Test & ODI Matches

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West Indies Tour Dates Confirmed

ZC have confirmed the fixture list for Zimbabwe's next international tour, the trip to West Indies ahead of the World T20. The tour will comprise an opening tour match, one T20 international, and five ODIs. Here's the itinerary:

February 26     Tour match, v UWI Vice Chancellor's XI  Barbados
February 28     Twenty20 International                  Trinidad
March 4         1st ODI                                 Guyana
March 6         2nd ODI                                 Guyana
March 10        3rd ODI                                 St Vincent
March 12        4th ODI                                 St Vincent
March 14        5th ODI                                 St Vincent

Bangladesh U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 3rd Youth ODI

..and finally for now, the 3rd Youth ODI. Another win for Bangladesh, which secures them the 5-match series, but once again Zimbabwe didn't disgrace themselves. Batting first, Bangladesh were restricted to 186 after being bowled out in the final (41st) over, giving Zimbabwe a total which was definitely chasable. Edgar Jaure led the bowling with 2/10 from three overs - Zim seemed to be experimenting a little, and used 8 bowlers during the innings, with 7 of them claiming scalps. It was the batting that let the side down once again, though, as apart from Dean Mazhawidza (39) and Natsai Mushangwe (38), none of the Zimbabweans managed to build even a half-decent innings (no other batsman passed 20). The side were bowled out in the 40th over, 21 runs short of their target. Full scorecard below the cut.
Bangladesh 186 (40.2 overs; Mominul Haque 67, Jaure 2/10), Zimbabwe 165 (39.1 overs; Mazhawidza 39, Anul Hasan 4/27). Bangladesh U19 win by 21 runs.

Bangladesh U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 2nd Youth ODI

Onto the second match, which was a painfully close affair. Zimbabwe again batted first, setting a target of 193, with the batting once again led by Dean Mazhawidza (42). The top order managed a decent display this time, but the tail once again collapsed and prevent Zim from setting a better target. It was almost enough, though, as Zim's bowling finally clicked - three top-ored ducks, and Bangladesh were in trouble. Tendai Chitara took 4/35, while Simon Mugava took 3/31 to very nearly secure victory for Zimbabwe - but the final wicket proved elusive, and Bangladesh reached the target with just over 3 overs - and only one wicket - to spare. Sooo close, and a good performance by Zimbabwe, bu it just wasn't to be on the day. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 193 (49.3 overs; Mazhawidza 42, Abul Hasan 5/26), Bangladesh 195/9 (46.2 overs; Noor Hossain 65, Chitara 4/35). Bangladesh U19 win by 1 wicket.

Bangladesh U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 1st Youth ODI

I'm just doing quick summaries of the first three Youth ODIs - didn't get to pay much attention to them due to illness. In general, though, the boys seem to have done quite well and have been unlucky to go without a win so far. The first ODI saw Zimbabwe's batting collapse in predictable fashion, with 7 scores in single figures. The side were given a fighting chance, though, by the innings of Dean Mazhawidza (77) and Gary Chirimuta (51), who helped the side to 204 before being bowled out in the final over. It wasn't quite enough, though, as Bangladesh chased down the total with 4 overs to spare - Zimbabwe's bowling had a hard time penetrating the Bangladeshi defences, and that eventually cost them. Simon Mugava was the best of the bowlers, taken 2/30 from his 10 overs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 204 (49.4 overs; Mazhawida 77, Kamrul Islam 3/37), Bangladesh 208/4 (45.5 overs; Mominul Hawue 65*, Mugava 2/30). Bangladesh U19 win by 6 wickets.

South Africa Hammer Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

While there were glimmers of hope in the first ODI, South Africa stamped their dominance on Zimbabwe in the 2nd and final match with a huge 212-run victory at Centurion. Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field, giving the Proteas the batting practice they'd been hoping for from this series - JP Duminy top-scored with 111 not-out, while Graeme Smith (53) and Jaques Kallis (81) added half-tons of their own as South Africa powered to 331/5 from their 50 overs. Ray Price was the best of Zim's attack in both strikes and economy, but his 3/55 still wasn't cheap and Zimbabwe were left facing a mountain to climb.

It was't to be, either. Zim openers Hamilton Masakadza and Brenda Taylor both departed without scoring, while Tatenda Taibu's 52 was far ahead of the rest of the side - the next best score was a paltry 13, and that woeful display saw Zimbabwe bowled out for just 119. Albie Morkel took 3/20, while Charl Langeveldt and Roelof van der Merwe also took three apiece.

Not a good day at the office, then, and Zimbabwe also completed the short SA tour with injuries to a number of key players, a sign perhaps of too many games in a short period of time. Still, experience is experience, and if Zimbabwe are serious about a return to Test cricket then they'll need to play many more matches at this level. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 331/5 (50 overs; Duminy 111*, Price 3/55), Zimbabwe 119 (34.3 overs; Taibu 52, Morkel 3/20). South Africa win by 212 runs.

Taibu Salvages Some Pride as Zim Lose to Proteas

Pitch worries turned out to be a non-event for yesterday's opening ODI between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Benoni, but while Zimbabwe were able to take some positives from the match the seemingly inevitable Zimbabwe Collapse™ once again featured strongly in the result. Zimbabwe won toss and put South Africa in to bat, a decision that paid quick dividends for the South Africans as Hashim Amla (top-scorer on 80) and captain Graeme Smith (35) put on 67 for the opening wicket; Amla and AB be Villiers (51) added another 90, while Alviro Petersen (39) and Albie Morkel (50) put on 86 for the 5th wicket. Those stands guided the Proteas to a good target of 295, for the loss of 5 wickets. Ray Price led the bowling figures from Zimbabwe, taking 3/44 in addition to being the most economical of Zimbabwe's bowlers.

