Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe, 2009 / Commentary

Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 4th ODI

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh

Bangladesh won by 4 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Sean Williams is back and out goes Sibanda. The openers are out. Vermeulen and Masakadza with the former taking strike. Rasel will start proceedings for Bangladesh. A slip in place.

Toss: Zimbabwe have won and opted to bat. "We just need to apply ourselves and the runs will come," says Utseya. Shakib would have batted. Junaid Siddique is in, replacing Mehrab Hossain jnr.

The track used for this game is the same as the one used in the first ODI. It's still a good one for batting, and the side winning the toss should look to bat, the experts say.

Welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the fourth ODI being played in Bulawayo. What a fightback by Zimbabwe in the last game to end Bangladesh's winning run. They tackled the spinners well, paced their innings superbly and amassed a match-winning total. The visitors, after their run of seven wins, were caught off guard, surprised by the manner in which Zimbabwe approached their innings. The pitch is an excellent one for batting, so we may well be in for another high-scorer. The toss is still a few minutes away, so read the preview in the meantime.

0.1

Syed Rasel to Vermeulen, no run, short of a good length on middle, coming back in just a hint, gets on the back foot and punches it to cover

0.2

Syed Rasel to Vermeulen, 1 run, pushed it fuller, in the channel outside off, guided down to third man for a single

0.3

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, drawing him forward by hurling it full outside off, gets to the pitch and defends it down to cover

0.4

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, fullish outside off, rocks back and chops it down to point

0.5

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, overpitched, is calmly forward, gets to the pitch and pushes it down to mid-off

0.6

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, slower one this time, cutting in towards off from a good length on middle, defended from the crease into the off side

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
H Masakadza    0* (4b)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0
MA Vermeulen    1* (2b)     

Mahbubul Alam prepares to run in from the other end. A slip and a short cover. Backs away from the run-up, didn't pace it well it seems.

1.1

Mahbubul Alam to Vermeulen, FOUR, punished, short and wide, Vermeulen stood tall and crashed it through mid-off and cover for his first boundary, nice, sweet sound of bat striking ball

1.2

Mahbubul Alam to Vermeulen, no run, back of a length on the off, punched down to mid-on from the crease

1.3

Mahbubul Alam to Vermeulen, OUT, gone! Bangladesh have broken through early, slightly short on middle and leg, stays his ground and flicks it straight to short midwicket where Junaid holds on to a sharp catch, timed it well but could not keep it down

MA Vermeulen c Junaid Siddique b Mahbubul Alam 5 (2m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Alam snares Vermeulen for the second time running, the bespectacled Coventry walks in.

1.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, pushed him back, bowled short and quick on middle, gets back and defends it onto the pitch

Started with a slip did Shakib but took him out and moved him to short midwicket. The tactic paid off immediately

1.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, short of a good length on middle, worked down to midwicket off the back foot

1.6

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, taps it down to midwicket from the crease

End of over 2 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
CK Coventry    0* (3b)      Mahbubul Alam    1-0-4-1
H Masakadza    0* (4b)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0

Mushfiqur is standing up and can't control his enthusiasm. Yelling away. Rasel runs in

2.1

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, cutting in from leg stump towards middle and off, defended back to Rasel

2.2

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, similar delivery, just a little shorter, Masakadza gets onto the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

2.3

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, "great area buddy" shouts Mushfiqur as Rasel gets this one to keep low, Masakadza did well to get his bat down in time

2.4

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, straying on the pads, slightly short, tries to clip it fine but is struck high on the pads

2.5

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, back of a length on middle and off, pushed off the back foot to mid-off

A deepish slip in place

2.6

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, lands on a good length on middle and off, held its line, defended to cover, quiet start

End of over 3 (maiden) Zimbabwe 5/1 (RR: 1.66)
H Masakadza    0* (10b)      Syed Rasel    2-1-1-0
CK Coventry    0* (3b)      Mahbubul Alam    1-0-4-1

3.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, pitched up on middle and leg, bowled from side of the crease and angled in, defended with a straight bat to mid-on

3.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on the off stump, makes way to run it down towards third man for a single

A short point and a short cover, the two catchers

3.3

Mahbubul Alam to Masakadza, no run, probing him outside off, bowling it in the corridor, Masakadza gets forward, closes the face and plays it back to the bowler

3.4

Mahbubul Alam to Masakadza, 2 runs, went after it though he didn't connect it well, meaty length ball on the pads, just chips it over midwicket for a couple of runs

3.5

Mahbubul Alam to Masakadza, SIX, connects this superbly, not to the pitch but it makes no difference, bowled on a good length outside off, gets forward and with a free swing of the arms clears the long-on boundary comfortably

3.6

Mahbubul Alam to Masakadza, no run, change of pace, slower one this time, guided down to point

End of over 4 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
H Masakadza    8* (14b 1x6)      Mahbubul Alam    2-0-13-1
CK Coventry    1* (5b)      Syed Rasel    2-1-1-0

4.1

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, cutting away towards off from middle, knocks it down to cover off the front foot

4.2

Syed Rasel to Coventry, FOUR, erring in length as well as line, short outside leg stump, a gift for Coventry who rocks back and helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

4.3

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, missed it, tried to force it hard off the back foot but it kept low and zipped under the bat through to the keeper

4.4

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, a touch fuller this time, opting to play from the crease, tapped to mid-off

4.5

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, slower ball on leg stump, waited for it, closed the face and dropped it between midwicket and square leg for a single

4.6

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, leapt up from the pitch this time, moved back and cut it straight to point

End of over 5 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 19/1 (RR: 3.80)
H Masakadza    8* (15b 1x6)      Syed Rasel    3-1-6-0
CK Coventry    6* (10b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    2-0-13-1

A short cover and a short fine now

5.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, back of a length outside off, just a hint of inward movement, pushed towards cover on the back foot

5.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, too short, Coventry failed to make contact as he tried to get it past short fine

5.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 wide, another wide, the keeper fumbles this time but no damage done, another short delivery down the leg side, a run gifted

5.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, slightly short on middle, better, Coventry is guarded, moving back and defending it solidly to cover

5.3

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, targeting the good-length area outside off, Coventry waits for it and taps it past the bowler to mid-off

