Outcomes from ZC Board meeting held on 29 July 2021

On 29 July 2021, the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Board of Directors held a virtual meeting during which the following resolutions were passed:

1. The Board asked the ZC Director of Cricket to urgently come up with a turnaround strategy for the Zimbabwe Senior Men’s National Cricket Team following a string of poor results. The strategy, which is expected to be in place before the team’s tour to Ireland and Scotland, should focus on the following areas:

i) Selection

ii) Technical issues

iii) Performance of senior players

2. The Board received and approved ZC’s audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020, which will now be presented at the ZC Annual General Meeting.

3. The Board received and approved the report on the ZC job evaluation and grading exercise carried out by the independent human resources management consulting company Lorimak Africa.

Bangladesh win by five wickets and clinch the series 2-1

Madhevere, Chakabva heroics in vain as Bangladesh clinch thriller

Zimbabwe – 193-5 in 20 overs (Wessly Madhevere 54, Regis Chakabva 48, Ryan Burl 31*; Soumya Sarkar 2/19, Shakib Al Hasan 1/24, Shoriful Islam 1/27) 

Bangladesh – 194-5 in 19.2 overs (Soumya Sarkar 68, Mahmudullah 34, Shamim Hossain 31*; Blessing Muzarabani 2/27, Luke Jongwe 2/42, Wellington Masakadza 1/37)

 

Bangladesh won by five wickets

 

Brilliant batting from Wessly Madhevere and Regis Chakabva gave Zimbabwe such a wonderful start that they reached 122 with only one wicket down in the first 11 overs of the Twenty20 international (T20I) series decider against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

 

The tourists, however, pulled out all the stops and recovered in excellent style to win the match by five wickets with four balls to spare – and the series by two matches to one – in an exciting finish.

 

On the coldest day of the tour, Zimbabwe, playing an unchanged team after their series-levelling victory on Friday, won the toss and decided to bat.

 

Tadiwanashe Marumani and Madhevere opened the batting against the bowling of Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin.

 

Attacking boldly, the batsmen scored eight runs off Taskin’s first over.

 

Fortune favoured the brave at first, and Marumani pulled a ball from Shoriful Islam for a fine six to midwicket.

 

Taskin’s second over saw Madhevere strike the first five balls each for four with powerful pulls and drives.

 

He slashed at the sixth but missed it outside his off stump.

 

The team fifty came up in the fifth over, after which the score was 51 without loss – Marumani had 20 and Madhevere 31, both off only 15 balls.

 

The bowlers were well knocked off their length and the batsmen were able to take advantage, especially off the short balls.

 

However, at 63, with the last ball of the sixth over, Saifuddin moved a ball in to Marumani, who tried to hit across the line and was bowled.

 

He scored 27 off 20 balls, with two sixes and two fours.

 

If Marumani was spectacular, Chakabva was brilliant.

 

He raced to 26 off 12 balls, with three great hits for six, and the team hundred came up in the 10th over.

 

Off the next delivery, he survived a very close stumping appeal and at the end of that over Zimbabwe were 101 for one wicket, a wonderful start.

 

In the next over, Chakabva hit another six with a slog-sweep that lost the ball – he celebrated with two similar strokes off the next two balls, the left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed being the unfortunate bowler.

 

A brilliant innings had a brilliant ending, as another slog-sweep was taken on the deep midwicket boundary by Mohammad Naim, who was falling over the board, so he flicked it back where Shamim Hossain completed the catch.

 

Chakabva hit 48 off only 22 balls, with six sixes and no fours, his dismissal leaving Zimbabwe on 122 for two in the 12th over.

 

The medium-paced Soumya Sarkar was the fortunate bowler, but later in the over he bowled Sikandar Raza without scoring, as the batsman tried to hit the ball across the line; 125 for three.

 

Madhevere was still there, and an edgy boundary brought him his fifty off 31 balls.

 

The batting now began to get rather bogged down against good bowling, and in the 16th over Madhevere miscued a reverse sweep and was caught at short third man.

 

He had played a fine innings of 54 off 36 balls, and Zimbabwe were 147 for four.

 

Dion Myers and Ryan Burl both needed time to settle in, but the 18th over, bowled by Saifuddin, brought 19 runs.

 

Shoriful bowled the 19th, and immediately Myers was caught off a mistimed pull for 23 off 21 balls.

 

Luke Jongwe came in, got only a single off his first four balls, but managed to give Burl the strike for the last over, bowled by Saifuddin.

 

Burl began with two twos, and then hit a four and a six – 16 runs came altogether and the innings finished on 193 for five wickets.

 

Burl finished with 31 not out off 15 balls.

 

This is Zimbabwe’s second-highest T20I score, behind only their 200 for two wickets at Hamilton against New Zealand in 2011/12.

 

Soumya proved to be the best of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking two for 19 off his three overs.

 

Bangladesh made a flying start to their run chase, with 13 runs off the first over, bowled by Raza, including an off-drive for six by Soumya.

 

Blessing Muzarabani replaced Raza, and Mohammad Naim (3) drove a catch to Jongwe at mid-off from the second delivery; 20 for one.

 

After five overs the score had reached 44 for one wicket, seven runs behind Zimbabwe’s dynamic start.

 

For a time Bangladesh struggled to score quickly, but Shakib Al Hasan decided it was time to clear the boundaries, hitting Jongwe for two successive sixes.

 

However, aiming for a third in the same over, he miscued a straight hit and skyed a catch to Myers.

 

He had scored 25 off 13 balls and Bangladesh were now 70 for two in the eighth over.

