jarvis to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it towards cover point

Tambu: "@MC Clap Your Hands: It's a contradiction to have Chigumbura and "there can be no excuses" in the same sentence"

End of over 9 (7 runs) Bangladesh 41/2 (RR: 4.55)
Tamim Iqbal    20* (31b 2x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    5-0-28-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    13* (15b 1x4)      BV Vitori    4-0-13-2

9.1

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he bowls it short of length and gets it to leave the right hander with the angle, the batsman lets it go through

James: "Other James, I think comms boxes get infected with strange diseases around this time of year. It's called IPLitis. Symptoms include noisy creatures runnng around shouting nonsense."

9.2

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, another delivery outside off, going away with the angle, the batsman shoulders arms

9.3

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, he tries to bring this one back, but it goes down the leg side

9.3

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of length delivery, but this is on the pads, the batsman whips it off his hips to fine leg

9.4

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a length delivery on the pads, the batsman comes forward and tickles it to square leg

ishtiaque: "Sometime I feel like they sit in a patio and discussing about their family matters."

9.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, this time Tamim is able to nudge it to the right of square leg for a single

Timmy: "@James I thought the commentary in this series has been superb and relaxed. I mean it's nice to hear cricket related chit chat in between blocks and leaves :/"

9.6

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, length delivery around off stump, the batsman stays in the crease to defend it, but inside edges it on to his boots

The Rock: "It's very important for Bangladesh to keep their wickets today and score at least 300 to have a good chance of winning this game. Razzak and Nasir should not be expected to rescue them all the time."

End of over 10 (3 runs) Bangladesh 44/2 (RR: 4.40)
Mushfiqur Rahim    14* (19b 1x4)      BV Vitori    5-0-16-2
Tamim Iqbal    21* (33b 2x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    5-0-28-0

Elton Chigumbura comes in first change, no slips any more

10.1

Chigumbura to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls it with the angle and beats the batsman as he comes forward to defend

10.2

Chigumbura to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep cover

10.3

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, bowls it full and from wide of the crease, the batsman flicks it and takes off for a single, the fielder at midwicket dives and stops the ball, aims for the striker's end and misses, Mush would have been gone there..

10.4

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he shuffles across the stumps and guides the length delivery outside off straight to gully, good stop by the fielder again

10.5

Chigumbura to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, another full delivery from wide of the crease, the batsman punches it to long on for a single

Slip in place for the left hander. Chigumbura pulls out in his run up, seems like there is some problem as he is asking for the physio. He is walking off the field. I am not sure what the problem is..Masakadza will have to complete the over

10.6

Masakadza to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls it full on the middle stump, the batsman nudges it to backward square leg

Orko: "Jeremy Fredericks and his sudden yelling, is capable of causing heart attacks over forward defenses to length balls... let alone dropped catches..."

End of over 11 (2 runs) Bangladesh 46/2 (RR: 4.18)
Tamim Iqbal    22* (36b 2x4 1x6)      H Masakadza    0.1-0-0-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    15* (22b 1x4)      BV Vitori    5-0-16-2

11.1

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, he bowls a short of length delivery that is down the leg side, another wide for Vitori. He is almost bowling one every over

He bowls a normal length delivery, but Tamim, at non-striker's, was not ready. The ball has been called dead

11.1

Vitori to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, length delivery swinging in a touch around the leg stump, the batsman tickles it down to fine leg

11.2

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, a good slide at third man saves the boundary! The batsman had just opened the face of the bat to guide it fine

11.3

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends

11.4

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman sways away from the line of the ball and lets it go through

11.5

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a fuller delivery on the off stump, Tamim tries to flick it to the leg side but gets a leading edge to off

11.6

Vitori to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman misses out as he is not able to get any bat on it

End of over 12 (4 runs) Bangladesh 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
Tamim Iqbal    24* (41b 2x4 1x6)      BV Vitori    6-0-20-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    16* (23b 1x4)      H Masakadza    0.1-0-0-0

Prosper Utseya is here

12.1

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, bowls it flat outside off, gets it to turn it a touch, the batsman goes back and punches it to deep cover

Round the wicket

12.2

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, tosses it up, but this is down the leg side

12.2

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, he stays back and punches the flatter delivery down the ground to long off

12.3

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, slower and flighted outside off, the batsman again goes right back and pushes it towards deep cover

12.4

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he stays in the crease and punches it to extra cover

12.5

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, the batsman comes forward to a flighted delivery and defends

12.6

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, on the pads and he stays on the back foot and works it away towards backward square leg

End of over 13 (5 runs) Bangladesh 55/2 (RR: 4.23)
Tamim Iqbal    26* (45b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    1-0-5-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    18* (25b 1x4)      BV Vitori    6-0-20-2

Another change, now it's Chatara

13.1

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, bowls short of length delivery that pitches on the leg stump and hits the batsman on the thigh pad as he misses a flick

13.2

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, good quick delivery on the middle stump, the batsman stays in the crease and arches back as he tries to steer it to the off side, gets surprised by the pace and plays it straight to point

13.3

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angled away at pace, the batsman lets it go through

13.4

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to the right of square leg for a single

13.5

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he comes forward and defends the length delivery to cover

13.6

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he bowls a fuller delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the front foot

End of over 14 (1 run) Bangladesh 56/2 (RR: 4.00)
Mushfiqur Rahim    18* (27b 1x4)      TL Chatara    1-0-1-0
Tamim Iqbal    27* (49b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    1-0-5-0

14.1

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, he comes forward and works the fuller delivery away towards midwicket for a single

14.2

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he goes back to a low trajectory delivery and punches it to midwikcet

14.3

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, another tight delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

14.4

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, tries to cut it late on the off side, but hits it straight to backward point

14.5

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, this time he beats the man at backward point, takes a couple