5.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, watches it on to the bat and plays it back to the bowler

5.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, timed it really well, was overpitched on middle and off, forced it from the crease back towards the bowler who fielded it well bending low on his follow through

Is there an H1N1 threat in Zimbabwe as well? Saw a couple of people wearing masks. Just a trickle of fans at the ground at this point

5.6

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, fullish on the off stump, pushed through straight to cover

End of over 6 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 21/1 (RR: 3.50)
CK Coventry    6* (16b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    3-0-15-1
H Masakadza    8* (15b 1x6)      Syed Rasel    3-1-6-0

The third man has been brought up

6.1

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, stump-to-stump is the mantra for Rasel, just a fraction short on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

6.2

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, no run, landing on a good length on leg stump, pushed through to midwicket

6.3

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, 1 run, back of a length on middle, punched down to long-on for a single

6.4

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, coming back in from a good length outside off, forced it off the back foot back to the bowler, shouts of "catch it" from the keeper who thought that went off the boot

6.5

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, slower one this time, cut away as he tried to defended it back to the bowler, produced a thick edge past point for a single

6.6

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, FOUR, spoils the tidy over with one bowled short on leg stump, Masakadza has no trouble whipping it away off his pads down to the fine-leg boundary

By no means an explosive start, but these two have done pretty well after the early blow

End of over 7 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
H Masakadza    13* (19b 1x4 1x6)      Syed Rasel    4-1-12-0
CK Coventry    7* (18b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    3-0-15-1

7.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, SIX, Coventry launches into that one, it was in the slot, Mahbubul bowled it full outside off and he went after it, getting forward and swinging it hard over long-on, good, confident strike

7.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 2 runs, dropped, beautiful shot but too well timed, overpitched on middle, picked it superbly, clipping it straight to deep square leg where Rasel makes a complete mess of it, how costly will that prove? They dropped Chigumbura twice yesterday

7.3

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 2 runs, good running, keeping it down this time, clipped off the pads through square leg for a couple more

7.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, FOUR, misfield, the fielding is atrocious, Ashraful the culprit this time, full and wide, creams it through mid-off where Ashraful, diving forward, fails to get his body behind it

7.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 wide, Bangladesh are losing the initiative here, slips it down the leg side this time, given a wide

7.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, Enamul does a good job in the deep, smacks it over the bowler's head in the direction of long-on where Enamul runs across and drags it back just inside the ropes, two more to the total

7.6

Mahbubul Alam to Masakadza, no run, poor ball but gets away with it, full on middle and leg, driven hard but straight to midwicket, 16 off the over, the pressure has come off

End of over 8 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 43/1 (RR: 5.37)
H Masakadza    13* (20b 1x4 1x6)      Mahbubul Alam    4-0-31-1
CK Coventry    22* (23b 2x4 1x6)      Syed Rasel    4-1-12-0

Rasel will continue. Can he make amends for his lapse in the field?

8.1

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, slower through the air, lands on leg and moves it towards middle, defended to cover

8.2

Syed Rasel to Coventry, FOUR, four more, he's done this a few times today, bowling it short on leg stump, Coventry just has to get it past short fine, does so elegantly and earns four

8.3

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 3 runs, poor line this, another one on leg stump and he has a short fine in place, closes the face and rolls it past that fielder for three more

8.4

Syed Rasel to Masakadza, 1 run, alters his line this time, bowls it short outside off, eased through mid-off and cover for a single

8.5

Syed Rasel to Coventry, FOUR, good, attacking batting, raises the 50-run stand by slicing it over point for a boundary, was overpitched and he dealt with it appropriately

8.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side, called by the umpire, the runs are leaking here

8.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, on leg stump but much fuller than usual, pushed away from the crease to midwicket

End of over 9 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 56/1 (RR: 6.22)
CK Coventry    33* (28b 4x4 1x6)      Syed Rasel    5-1-25-0
H Masakadza    14* (21b 1x4 1x6)      Mahbubul Alam    4-0-31-1

Zimbabwe started off slowly but have made up well, thanks to some inept fielding and some aggressive batting. Bowling change, Shakib comes on

9.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, no run, round the wicket, fires it flat towards middle, gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to force it through the off side

9.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, no run

9.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, no run, went with the arm and missed leg stump by a whisker, shortish, made room and tried to drive it past the bowler but made no contact

9.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 1 run, came down the track, got to the pitch and pushed it down to long-on for a single

9.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, fullish on middle, closes the face and plays it to midwicket

9.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, tickles it wide of short fine for a single to keep the strike, good start by the Bangladesh captain

End of over 10 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 58/1 (RR: 5.80)
CK Coventry    34* (30b 4x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-2-0
H Masakadza    15* (25b 1x4 1x6)      Syed Rasel    5-1-25-0

The second powerplay has been taken. Enamul comes on. The spin barrage begins.

10.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, bowled it short on middle, punched down to long-on for a single

10.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, 1 run, slower through the air, on leg stump, worked away towards Mahmudullah at deep square leg for one more

10.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, fired it quick on middle, pushed wide of the diving bowler off the back foot to long-on for a single

10.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, no run, gave it some air this time, lands on a good length outside off, played back to the bowler

10.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, no run, short on middle, makes room and punches it to midwicket

10.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, no run, taps it into the off side this time, made way and pushed it to cover

End of over 11 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 61/1 (RR: 5.54)
H Masakadza    16* (29b 1x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    1-0-3-0
CK Coventry    36* (32b 4x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-2-0

Shuffling the bowlers around is Shakib. Mahmudullah comes on.