 

After 10 overs, the score was 90 for two, compared with Zimbabwe’s 101 for one wicket.

 

Two successive boundaries from Soumya took Bangladesh past the hundred in the next over.

 

A flurry of strokes, backed by Mahmudullah, took him to his fifty off 40 balls.

 

Fours were coming at about two an over, and Bangladesh appeared to be running away with the luck and the match when Sarkar miscued a drive and skyed a catch to Tarisai Musakanda, the substitute fielder, at long-off.

 

He scored 68 off 49 balls, with nine fours and a six, and the score was 133 for three in the 14th over.

 

A fine over by Muzarabani gave away only two runs in the 15th over, when Bangladesh were 142 for three, only two runs behind Zimbabwe’s score at that stage.

 

A six by Afif Hossain, his second in the four balls he had faced, gave Bangladesh a further boost, only for Wellington Masakadza to bowl him next ball as he tried to hit across the line; 150 for four in the 16th over.

 

Mahmudullah was determined to win the match and series for Bangladesh, and he hit Chatara for a big leg-side six, with 14 coming off that over.

 

Three fours and 15 runs altogether off an over from Myers, the 18th, virtually settled the matter against Zimbabwe, taking the score to 181 for four.

 

Mahmudullah was unable to stay until the close, edging a catch to Chakabva off Muzarabani with seven runs still needed for victory.

 

Five were needed off the final over, bowled by Masakadza – Shamim hit a four and a single to win the match, finishing himself with 31 not out off 15 balls.

 

Muzarabani as usual was the key bowler, taking two wickets for 27 off his four overs, while Jongwe took two for 42.

Madhevere was voted Player of the Match for his knock of 73

Madhevere, Masakadza star as Zimbabwe level T20I series

Zimbabwe – 166-6 in 20 overs (Wessly Madhevere 73, Ryan Burl 34*, Dion Myers 26; Shoriful Islam 3/33, Mahedi Hasan 1/11, Shakib Al Hasan 1/32)

Bangladesh – 143 all out in 19.5 overs (Shamim Hossain 29, Afif Hossain 24, Mohammad Saifuddin 19; Wellington Masakadza 3/20, Luke Jongwe 3/31, Blessing Muzarabani 2/21)

 

Zimbabwe won by 23 runs

 

Wessly Madhevere’s career-best 73 laid the groundwork for Zimbabwe’s series-levelling 23-run victory over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 international (T20I) match at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

 

His terrific effort, complemented by Ryan Burl’s rumbustious knock of 34 not out, propelled the home side to a total of 166 for six after they opted to bat first upon winning the toss.

 

Zimbabwe then rolled the tourists for 143 in 19.5 overs to clinch the victory, with left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza starring with three for 20 from four overs.

 

The sides will now meet in a winner-takes-all T20I at the same venue on Sunday.

 

After losing the first game by eight wickets, Zimbabwe brought in Chatara and Milton Shumba for this match, in place of Richard Ngarava and Tarisai Musakanda.

 

The hosts opened their batting with Tadiwanashe Marumani and Madhevere against the bowling of Taskin Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan.

 

Marumani hit the first ball of the match, on his legs from Taskin, for three backward of square leg and only some excellent fielding prevented a four.

 

Madhevere quickly found his touch against Mahedi, driving his first ball straight for six and following it with a four through the covers.

 

However, Mahedi then bowled Marumani for three with a ball that came back off the pitch; 15 for one in the second over.

 

Regis Chakabva was fortunate not to go without scoring, as he miscued a ball that skyed between two fielders.

 

He soon hammered a delivery from Shoriful Islam for six over midwicket as Zimbabwe made a dynamic start – after five overs, they had 41 runs on the board.

 

Shakib Al Hasan came on to bowl and as so often responded with a wicket: Chakabva lofted a ball towards long-off and was caught for 14; 42 for two.

 

Dion Myers joined Madhevere, both batting well, although canny Bangladesh bowling prevented them from using many big shots.

 

After 10 overs, Zimbabwe were 77 for two.

 

In the 11th over, becoming frustrated, both batsmen in turn survived a run-out chance that was missed by the fielders.

 

In the 13th over, Madhevere hit a boundary past point off Shoriful to reach his third T20I fifty off 45 balls.

 

With the score on 99, Myers failed to clear the boundary at deep point off Shoriful and was caught for 26 off 21 balls.

 

Moments later, Sikandar Raza was run out for four as the batsmen looked for a quick single; 122 for four in the 16th over.

 

Madhevere’s innings then ended at 73, as he skyed a big hit off Shoriful to midwicket – he faced 67 balls, hit three sixes and five fours, and the score was 139 for five wickets in the 18th over.

 

Zimbabwe now needed some powerful hitting from Burl and this is what they got.

 

In the last two overs 26 runs came, mostly from Burl, and he finished with 34 not out off 19 balls, with two sixes and two fours.

 

His partner, Luke Jongwe, scored two runs before he was caught in the deep off the last ball of the innings, bowled by Shoriful, as he tried unsuccessfully for a six.

 

The total was 166 for six.

 

Bangladesh opened their batting with Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar, and Raza, the Zimbabwe captain, opened the bowling with his own off-breaks.

 

Seven runs came off that over.

 

Tendai Chatara took the other end and then Blessing Muzarabani came on, with immediate effect.

 

Naim (5) chopped down on his first ball, short of a length, and played it on to his middle stump from the inside edge; 14 for one in the third over.