14.6

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, chooses the slog sweep immediately as he sees the ball is tossed up, but there is a man at deep midwicket

End of over 15 (4 runs) Bangladesh 60/2 (RR: 4.00)
Mushfiqur Rahim    21* (32b 1x4)      P Utseya    2-0-9-0
Tamim Iqbal    28* (50b 2x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    1-0-1-0

15.1

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he bowls a length delivery on off, the batsman gets squared up in his defence as he plays it towards off

15.2

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, he bowls a length delivery down the leg side and Mush takes full advantage, flicks it in the air but in the gap at deep backward square leg

15.3

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, he goes to cut a wide delivery but is beaten as the ball moves away

15.4

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of length delivery outside off, squares up the batsman in his defence

15.5

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, tests the batsman with a very wide delivery, but it's beyond the wide marker.. Another wide

15.5

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, angles it in from wide of the crease, the batsman defends it towards the off side

15.6

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX, he is lucky that the top edge as gone over the keeper's head for a six, but that was an atrocious shot! Length delivery wide outside off and Mush tried to pull it to .. somewhere..Bad choice

Maybe he just wanted to finish the session on a high. It's time for drinks. Vitori made an explosive comeback to the side with two wickets in two balls, but since then, Bangladesh have been making solid progress.

Muvati: "What's the update with Elton's injury? Is it serious - he might be the difference between these 2 sides 2day...." --- No updates yet, but we will try and find out

tambu: "You can almost always be sure that 2.5 batsmen in the Zim top order will fail. And seeing as the genuine batsmen end with Waller (I'm not discounting Chigumbura because he's seemingly injured), is it correct to say that we only have 3.5 batsmen today. With Meth or Shingi, I might have said we had 4." ---- 3.5 is an underestimation Tambu.. I would say it's 3.63

End of over 16 (11 runs) Bangladesh 71/2 (RR: 4.43)
Mushfiqur Rahim    31* (38b 2x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    2-0-12-0
Tamim Iqbal    28* (50b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    2-0-9-0

16.1

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and flighted on the leg stump, the batsman nudges it to short fine

16.2

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the back foot

16.3

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, he tries to whip a full delivery to the leg side, but gets a leading edge to cover. They take a tight single, but an overthrow results in an extra run

16.4

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it off the front foot

16.5

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another loopy delivery, this time outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover

16.6

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, flatter delivery on the stumps, the batsman tickles it fine on the leg side for a quick single

End of over 17 (3 runs) Bangladesh 74/2 (RR: 4.35)
Tamim Iqbal    31* (56b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-12-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    31* (38b 2x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    2-0-12-0

17.1

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, the batsman charges down the pitch and the bowler responds it by bowling it wide, but it's too wide this time

17.1

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he bowls a short of length quick delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it awkwardly towards point

17.2

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, he waits on the back foot to this short of length delivery and punches it stylishly to deep extra cover

17.3

Chatara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, length delivery angling in from wide of crease, the batsman drops it towards mid on and calls for a quick single

17.4

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery around off stump, the batsman defends it solidly to the off side

17.5

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover off the front foot

17.6

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, slightly short of length, the batsman punches it forcefully off the front foot, but straight to cover

Piash: "BD batsmen are batting as if they are facing Australian or South African bowlers!" ---- The bowling is good, the batsmen are taking their time, I think they are doing just fine..

End of over 18 (3 runs) Bangladesh 77/2 (RR: 4.27)
Tamim Iqbal    32* (61b 2x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    3-0-15-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    32* (39b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-12-0

18.1

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman pushes it back to the right of the bowler

18.2

Utseya to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! Super catch in the deep by Chatara, almost makes up for that earlier drop by Chigumbura! It was tossed up outside off and Mush went for a slog sweep, got a lot of bat on that and it looked like it was heading for the boundary, but the fielder came charging towards it, slid and took the catch low to his left

Mushfiqur Rahim c Chatara b Utseya 32 (68m 41b 2x4 1x6) SR: 78.04

18.3

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and flighted delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to cover tentatively

18.4

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another tossed up delivery, the batsman defends it off the front foot

18.5

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he comes forward and pushes the length delivery to cover

18.6

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, more front foot defence by Tamim

Talking of Chigumbura, here is what Nick has to say --: "watch out for an injured Chigumbura with the bat, he always seems to bat well when he is in some sort of pain"

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 77/3 (RR: 4.05)
Tamim Iqbal    32* (65b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-1-12-1
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (0b)      TL Chatara    3-0-15-0

19.1

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he bowls a fuller delivery on the off side and the batsman drives it straight to cover

19.2

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, the batsman comes forward and defends it to the off side

19.3

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he pulls the length back a touch, the batsman defends it from the crease

19.4

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of length delivery around off stump, the batsman is a little late in his defence, he gets an inside edge that goes past the stumps

19.5

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, full and wide delivery, Shakib prods forward and punches it over the infield, to the extra cover boundary

19.6

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 leg bye, short delivery on the body, the batsman swivels to pulls it down to fine leg

End of over 20 (5 runs) Bangladesh 82/3 (RR: 4.10)
Shakib Al Hasan    4* (6b 1x4)      TL Chatara    4-0-19-0
Tamim Iqbal    32* (65b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-1-12-1

20.1

Utseya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tossed up, slow in the air, draws the batsman forward, then turns past the outside edge

20.2

Utseya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slightly short this time, allows the batsman to go back and punch it towards cover

20.3

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery solidly

20.4

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this was a quicker one, the batsman tried to turn it to leg, but gets a leading edge back to the bowler

20.5

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on the pads, the batsman flicks it straight to square leg

20.6

Utseya to Tamim Iqbal, no run, slower this time, the batsman comes forward and defends

End of over 21 (1 run) Bangladesh 83/3 (RR: 3.95)
Tamim Iqbal    32* (69b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    5-1-13-1
Shakib Al Hasan    5* (8b 1x4)      TL Chatara    4-0-19-0

21.1

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, the batsman waits in the crease and works it away towards square leg for a single

dValk: "I think Tamim is playing to show he has the technique and temperament to play TEST cricket, I hope he proves me wrong in the later part."