11.1

Mahmudullah to Coventry, FOUR, excellent footwork, came forward before it was delivery and adjusted to the length superbly once it was pitched short outside off, made room and dispatched it through the covers off the back foot

11.2

Mahmudullah to Coventry, no run, short again but on middle and leg this time, played to midwicket

11.3

Mahmudullah to Coventry, no run, pushed it on a good length outside off, defended to cover

11.4

Mahmudullah to Coventry, FOUR, gave it plenty of air and Coventry takes the invitation, steps out of the crease, gets to the pitch and smashes it over mid-off and cover for four more

11.5

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 wide, the pressure's getting to the bowler, fires it down the leg side, called a wide

11.5

Mahmudullah to Coventry, no run, much slower this time, short outside off but not wide enough to cut, almost drags it on as he gets an inside edge

11.6

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, driven down to long-on for a single

End of over 12 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 71/1 (RR: 5.91)
CK Coventry    45* (38b 6x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    1-0-10-0
H Masakadza    16* (29b 1x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    1-0-3-0

Shakib is back

12.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, tossed up on middle, reaches forward and defends it back to the bowler

12.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, slightly short on the off stump, knocked down to cover

12.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, FOUR, it's wide outside off and he frees his arms, getting forward and flaying it over cover for a boundary, just one away from a well-deserved half-century

12.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, angling it in towards middle,watches it closely and defends it with bat close to pad

12.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 run, he's swung the momentum firmly back Zimbabwe's way, tossed up on middle, works it into the leg side behind square for a single to reach his 50

12.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 2 runs, flighted on middle, Masakadza uses his feet well, dancing down the track and turning it past midwicket for a couple more

End of over 13 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 78/1 (RR: 6.00)
H Masakadza    18* (30b 1x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-9-0
CK Coventry    50* (43b 7x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    1-0-10-0

Coventry's third half-century in ODIs and his second this series

13.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, tossed up on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

13.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, no run

13.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, 1 run, bowled it flat this time, came down the track and bunted it down to long-off, giving Coventry most of the strike

13.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on middle, punched off the back foot to long-on

13.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Masakadza, 1 run, they're doing it well here, flighted on middle, takes it on the full and cracks it to long-on

13.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, tossed up just outside off, eased straight to cover

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 82/1 (RR: 5.85)
CK Coventry    52* (46b 7x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    2-0-7-0
H Masakadza    20* (33b 1x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-9-0

14.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 1 run, back of a length on middle, struck down to long-on, one more

14.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, FOUR, didn't get hold of it but still managed to find the ropes, the fielder in the dep didn't pick it, tossed up on middle, went for the slog-sweep, got the top edge and it landed just wide of deep midwicket where the fielder spotted it really late, didn't get to it in time and conceded a boundary

14.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, slower this time, tries to drive it straight, gets an inside edge onto the pads

14.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, pushed into the leg side off the front foot to midwicket

14.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, struck back to the bowler from the crease

14.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, threw it up outside off, played down straight to cover, good comeback after that boundary

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 87/1 (RR: 5.80)
CK Coventry    56* (51b 8x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0
H Masakadza    21* (34b 1x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    2-0-7-0

Another change in bowling. Ashraful comes on

15.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Masakadza, no run, tossed up outside off, closes the face and turns it to midwicket

15.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Masakadza, OUT, that was totally unnecessary from Masakadza! Tossed it up outside off, came down the track, struck it well but didn't get the desired elevation or distance, straight down long-on's throat where Raqibul takes a good low catch

H Masakadza c Raqibul Hasan b Mohammad Ashraful 21 (55m 36b 1x4 1x6) SR: 58.33

Masakadza should have stuck to his role of working it around and taking singles as he was doing so well before this. A throwaway, that. Brendan Taylor comes in. Ashraful's reaction after getting the wicket was worth a watch. Screaming away, causing extensive damage to the listener's eardrums.

15.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, slightly short on the off, pushed off the back foot to cover

15.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, on middle and leg, worked away off the back foot to midwicket

15.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run

15.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, four dot balls in a row, gets back and taps it to cover, things have evened out now, a spring in the step of the Bangladesh fielders

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 87/2 (RR: 5.43)
CK Coventry    56* (55b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-1-0-1
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0

The chopping and changing continues, Mahmudullah comes on

16.1

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, firing it straight on middle, Taylor is off the mark, shuffling a touch and turning it through square leg

16.2

Mahmudullah to Coventry, no run, tossed up on middle, closed the face, got back and worked it to square leg

16.3

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, flighted outside off, easing it through cover for a single

16.4

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, hurled it short on leg stump, a long hop, opportunity missed, tried to pull it square, is hit high on the pads

16.5

Mahmudullah to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle and leg, worked away straight to short fine

16.6

Mahmudullah to Taylor, 1 run, flatter, gets to the pitch by getting front and across, turns it away wide of midwicket for a quick single

End of over 17 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 90/2 (RR: 5.29)
BRM Taylor    2* (4b)      Mahmudullah    2-0-13-0
CK Coventry    57* (57b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-1-0-1

17.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, no run, tossed it up outside off, pushed through to midwicket off the front foot

17.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off, drilled down the ground to long-on

17.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, held back the length there, short on middle and leg, punched to midwicket

17.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, tossed it up on middle, Mushfiqur's chirping away, worked down to midwicket, another dot ball, the pressure builds

17.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven with a flourish towards long-off for a single

17.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, 1 run, a touch too straight, nudged behind square for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 93/2 (RR: 5.16)
BRM Taylor    4* (7b)      Mohammad Ashraful    2-1-3-1
CK Coventry    58* (60b 8x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    2-0-13-0

Shakib is back

The scoring rate has dipped, as one would expect after a fall of a wicket. But these two are experienced and are naturally attacking. Despite the two wickets, Zimbabwe are in a good position to build and reach a substantial score here.

Masud: "Why wouldn't he scream......if you look back last few games when Bangladesh needed to break partnership, Ash was the man to do it. Don't know he didnt bowl last match though. He did it in West Indies, he did it in first match in Zimbabwe too."