 

Three balls later, Muzarabani struck again, as Soumya (8) hammered a ball straight to Raza at cover, where he held a hard high catch; 17 for two now.

 

Mahedi and Shakib then played fine cricket and a dangerous partnership developed, when Raza brought on Masakadza to bowl.

 

Shakib came down the pitch to him, but Masakadza adjusted his length so that the most dangerous Bangladeshi player hit a catch straight to Raza at cover to depart for 12; 45 for three in the seventh over.

 

In his next over, Masakadza got rid of Mahmudullah, who tried to hit him for six over long-on, but was instead caught by the boundary fielder, the substitute Tarisai Musakanda, for four; 52 for four in the ninth over, and the Bangladesh innings was now in the balance.

 

Three balls later, Mahedi (15) swung rather wildly and hit a catch straight to Burl at long-on, reducing the visitors to 54 for five and the required run rate was now over 10.

 

This meant that Bangladesh had no time to consolidate, but had to keep attacking at all costs.

 

At 68 they lost Nurul Hasan (9), Masakadza being the catcher this time on the point boundary, off the bowling of Chatara in the 12th over.

 

But now Bangladesh began to fight back with a vengeance, as two young players in Afif Hossain and Shamim Hossain launched an assault on the bowling with powerful strokeplay.

 

They took 16 off an over from Madhevere, and Bangladesh were taking hope again.

 

Then Shamim (29 off 13 balls) drove a ball from Jongwe to long-off, where Masakadza took another catch, making the score 109 for seven in the 16th over.

 

Afif skyed a big hit off his next ball, and a difficult chance was missed in the deep.

 

Saifuddin then hit a huge straight six, but Jongwe completed the over safely, which meant that Bangladesh now needed 49 to win in the last four overs.

 

Muzarabani returned to bowl his third over and conceded eight runs.

 

Chatara bowled next, sent down a wide, and then Afif (24) pulled a catch to Shumba at fine leg; 127 for eight.

 

Six runs and a wicket came off that over and Bangladesh now needed 35 off the final two overs.

 

A fine over by Muzarabani left them needing 31 to win off the final over, bowled by Jongwe.

 

A wide was followed by a four for Saifuddin, who then skyed a catch, taken by Raza at extra cover, and then the innings came to an end off the fifth ball as Taskin hit the ball straight to long-on where it was caught by Masakadza.

 

It was Masakadza’s third catch, to add to his three vital middle-order wickets for only 20 runs.

 

Jongwe also took three wickets, cleaning up the tail for 31 runs, while there were two wickets each for Chatara and Muzarabani.

Zimbabwe go down to Bangladesh in first T20I

Zimbabwe – 152 all out in 19 overs (Regis Chakabva 43, Dion Myers 35, Wessly Madhevere 23; Mustafizur Rahman 3/31, Shoriful Islam 2/17, Mohammad Saifuddin 2/23)

Bangladesh – 153-2 in 18.5 overs (Mohammad Naim 63*, Soumya Sarkar 50, Nurul Hasan 16*)

 

Bangladesh won by eight wickets

 

Zimbabwe failed to capitalise on their good start with the bat before they went down to Bangladesh by eight wickets in the first Twenty20 international (T20I) match at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

 

Regis Chakabva, Dion Myers and Wessly Madhevere played dashing innings to take the home team to 91 for two after 10 overs but, unfortunately, from that point the batting slumped as they went on to fold for 152 with an over to go.

 

Zimbabwe, captained by Sikandar Raza, had won the toss and elected to bat first.

 

Madhevere and Tadiwanashe Marumani opened the batting against the bowling of Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman.

 

In Mustafizur’s first over, Marumani played a superb pick-up shot from a length ball which went for six over midwicket.

 

Later in the over, though, Marumani (7) skyed a slower ball that was brilliantly caught by Soumya Sarkar racing in and diving forward to reach it; 10 for one.

 

Madhevere hit Shoriful Islam for a beautifully timed straight six, while the new man Chakabva played some fine innovative strokes for fours.

 

Chakabva was in such brilliant form that he soon outstripped Madhevere, and hit two successive on-drives for six off Mahedi Hasan in the eighth over, which yielded 18 runs.

 

The pair put on 64 in just over six overs before Madhevere miscued a drive and gave a return catch to Shakib; 74 for two in the ninth over.

 

Myers was quickly underway, taking 10 runs in three balls from Mahmudullah, but lost Chakabva for 43, brilliantly run out by the wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan, having hit five fours and two sixes; 91 for three in the 11th over.

 

Raza failed to score, as in the same over he tried to cut a ball from Shoriful Islam too close to him and was caught at the wicket; 92 for four.

 

Tarisai Musakanda came and went for six, lbw to Sarkar in the 14th over, and later in the same over Myers was out for 35, bowled off stump as he aimed a shot across the line; 119 for six in the 15th over, and the Zimbabwe innings seemed to be declining badly.

 

Ryan Burl and Luke Jongwe briefly gave hope of a major partnership, and the latter made a good 18 before he shaped to scoop a yorker from Saifuddin over the keeper only to play the ball on to his stumps; 140 for seven in the 18th over.

 

Burl was the main remaining hope for Zimbabwe and he swung a powerful hit to long-on, only to be brilliantly caught by the running and diving substitute fielder Shamim Hossain for four; 143 for eight and still in the 18th over.

 

In the following over Richard Ngarava was bowled without scoring by a perfect yorker from Mustafizur, and Blessing Muzarabani was almost out first ball, edging a delivery, but Nurul sportingly signalled that he had not been able to complete a clean catch when he dived.

