5th ODI: Zimbabwe Collapse Hands Bangladesh Victory

On a day when they should have been fighting for pride, Zimbabwe again managed to implode and handed Bangladesh an easy victory that saw them take the series 4-1. Zimbabwe won the toss and, on a pitch that was showing signs of wear, opted to bat, a decision that soon proved to be the wrong one as Bangladesh's seamers managed to get some movement out of the pitch that Zim seemed incapable of dealing with. 4th ODI hero Charles Coventry went for a 7-ball duck; Vusi Sibanda, given another chance to impress after failing to do so for quite some time now, went for just 2; and it wasn't until Brendan Taylor arrived at 7th that a stand began to form. He and Utseya steadied the ship, with Ray Price contributing a useful 46th at 9th. Taylor eventually managed 61 before departing, and it it hadn't been for that trio complete humiliation would have been on the cards. As it was, Zimbabwe were bundled out for a well below-par 209 in the 47th over. Dolar Mahmud took 4/28 as he piled the misery on the Zimbabweans.

In reply, Bangladesh never seemed troubled, while Zimbabwe's bowlers had great difficulty making any breakthroughs. Even when wickets did fall, they were usually followed by another useful partnership that saw Bangladesh ease towards their target with very little pressure placed upon them. Mushfiqur Rahim played a large part in securing the win, scoring 98 - and he genuinely did deserve the ton, only to be denied by Ray Price, whose 2/21 was the best of the Zim bowling and enough to make him the top wicket-taker in the series.

A very disappointing outing for Zimbabwe, then, but there appears to be plenty of cricket coming for the senior side over the next few months, with West Indies looking likely in the next few weeks, to be followed by trips to Bangladesh and, apparently, Sri Lanka before the end of the year. All that will remove "match practice" from Zimbabwe's list of excuses and hopefully see us finally performing to potential.

Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 209 (46.4 overs; Taylor 61, Dolar Mahmud 4/28), Bangladesh 212/5 (47.5 overs; Mushfiqur Rahim 98, Ray Price 2/21. Bangladesh win by 5 wickets.

Zimbabwe innings (50 overs maximum)  	                        R  	B  	4s  	6s  	SR
V Sibanda 	b Dolar Mahmud 	                                2 	8 	0 	0 	25.00
H Masakadza 	run out (†Mushfiqur Rahim/Mohammad Ashraful) 	25 	24 	4 	0 	104.16
CK Coventry 	c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Dolar Mahmud 	        0 	7 	0 	0 	0.00
MN Waller 	b Dolar Mahmud 	                                10 	12 	1 	0 	83.33
SC Williams 	lbw b Syed Rasel 	                        12 	13 	2 	0 	92.30
E Chigumbura 	lbw b Dolar Mahmud 	                        12 	18 	2 	0 	66.66
BRM Taylor† 	lbw b Mehrab Hossain jnr 	                61 	86 	3 	1 	70.93
P Utseya* 	b Mahmudullah 	                                21 	39 	3 	0 	53.84
RW Price 	lbw b Syed Rasel 	                        46 	58 	4 	1 	79.31
AG Cremer 	st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Naeem Islam 	        10 	11 	1 	0 	90.90
EC Rainsford 	not out 	                                1 	4 	0 	0 	25.00
	Extras 	(lb 6, w 3) 	                                9
	Total 	(all out; 46.4 overs) 	                        209 	(4.47 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Sibanda, 1.5 ov), 2-9 (Coventry, 3.3 ov), 3-43 (Masakadza, 8.2 ov), 
4-47 (Waller, 9.1 ov), 5-65 (Williams, 12.6 ov), 6-69 (Chigumbura, 13.4 ov), 7-123 (Utseya, 27.6 ov), 
8-176 (Taylor, 40.6 ov), 9-203 (Cremer, 45.3 ov), 10-209 (Price, 46.4 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ
Syed Rasel 	        8.4 	0 	45 	2 	5.19
Dolar Mahmud 	        8 	1 	28 	4 	3.50 	(2w)
Shakib Al Hasan 	8 	2 	22 	0 	2.75 	(1w)
Mehrab Hossain jnr 	7 	0 	43 	1 	6.14
Mahmudullah 	        10 	0 	40 	1 	4.00
Naeem Islam 	        5 	0 	25 	1 	5.00