18.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, fired it quick on middle, defended into the leg side towards square leg

18.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, close shout for lbw, angling it in from wide of the crease on middle and off, Taylor shuffles to work it square but is struck on the pads in line, it didn't spin, held its line, looked mighty close

18.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 1 wide, fired it down the leg side, another wide

18.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run

18.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, close shout for lbw, short on middle, held its line again, fired it in really quick, moved across to turn it square, was struck high on the pads and but it seemed to be going on, another close call, the umpire is unmoved

18.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, 2 runs, shortish on middle and leg, closes the face and turns it past short fine for a couple

18.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taylor, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the back foot

End of over 19 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 96/2 (RR: 5.05)
BRM Taylor    6* (13b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-17-0
CK Coventry    58* (60b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Ashraful    2-1-3-1

19.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, shortish on middle, rocks back and punches it back to the bowler

19.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, 1 run, easing it through the off side through the covers for a single

19.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, no run, quicker through the air on middle and leg, pushed straight to midwicket

19.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, 1 run, a touch too straight, tickled into the vacant square-leg region for a single

19.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short outside off, just dropped it short of point where Siddique is a little lethargic getting to it, they complete a quick single

19.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Taylor, 2 runs, excellent fielding by Raqibul in the deep, pitched up and it grazed back down the pitch wide of long-on where Raqibul dives full length to his left to drag it inside the ropes and keep them down to two

End of over 20 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 101/2 (RR: 5.05)
BRM Taylor    9* (16b)      Mohammad Ashraful    3-1-8-1
CK Coventry    60* (63b 8x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-17-0

Enamul bowls on

20.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, tosses it up on middle, gets to the pitch and plays it back to the bowler

20.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets forward and bunts it past cover for a single

20.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, no run, big shout for lbw, bowled it flat and short on middle, got across to sweep it square, missed it and was rapped on the pads, looked plumb, was struck in front of middle but the umpire Sahiba was unmoved

20.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Taylor, OUT, gone this time! Angling it in towards middle again, not spinning it too much, Taylor got across the line to turn it into the leg side, missed it again was struck right in front of middle and off, the umpire had no hesitation this time and raised his finger immediately

BRM Taylor lbw b Enamul Haque jnr 9 (20m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sean Williams comes in amid a fightback by Bangladesh.

20.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut away to point from the crease

20.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven down the ground to long-on

End of over 21 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 104/3 (RR: 4.95)
CK Coventry    62* (66b 8x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    3-0-10-1
SC Williams    1* (1b)      Mohammad Ashraful    3-1-8-1

Another change, Naeem Islam comes on

21.1

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, short on middle, pushed back to the bowler from the crease

21.2

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 1 run, tossed up outside off, crashed down towards long-off for a single

21.3

Naeem Islam to Williams, 1 run, coming round the wicket to the left hander, short on leg stump, whipped behind square for one more

21.4

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, short on middle, forced off the back foot but straight to the bowler

21.5

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, cramping him for room here, short on middle, struck straight to midwicket

21.6

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 1 run, back of a length outside off, opens the face and taps it behind point for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 107/3 (RR: 4.86)
CK Coventry    64* (71b 8x4 1x6)      Naeem Islam    1-0-3-0
SC Williams    2* (2b)      Enamul Haque jnr    3-0-10-1

22.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed gently down to long-on for a single

22.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, no run, gave it some air outside off, got forward and guided it down to short third, called for a single but it wasn't there

22.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, no run, full on middle and off, driven back to the bowler

22.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, no run, slightly short on middle, came down the track and pushed it straight to mid-off where the fielder prevents the single

22.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, no run, looping it in towards middle, defended to midwicket from the crease

22.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Williams, no run, another tidy over, flights it full on the off stump, pushed straight through to mid-off

53 balls since the last boundary. Those two wickets have slowed them down considerably

End of over 23 (1 run) Zimbabwe 108/3 (RR: 4.69)
SC Williams    2* (7b)      Enamul Haque jnr    4-0-11-1
CK Coventry    65* (72b 8x4 1x6)      Naeem Islam    1-0-3-0

23.1

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, shortish on the off stump, makes a little room and drops it dead short of cover

23.2

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 1 run, throws it up outside off, charges down the track and smacks it straight to long-off

23.3

Naeem Islam to Williams, no run, a rush of blood for Williams who came down the track and tried to clear mid-on but didn't time it well, fell just short of the fielder

23.4

Naeem Islam to Williams, 2 runs, overpitched on middle, connects it reasonably well this time, carting it over midwicket for a couple of runs

23.5

Naeem Islam to Williams, OUT, Zimbabwe are sliding here! Short on the off stump, sensed an opportunity there, rocked back to smash it over midwicket, didn't come on to him as quickly as he expected, ended up getting an inside edge straight onto the stumps

SC Williams b Naeem Islam 4 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

The spinners have done the trick here, choking the runs and making steady inroads to seize control for Bangladesh. Matsikenyeri comes in.

23.6

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, no run, quicker through the air, fullish outside off, defended with a lunge back onto the pitch

End of over 24 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 111/4 (RR: 4.62)
S Matsikenyeri    0* (1b)      Naeem Islam    2-0-6-1
CK Coventry    66* (74b 8x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    4-0-11-1

24.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, pushed through firmly to long-off for a single

24.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run, threw it up on middle, tried to force it back past the bowler but didn't have enough timing behind it

24.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run, saw him coming down and fired it short, Matsikenyeri adjusted to the length well, defending it short of cover

24.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run, flighted outside off, taps it down back on the pitch

24.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, angling into middle and leg, whipping it square for a single to get off the mark

24.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, lands on a good length just a fraction outside off, reaches forward and defends it into the off side, just one off the over

End of over 25 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 113/4 (RR: 4.52)
CK Coventry    67* (76b 8x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    5-0-13-1
S Matsikenyeri    1* (5b)      Naeem Islam    2-0-6-1

25.1

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, nudged away, quicker outside off, opened the face and knocked it in the direction of point for a single

25.2

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, tossed it up outside off, pushed firmly but straight to cover

25.3

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 2 runs, nicely struck, short outside off, waited for it to turn in and slapped it between long-off and deep cover for a couple

25.4

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, short outside off, swatted back straight to the bowler off the back foot

25.5

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 1 run, long hop, punched down the ground to long-on for a single

25.6

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, landing on a good length outside off and turning in, got well outside the line to sweep it down, got a bit of bat to it, single wide of short fine

End of over 26 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 118/4 (RR: 4.53)
S Matsikenyeri    3* (7b)      Naeem Islam    3-0-11-1
CK Coventry    70* (80b 8x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    5-0-13-1

Mahmudullah comes on

26.1

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, fires it full on middle, tries to swipe it square, gets a leading edge but falls short of square leg

26.2

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, fullish on middle, closes the face and works it down to midwicket, quick single

26.3

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on middle, smacked down to long-on off the back foot

26.4

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, fired it full on middle, turned away straight to midwicket