 

Muzarabani celebrated by hitting two fours, but then was bowled off the final delivery, so Zimbabwe were all out in 19 overs for 152, a disappointing total after such a good start.

 

Wellington Masakadza was not out with four.

 

Mustafizur took three wickets for 31, while there were two each for Saifuddin and Shoriful.

 

Bangladesh opened their innings with Mohammad Naim and Sarkar, against the bowling of Muzarabani and Madhevere, a mixture of pace and spin.

 

These bowlers made a good start, with only nine runs being scored off the first three overs.

 

However, Naim hit three fours off the next over, from Ngarava, and then Sarkar smashed Jongwe’s first ball for six.

 

After 10 overs the score was 76 without loss, half the Zimbabwe total, but with all 10 wickets still in hand.

 

Soumya reached his fifty off 45 balls with a clip to deep midwicket, moments before his innings ended.

 

Going for a second run, he was narrowly run out by fine work from Chakabva, who flicked a quick return from Masakadza on to the stumps.

 

The opening partnership had put on 102 in 13.1 overs.

 

Mahmudullah hammered his first ball straight for four, but then there was nearly another run-out, as Naim also sought a second run to reach his fifty, but a wide throw allowed him to survive.

 

In the following over he successfully reached his fifty off 40 balls.

 

It was Mahmudullah who was run out in the following over, though, as the batsmen went for a quick single to short fine leg, and Muzarabani’s accurate return hit the stumps directly.

 

Mahmudullah was out for 15; 123 for two in the 17th over.

 

Bangladesh had now lost a bit of momentum, and they needed another 27 to win off the last three overs.

 

Any hopes Zimbabwe had of pulling off a surprise, though, disappeared when Ngarava bowled a poor over while a couple of misfields gave away runs.

 

Then Muzarabani, who had earlier been the most reliable bowler, taking the penultimate over, bowled a full toss that Nurul clipped over fine leg for six.

 

Off the fifth delivery Naim lofted the ball over mid-off for four to win the match for Bangladesh by eight wickets with seven deliveries to spare.

 

Naim finished with 63 not out off 51 balls, including six fours, and Nurul with 16 not out.

 

The only bowlers able to exert any control over the batsmen were Muzarabani, with 3.5 overs for 19 runs, and Masakadza, whose three overs cost 20 runs.

 

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will meet in the second T20I on Friday.

Chakabva reached his fifty, which came off 62 balls

Trio scores fifties as Zimbabwe go down fighting

Zimbabwe – 298 all out in 49.3 overs (Regis Chakabva 84, Ryan Burl 59, Sikandar Raza 57; Mustafizur Rahman 3/57, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/87, Mahmudullah 2/45)

Bangladesh – 302-5 in 48 overs (Tamim Iqbal 112, Nurul Hasan 45*, Liton Das 32; Wessly Madhevere 2/45, Donald Tiripano 2/61, Luke Jongwe 1/44)

Bangladesh won by five wickets

Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza notched brilliant half-centuries to help Zimbabwe to a total of 298, giving them a great chance of a victory over Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international at Harare Sports Club today.

However, when they chased the target, Bangladesh proved equal to the task as they cruised to a five-wicket victory, led by a century from their captain, Tamim Iqbal, thus winning the series by three matches to nil.

The tourists won the toss and put Zimbabwe in to bat on what soon proved to be the best batting pitch of the series.

Zimbabwe made two changes, bringing in Burl and Donald Tiripano for Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Richard Ngarava.

This time Chakabva was promoted to open the batting with Tadiwanashe Marumani.

Chakabva took a single and then played an excellent clip off his legs from Mohammad Saifuddin to the square-leg boundary, and then cut another boundary past point.

He then took two fours in three balls from Mustafizur Rahman, while Marumani, going for a big hit off a ball from Taskin Ahmed, got a top edge that flew for six over the slips.

Apart from this Marumani found scoring difficult and, resorting to the sweep, found himself lbw to Shakib Al Hasan for eight off 19 balls; 36 for one in the ninth over.

Brendan Taylor took care to play himself in and built a useful partnership with Chakabva.

They put on 42 together, and Taylor, now accelerating, had 28 when he drove to be caught at mid-off from Mahmudullah’s bowling; 78 for two in the 18th over.

Dion Myers looked confident from the moment he came in and soon moved down the pitch to drive Shakib over long-off for four.

The team hundred came up after 22 overs, and then Chakabva reached his fifty, which came off 62 balls.

This partnership looked the most impressive so far, with both batsmen in complete command of the bowling, as they were soon scoring off almost every ball.

However, just when the situation was looking so good, Myers tried to cut a ball from Mahmudullah that was too full and too close for that stroke, only to play it on to his stumps.

He had scored 34 off 38 balls of a partnership worth 71 runs, and Zimbabwe were 149 for three in the 30th over.

Wessly Madhevere (3) did not last long, as he was deceived by a slower ball from Mustafizur and popped up a simple catch to midwicket; 156 for four.

Immediately before the second drinks interval, Chakabva’s excellent innings, his highest in ODIs, came to an end, soon after he had uppercut a ball from Taskin over third man for six.

Unfortunately he was beaten by a yorker from the same bowler, trying to hit it across the line and being clean-bowled for 84, which came off 91 balls and included seven fours and that six.

Zimbabwe now appeared to be losing their grip at 172 for five in the 35th over.

Two new batsmen were now at the crease in Raza and Burl.

Burl took time to find his feet, but Raza was soon batting superbly, playing all his strokes and pulling a rare short ball from Shakib for a huge six.

