Bangladesh – 281for 7 in 50 overs ( Shakib Al Hasan 101, Mushfiqur Rahim 65; Tinashe Panyangara 3-66, Tendai Chatara 2-48) Zimbabwe – 194 all out in 42.1 overs (Brendan Taylor 54, Hamilton Masakadza 42; Shakib Al Hasan 4-41, Arafat Sunny 2-22, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-33, Mohammad Mahmudullah 2-40)
Bangladesh won by 87 runs.
Shakib Al Hasan produced another masterful performance with both bat and ball that helped Bangladesh cricket cruise to a comfortable 87-run victory against Zimbabwe, in their first One-Day International match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday.
Shakib, who is making it a habit to single-handedly influence every match featuring Zimbabwe in which he plays, struck his sixth century to guide his team to an imposing total of 281 runs for seven wickets, before weaving his magic with the ball to claim four wickets that helped cripple Zimbabwe to 194 all out.
After being put in to bat by Zimbabwe, Shakib came in to bat during a difficult period after Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara had done well to make early inroads.
Panyangara got rid of the dangerous Tamim Iqbal for five, while Chatara removed Anamul Haque (12) and Mohammad Mahmudullah for one. Shakib took guard and bossed the innings all the way to 101, featuring in a Bangladesh record 148-run partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim for the fifth wicket.
Rahim chipped in with a useful 65 and debutant Sabbir Rahman provided the acceleration at the back end of the innings, with a quick-fire 44 that helped the hosts add 52 runs in the last five overs.
Veteran seamer Tinashe Panyangara was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe, picking up three wickets, but they came at a cost of 66 runs as he received some tap during the business end of the innings. Panyangara’s new-ball partner Tendai Chatara ended with two wickets for 48 runs.
Zimbabwe’s response got off to a very encouraging start, with openers Sikandar Raza Butt and Hamilton Masakadza picking up boundaries at will against the hosts’ new-ball bowlers.
After six overs, Zimbabwe were 47 without loss, but as soon as spin was introduced, wickets started tumbling.
Raza (15) advanced down the track and went past a Shakib delivery that spun into the wicket-keeper’s gloves for an easy stumping. Vusimuzi Sibanda, who seems unsure where his next run will come from, came in at three and tried to sweep the second ball he faced but only achieved getting a top edge to short fine leg. He went for a duck.
Hamilton Masakadza muscled his way to 42 and looked set for a big knock until he was trapped in front by Mahmudullah. Only Brendan Taylor found some fluency, top-scoring with 54, but he got out when the changing-room was looking to him as the set batsman to take the game deep.
In the end, none of the middle to lower order could handle the mounting pressure as the ball started turning squarer and the asking rate sky-rocketed to unattainable levels.
Bangladesh lead Zimbabwe 1-0 in the five match series, and the visitors will have to wait until Sunday at the same venue to see if they can find a solution to their problems against spin, at least to the extent of pushing Bangladesh all the way.
Teams Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain and Robiul Islam. Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza Butt, Hamilton Masakadza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura (captain), Solomon Mire, Regis Chakabva (wicket-keeper), Tinashe Panyangara, John Nyumbu, Tendai Chatara and Tafadzwa Kamungozi.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have the opportunity to gain vital rankings points when they go head to head in five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), starting on Friday in Chittagong.
Ninth-placed Bangladesh currently holds an 11-point lead over Elton Chigumbura’s charges, and can further increase its lead while also reducing the gap with New Zealand and West Indies, who lie level on 96 points. A 5-nil series win for Bangladesh would open up a 22 point gap over its Zimbabwe, while a 4-1 score line would lead to a lead of 17 points. A 3-2 series win would see host Bangladesh retain a nine-point advantage.
Zimbabwe will be eyeing a move up the rankings, as a 5-0 series win would see it leapfrog Bangladesh into ninth position, six points clear. In the event of a 4-1 series win, the two sides would be level on 63 points, with the host holding a fractional advantage. A 3-2 win for Zimbabwe would reduce Bangladesh’s lead by five to six points.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the series, Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor is the highest ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. The 28-year-old all-rounder lies in 31st place, and he will be looking to gain ground on England’s Joe Root who is a single point and one place ahead of him. The next best-ranked Zimbabwe batsmen are Hamilton Masakadza (48th) and Sean Williams (49th). For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan (33rd), Tamim Iqbal (37th) and Mushfiqur Rahim (40th) are the top-ranked batsmen.