26.5

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, fullish on leg stump, pushed straight to midwicket, the runs have dried up

26.6

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, slower, bowled short outside off, made room and chopped it straight to point, there's no single on offer

End of over 27 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 120/4 (RR: 4.44)
S Matsikenyeri    4* (12b)      Mahmudullah    3-0-15-0
CK Coventry    71* (81b 8x4 1x6)      Naeem Islam    3-0-11-1

27.1

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, back of a length on middle, slapped straight to midwicket off the back foot

27.2

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 3 runs, short and wide and takes advantage, making room and cutting it hard behind point, gets three runs

27.3

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, no run, quicker, short on the off and spinning in, pushed back to the bowler

27.4

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, moved across, stood tall and drove it past the bowler to long-on for one more

27.5

Naeem Islam to Coventry, no run, short outside off, turning in, tries to force it through cover but is a little late on it, plays it back to the bowler

27.6

Naeem Islam to Coventry, SIX, finally, sensed a chance with one that was bowled full and straight, had a bit of flight on it as well, charged down the track and dismissed it over the bowler's head into the sightscreen for a much-needed, pressure-relieving six

End of over 28 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 130/4 (RR: 4.64)
CK Coventry    80* (85b 8x4 2x6)      Naeem Islam    4-0-21-1
S Matsikenyeri    5* (14b)      Mahmudullah    3-0-15-0

28.1

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, pushed it full just outside off, but not much flight, played back to the bowler

28.2

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, low full toss on middle, comes down the track and drills it down to long-on

28.3

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, striking it sweetly here, full outside off, driven hard down to long-off

28.4

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, saw him step out and fired it full on middle, dug out to extra cover

28.5

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, there are some vacant spaces in the off side, Matsinkenyeri dances down and smacks this wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

28.6

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, tossed up outside off, sliced it past point into the deep for a single

End of over 29 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 135/4 (RR: 4.65)
S Matsikenyeri    9* (19b)      Mahmudullah    4-0-20-0
CK Coventry    81* (86b 8x4 2x6)      Naeem Islam    4-0-21-1

That Coventry six broke a 81-ball boundary drought

29.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run, quicker outside off, knocks it wide of cover, calls foe a single but it isn't there, sent back in time

29.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run

29.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, (no ball) FOUR, oversteps and is costly, straying on the pads, Matsikenyeri has picked his spot, shuffles, bends low and sweeps it down the fine-leg boundary, and because it's a no-ball, he's earned a freehit

29.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, short and wide, makes room and slaps it down to long-on, didn't connect it well

29.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, slower through the air, pushed through to cover off the front foot

29.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, flat, spinning in from outside leg stump, worked away wide of midwicket for a single

29.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Matsikenyeri, no run, slightly short on the off, punched back to the bowler from the crease

End of over 30 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 142/4 (RR: 4.73)
S Matsikenyeri    14* (24b 1x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    6-0-20-1
CK Coventry    82* (88b 8x4 2x6)      Mahmudullah    4-0-20-0

30.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, pushed gently just wide of long-on and has enough time to make it back for the second, they're stepping it up now

30.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 run, spun away from a good length on middle, didn't pick it, tried to swipe it across the line, got a leading edge but was lucky it fell wide of the bowler, managed a single

30.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, on middle and off, pushed to cover from the crease

30.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, throws it up outside off, driven through the covers into the deep for a single

Change of bats for Coventry, gives my fingers a bit of a breather

30.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, tossed up on leg stump, gets forward and defends it watchfully back to the bowler

30.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 run, fired it short outside off, crashed off the front foot to deep cover for a single

End of over 31 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 147/4 (RR: 4.74)
CK Coventry    86* (92b 8x4 2x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-22-0
S Matsikenyeri    15* (26b 1x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    6-0-20-1

31.1

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, long hop, chased the batsman as he made some room, Coventry just rolled his wrists over it and got it past square leg for a single

31.2

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, full on middle, comes down and drives it straight to midwicket

31.3

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side, Matsikenyeri tries to get some bat to it but doesn't, a wide signalled

31.3

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, bowled full on middle, comes down and pushes it towards midwicket

31.4

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, no run, tossed up on middle, driven back to the bowler

31.5

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, short on leg stump, worked away through midwicket for a single

31.6

Mahmudullah to Coventry, FOUR, a gift delivery, really, low full toss outside off, Coventry latches onto it quickly, bending low and lofting it into the gap between long-off and deep cover for a boundary

He's into the 90's now, Zimbabwe had crossed 150 and this partnership, after a slow start, has picked up the pace and progressed at a reasonable clip

End of over 32 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 154/4 (RR: 4.81)
CK Coventry    91* (94b 9x4 2x6)      Mahmudullah    5-0-27-0
S Matsikenyeri    16* (30b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-22-0

Ashraful is back

32.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, turned away into the leg side wide of square leg for a single

32.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, 1 run, flighted outside off, smacked through to deep cover for one more

32.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Matsikenyeri, no run, comes down and pushes it through to cover

32.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, pulled away behind square for a single, long leg is in place

32.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, flighted on middle, tries to work it square but gets a leading edge, falls well short of midwicket

32.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Coventry, no run, tossed it up outside off, drove it back wide of the bowler but Ashraful dived to his left to prevent the single

End of over 33 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 157/4 (RR: 4.75)
CK Coventry    92* (97b 9x4 2x6)      Mohammad Ashraful    4-1-11-1
S Matsikenyeri    18* (33b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    5-0-27-0

A bowling change. Mahbubul is back into the attack. A bit of a rest for my fingers after that relentless spin parade

33.1

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, no run, fullish outside off, reaches for it and drives it back to the bowler

33.2

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, drive it hard down the ground back to the bowler who got a hand to it, deflected it just wide of the stumps and Coventry would have been in trouble had it gone on to hit the stumps, no damage done in the end

33.3

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, hurls the first bouncer of the day, banged in short on middle and off, the batsman ducks under it with no difficulty

33.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, low full toss on middle, whipped away wristily through square leg into the deep for a single

33.5

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, banged in short on middle, rocked back and pulled it hard through square leg into the deep, a misfield at deep square leg allows them to come back for the second, brings up the 50-stand

33.6

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, slower one this time, the offcutter, bunts it off the front foot towards deep cover for a single

Matsikenyeri was really slow to get off the blocks but has supported his partner well. Chigumbura is still to come, they should be aiming at 280 from here on.