As Burl began to play some strokes with success, Raza ran to his fifty off 49 balls, a fine innings at exactly the right time for the team.

This turned out to be Burl’s day as, in the 45th and 46th overs, he hit three big sixes off successive balls he faced, one off Mustafizur and two off Saifuddin.

Later in the latter’s over, which cost 22 runs, he reached his fifty off only 38 balls.

In Mustafizur’s next over, Raza lost his wicket going for another big hit and skying a catch into the covers.

He scored 57 off 54 balls and the partnership had put on 112 for the sixth wicket in only 13 overs.

Burl hit another six to reach his highest ODI score of 59 off 43 balls before being caught on the long-off boundary – he hit four sixes and four fours and the total was 294 for seven in the 49th over.

Donald Tiripano now joined Luke Jongwe and, having to hit at everything at this stage, played his first ball on to his stumps as he went for it outside the off stump.

Two singles followed, and then Saifuddin took a third wicket in the over when Tendai Chatara (1) also played on.

The final over arrived with the score on 296 for nine, but after a single to Jongwe and a wide, Mustafizur bowled Blessing Muzarabani without scoring to end the innings on 298, with three deliveries to spare.

The last five wickets had fallen in 13 legal deliveries, but Zimbabwe finished with a fine total.

Mustafizur finished with three wickets for 57 and Saifuddin with the remarkable figures of three for 87 in eight overs.

After the break, Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal opened the batting for Bangladesh against the bowling of Muzarabani and Chatara.

Muzarabani conceded only a single off his first over, but Chatara went for 10, including two fours by Liton.

The two batsmen were in fine form, and it soon became evident that it would take very fine bowling from Zimbabwe to restrict them.

Unfortunately, Chatara could not provide that as Tamim hit him for a six and two fours off successive balls, bringing up the fifty after eight overs.

Tamim’s own fifty came off 46 balls, with Tiripano also proving expensive, but when Zimbabwe turned belatedly to spin, Madhevere’s off-breaks did the trick.

Liton went for the sweep and got a top edge, which Marumani caught behind square leg – he made 32 off 37 balls, and the score was 88 for one in the 15th over.

Shakib, in next, was soon getting after the runs, and pulled a long hop from Madhevere for six.

Both batsmen took runs almost at will off the bowlers, punishing rather too many poor balls readily, and it came as a surprise when Shakib slashed rather loosely at a ball from Jongwe outside the off stump and was given out caught at the wicket off the inside edge for 30; 147 for two in the 26th over.

Mohammad Mithun played quietly while Tamim attacked the bowling, and an off-drive for four off the returning Chatara took him to his 14th ODI century, scored off only 87 balls.

The drinks break proved a useful ally for Zimbabwe, as Tamim pushed at a ball from Tiripano outside his off stump and edged in to the keeper.

He had scored 112 off 97 balls, with eight fours and three sixes, and Bangladesh were 204 for three wickets.

Mahmudullah came in and immediately Tiripano struck again, as the batsman pushed his bat at the next ball, just outside his off stump, and got an inside edge that Chakabva held well low down.

Tiripano was on a hat-trick, but Nurul Hasan steered the ball past point for a boundary.

Mithun and Nurul did not take long to settle in together, and soon were scoring fluently all round the field.

Nurul and Afif Hossain took their team home safely by five wickets, the winning runs coming through a consecutive six and four by Afif off Jongwe with two overs to spare.

The final total was 302 for five wickets, with Nurul on 45 and Afif 26.

Madhevere again was perhaps the most effective of the bowlers, with two for 45 off 10 overs.

Tiripano also took two wickets, but they cost him 61 runs off seven overs.

Zimbabwe-Bangladesh T20I series brought forward

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have agreed to bring forward the three-match Twenty20 international (T20I) series between their senior men’s national teams in Harare.

 

The matches will now be played on 22, 23 and 25 July at Harare Sports Club, not on 23, 25 and 27 July as originally scheduled.

 

ZC and the BCB agreed to adjust the fixtures in order to address the scheduling and logistical challenges that the tour’s broadcast production company was facing.

 

The third and final one-day international match between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh – a series that is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – will proceed as originally planned this Tuesday at Harare Sports Club.

FIXTURES: ZIMBABWE VS BANGLADESH T20I SERIES

DATES MATCH VENUE START TIME
22 July 2021 1st T20I Harare Sports Club 1230 hours
23 July 2021 2nd  T20I Harare Sports Club 1230 hours
25 July 2021 3rd T20I Harare Sports Club 1230 hours

 

Madhevere played some brilliant strokes, hitting two successive fours off Taskin and then a perfectly executed six over long-off from Afif.

Zimbabwe take it down to the wire but Bangladesh prevail

Zimbabwe – 240-9 in 50 overs (Wessly Madhevere 56, Brendan Taylor 46, Dion Myers 34; Shoriful Islam 4/46, Shakib Al Hasan 2/42, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1/34) 

Bangladesh – 242-7 in 49.1 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 96*, Mohammad Saifuddin 28*, Mahmudullah 26; Luke Jongwe 2/46, Blessing Muzarabani 1/31, Richard Ngarava 1/33)

 

Bangladesh won by three wickets

 

Zimbabwe fought hard to make it a nail-biting finish but Bangladesh prevailed as all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s unbeaten 96 took them over the line by three wickets with five balls to spare in the second one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

 

The win gave the tourists an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match series, which is part of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League.

 

On winning the toss again, this time round Zimbabwe decided to bat first.