21.2

Chatara to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, caught by the keeper! One-handed catch by Taylor diving low to his right ends Tamim's vigil. The batsman had charged out to play his favourite hoick over leg side, he got a bottom edge to that one and that was dying on to the keeper, who dives to his right to get his gloves under it just in the nick of time

Tamim Iqbal c †Taylor b Chatara 32 (94m 70b 2x4 1x6) SR: 45.71

Nasir Hossain walks in.. Someone talked about these two earlier.. They have to bail out the team again

21.3

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, no run, he bowls it full on the off stump, the batsman pushes it towards mid off

21.4

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot and punches it to the right of point fielder for a quick single

21.5

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of length delivery on the body, Shakib goes for a pull, but bottom edges it to his thigh pad

Bazinga_BD: "Bangladesh on the verge of another series loss against zimbabwe and SIR ALEX retires? surely the saddest day of my life."

21.6

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, short of length again, but this is wide outside off and the batsman whacks it over point for a boundary

Omar: "That was a rotten innings by Tamim. It was slow, meandering and pointless."

End of over 22 (6 runs) Bangladesh 89/4 (RR: 4.04)
Shakib Al Hasan    10* (11b 2x4)      TL Chatara    5-0-25-1
Nasir Hossain    1* (2b)      P Utseya    5-1-13-1

22.1

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, he allows the ball to turn and nudges it fine on the leg side for a couple

22.2

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and nudges the length delivery to square leg for a single

22.3

Utseya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman pushes it past the left of point for a single

22.4

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, no run, full delivery on the stumps, the batsman flicks it to short fine

22.5

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, no run, shorter delivery around off stumps, the batsman opens the face, but plays it straight to backward point

22.6

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, no run, tossed up delivery, turns into the batsman as he defends

The Rock: "Bangladesh's recent history shows they will win this game. They have a record of success when they are under pressure in an ODI series.Just look how well they did and beat West Indies to win the ODI series when the series was 2-2 last year and then leveled the series against Sri Lanka recently after losing the first game."

End of over 23 (4 runs) Bangladesh 93/4 (RR: 4.04)
Nasir Hossain    4* (7b)      P Utseya    6-1-17-1
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (12b 2x4)      TL Chatara    5-0-25-1

23.1

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he gets the ball to cut back in to Shakib, the batsman was looking to play a cut but gets surprised as it moves into him

23.2

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he comes forward to a length delivery outside off and forcefully drives it, straight to extra cover

23.3

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, this one is on the pads and the batsman easily glides this fine on the leg side for a single

Mohammad Nizam Uddin: "Almost the same position Bangladesh were in the first & second game"

23.4

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, (no ball) 3 runs, he bowls it full on the stumps, the batsman whips it past midwicket for a triple, but he has overstepped

Free hit coming up

23.4

Chatara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he bowls length delivery outside off, the batsman wants what he gets but is not able to get hold of the shot, it drops way short of the fielder at wide long on

23.5

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it towards point

Tawfiq: "So many talks about how Aggressive batsman Tamim is.But his career strike rate is only 79.Today he played 70 balls to score only 32, minusing 38 balls from the team for only 32 runs."

23.6

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, no run, draws the batsman forward with a fuller length, but it is wide outside off and beats the bat as it just moves a touch away

End of over 24 (6 runs) Bangladesh 99/4 (RR: 4.12)
Nasir Hossain    7* (10b)      TL Chatara    6-0-31-1
Shakib Al Hasan    13* (16b 2x4)      P Utseya    6-1-17-1

Harrison Burnard: "Anyone else agree that Nasir Hossain is probably the best new batsman on the scene along with Kane Williamson?" --- First part, I agree. Second part, not so sure..

24.1

Masakadza to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he bowls a length delivery on the middle and leg line, the batsman defends it awkwardly

24.2

Masakadza to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, another length delivery on the pads, the batsman drops it towards midwicket

24.3

Masakadza to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he bowls it back of length on the stumps, the batsman works it away towards square leg

24.4

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, he bowls it full at a slower pace, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

24.5

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the stumps, the batsman flicks it fine to the leg side

24.6

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, 3 runs, bowls length wide outside off, at his pace it was easy for the batsman to cut to deep backward point. The fielder hits the stumps from the deep and the batsmen take an extra run off the ricochet

End of over 25 (6 runs) Bangladesh 105/4 (RR: 4.20)
Nasir Hossain    12* (13b)      H Masakadza    1.1-0-6-0
Shakib Al Hasan    14* (19b 2x4)      TL Chatara    6-0-31-1

Nikhil: "@Harrison: Completely agree. I'm not positive about Williamson in Tests quite yet, though."

25.1

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, he bowls a flatter delivery that turns away a touch, catches the shoulder of the bat and lobs towards cover.. Lucky that the fielder was too far

25.2

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, the batsman comes forward and drives it to long off for a single

25.3

Williams to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, flatter delivery, the batsman works it away to deep square leg with soft hands and the batsmen steal a couple

Andrew: "As soon as I saw Nasir make his debut in 2011 I knew he was something special. It was not just Keegan Meth's teeth that convinced me but he has such a calm and mature look to him."

25.4

Williams to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slower and tossed up outside off, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket for a single

25.5

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, full and on the stumps, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

25.6

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, tossed up and slower, the batsman comes forward and defends it down the pitch

James: "Any consideration of "best new batsman on the scene" has to include the likes of Pujara, Root, Bairstow, Du Plessis, Dhawan. For Australia, looks like Mitchell Starc is their best new batsman."