In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI bowlers Shakib Al Hasan is the highest-ranked bowler on side, and the left arm spinner lies in 21stplace, six points adrift of a place in the top 20. Zimbabwe’s highest-ranked bowler is Tendai Chatara (60th) who will be looking to build on his recent performances in the triangular series against South African and Australia where he captured five wickets.
Ahead of the start of the series, 27-year-old Shakib is also the highest ranked player on the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders, in third place.
Bangladesh Board XI – 282 all out in 50 overs (Nasir Hossain 61, Shamsur Rahman 49*; Vusimuzi Sibanda 4-44, Neville Madziva 2-22, John Nyumbu, 2-40) Zimbabwe – 194 all out in 45.3 overs (Timycen Maruma 50, Sikandar Raza Butt 44; Sabbir Rahman 2-23, Shafiul Islam 2-24, Mohammad Shahid 2-25, Abdul Hasan 2-53)
Zimbabwe lost by 88 runs
Zimbabwe failed to register what would have been a morale boosting first win on tour even as they switched to coloured clothing, falling short by 88 runs against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.
After winning the toss in the one-day warm-up match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today (Wednesday the 19th ), the visitors put the BCB XI in to bat first and seamer Neville Madziva struck twice inside the mandatory power play to remove opener Anamul Haque for 13 and Rony Talukdar for two.
Partnerships then mushroomed throughout the BCB XI’s innings, aided by the waywardness of Zimbabwe’s bowlers who bowled a total of 15 wides and two no-balls in the innings, meaning no pressure was exerted towards the hosts for any length of time.
Shamsur Rahman eased to 49 before he was trapped in front by John Nyumbu and Nasir Hossain top-scored with a run-a-ball knock of 61 as the BCB XI accelerated towards the end to finish on 282 runs.
For Zimbabwe, sixth-choice bowler Vusimuzi Sibanda had the best figures on display, claiming four wickets for 44 runs in seven overs. Nyumbu was also tidy, picking up two wickets for 40 runs in his 10 overs.
Chasing, Zimbabwe elevated Brendan Taylor to open the innings with the in-form Regis Chakabva, in a bid to give the Test captain some much-needed time in the middle. The opening stand put on 40 runs before Chakabva went for 14 off the bowling of seamer Mohammad Shahid. Taylor followed soon after with the score on 55, for a laboured 28 runs off 49 balls.
Sikandar Raza Butt then partnered with Timycen Maruma for the third-wicket and the two put on 77 runs. That made sure the asking rate was still in check. Raza in particular continued in his accustomed aggressive instinct to race to 44 off 43 balls before being dismissed by Sabbir Rahman’s leg spin.
Maruma followed soon after for a patient half-century, his 50 being the highest score of the innings, but he failed to kick on. A middle order collapse then ensued as Sibanda (5), Peter John Moor (0) Solomon Mire (4) and Neville Madziva (1) failed to ignite some impetus into the innings.
Richmond Mutumbami (22) and Shingirai Masakadza (15) tried to resurrect the innings towards the end, but by then the asking rate had sky-rocketed and they both fell trying to go for the big shots.
For the BCB XI, none of their bowlers stood out as wickets were shared, but they complemented each other well with their discipline and with runs up, scoreboard pressure did most of the work for them.
It is a bitter pill to swallow for Zimbabwe as a win still remains elusive, but there is enough quality within the ranks to turn the team’s fortunes around come the One-Day International (ODI) series.
The first of five ODI matches starts this Friday, and the selectors are faced with the unenviable task of picking the right combinations.
Zimbabwe Cricket met with the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association (ZPCA) chief executive officer Eliah Zvimba on Friday afternoon.
The meeting was part of the on-going engagement between the two organisations.
During the meeting, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) gave ZPCA updates on a number of issues that the players’ body listed in its e-mail to ZC on Monday (the 10th of November).
The issues include medical aid for the players, insurance, match fees and allowances, the grading system for awarding player contracts, salary scales and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the ZC and the ZPCA.
On the MOU, ZC told the ZPCA that their final draft of the document should be ready in 90 days, after which the two bodies will go through it and agree on a final document which will be given to the ZC board for its consideration.