 

The home side lost the services of Timycen Maruma and Ryan Burl through injury and replaced them with Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Sikandar Raza, while Bangladesh retained their same team.

 

Kamunhukamwe and Tadiwanashe Marumani opened the innings on a cold and partly cloudy morning against the bowling of Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin.

 

The first over ended with the wicket of Kamunhukamwe, who flirted with a couple of deliveries outside the off stump before falling for the bait and cutting a catch straight to Afif Hossain in the gully; three for one wicket.

 

Regis Chakabva, after good recent batting performances, was deservedly promoted to number three, while Marumani hit the first boundary, lashing a loose ball from Saifuddin over extra cover.

 

Marumani continued to attack and escaped two difficult chances in the deep off Taskin’s third over, scoring four and two from them.

 

Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladeshi captain, brought on Mehidy Hasan Miraz to bowl his off-breaks, and the move worked almost immediately, as Marumani swung across the line and was bowled for 13; 33 for two after six overs.

 

Brendan Taylor spent a few minutes playing himself in carefully, and then started attacking the bowling in his usual manner, hitting Shoriful Islam for four and six off successive balls.

 

A good partnership was developing between Chakabva and Taylor when the former misjudged a flighted ball from Shakib and was bowled for 26; 80 for three in the 16th over.

 

Taylor and Dion Myers took the score to 111 before Taylor, on 46, was out in bizarre fashion.

 

He missed a ramp shot against a ball from Shoriful, and then swung his bat idly back and knocked a bail off, to be given out hit wicket, although he had clearly finished playing his stroke at the ball.

 

Wessly Madhevere replaced him and again a good partnership seemed to be developing between him and Myers, as they put on 35 together.

 

However, Shakib came on again to break the stand, just after the drinks break, as Myers pulled a shortish ball straight to long-on, to be caught by Mahmudullah; 146 for five.

 

Madhevere, showing fine form, was now joined by Raza, who took his time to play himself in.

 

Madhevere played some brilliant strokes, hitting two successive fours off Taskin and then a perfectly executed six over long-off from Afif.

 

He reached his fifty with another well-hit four over the covers off Mehidy, having taken 52 balls, and soon afterwards passed his previous highest ODI score of 55.

 

It took a brilliant running catch by Tamim from long-off to dismiss him from a skyer aimed over cover, for 56, scored off 63 balls with five fours and a six; 209 for six in the 45th over.

 

The batsmen now had to hit out at virtually anything, and Luke Jongwe did that briefly, before he was caught in the deep off Shoriful for eight; 220 for seven in the 47th over.

 

Blessing Muzarabani skyed a catch to the keeper at the end of the same over; 221 for eight.

 

Raza hit Saifuddin for two fours in three balls, but was then caught at the wicket for 30 immediately afterwards having faced 44 balls.

 

The last pair were now together, and Richard Ngarava hit a thick edge for four among some singles before the innings closed at 240 for nine wickets.

 

Shoriful was the most successful bowler with four wickets for 46, while Shakib took two for 42.

 

Bangladesh opened their innings with Tamim and Liton Das against the bowling of Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara.

 

Only one wide from Muzarabani was scored off the first two overs, but then Tamim played two fine drives for four in the same bowler’s second over.

 

At 19, Tamim edged a ball from Chatara into the slips, but it fell just short of Taylor at first slip.

 

He began to play some brilliant strokes and was looking very dangerous when he cut hard at a ball from Jongwe, when Raza in the gully threw himself to his left and picked up a brilliant diving catch.

 

Tamim had scored 20, with four fours, and Bangladesh were 39 for one in the 10th over.

 

Liton did not survive him for long – he made a loose cut at a ball from Ngarava and then skyed a pull off the next ball, to be caught by Taylor for 21; 46 for two in the 13th over.

 

Jongwe picked up another wicket when Mohammad Mithun (2) drove rather loosely on the off side and Madhevere at cover dived to his left to take a good catch; 50 for three.

 

Ngarava bowled another leg-side delivery that Shakib missed and the wicketkeeper fumbled behind the stumps.

 

The batsmen tried to steal a bye, but Chakabva recovered brilliantly as he spun round and threw down the stumps with Mosaddek Hossain (5) out of his ground, reducing the score to 75 for four.

 

However, Zimbabwe again could not maintain their advantage, with some poor fielding giving away easy runs and allowing Shakib and Mahmudullah to rebuild their innings.

 

The partnership was just beginning to take control when Muzarabani came on for another spell – his first ball, with extra bounce, Mahmudullah (26) tried to cut, but edged to the keeper, and the fifth wicket was down for 131 in the 29th over.

 

Soon after this Shakib ran to his fifty off 59 balls, with Mehidy now at the other end.

 

Mehidy did not last long, as he slog-swept a ball from Madhevere to be caught by Myers near the midwicket boundary for six.

 

Bangladesh were now in danger at 145 for six after 32 overs, and very much depended now on Shakib.

 

Shakib and Afif concentrated mainly on working the ball round the field for singles, and they did this successfully for a while until Raza lured Afif down the pitch, spun the ball past his bat and had him easily stumped for 15; 173 for seven in the 39th over.

 

Saifuddin now proved another reliable partner for Shakib, and still they kept the singles ticking over.

 

After 45 overs they were 210 for seven, needing another 31 runs – and the shadows were lengthening at six minutes to five.

 

Shakib gave a very difficult chance to Ngarava at short third man, but he was unable to hold it.

 

Twenty were needed off the last three overs, 12 off the last two.

 

Three runs only were needed off the final over, from Muzarabani, and Shakib cut the first ball to the boundary to take Bangladesh to their narrow victory.

