Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare August 29, 2013

Death bowling not up to the mark - Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brendan Taylor has put Zimbabwe's loss to Pakistan in the second one-dayer primarily down to not having a "clear enough" death-bowling plan. In their historic win on Tuesday, when they restricted Pakistan to a much more gettable 244, Taylor said the bowlers had executed better at the end of the innings, whereas on Thursday they "missed their lengths".

"We started well, the first 20 overs were good [with Pakistan going] at three and a half an over, but we let them get 230 in the last 30 overs, so we weren't good enough today. They came back with a much better performance and we expected that. With them building sizeable partnerships, though, it was difficult at the death, with not a lot of margin for error. I think our bowlers missed our lengths and probably didn't have a clear enough plan like we had on Tuesday."

Chasing 300 against an attack of Pakistan's quality is never easy, Taylor said, but the previous victory had boosted Zimbabwe's confidence enough so that they always thought they were in with a chance. "With their bowling attack, 300 was going to be difficult. It's always a challenge playing a world-class team, chasing 300 runs. But at one stage we were 200 for 4. We had wickets in hand, needing eight an over, with Elton [Chigumbura] still to come, anything was possible.

"It's important to have that self-belief that we can chase down any total and we've done that in the past against New Zealand, chasing 330. And the game we won on Tuesday certainly helped us believe in ourselves."

Pakistan's win means the third ODI, on Saturday, will be a series decider. Taylor said he'll back his team to play with freedom in that game, though they might need to tweak the line-up for it. "New game on Saturday, we have to leave all this behind and find our best performers if we have to win. A change or two might work but we'll find that out tomorrow.

"It's important to instill confidence in the players, [have them] playing with freedom. If you go out there and you are uptight and nervous, you are freezing up at the crease, you're not going to be competitive. You need to take a few calculated risks in order to post a good total or chase down a total. It's about believing in your team-mates and instilling that confidence in them to go out there and do it because if they do play their best cricket, everyone can contribute to a winning performance."

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  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    i want zimbabwe to be back to the best

    my test team would be

    1.Sibanda 2.Masakadza 3.Craig ervine 4.Taylor(capt) 5.wiiliams 6.coventry(wk) 7.Chigumbura 8.peter moor 9.Jarvis 10.Querl 11.Mpofu

  • Justin on August 31, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Outrageous claims by Taylor regarding the non-inclusion of Raza in the ODI side.

    Raza scored 110 runs with a highest score of 82 at an average of 27.50 runs per innings from four matches against India.

    Taylor scored a paltry 35 runs with a highest score of 23 at an average of 7 runs per innings from all five matches played against India including three ducks! Then what about the easiest drop catch in the history of ODI cricket that gift-wrapped Dhawan a century and led to Jarvis being dropped playing a significant part in his walking away from Zimbabwean Cricket.

    Very, very ordinary from Taylor indeed. If anyone should have been dropped it should have been him, not Raza!

  • Julian on August 30, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    With no Kyle Jarvis Zimbabwe have no " Leader" of their bowling attack and even though youngsters Vitori and Chatara are very talented they're missing that real " spearhead " type bowler which KJ was. With KJ gone Zimbabwe can only look to Ed Rainsford who is very experienced and fiercely competetive. I'm not sure why Ed is continusely over looked for, but after topping the Logan Cup bowling charts surely he has done enough to earn a recall. His last series he was apart of he pretty much single handedly won Zimbabwe the series against Ireland taking 10 wickets and hitting a last ball 6 to secure victory in a 2-1 series victory for Zimbabwe. Tinashe Panyangara can keep the runs down but is not a wicket taker nor is he the " Brave leader " Zimbabwe needs to take the mantle from KJ ...... In my opinion Ed Rainsford is the man for the job.

  • Eugene on August 29, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    The death bowling is certainly a problem. Shingi should come in for Maruma as he is both a better batsman and bowler. Maruma nearly cost us victory in the first ODI and certainly contributed to our demise today. Yet again his dismissal was greeted by the loudest cheer of the day.

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