End of over 34 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 162/4 (RR: 4.76)
S Matsikenyeri    22* (37b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    5-0-36-1
CK Coventry    93* (99b 9x4 2x6)      Mohammad Ashraful    4-1-11-1

34.1

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, slightly short outside off, guided wide of point for a single

34.2

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 2 runs, he's inching towards a century here, short and wide, moved away and cut it hard behind point for a couple of runs

34.3

Naeem Islam to Coventry, 1 run, short of a length outside off, rocks back and punches it down to deep cover for a single

34.4

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, slightly short on leg stump, comes down the track and works it into the vacant gap wide of midwicket, the fielder from the deep takes a while coming in and they get two

34.5

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, back of a length, gets on the back foot and strokes it wide of long-on through midwicket for a couple more, they're doing it well here

34.6

Naeem Islam to Matsikenyeri, no run, slightly short on middle, pushed away to midwicket, finds the fielder this time

End of over 35 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 170/4 (RR: 4.85)
S Matsikenyeri    27* (41b 1x4)      Naeem Islam    5-0-29-1
CK Coventry    96* (101b 9x4 2x6)      Mahbubul Alam    5-0-36-1

35.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, good delivery, shot off the pitch from a good length outside off, tried to nudge it past the keeper but it had already whizzed past him

35.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, short and wide, much slower this time and Coventry was already through with the attempted cut before it went past him, good change of pace

35.3

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, back to normal, tries to force it hard off the back foot through cover, bowled short again but mistimes it to midwicket

35.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 bye, good over this, full and wide, tries to caress it through cover but is a little late on it, the keeper fumbles and allows a single

35.5

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, overpitched on middle, drilled down the ground towards long-on for a single

35.6

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, Coventry fails to get a touch to it, an easy opportunity to get to three figures but he'll take the wide

35.6

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, full and wide, strikes it through the line to long-off for a single to keep the strike

End of over 36 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 174/4 (RR: 4.83)
CK Coventry    97* (106b 9x4 2x6)      Mahbubul Alam    6-0-39-1
S Matsikenyeri    28* (42b 1x4)      Naeem Islam    5-0-29-1

36.1

Mahmudullah to Coventry, no run, slightly short on middle, pushed from the crease to midwicket

36.2

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on middle and leg, gets it much squarer this time, single to the total

36.3

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, flat and wide of the off stump, drags it down to deep square leg

36.4

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, flighted outside off, waited for it, opened the face and guided it in front of point for a single, gets to 99

36.5

Mahmudullah to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, threw it up outside off, came down the track and smote it down to long-on

The cheers build up, he's on 99

36.6

Mahmudullah to Coventry, 1 run, reaches his maiden ODI ton with a strike down to long-on, raises his arms, embraces his partner and the delight of reaching that milestone is writ large on his face, excellent knock

He got a life earlier on in the innings, dropped by Rasel in the deep but he's made sure he's taken full toll of that. He needs to stay longer though if Zimbabwe are to get to a testing total

End of over 37 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 179/4 (RR: 4.83)
CK Coventry    100* (110b 9x4 2x6)      Mahmudullah    6-0-32-0
S Matsikenyeri    30* (44b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    6-0-39-1

37.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 wide, Mahbubul continues to gift them wides down the leg side, Zimbabwe won't mind it

37.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, full and wide, gets his left foot out to smash that through cover, gets a free swing of the bat but is nowhere near it

Matsikenyeri tells him to calm down

37.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, banged in short outside leg stump, mistimes it to fine leg for a single

37.3

Mahbubul Alam to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, chopped down to deep cover for a single

37.4

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 2 runs, gets much more bat on it this time, bowled short on leg stump, shuffles across and pulls it down wide of fine leg for a couple of runs

37.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, SIX, he's taken it but behind the ropes! Full and wide, a meaty length delivery, Coventry stayed his ground and swung that over long-on, Raqibul was stationed perfectly for it and took it well over his head but had stepped beyond the boundary when he clasped it

37.6

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, FOUR, poor delivery, I don't think we'll see more of him for this spell, short outside leg stump, a gift delivery which Coventry helps down comfortably to the fine-leg boundary, the partnership swells to 83

End of over 38 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 194/4 (RR: 5.10)
CK Coventry    113* (115b 10x4 3x6)      Mahbubul Alam    7-0-54-1
S Matsikenyeri    31* (45b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    6-0-32-0

Tania: "I do not understand why Sakib is not using Ash that much! Sakib, Ash and Enamul have 16 overs to bowl and they are the most economic! If the batsmen can score feely, why they should take risk! If runs dry up, they will try to do something extra!"

Rasel comes on

38.1

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, 1 leg bye, full outside leg, tries to glance it down, gets struck on the pads and they scramble a leg bye

38.2

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, back of a length on middle, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

38.3

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, no run, shout for lbw, full, Matsikenyeri bent low and got across to paddle it down, was hit on the pads, would have missed off and was struck outside the line

38.4

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven wide of cover for a single

38.5

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, targeting the blockhole on middle, dug out wide of midwicket, there's no run available

38.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, no run, pitched up on middle, tried to swing it hard past the bowler, drilled it into the ground straight to him

End of over 39 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 197/4 (RR: 5.05)
CK Coventry    114* (118b 10x4 3x6)      Syed Rasel    6-1-27-0
S Matsikenyeri    32* (48b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    7-0-54-1

Khair: "The other day I said after the Zim innnings that Mahbubul Alam's bowling may well prove the difference. Seems like today it is heading the same way with MA being very expensive and strangely the captain still persisting with him."