End of over 26 (4 runs) Bangladesh 109/4 (RR: 4.19)
Nasir Hossain    13* (17b)      SC Williams    1-0-4-0
Shakib Al Hasan    17* (21b 2x4)      H Masakadza    1.1-0-6-0

26.1

Masakadza to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he waits for the length delivery and punches it to deep cover

26.2

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it straight to cover

26.3

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, he waits on the back foot and pushes the length delivery towards point

26.4

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, tries to cut a length delivery, but it is not short enough and it beats the bat

26.5

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, gets this one to jag back from short of length, the batsman defends it awkwardly, his one hand comes off the handle

26.6

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, another tight delivery around off, the batsman defends it towards point

End of over 27 (1 run) Bangladesh 110/4 (RR: 4.07)
Nasir Hossain    13* (22b)      H Masakadza    2.1-0-7-0
Shakib Al Hasan    18* (22b 2x4)      SC Williams    1-0-4-0

27.1

Williams to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, caught at backward square leg! It was a flighted delivery around off stump and Shakib goes for big slog sweep, gets a healthy top edge that settles into the big hands of Sibanda at backward square leg! Big big wicket this one.. Bangladesh in some trouble now

Shakib Al Hasan c Sibanda b Williams 18 (31m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.26

27.2

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, full delivery on the stumps, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

27.3

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, shorter in length around off stump, the batsman pushes it to cover off the back foot

27.4

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the full delivery through cover

27.5

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he goes on the back foot and nudges the slightly short delivery towards square leg for a quick single

27.6

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it towards midwicket

somethingcalledclass:: "i will take kane williamson any day over nassir hussain...got to see his one day hundred in south africa or his rearguard action against the saafa's last year ..the guy is class....nasir seems ok but still long way to go to be termed "best" in any way.."

End of over 28 (2 runs) Bangladesh 112/5 (RR: 4.00)
Mahmudullah    1* (4b)      SC Williams    2-0-6-1
Nasir Hossain    14* (23b)      H Masakadza    2.1-0-7-0

28.1

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run

28.2

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, length delivery, the batsman comes forward in defence

28.3

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, length delivery, around off stump, Nasir waits in the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

28.4

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, he bowls it slow, but full on the middle stump, the batsman digs it out

28.5

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, fuller delivery round about off stump, the batsman pushes it to long on for a single

28.6

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, bowls it slow and straight on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and defends

End of over 29 (1 run) Bangladesh 113/5 (RR: 3.89)
Mahmudullah    1* (5b)      H Masakadza    3.1-0-8-0
Nasir Hossain    15* (28b)      SC Williams    2-0-6-1

29.1

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, the batsman goes for a forceful drive aiming for deep midwicket, but gets an inside edge to deep backward square leg

29.2

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, gets some turn and draws an outside edge towards backward point

29.3

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, full delivery, the batsman drives it to long off for a single

29.4

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, slower this time, the batsman comes forward and defends it to cover

29.5

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the middle and leg line, the batsman drops it towards the leg side and steals a single

29.6

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run

End of over 30 (4 runs) Bangladesh 117/5 (RR: 3.90)
Mahmudullah    3* (8b)      SC Williams    3-0-10-1
Nasir Hossain    17* (31b)      H Masakadza    3.1-0-8-0

chaitanya: "Throw in Asad Shafiq,Colin Ingram and Darren Bravo into the list. Wat do u think?"

30.1

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, the batsman pushes it to long on for a single

30.2

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, he goes back to a back of length delivery, and pushes it to cover

30.3

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he stays in the crease and punches the length delivery to deep extra cover

30.4

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, he comes forward and defends the length delivery back to the bowler

30.5

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, another length delivery outside off, more front foot defence by the batsman

jazeel: "@somethingcalledclass - By your definition Rohith Sharma would be the worlds best batsman at the moment, if you only considering class and technique.. But there is another factor also to be considered in determining a batsmans performance - thats called consistency and Kane does not perform consistently, look at his average....same with ashraful"

30.6

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, slower and full outside off, the batsman drives it straight to extra cover

The last boundary came almost 10 overs ago.. Good pressure by Zimbabwe

End of over 31 (2 runs) Bangladesh 119/5 (RR: 3.83)
Mahmudullah    4* (12b)      H Masakadza    4.1-0-10-0
Nasir Hossain    18* (33b)      SC Williams    3-0-10-1

31.1

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, fired on to the pads, the batsman nudges it towards backward square leg for a single

31.2

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he stays in the crease and punches the shorter length delivery through cover

31.3

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the off stump line, the batsman drives it down to long off

31.4

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, loopy and full on off stump, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

31.5

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, flatter this time, the batsman punches it to long on off the back foot

31.6

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and pushes the length delivery to deep cover

Amrit: "I think its too premature to term Nasir as World Class. If you see the bowling attackes he has scored heavily against, they are far from the best. His true test will be SA, England and even Australia. However, nothing to take away from him... he is easily B'desh best BAT now"

End of over 32 (5 runs) Bangladesh 124/5 (RR: 3.87)
Nasir Hossain    21* (36b)      SC Williams    4-0-15-1
Mahmudullah    6* (15b)      H Masakadza    4.1-0-10-0

32.1

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, this one has been smacked to the deep midwicket boundary

32.2

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman cuts it to deep point for a single

32.3

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, slightly wide outside off, the batsman tries to cut it late but is beaten

32.4

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, no run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, the batsman tickles it to short fine leg

32.5

Masakadza to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he goes on the back foot and punches the length delivery to deep cover

32.6

Masakadza to Nasir Hossain, no run, back of length delivery around off stump, the batsman pushes it to point off the back foot

The Rock: "Nasir is Bangladesh's Michael Hussey. He is a rescuer, finisher, and averages very high. Before anyone gets really angry with me, I am not comparing Nasir's skill with Hussey just the similarities."