Chakabva reached his fifty off 47 balls, with a remarkable slash over point for six, off the bowling of Shoriful.

Chakabva wages lone battle as Zimbabwe crumble in first ODI

Bangladesh – 276-9 in 50 overs (Liton Das 102, Afif Hossain 45, Mahmudullah 33; Luke Jongwe 3/51, Blessing Muzarabani 2/47, Richard Ngarava 2/61)

Zimbabwe – 121 all out in 28.5 overs (Regis Chakabva 54, Brendan Taylor 24, Dion Myers 18; Shakib Al Hasan 5/30, Taskin Ahmed 1/22, Mohammad Saifuddin 1/23)

 

Bangladesh won by 155 runs

 

Regis Chakabva fought almost a lone battle as the Zimbabwe team as a whole were guilty of a poor batting display against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club today, going down by 155 runs in the first one-day international (ODI).

 

While other players lost their wickets, chasing a target of 277, through ill-judged strokes or sheer inexperience, Chakabva scored a fine innings of 54, but he could not save his side from a heavy defeat.

 

Earlier he had enjoyed a very good day as wicketkeeper, taking four catches and running out one batsman.

 

Tendai Chatara and Ryan Burl returned to the team, while Dion Myers and Tadiwanashe Marumani made their ODI debuts.

 

Brendan Taylor – playing his 200th ODI – won the toss for Zimbabwe and put Bangladesh in to bat.

 

Blessing Muzarabani began with a superb maiden over to Tamim Iqbal, who was fit to play again for Bangladesh, while Chatara did the same to Liton Das.

 

Then Muzarabani struck, as Tamim, perhaps feeling under pressure, tried to cut a rising ball that was too close to him and edged a catch to Chakabva behind the stumps without a run on the board.

 

Shakib Al Hasan, however, responded by driving the first ball he faced for four to long-off.

 

The batsmen started to score runs as they settled in, with Shakib looking particularly dangerous, but when he had 19 he miscued a cut off Muzarabani and was easily caught by Burl in the covers; 32 for two in the ninth over.

 

Liton played a wise anchor role, staying safe until the pitch eased, but Mohammad Mithun played in a riskier style, scoring 19 off 19 balls before his luck ran out as Chatara picked up his first wicket, slashing loosely outside his off stump and edging another catch to Chakabva; 57 for three in the 14th over.

 

Drinks came after 15 overs, with the score 62 for three wickets, Liton on 16 and Mosaddek Hossain one.

 

After the break, Richard Ngarava bowled some superb overs of good pace, movement and lift, and reaped his reward when Mosaddek (5) played weakly at a ball moving away outside the off stump and Chakabva had his third catch; 74 for four in the 19th over.

 

The pressure relaxed a bit for Bangladesh as the pace bowlers had to be rested and the spinners Burl and Wessly Madhevere came on.

 

Das reached an excellent fifty off 78 balls.

 

The partnership was a major nuisance for Zimbabwe, as it went on to add 93 to the score, before finally Luke Jongwe deceived Mahmudullah with a slower bouncer – he went for the hook, got a top edge and Chakabva leapt high to take another catch.

 

Mahmudullah had made an invaluable 33 off 52 balls, his only boundary being a six, and the score was now 167 for five in the 36th over.

 

Liton dominated that stand, having settled in well and opening up with excellent shot selection, and with Afif Hossain at the other end he reached his fourth ODI century, and third against Zimbabwe, off 110 balls.

 

Moments later he took another single to bring up the team 200 in the 41st over.

 

However, his innings closed for 102, as he miscued a pull off Ngarava and was caught near the midwicket boundary by the substitute fielder Wellington Masakadza, in for Timycen Maruma who had pulled his lower hamstring in the field earlier.

 

Liton scored his runs off 114 balls, with eight fours, and the score was 207 for six in the 42nd over.

 

Afif and Mehidy Hasan Miraz now hit out at everything, hammering 58 runs in seven overs, until the 49th over, bowled by Jongwe.

 

Mehidy hit a two and a six before holing out for 26 in the deep off the third ball, and off the fourth Afif moved across his stumps to slog to leg, only to be bowled.

 

After a wide, Taskin Ahmed hit a single and was then very well run out by Chakabva in attempting a second, and the score had suddenly become 267 for nine wickets.

 

Mohammad Saifuddin, with the last man Shoriful Islam as his partner, managed to score eight runs, and with the help of a wide took the score to 276 for nine at the completion of 50 overs.

 

Jongwe’s final over earned him the figures of three wickets for 51 runs, while there were two wickets apiece for Muzarabani and Ngarava.

 

The four pace bowlers overall did a fine job, although they did bowl some expensive loose balls and there were 18 wides in the Bangladesh total.

 

Madhevere and Marumani opened the batting for Zimbabwe, against the bowling of Taskin and Saifuddin.

 

The inexperienced opening pair did not last long.

 

Marumani lasted only four deliveries without scoring, as Saifuddin brought a ball back from outside the off stump and, trying to cut, the batsman played it on to his stumps.

 

Then at 13 Taskin moved one of his deliveries in to Madhevere, who played across the line and was bowled through the gate between bat and pad for nine; 13 for two in the fifth over.

 

Taylor was joined by Myers, who soon cracked a handsome boundary through extra cover to score his first ODI runs.

 

Taylor was in fine form, hitting Shakib for two fours in an over with slog-sweeps.

 

Myers soon joined the party, and he hit two fours in the next over off Shoriful, taking the score now to 45 for two off nine overs.

