1st Match, Harare, Jun 17 2012, Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series
(20 ov, target 155)
Zim XI won by 11 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Liam Brickhill

Masakadza, Mpofu seal 11-run win

Zimbabwe cruised to an 11-run win over Bangladesh in the opening match of the tri-series at Harare Sports Club

Match centre 
Scorer: Donald Nyoni
Commentator: Firdose Moonda
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe XI154/6(20 overs)
Bangladesh XI143/5(20 overs)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
BanXI: 143/5CRR: 7.15 
Mashrafe Mortaza2 (2)
Nasir Hossain29 (15)
Kyle Jarvis4-0-32-1
Richard Muzhange4-0-33-1

That's it from the team. We'll be back on Tuesday when Bangladesh play South Africa. Cheers for now.


MOM Hamilton Masakadza:

Lots of credit to our spinners for pulling it back to nicely in the middle and to Richard. Its very difficult when the pitch slows a little but but you have to make sure you keep things ticking, which is where I think they got it wrong. 165 would have been par. I've been striking the ball well and scoring quite a few runs.

Brendan Taylor:

We felt we were 15 short, we stuck it out towards the end to get a competitive total. Our bowlers were exceptional today. We knew our spinners could do the job, a lot of slower balls from the seamers. Richard is exceptional, able to find the blockhole at will. He's got a great attitude and he just wants to keep learning and improving. He's just a keen kid who wants to get better. Bowling upfront can be better. We leaked a couple too many boundaries and we can sharpen up our middle overs with the bat.

Mushfiqur Rahim:

I thought the boys really tried hard but Zimbabwe executed their plans better than us. I thought the wicket was still good, we had a good start but ZImbabwe came back well in the middle overs. Ash and Tamim were successful, hopefully we can learn from our mistakes.

Zimbabwe defended a score that was perhaps slightly below-par. Excellent bowling from Jarvis and Muzhange on debut. Bangladesh faltered when Tamim Iqbal and Ash adopting a cautious approach. Even though they managed a stand of 61, they left to much for the middle order to do. Join us in a few for the presentation.

Jarvis to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run
Driven down to long off and it doesn't matter. Zimbabwe have won by 11 runs. BT hugs his boys while Alan Butcher can smile now.
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 3 runs
Zimbabwe's much improved fielding continues as that is hit over third man and hauled in by Stuart M who tag teams with Mpofu to stop the boundary
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs
driven on the up, beats the inner ring but Cremer comes round to stop the four and this could be it for Bangladesh
Jarvis to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run
another good ball, Jarvis finding the spot perfectly and that's only a single. Bangladesh need three sixes to win now
Jarvis to Mahmudullah, OUT
Another dot ball from Jarvis and a wicket. Lucky perhaps, a full toss as he searched for the yorker. Mahmuldullah hits in the air and finds Stuart M on the edge of the circle who takes a good catch. Pressure on Bangladesh now.
Mahmudullah c Utseya b Jarvis 14 (25m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 93.33
Jarvis to Mahmudullah, no run
excellent, full, straight, perfect. There's no getting a run off that one.

Jarvis to bowl the last over. Bangladesh need 19 runs to win. Quite an end we have in store here.

end of over 198 runs
BanXI: 136/4CRR: 7.15 • RRR: 19.00
Mahmudullah14 (13)
Nasir Hossain24 (13)
Richard Muzhange4-0-33-1
Kyle Jarvis3-0-25-0
Muzhange to Mahmudullah, 1 run
Muzhange ends with another full ball, driven to long-on and he has done himself pretty proud in his first match for his country. Jason Gillespie is smiling somewhere.
Muzhange to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
in the blockhole again, Hossain can't get it away and Muzhnage fields in his follow through
Muzhange to Mahmudullah, 1 run
another good ball, full and straight, Mahmudullah tries to innovate and hit past fine leg but can only tap it down next to the pitch and sneak a single
Muzhange to Mahmudullah, no run
that's a super yorker, Mahmudullah has a big swing, looking at the area over mid-wicket, and misses by a mile
Muzhange to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
driven to long-off this time, Cremer fumbles a little but does not cost his side anything
Muzhange to Nasir Hossain, FOUR runs
ridiculous fielding there, full and straight from Muzhange, driven in the gap on the on side, Chigs misjudges horribly and dives over Sibanda as the pair let the boundary through

It's tight - at this stage Zimbabwe were 132 for 4 so still anyone's game

end of over 189 runs
BanXI: 128/4CRR: 7.11 • RRR: 13.50
Nasir Hossain18 (10)
Mahmudullah12 (10)
Kyle Jarvis3-0-25-0
Richard Muzhange3-0-25-1
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
full but wide and driven to extra cover, nine off this over, so the required run-rate has climbed but Bangladesh still with plenty of batsmen to come
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, FOUR runs
full and squeezed out to third man, Hossain had the most delicate of touches as he played that off the face, classy
Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run
in the air, find long-on so just the one again.
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
full and straight again, driven into the covers and well fielded
Jarvis to Mahmudullah, 1 run
full again but a bit of width, slapped down to deep cover
Jarvis to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
full and straight from the returning Jarvis and driven to long off

Alan Butcher looking rather stressed, also looks like he has lost a fair bit of weight.

Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossZimbabwe XI , elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series
Player Of The Match
Hamilton Masakadza
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-14.15, Interval 14.15-14.30, Second Session 14.30-15.45
Match days17 June 2012 (20-over match)
Russell Tiffin
Owen Chirombe
TV Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
Sifelani Rwaziyeni
Match Referee
Nicholas Singo
PointsZimbabwe XI 4, Bangladesh XI 0