End of over 33 (6 runs) Bangladesh 130/5 (RR: 3.93)
Nasir Hossain    26* (39b 1x4)      H Masakadza    5.1-0-16-0
Mahmudullah    7* (18b)      SC Williams    4-0-15-1

33.1

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he nudges it to backward square leg for a quick single

33.2

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, waits for the ball to turn and turns it to the leg side, not a single though as the fielder from midwicket charges in

33.3

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, full toss down the leg side, the batsman sweeps it straight to fine leg

33.4

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman drives it straight to cover

33.5

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, waits on the back foot and punches the shorter length delivery straight to cover again

33.6

Williams to Mahmudullah, no run, tossed up on the stumps, the batsman nudges it to short fine leg

Shafiq: "This is real Bangladesh what Boycott always tries mention. The cricketers don't want learn from the mistakes. To me ZIM is far better than Bangladesh despite their limited facilities."

End of over 34 (2 runs) Bangladesh 132/5 (RR: 3.88)
Mahmudullah    8* (22b)      SC Williams    5-0-17-1
Nasir Hossain    27* (41b 1x4)      H Masakadza    5.1-0-16-0

Godwin Mamhiyo: "I really hope Zim have a plan at the death.....Nasir and Razzak could take us apart."

34.1

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, he waits on the back foot and taps it past point for a single

34.2

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman works it away to deep square leg

Update: Chigumbura pulled his right groin and will not bowl or field again they are hoping that he can bat

34.3

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman flicks it to deep backward square leg

34.4

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he moves away to make room and punches the short of length delivery firmly to deep cover

34.5

Utseya to Mahmudullah, no run, slow and flighted outside off, the batsman defends it off the front foot

34.6

Utseya to Mahmudullah, no run, he tries to paddle this delivery from the middle stump, but it hits the bat and lobs in front.. Too far from the keeper to get to through

Liam Brickhill: "I thought Zimbabwe might have missed a trick in not playing a second spinner (one of either Mushangwe or Mutombodzi) in these conditions but Williams is doing a sterling job. Perhaps he'll cement his place in the XI during this series as an allrounder."

Tim: "Zimbabwe have a surprisingly formidable home record, when you consider they beat BD last series, beat NZ in an ODI series, had a first innings test lead to Pakistan and beat SA and BD in a triangular T20 all since their reintroduction to test cricket."

John Kachere: "Goodwin; our plan is to inleash Vitori and jarvis in the final 10 overs... I am now worried about a Zim collapse during batting but the target has been contained..."

End of over 35 (5 runs) Bangladesh 137/5 (RR: 3.91)
Mahmudullah    9* (25b)      P Utseya    7-1-22-1
Nasir Hossain    31* (44b 1x4)      SC Williams    5-0-17-1

Powerplay starts now..Vitori comes back

35.1

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, (no ball) 1 run, he bowls it full outside off, the batsman drives it to deep cover, but the bowler has overstepped

Time for free-hit

35.1

Vitori to Mahmudullah, no run, he bowls a good yorker outside off, Mahmudullah fails to get a bat on that

35.2

Vitori to Mahmudullah, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman drives it to cover off the front foot

Harrison Burnard: "@Tim They didn't beat NZ in the series. They lost 2-1. That game they chased over 300 when Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor got hundreds. NZ thrashed them in every other game"

35.3

Vitori to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he bowls it full outside off, the batsman digs it out to deep point for a single

35.4

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, no run, loose shot by Nasir as he tries to cut a delivery that was too close and too full, it goes past the outside edge

35.5

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, he bowls a fuller length on the middle stump line, the batsman whips it to the big gap at deep midwicket for a couple

35.6

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, slightly back of length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it off the back foot to deep point

Al Mamun: "I think Chigumbura will not require to bat..... the game is half decided by now ... and will be fully decided at the end of Bangladesh's Innings.."

End of over 36 (6 runs) Bangladesh 143/5 (RR: 3.97)
Nasir Hossain    35* (48b 1x4)      BV Vitori    7-0-26-2
Mahmudullah    10* (28b)      P Utseya    7-1-22-1

Tim: "Of course overseas they've been flogged in every game they've played"

36.1

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, no run, tossed up delivery on the off and middle, the batsman drives it to midwicket

36.2

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he waits for the ball to turn and works it away to square leg

36.3

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 run, more of the same, the batsman tucks it to square leg for a single

36.4

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, and again, this time it is to the right of midwicket fielder

36.5

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 run, tossed up delivery, the batsman nudges it to short fine leg for a quick single

36.6

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, this is worked away to deep square leg with the turn

End of over 37 (5 runs) Bangladesh 148/5 (RR: 4.00)
Nasir Hossain    38* (52b 1x4)      P Utseya    8-1-27-1
Mahmudullah    12* (30b)      BV Vitori    7-0-26-2

Russell: "All credit goes to Ashraful and Jahirul who put Bangladesh behind in this game."

37.1

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, short of length delivery, the batsman is ready for the pull and he slaps it to deep midwicket, all along the ground

37.2

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, this time Mahmudullah tries to go for a pull off a not so short delivery, he gets cramped and gets a top edge towards the vacant square leg area

Moinul : "Bangladesh has won 7 game in last 13 game and most of this against better team like india srilanka west indies. so i dont care what Boycott says about bangladesh."

37.3

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, no run, another short of length delivery outside off, the batsman tries to guide it through slip, but it bounces a touch extra and it goes past the edge

37.4

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, no run, short of length, there is not room on that, but Nasir arches back and cuts it hard, good stop at point

37.5

Chatara to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease, it is on short of length and surprises the batsman with the bounce. Nasir drops it to the leg side and calls for a quick one

37.6

Chatara to Mahmudullah, no run, this one is too quick and the batsman was no where near the ball as he tries to pull it

Phil Bailey: "I always root for Bangledesh after England but adly this series has proved that both teams are not good enough to be in top tier of Test and one day Cricket. Perhaps two tiers of Test Cricket with NZL Ban, Zim, Ire, Afghan in second tier and playing more regular to try to improve standard. And every two years promote the best team to top tier."