 

Unfortunately, he tried to pull a ball from Shoriful from outside the off stump and was caught at deep midwicket for 18; 49 for three in the 11th over.

 

Chakabva too got after the bowling quickly, hitting Saifuddin for 11 runs off four balls, the first two going for four.

 

But the big hitting was too good to last, and Taylor had 24 when he fatally tried a slog-sweep against Shakib, got a top edge and was caught at short fine leg, to reduce Zimbabwe to 78 for four wickets in the 15th over.

 

Chakabva continued to attack, but Burl (6) became another victim of an ill-judged slog-sweep, caught on the boundary off Shakib again; 105 for five in the 21st over.

 

The suicidal batting continued, as Jongwe ran himself out without scoring, attempting an improbable single to midwicket; 105 for six.

 

With the injury to Maruma, the tail was exposed already, as Muzarabani came in to join Chakabva.

 

He was quickly lbw to Shakib for two, but Chatara stuck around rather longer.

 

Chakabva reached his fifty off 47 balls, with a remarkable slash over point for six, off the bowling of Shoriful.

 

However, he too fell to a leg-side slog and a midwicket boundary catch for 54, another wicket to Shakib; 119 for eight.

 

Chakabva scored 54 off 51 balls, the highest scorer of only three batsmen in the innings who reached double figures.

 

Shakib finished off the innings and the match as Ngarava (0) slashed at a ball outside his off stump and was caught at the wicket, Maruma being unable to bat.

 

Shakib had the excellent bowling figures of five wickets for 30 runs, with three other bowlers taking a wicket each.

 

Bangladesh deserved to win after fighting their way out of difficulties early on, and Zimbabwe should certainly have learned a lesson from this.

Donald Tiripano stayed almost to the end to score 52.

Tiripano puts up gallant fight before Zimbabwe go down

Bangladesh – 468 and 284-1 declared in 67.4 overs (Najmul Hossain Shanto 117*, Shadman Islam 115*, Saif Hassan 43; Richard Ngarava 1/36)

Zimbabwe – 276 and 256 all out in 94.4 overs (Brendan Taylor 92, Donald Tiripano 52, Blessing Muzarabani 30*; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4/66, Taskin Ahmed 4/82, Ebadot Hossain 1/39)

Bangladesh won by 220 runs

The gallant Donald Tiripano brought about a good fightback at the end of the Zimbabwe second innings before they went down by 220 runs to Bangladesh in the one-off Test match at Harare Sports Club today.

Tiripano stayed almost to the end to score 52, with help from the last three batsmen in the order, after surviving a disastrous middle-order collapse that saw four wickets go down for only five runs.

Zimbabwe began the day on 140 for three wickets, having been set 478 to win – Dion Myers was on 18 and Tiripano seven.

Bangladesh opened their bowling with their two top spinners, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan.

On 22, Myers slashed at a ball from Shakib and the wicket-keeper was not able to hold a very difficult chance off a thick top edge.

A few minutes later, Myers, now on 23, drove a low chance back to the bowler, Taskin Ahmed, which also went down.

Tiripano on 18 was also dropped from a low chance to slip, but the drinks break put things  right for Bangladesh, as Myers on 26 clipped the first ball afterwards from Mehidy straight to short midwicket to be out without addition; 159 for four.

Timycen Maruma quickly followed him, beaten by the spin and lbw to Mehidy third ball with the score still at 159.

One run later and then a third wicket fell as Roy Kaia also failed to score, another lbw victim to a full-length ball from Taskin, and the score had sunk to 160 for six in two overs.

Worse was to come, as Regis Chakabva, the last recognised batsman to partner Tiripano, scored just a single before a superb ball from Taskin jagged in and uprooted his off stump; 168 for seven.

Play was held up for a while when Tiripano ducked into a short ball from Taskin and was hit on the helmet, and he needed medical checking before play was allowed to continue.

At 170, Victor Nyauchi swung his bat at a ball from Taskin which removed his off stump, but he enjoyed a reprieve as the replay showed this to be a no-ball.

He also survived a confident appeal for a catch at the wicket, and stayed on with Tiripano until lunch time, when the score had reached 176 for seven, with Tiripano on 27 and Nyauchi two.

After the break, Nyauchi settled down much better and, helped by a couple of edged fours, took the score to 198 in another 40 minutes.

Taskin finally broke the stand when he had Nyauchi (10) fending off a bouncer to second slip, where Shakib took a juggling catch.

Blessing Muzarabani pulled a ball from Taskin for four to bring up the 200 on the board, but edged a slip chance, which Shakib dropped this time.

The second new ball was taken, and immediately Tiripano took the single to bring him to his fifty, which came off 125 balls.

Muzarabani continued to use the long arms and the long handle in an entertaining innings, hitting out freely, and the pair put on 41 together.

Then Ebadot Hossain, who had made little impact on the match before now, came on to bowl, and immediately surprised Tiripano with a ball that jagged in to him sharply off the pitch.

On appeal Tiripano was given out for 52, although the replay seemed to show that no contact had been made between bat and ball.

It was an unfortunate end to a fine fighting innings – he faced 144 balls and hit six fours.

Even now the last pair of Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava had a few hits, 10 runs coming off an over from Taskin.

Finally, with the score on 256, Ngarava (10) took a big swing at a tossed-up ball from Mehidy and was comprehensively bowled, leaving Muzarabani not out with 30 – the third-highest score of the innings.

Mehidy finished with four wickets for 66, while Taskin had four for 82.