As ever, Zimbabwe started poorly, with the first 5 wickets falling for just 48 runs on the board as Vermeulen, Chibhabha, Masakadza, Taylor and Chigumbura all failed to deal with the South African attack. That left the 6th-wicket pairing of Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri with a mountain to climb to salvage some respectability from the game - a challenge they accepted with relish. The pair ran up the 2nd-highest ODI partnership by a Zimbabwean side, adding 188 runs before Matsikenyeri fell on 86. Taibu went on to score 103 not-out, his second ODI ton against South Africa - he remains the only Zimbabwean player to cross the 100 mark against the Proteas in ODIs. Proteas debuntant Ryan McLaren took 3/51 to lead the South African bowling.

The target was always going to be tough to reach, though, especially with the top-order in its usual disarray, and while Zim completed their 50 overs they fell short of the target, handing South Africa a 45-run victory. On the downside, our batting frailties have again been exposed; on the plus side, we came a lot closer that we probably deserved to, with the best batting and bowling figures from the match belonging to Zimbabwean players. That will give Graeme Smith and his side a little something to think about ahead of the 2nd ODI at Centurion tomorrow. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 295/5 (50 overs; Amla 80, Price 3/44), Zimbabwe 250/6 (50 overs; Taibu 103*, McLaren 3/51). South Africa win by 45 runs.

Naeem Islam Heaps Misery on Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe came within a whisker of a consolation in the final ODI in Chittagong, but three sixes in three balls by Naeem Islam, off the bowling of Chamu Chibhabha, ensured a win for the home side that was, if we're to be honest, probably deserved.

Batting first after being put in by Bangladesh, Zimbabwe would have repeated their dismal performance of the 4th ODI were it not for the hard work of one Brendan Taylor, who was one of only two batsmen to show some backbone as he put on an impressive 118 not-out from 125 balls. Next best was Elton Chigumbura's 38, and after that it was woeful all the way - no-one else passed 13 as Zimbabwe meekly finished their innings on 221/9. Hardly anything to write home about, but enough at least to give Zimbabwe's bowlers at target they could work with. Three of Bangladesh's bowlers took three wickets apiece, led by Shakib Al Hasan's 3/29.

For most of the Bangaldesh innings, it looked as though that 221 would be enough, too - Zimbabwe were able to take regular wickets and kept the run-rate below the required target for almost the whole innings, and when three wickets fell in quick succession in the 42nd and 43rd overs to leave Bangladesh on 179/8, it looked as though Zimbabwe had the game in the bag. Then came those three sixes, in the 48th over, and suddenly Zimbabwe were staring down the barrel as Bangladesh were left needing just 5 runs from 12 balls to win. It was only a matter of time, and Bangladeshi hero Islam (73*) knocked of the winning run at the end of the 49th over to secure the win. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 221/9 (50 overs; Taylor 118*, Shakib Al Hasan 3/29), Bangladesh 222/9 (49 overs; Naeem Islam 73*, Matsikenyeri 2/25). Bangladesh win by 1 wicket.

Zimbabwe Slide to Humiliating Loss in 4th ODI

I'm not even going to dignify this one with a match report. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 44 (24.5 overs; Waller 13, Shakib Al Hasan 3/8), Bangladesh 49/4 (11.5 overs; Tamim Iqbal 22, Price 2/5). Bangladesh win by 6 wickets.

Bangladesh Go One Up

Zimbabwe 196 (41.1 overs; Masakadza 84, Nazmul Hossain 3/13), Bangladesh 198/6 (40.4 overs; Tamim Iqbal 80, Jarvis 3/38). Bangaldesh win by 4 wickets. Full scorecard below the cut.

Bangladesh Bounce Back in 2nd ODI

Bangladesh came back strongly to trounce Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI, levelling the series at 1-1 with three matches still to play. Batting first after winning the toss, Zimbabwe got off to a good start as openers Hamilton Masakadza (34) and Chamu Chibhabha (39) set off at a cracking pace, but Masakdza's departure at the end of the 11th over signalled the start of the decline as Bangladesh began to get a grip on the match. Zim went on to lose three wickets with the score on 96, and outside the openers only Tatenda Taibu (38) and Malcolm Waller (40) put up much resistance as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 219.

Bangladesh in reply got off to a true flier, with opening pair Tamim Iqbal (26) and Junaid Siddique (23) cracking on at over 10/over before Siddique holed out to Chigumbura - that was the first of three quick wickets that brought some hope to Zimbabwe's cause, but the 4th-wicket pairing of Raqibul Hassan (39*) and Shakib Al Hasan (105*) managed to deal with all that Zimbabwe could throw at them and chased the target down within 30 overs, giving Bangladesh as clear a victory in this match as Zimbabwe had managed in the 1st ODI. The onus is now on Zimbabwe to come back strongly in the 3rd ODI. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 219 (47.2 overs; Waller 40, Abdur Razzak 5/29), Bangladesh 221/3 (29.3 overs; Shakib Al Hasan 105*, Chigumbura 2/47). Bangladesh win by 7 wickets.

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