End of over 38 (3 runs) Bangladesh 151/5 (RR: 3.97)
Mahmudullah    13* (32b)      TL Chatara    7-0-34-1
Nasir Hossain    40* (56b 1x4)      P Utseya    8-1-27-1

Jarvis comes back. Still two overs of Powerplay to come

38.1

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman drives it on the up without moving his feet, but straight to cover

38.2

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, short of length outside off, the batsman punches this firmly off the back foot, to deep extra cover

38.3

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, no run, the batsman stays in the crease and gets an inside edge to midwicket off a length delivery

38.4

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, FOUR, he tries a slower delivery, but the batsman spotted it, he made room by moving outside leg and slapped it over mid off for a welcome boundary

38.5

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he waits in the crease this time and chops the length delivery towards point for a quick run

Sam Edwards: "@Phil Bailey, Do you really think the Full Members will vote for a tiered structure which could get India, England or Australia relegated?"

38.6

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, no run, he goes hard on this length delivery, but hits it straight to mid off

End of over 39 (6 runs) Bangladesh 157/5 (RR: 4.02)
Nasir Hossain    41* (59b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    6-0-34-0
Mahmudullah    18* (35b 1x4)      TL Chatara    7-0-34-1

William Griffith: "@Phil: New Zealand in the 2nd tier? Ouch. I think a series draw against the number 2 test side give us some credibility. And if you had tiers for test match cricket, you'd presumably have to do the same for all forms. It seems like a hassle, and an insult."

39.1

Vitori to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of length delivery just outside off, the batsman stands tall and punches it to deep cover

39.2

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, short delivery and the batsman is a little late on his pull shot, he gets a top edge that sails over the keeper's head for a boundary

Bang_La: "@Phil Bailey: please don't be unkind. Remember Australia and India's records of playing on soft and hard pitches respectively. We need them in our upper floor as well :)"

39.3

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, back of length delivery just outside off, the batsman arches back and guides it fine to third man

39.4

Vitori to Mahmudullah, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards point and calls for a quick single

Kazi: "@Phil: Doesn't matter anyway. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe hardly play test matches. However in ODI, they are well capable of beating any side on their day."

39.5

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, short ball again, this time the batsman pulls it through wide mid on. The fielder chases it and pulls it in

Egok: "A tiered structure is way too practical for cricket's governing body. Period."

39.6

Vitori to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he bowls a slower length delivery on the pads, the batsman gets an inside edge on to his pads, but the non-striker calls for a quick single

Pavel: "Mahmudullah is a tail ender?..commentater saying on tv.. what are they on?"

End of over 40 (10 runs) Bangladesh 167/5 (RR: 4.17)
Nasir Hossain    49* (63b 2x4)      BV Vitori    8-0-36-2
Mahmudullah    20* (37b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    6-0-34-0

Only 30 runs in the Powerplay.. Utseya comes back

40.1

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, tossed up and full outside off, the batsman drives it to long off to bring up yet another fifty. Well played

40.2

Utseya to Mahmudullah, no run, tossed up and slow on the stumps, the batsman dabs it to midwicket

40.3

Utseya to Mahmudullah, FOUR, slight width outside off and the batsman cuts it through backward point for a boundary

40.4

Utseya to Mahmudullah, 1 run, on the stumps, the batsman dabs it towards backward square leg, but the fielder misfields allowing a single

40.5

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, no run, fuller delivery on the middle, the batsman drives it hard, but straight to midwicket

40.6

Utseya to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, full and flighted, the batsman pushes it to long on for a single

End of over 41 (7 runs) Bangladesh 174/5 (RR: 4.24)
Nasir Hossain    51* (66b 2x4)      P Utseya    9-1-34-1
Mahmudullah    25* (40b 2x4)      BV Vitori    8-0-36-2

41.1

Williams to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, he brings out the big shot! It was slightly slower and full and the batsman muscles it to deep midwicket boundary with a powerful slog

41.2

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, full and flighted on the middle, he drives it hard again, past the midwicket fielder, but this is along the ground and deep square leg comes around to cut it off

41.3

Williams to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, super shot! He makes room by moving outside leg and launches a full delivery over extra cover with an inside out aerial drive

sunil: "@Kazi: Magic word is "on their day". It comes seldom in a year and if it is a major tournament, it never comes."

41.4

Williams to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, bowls it on the pads, the batsman pushes it to deep midwicket with soft hands

41.5

Williams to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and chops the flatter delivery towards point for a quick single

41.6

Williams to Nasir Hossain, no run, on the pads from over the wicket, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket, but the bowler gets to the bowl quickly and prevents the single

Rueen: "That is why Mahmudullah is called Mr. dependable Nasir is always hero of Bangladesh."

End of over 42 (12 runs) Bangladesh 186/5 (RR: 4.42)
Nasir Hossain    62* (71b 4x4)      SC Williams    6-0-29-1
Mahmudullah    26* (41b 2x4)      P Utseya    9-1-34-1

42.1

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman chops it on the off side after staying on the back foot, takes a quick single

42.2

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to point

42.3

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, he tries to make room, but the bowler follows him with a short of length delivery, the batsman manages to guide it to third man

42.4

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he stands tall on his toes and cuts the short of length delivery down to third man

42.5

Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, OUT, that is the end of Nasir Hossain's brilliant innings! It was an innocuous length delivery wide outside off, the batsman didn't move his feet and tried to whack it by flaying his bat, he gets a feather to the keeper

Nasir Hossain c †Taylor b Jarvis 63 (76m 74b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.13

42.6

Jarvis to Ziaur Rahman, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman steers it to third man for a single

Nahid: "BD is current Asia cup runners up... lost in final in a narrow margin... in past two years we won ODI against New Zeland (whitewashed them), West Indies (own series), Srilanka (drawn series)... so, what are you talking about?"