Shakib back into the attack

39.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, no run, big shout for lbw, Shakib's not impressed with the decision, angling it in towards middle and leg, gets well forward to paddle it fine, is struck on the pads but replays indicate that may have been going down

39.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, short, and wide down the leg side, for the umpteenth time this innings

39.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched down towards deep cover for a single

39.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 2 runs, appeal for run out, fullish on middle, swung wide of midwicket, calls for a second and despite an accurate throw to the non-striker's end from Ashraful, Matsikenyeri has made it back just in time

39.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, quickish on middle, pushed into the leg side short of midwicket

39.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 2 runs, quicker through the air, short on middle and leg, paddled down wide of fine leg for a single

39.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, FOUR, Zimbabwe are coasting along now, bowled full and wide, Coventry stepped out while making room simultaneously and lofted it into the gap wide of deep cover for a boundary

End of over 40 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 207/4 (RR: 5.17)
CK Coventry    122* (122b 11x4 3x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-32-0
S Matsikenyeri    33* (50b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    6-1-27-0

40.1

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, good length on middle, stroked down towards long-on for a single

40.2

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, has a massive heave at it, was lucky to get an inside edge onto his pads or was plumb, a single wide of cover

40.3

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, no run, targeting the blockhole outside off, gets it right, tries to dig it out but is unable to

40.4

Syed Rasel to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, overpitched outside off, slices it down towards deep point for a single

40.5

Syed Rasel to Coventry, FOUR, had a good hard swing at it, he's going for it now, pitched up outside off, made way and dragged it well over midwicket, getting it wide of long-on for a boundary, brings up the century-stand

40.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, crashed wide of long-off for a couple of runs, a fumble in the outfield reflects Bangladesh's desperation

End of over 41 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 216/4 (RR: 5.26)
CK Coventry    129* (125b 12x4 3x6)      Syed Rasel    7-1-36-0
S Matsikenyeri    35* (53b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-32-0

Zimbabwe still have the batting powerplay remaining, With Chigumbura still to come, 300 looks a realistic possibility

41.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs, short outside off, cut away behind point for a couple of runs

41.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Matsikenyeri, OUT, dropped and run-out, full on middle, crashes it back towards the bowler who palms it away with his outstretched hands, struck really hard, Matsikenyeri calls for a single but is sent back a little too late, by then Shakib has recovered and hurled a throw back to the keeper who takes off the bails in time to find him short

S Matsikenyeri run out 37 (68m 55b 1x4 0x6) SR: 67.27

A steady hand by Matsikenyeri in a solid recovery act from the pair. They added 107 and got the innings back on track after a wobble. Chigumbura comes in.

It seems the umpire was struck as well, he's getting some treatment on his right hand. Anyway, all's well now.

41.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, lands on a good length outside off, struck straight to cover

41.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, presents the full face again as he drives it to cover off the front foot

41.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, angling it into the pads from wide of the crease, tries to work it down past midwicket, is struck on the pads but that would have been sliding down

41.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for a couple of runs

End of over 42 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 220/5 (RR: 5.23)
E Chigumbura    2* (4b)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-36-0
CK Coventry    129* (125b 12x4 3x6)      Syed Rasel    7-1-36-0

42.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, shortish outside off, had made his mind up to paddle that fine but the line wasn't right, defended it to cover

42.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, full outside off, drilled down the ground to long-off

42.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Chigumbura, 1 leg bye, fired it in short on middle and off, tries to paddle it down, huge appeal from the bowler as it raps him on the pads but it struck him well outside the line

42.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, bowled full on middle and leg, went for the sweep again, struck hard on the pads but that would have been sliding down

42.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, FOUR, superb timing and adjustment, bowled short after the bowler saw him coming down, altered his shot according to the length and drove it straight and hard past the bowler between long-on and long-off

42.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, flighted on middle, smacked one bounce wide of long-on for a single

End of over 43 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 227/5 (RR: 5.27)
CK Coventry    135* (130b 13x4 3x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    7-0-26-1
E Chigumbura    2* (5b)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-36-0

43.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 wide, fires a wide down the leg side, a run gifted

43.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 2 runs, worked away through square leg for a couple

43.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 2 runs, dropped, Mahmudullah the culprit, tried to sweep it hard through square, got the top edge and it sailed down to deep square leg, the fielder had all the time in the world to get into position but spilled it just when it seemed he was in control of it, another life for the centurion

43.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, 1 run

43.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run

43.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, short and wide, slapped away off the back foot wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

43.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, SIX, tossed up, Chigumbura's eyes light up, charges down the track and dispatches it miles over long-on for a massive six

End of over 44 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 241/5 (RR: 5.47)
E Chigumbura    10* (8b 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-50-0
CK Coventry    140* (133b 13x4 3x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    7-0-26-1

Zimbabwe have now taken the batting powerplay. We're in for some entertainment now.

44.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, FOUR, had picked his spot, bowled short on the off, moved away and lofted it over the covers for a boundary

44.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 2 runs, pushed through to long-off, in fact just wide of him for a couple

44.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 2 runs, two more, short on middle, punched wide of long-on

44.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 2 runs, gets to his 150 by dancing down and clipping that wide of long-on for a couple more

44.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, no run, made room and the bowler chased him, tried to sweep it hard but missed it, was struck on the pads

44.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, SIX, they're piling it on here, that's disappeared, full on middle, made room and cracked him miles over the deep midwicket boundary for another big one

End of over 45 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 257/5 (RR: 5.71)
CK Coventry    156* (139b 14x4 4x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    8-0-42-1
E Chigumbura    10* (8b 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-50-0

This is the highest score by a Zimbabwean against a Test-playing nation

45.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, FOUR, Chigumbura continues the good work, short outside off, makes way and swats it through cover for a boundary

45.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 leg bye, fired in on the pads, tries to whip it away, is caught on the pads, they get a leg bye

45.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, SIX, Coventry's in a destructive mood now, flighted on middle, got into the perfect position to execute the slog-sweep, got it off the middle, sailed over deep midwicket

45.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, SIX, another one, can he break Saeed Anwar's record? Another slog-sweep, didn't quite get hold of it, got a bit of a top edge there but had enough bat on it to clear deep midwicket once again

45.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, FOUR, carnage, the change of angle proves useless for Shakib, over the wicket, bowled full on middle and off, swung away, this time just one bounce, to the deep midwicket boundary, three hits in the same region

45.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Coventry, no run, followed him as he made way, short on leg stump, tries to smack it square, didn't get hold of it

End of over 46 (21 runs) Zimbabwe 278/5 (RR: 6.04)
CK Coventry    172* (143b 15x4 6x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-0-70-0
E Chigumbura    14* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    8-0-42-1