Bangladesh innings (target: 210 runs from 50 overs)  	R  	B  	4s  	6s  	SR
Tamim Iqbal 	        b Price 	                4 	23 	0 	0 	17.39
Mushfiqur Rahim† 	st Coventry b Price 	        98 	121 	11 	0 	80.99
Mohammad Ashraful 	c Sibanda b Chigumbura 	        4 	7 	0 	0 	57.14
Raqibul Hasan 	        c Waller b Utseya 	        24 	48 	3 	0 	50.00
Shakib Al Hasan* 	c Masakadza b Cremer 	        30 	40 	2 	0 	75.00
Mahmudullah 	        not out 	                27 	41 	1 	1 	65.85
Naeem Islam 	        not out 	                4 	7 	1 	0 	57.14
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 1, w 16) 	                21
	Total 	(5 wickets; 47.5 overs) 	        212 	(4.43 runs per over)

Did not bat: Junaid Siddique, Mehrab Hossain jnr, Dolar Mahmud, Syed Rasel

Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Tamim Iqbal, 9.1 ov), 2-48 (Mohammad Ashraful, 10.4 ov), 
3-99 (Raqibul Hasan, 23.6 ov), 4-169 (Shakib Al Hasan, 36.2 ov), 
5-199 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 44.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ
EC Rainsford 	8 	1 	39 	0 	4.87 	(3w)
E Chigumbura 	8 	0 	33 	1 	4.12 	(1w)
RW Price 	10 	2 	21 	2 	2.10
AG Cremer 	10 	0 	52 	1 	5.20 	(2w)
P Utseya 	7 	0 	37 	1 	5.28
SC Williams 	3.5 	0 	15 	0 	3.91


some suggestgions to zim cricket team.

let me first introduce myself,
I am ALI M USMANI, MBA MARKETING student from karachi, Pakistan. I am a big fan of zim since it step in into international cricket arena, I Regularily visit zimbawe cricinfo, brmtaylor.com, and sandbox---.

my view regarding zim team is that, they can become the world best team in near future, no matter they lost the series against BAN, but they have enough potential to revive themselves.
now a days there are lot of positive moves by ZC with the colaboration of ICC, now they should try to captialize on it, the main issue is that, their batting collapses very often, from very beginning, now they have good batsmen to cope up these problems of batting.
my suggestion is that.
1) appoint coach who have international exposure.
2) now give captaincy to some one, who knows how to control the game and manage players. My choices are:
a) Ray price (have an experience of playing on english soil)
b) BRM taylor
c) Hamilton masakadza
d) Elton chigumbura
3) ZC should try to organize cricket matches (ODIs) and four day games, with other nations, like WestIndies, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan(pak has no fixture at home in near future)

There were a lot of positives

There were a lot of positives to be taken from the Bangladesh series, in amongst the failures, and I'll be posting an article about that in the next few days. But to address some of your points...

a) Coach - the post of coach was advertised at the end of last year, and attracted very little attention - foreign coaches just aren't interested in the job, given the economic and political problems in Zim. That said, we have plenty of local coaching talent, if ZC could only get them interested in the post (and were prepared to push Walter Chawaguta out of the post) - many people think Alastair Campbell would be more than up to the job, Robin Brown's tenure was cut short before he really had a chance to get settled, despite results being good in the short time he had in charge, and there are other options. I would hope this is something ZC will address before the side's next series, whoever that ends up being against.

b) Captaincy - There's been a question mark over Utseya's suitability for a while. Hamilton Masakadza has had some experience of captaincy with the 'A' side and has shown himself to have the killer instinct that Utseya lacks and would probably be the best choice of the ones you name - although his batting form would have to be more consistent to make sure he deserved his place in the side.

c) More matches - there appear to be plenty on the way - while ZC never confirm anything until the last minute, the rumour mill suggests we have India and/or West Indies in Zimbabwe before the Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka away before the end of the year, and the return trip tp Bangladesh is already confirmed for October / November. For the 'A' side, Kenya are expected in October for the Intercontinental Cup match, and Pakistan 'A' are rumoured to be visiting soon, so lack of competitive matches shouldn't be an issue for the next few months at least...