End of over 43 (4 runs) Bangladesh 190/6 (RR: 4.41)
Ziaur Rahman    1* (1b)      KM Jarvis    7-0-38-1
Mahmudullah    28* (43b 2x4)      SC Williams    6-0-29-1

Moody: "The best batsman in the team Nasir should be considered to open since he does have the ability to accelerate run rate and slow down as situation demands."

43.1

Chatara to Ziaur Rahman, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman nudges it to short fine, but decides against the single. The throw comes in and hits the bat

43.2

Chatara to Ziaur Rahman, FOUR, slower delivery wide outside off, the batsman is beaten by the pace and he gets an outside edge past the keeper as he goes for a drive

43.3

Chatara to Ziaur Rahman, OUT, that is a huge hit! or so it seemed, until it descended around deep midwicket where Masakadza gobbled it up at the edge of the boundary! It was a slower ball and Ziaur had picked it, he launched it high, but didn't get the distance

Ziaur Rahman c Masakadza b Chatara 5 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

43.4

Chatara to Mahmudullah, no run, short of length delivery, the batsman whips it straight to midwicket

43.5

Chatara to Mahmudullah, no run, he waits in the crease and punches the angled delivery to midwicket

The Rock: "@Moody, If Nasir opens the batting, who would rescue Bangladesh in situation like today's?"

43.6

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he bowls a slower delivery on the pads, the batsman clips it to square leg for a single to keep strike

End of over 44 (5 runs) Bangladesh 195/7 (RR: 4.43)
Mahmudullah    29* (46b 2x4)      TL Chatara    8-0-39-2
Abdur Razzak    0* (0b)      KM Jarvis    7-0-38-1

44.1

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, full delivery just outside off, the batsman drives it to the vacant deep extra cover area to pick up a couple

Andrew: "I find it funny that the same people who always call for the 'minnows' to be relagated always ignore it when their own teams get thumped or under perform - as happens to every team."

44.2

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, he bowls a low full toss on the off and middle stump, the batsman this time flicks it in the gap at deep midwicket for yet another couple

Monzur: "@Nahid: But our record outside the subcontinent isn't so great, face it"

44.3

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, short delivery, the batsman pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

44.4

Jarvis to Abdur Razzak, 1 wide, he bowls a full delivery down the leg side, but this is a wide. It would have been a good delivery for a right hander

44.4

Jarvis to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, he bowls a good yorker this time, on the middle, the batsman digs it out and calls for a quick single

44.5

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, no run, another one full and outside off, the batsman is not able to get any bat on that

44.6

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, no run, he bowls another full delivery on the stumps, the batsman digs it out towards point this time

End of over 45 (7 runs) Bangladesh 202/7 (RR: 4.48)
Mahmudullah    34* (51b 2x4)      KM Jarvis    8-0-45-1
Abdur Razzak    1* (1b)      TL Chatara    8-0-39-2

Vitori comes back for his last spell

45.1

Vitori to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, he bowls a low full toss on off, the batsman slaps it to long on without much timing

Ben: "Ok how about this. If either England or Australia gets whitewashed 5-0 in both this years Ashes, they get their test status revoked. Seems only fair to me."

45.2

Vitori to Mahmudullah, no run, he bowls it full and wide outside off, the batsman can only dig it out to cover

45.3

Vitori to Mahmudullah, no run, be bowls a full toss on the middle and leg stump line, the batsman flicks it straight to backward square leg

Ahmar_Jami: "Monzur :- there is a huge gap between 'not so great' and exceptionally poor. Do you remember the time when Bangladesh won any ODI series outside sub-continent ?"

45.4

Vitori to Mahmudullah, FOUR, goes for another yorker, but it ends up being a half-volley that Mahmudullah creams through extra cover

45.5

Vitori to Mahmudullah, 1 run, this one is on the blockhole around off stump, the batsman jabs at it towards cover and calls for a single

45.6

Vitori to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, he bowls another yorker around off stump, the batsman blocks it out towards mid off and takes off for a quick run

End of over 46 (7 runs) Bangladesh 209/7 (RR: 4.54)
Abdur Razzak    3* (3b)      BV Vitori    9-0-43-2
Mahmudullah    39* (55b 3x4)      KM Jarvis    8-0-45-1

46.1

Jarvis to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, he bowls a high full toss on the body, the batsman was surprised as he pushes it to long on. He looks towards the leg umpire, but it was just below waist high

46.2

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he makes room and thumps the low full toss towards long on, just a single though

46.3

Jarvis to Abdur Razzak, OUT, caught by the keeper! Razzak goes for a pull shot at a delivery that was wide outside off, he gets a big top edge that balloons high in front. The keeper calls for it and takes it easily. No Razzak magic today then..

Abdur Razzak c †Taylor b Jarvis 4 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

46.4

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, no run, he bowls it full and on the stumps, the batsman can only dig it out to cover

46.5

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, this one is slightly off the length, the batsman whips it to deep midwicket for a single

46.6

Jarvis to Shafiul Islam, no run, he bowls a low full toss on the stumps, the batsman punches it straight back to the bowler

End of over 47 (3 runs) Bangladesh 212/8 (RR: 4.51)
Shafiul Islam    0* (1b)      KM Jarvis    9-0-48-2
Mahmudullah    41* (58b 3x4)      BV Vitori    9-0-43-2

Can Bangladesh push it to 235-240 from here? Three overs to go. Zimbabwe would look to finish this off soon

47.1

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, he moves outside the leg stump, but the bowler bowls a slower delivery. The batsman then chops it to point and an overthrow allows a couple

47.2

Chatara to Mahmudullah, no run, he completely misses this slower delivery and is beaten. It was outside off and he tried to whip it to the leg side

47.3

Chatara to Mahmudullah, FOUR, this time it is full and on the pads and the batsman takes full toss by flicking it over short fine for a boundary

47.4

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, back of length slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman clips it to deep midwicket with soft hands to take another couple

47.5

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes for a yorker around off stump, the batsman digs it out to long off and brings up his half-century. Well played by Mahmudullah.