46.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Chigumbura, 1 run, full on the off, driven down to long-on for a single

46.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 2 runs, full and wide, sliced it over point for a couple more

This is now the highest score by a Zimbabwean in an ODI

46.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, mistimes a slog, gets a single

46.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Chigumbura, OUT, Chigumbura has holed out! When he connected it, it seemed he would clear the ropes easily but ended up getting more elevation than distance, tried to clear long-on but found Naeem who didn't have to move much to pouch that

E Chigumbura c Naeem Islam b Enamul Haque jnr 15 (19m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

46.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, FOUR, Coventry, though, continues his merry way, full and wide, makes room and picks the gap over cover, carts it over the in-field for four more

46.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Coventry, 1 run, that was a tough chance, would not be fair to call it a drop, short on middle, pulled away hard just short of midwicket, Shakib lunged forward to cup that but could not get his hands down in time

End of over 47 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 287/6 (RR: 6.10)
CK Coventry    180* (147b 16x4 6x6)      Enamul Haque jnr    9-0-51-2
MN Waller    0* (0b)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-0-70-0

Just 14 more from equaling the record is Coventry. Rasel to bowl.

47.1

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, full outside off, drilled down to long-off for a single

47.2

Syed Rasel to Waller, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, they're bleeding runs here, another one to an already imposing score

Waller's the new man in

47.2

Syed Rasel to Waller, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

47.3

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, targeting the blockhole, driven down to long-on for a single

47.4

Syed Rasel to Waller, no run, full outside off, dug out towards point from the crease, no run there

47.5

Syed Rasel to Waller, 1 run, short outside leg stump, struck down to short fine for a single to give Coventry the strike

47.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, low full toss on middle, swung away just wide of long-on who keeps them down to just a single

End of over 48 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 293/6 (RR: 6.10)
CK Coventry    183* (150b 16x4 6x6)      Syed Rasel    8-1-42-0
MN Waller    2* (3b)      Enamul Haque jnr    9-0-51-2

12 more to break the record, 12 balls to go. Mahbubul is back, he's been hit around

48.1

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, no run, yorker, dot ball, full just outside off, tried to force it through cover, got an inside edge onto his pads

48.2

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, SIX, just six more away, feeding him with a length ball outside off, made room and clattered it into the stands over long-on, just one more hit

48.3

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, slower one bowled full outside off, cracked down to deep cover for a single, reaches 190

300 up, the third hundred comes up in just 54 balls

48.4

Mahbubul Alam to Waller, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven straight to extra cover who fumbles to allow them to breeze through to a single

Can he do it?

48.5

Mahbubul Alam to Coventry, 1 run, yorker on middle, dug out towards long-on, just the one

48.6

Mahbubul Alam to Waller, OUT, bowled'im! Full and straight, tries to crack it over the bowler's head, misses and the stumps take a beating!

MN Waller b Mahbubul Alam 3 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 49 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 302/7 (RR: 6.16)
     Mahbubul Alam    8-0-63-2
CK Coventry    191* (154b 16x4 7x6)      Syed Rasel    8-1-42-0

Now's Coventry's chance. There's one over to go and he needs a boundary to go past Saeed Anwar. Rasel to bowl the last over.

49.1

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 1 run, full outside off, driven straight to deep cover, just the single

Mupariwa needs to get a single now

49.2

Syed Rasel to Mupariwa, OUT, slower one bowled just outside leg stump and cutting in, he tries to work it past square leg, is struck on the pads and is given! Pitched outside leg that one, Coventry will have to wait

T Mupariwa lbw b Syed Rasel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Utseya, the captain, walks in

49.3

Syed Rasel to Utseya, FOUR, a boundary! They were on their way to get a single, picks the slower one wide of long-on, the fielder overruns it to concede a boundary, Coventry will have to wait again

49.4

Syed Rasel to Utseya, 2 runs, two more, short on leg stump, pulled away wide of fine leg, why two? His partner's on the verge of a major landmark here, a single should have been fine

49.5

Syed Rasel to Utseya, 1 run, pitched up on middle, struck away to deep midwicket for a single

Coventry has one ball to break the record. Three to get. What's your call?

The keeper comes up

49.6

Syed Rasel to Coventry, 2 runs, full toss outside off, slaps it back past the bowler wide of long-off for a couple to equal the world record!!

He's made 194, the 12-year record has been equalled. Saeed Anwar got the same score against India in Chennai during the Independence Cup in 1997. Coventry should have received more strike at the end, that couple by Utseya was not the right call. Coventry leads the players off the field, his team congratulates him with a guard of honour as he walks towards the pavilion. It is worth adding that Coventry gets to top the list of highest run-getters in ODIs as he's remained unbeaten. Anwar was dismissed after making 194.

"It's a great feeling. I had a bit of luck early on, I suppose thats the way things go. It's staying a bit low, I'm sure we can defend it." Coventry's short of words as he speaks, he can't contain his excitement.

Zimbabwe have got themselves into an excellent position to level this series, thanks largely to that stupendous effort from the bespectacled batsman. He took a short while to get used to the track and conditions, coming in after the early loss of Vermeulen. But once he had his eye in, it didn't take him too long to open up and he ended up scoring 106 of his runs in boundaries and sixes. The last ten overs yielded 105 and Bangladesh now have a mammoth task ahead of them to scale this down. Coventry was dropped twice during his innings, both simple chances, and the visitors have learnt little from their lapses in the previous game. They have the firepower to get this though, so join us in a bit to see what they make of it.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 312/8
CK Coventry    194* (156b 16x4 7x6)      Syed Rasel    9-1-52-1
P Utseya    7* (3b 1x4)      Mahbubul Alam    8-0-63-2
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Photos

Aug 16, 2009

Tamim Iqbal leads the victory chorus in the Bangladesh dressing room, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 4th ODI, Bulawayo, August 16, 2009

Tamim Iqbal leads the victory chorus in the Bangladesh dressing room

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Aug 16, 2009

Enamul Haque jnr is delighted after a dismissal, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 4th ODI, Bulawayo, August 16, 2009

Enamul Haque jnr is delighted after a dismissal

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