Team Tigers Cruised Towards Another Banglawash
Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe ODI Played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Chottogram
Bangladesh 250/3 (Imrul Kayes 90, Litton K Das 83, Mushfiqur Rahim 40*, Mohammad Mithun 23, Sikandar Raza 3/43) beat Zimbabwe 246/7 (Brendon Taylor 75, Sikandar Raza 49, SC Williams 47, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/ 45) by 7 Wickets
Player of The Match: Mohammad Saifuddin
Doing justice to their growing stature in ODI cricket, Mashrafe inspired Bangladesh blew away Zimbabwean challenge with another clinical display of aggressive cricket.
Winning the second ODI at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chottogram by 7 wickets, Bangladesh are on the way of achieving yet another series whitewash against Zimbabwe.
From two matches played so far, it appears that only miracle can save the visitors from that ignominy although in a game of glorious uncertainty, only fools make assured predictions.
Zimbabwe could post 246/7 in allotted overs. Bangladesh cruised past the target losing only 3 wickets with ease and comfort. From here on a series white wash is the logical conclusion.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl in anticipation of dew factor in the evening Mashrafe led Bangladesh attack bowled effectively in spells to keep Zimbabwean challenge under control. Saifuddin, Mustafiz and Mashrafe decelerated visitor’s progress at critical stages bowling consistently on right channel and taking wickets at regular interval.
Nazmul Opu, Miraz and Mahmudullah also spun well restricting visitors to below par score of 246/7. At one stage when Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams were sewing a partnership, thoughts of 270 -280 were being discussed.
But Mashrafe marshalling his bowling resources smartly squeezed the visitors. Very accurate bowling and smart fielding kept the visitors bogged down. On an easy pace wicket, having no swing, bounce or appreciable turn, 247 could not be any challenge for Bangladesh even without Tamim and Shakib.
Visitor’s innings was decimated from a position of 147/2 by the 30th over.
Bangladeshi openers aided by butter fingered Zimbabwean fielders ran riot. 148 runs first wicket partnership between Litton and Kayes put paid to visitor’s campaign for staying in the series.
After the dismissal of the openers (both failing to convert innings to triple figures) luckless Fazle Rabbi scored his second successive duck. He possibly failed to grab the opportunity given to him. Several fringe players are waiting in the queue. Shakib and Tamim would be back soon. Fazle may not get another opportunity as Soumya is also waiting in the wings. Bangladesh has to work out right combination targeting ICC world Cup 2018.
Mushfiqur and Mithun combined to race across the target by the 45th over. Bangladesh is on the verge of earning yet another series whitewash. These two matches answered few questions. Bangladesh was desperately looking for a settled opening partner for Tamim for a while.
Litton started playing well from Asia cup. Now with two back to back aggressive innings, Kayes announced his return to contention loudly. Soumya Sarkar is also ready for return. The top order inconsistency appears to have come to an end.
Saifuddin batted superbly in the first ODI. Yesterday he was the prime bowler bowling consistently at pace. His three wickets haul signalled appearance of a pace bowling all rounder which Bangladesh sought after all the while.
Mashrafe looked a bit out of sorts in his first spell but later returned to his brilliant best.
Mustafiz bowled miserly as ever. Bangladeshi pacers tightened the screws so effectively that visitors could manage only 19 runs in the last 5 overs. This made a difference as Zimbabwe was well set for 270 -280. Instead they could reach only 246/7.
Heavy dew in the evening made the ball greasy creating challenges for Zimbabwean bowling. Bangladesh openers starting running riot with aggressive display. The pair put on 148 invaluable opening partnership by the 25th over when Litton got out scoring 83 in 77 balls. He was given out by Rod Tucker on the 4th ball of the first over by Kyle Jarvis. On review the Hawk Eye evidenced that the ball was missing the leg stump. Litton survived. Getting new lease of life Litton unleashed savage counter attack.
Kayes looked calm and composed .He too got a reprieve when Brendon Taylor failed to hold on a tough chance of the bowling of Sikandar Raza. Kayes was on 58 at that time.
However, Raza struck two blows soon removing dangerous looking Litton and sending back Fazle for a second consecutive duck. Fazle is the fourth unfortunate Bangladeshi earning two ducks in the first two innings in ODI. A dreadful feet for a debutant. Fazle was stumped by Taylor of Raza. Bangladesh was in a little jitter.
Zimbabwe looked awful in the field as Imrul was given another life on 70. This time Brendan Mavuta failed to hold on the catch at Mid wicket off the bowling of Donald Tiripano. Mushfiqur and Kayes kept the innings going adding 59 for the third wicket before Kayes holed out to long off. It could be his second successive ODI century if Kayes could restrain for a while.
It could be so different if any of the set Zimbabwean batsmen could convert start to a three figure and they could post 280 plus.
This was not beyond their reach. After the departure of the openers Taylor was striking well. He was impressive against spinners sweeping and reverse sweeping at consummate ease. He reached his half century by the 23rd over his first after the world cup qualifier in March 2018. He put his feet in the pedal after achieving the land mark and was looking set for a century.
Mashrafe brought in Mahmudullah in quest of a breakthrough and he delivered. After playing a reverse sweep for four, Taylor was trapped plumb in front in efforts for repeating the stroke. He fell at 75.
Sean Williams was playing second fiddle with him. But he too fell to carry on 47 bottom edging to the keeper. These two wickets of set batsmen arrested a late order flourish.
Bangladesh bowlers swarmed in with a clutch of wickets. The innings got bogged down. 246/7 was not a score to challenge Bangladesh on an easy paced wicked on dew moistened condition. Poor bowling and fielding of the visitors also did not help their cause.
Having won the series already, Bangladesh look set for a series white wash.
Soumya Sarkar called into the squad will possibly replace Fazle Rabbi.
Would suggest resting Mashrafe as well and letting fit again Rubel play. Bangladesh cannot afford Mashrafe aggravating his injury risking him in a dead rubber.
Shanto and Ariful Haque need an opportunity also.