47.6

Chatara to Shafiul Islam, no run, he tries to whack this slower delivery, but is completely beaten by the pace

End of over 48 (9 runs) Bangladesh 221/8 (RR: 4.60)
Shafiul Islam    0* (2b)      TL Chatara    9-0-48-2
Mahmudullah    50* (63b 4x4)      KM Jarvis    9-0-48-2

48.1

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, SIX, this has been really really timed well! It was a low full toss and it followed the batsman as he made room, but the batsman just drives it over the bowler's head and it goes all the way

Rahim: "220-230 is lot tricker score than say 275-280. More runs doesn't always mean more good. Zim reacted well to a high target last time. They had a positive game plan as opposed to in game one where they were playing it extra safe chasing a lower target."

The ball has been changed as the previous one was worn out..

48.2

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he moves outside leg stump again, the bowler follows him with a good yorker. Mahmudullah digs it out towards the off side and takes a single

48.3

Jarvis to Shafiul Islam, 1 run, it's a full delivery on off stump which the batsman creams to wide long off for a single

48.4

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, SIX, another low full toss and the batsman takes full toll! He has sent this into the trees at cow corner! Massive hit.. They have lost he ball this time

Very very useful hitting this by Mahmudullah..

Gareth: "I can find no logic in Rahim's statement. That's like saying more money doesn't make you wealthier."

48.5

Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run, the bowler aims it at the base of the leg stumps, the batsman blocks it out towards cover

48.6

Jarvis to Shafiul Islam, no run, he moves way outside leg stumps and gets a good yorker on the middle stump, he is lucky to bring his bat down in time

End of over 49 (15 runs) Bangladesh 236/8 (RR: 4.81)
Shafiul Islam    1* (4b)      KM Jarvis    10-0-63-2
Mahmudullah    64* (67b 4x4 2x6)      TL Chatara    9-0-48-2

49.1

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, full and angled from wide of the crease, the batsman drives it to wide long on and they come back for a risky second. The bowler is not able to collect the throw, would have been a wicket there

49.2

Chatara to Mahmudullah, FOUR, this time the batsman charges out, takes the length ball on half-volley and creams it through extra cover for a boundary

49.3

Chatara to Mahmudullah, no run, he is beaten by a slower ball and the batsman gets hit on the body as he has swung his bat too early

49.4

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, he bowls it full and in the blockhole, the batsman digs it out towards long on and they take a couple as the fielder is right at the edge of the boundary

Luke: "To twist your (job related) analogy Gareth ... Lots of experience can make you less employable"

49.5

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, another slower delivery, short of length, the batsman drags it towards deep midwicket for another couple

49.6

Chatara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, OUT, he takes the slower delivery on the full, whacks it straight to midiwicket and settles for the single. But Shafiul wanted the second and he runs halfway down the pitch, but he gives his wicket away as Mahmudullah hadn't moved

Shafiul Islam run out 1 (17m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

A good recovery by Bangladesh after being 110 for 5 at one stage. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah scored 79 together and hit respective half-centuries to put up 247, which is a decent score now. We will be back for the second innings soon. James: "Gareth, I've seen sides make a mess of chasing a low total, and there are times (and wickets) on which 230 is a good score. However, 230 is never better than 280 on the same wicket!"

Baundule: "@Gareth, making more money does not always make on more wealthy; it is always context dependent. A Bier in Germany costs 60 Cent, in Norway 6 Euro."

Vikram Saralaya: "@Baundule: huh! the wealthier i am the more beer's i can drink in germany or norway"

Godwin Mamhiyo: "Once again Zimbabwe falter at the death. They really need to work on this"

Raz: "WOW! I was just about to open up the feedback box to praise Mahmuddullah, but that was selfish! Just to keep that asterisk next to his score to improve his avg! He is known for that"

Tim: "I've been run out like that before, easy single of last ball, you go for the suicidal second but your partner doesn't. May seem selfish by Mahmudullah but really it's one run and in the current climate of averages being everything why risk your spot later down the line for a run you won't get anyway."

Hasan Arif: "It was an action replay today also. Initial hiccups...then someone playing an special innings to recover. But will that be enough? It was not in the 2nd match! Then again will Zimbabwe play two consecutive good innings?"

Tamzeed Romit: "What a knock by Mahmudullah! If any player has maintained an ideal balance between the top and lower order over the years in our team then it's Mahmudullah. Again, he has essayed a gem with the tail."

Prasad: "In the partnership (36 runs in 21 balls) for the 9th wicket, Mahmudullah scored 35 in 17 balls, and that's how you have to play along with the tailenders, good work there by Mahmudullah."

End of over 50 (11 runs) Bangladesh 247/9
Mahmudullah    75* (73b 5x4 2x6)      TL Chatara    10-0-59-2
     KM Jarvis    10-0-63-2
Series Results
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo - May 8, 2013
Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo - May 5, 2013
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo - May 3, 2013
Bangladesh won by 121 runs
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May 8, 2013

The Zimbabwe team celebrate their series win, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo, May 8, 2013

The Zimbabwe team celebrate their series win

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May 8, 2013

Brendan Taylor and Vusi Sibanda pose with the trophy, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo, May 8, 2013

Brendan Taylor and Vusi Sibanda pose with the trophy

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