Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2009: Bangladesh Won by 6 Wickets

With a 6-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second ODI, Bangladesh leveled the three-match ODI series 1-1 with another match left in hand. Batting first, Zimbabwe scored 160 runs thanks to a 96-run seventh wicket stand between Sean Williams and Prosper Utseya after they lost 6 wickets at 47. Williams and Utseya scored scored 59 and 38 respectively. Nazmul Hossain picked up 3 wickets, while Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain bagged 2 wickets each. Chasing a small total, Bangladesh did not have any problem to reach the winning target thanks to Raqibul Hasan’s 52 and opener Mehrab Hossain jnr’s 43-run innings. Bangladesh sealed the victory losing only 4 wickets with 31 balls in hands.

There is no doubt that it was an easy victory for Bangladesh, but I would say that Zimbabwe did not play as badly as the scoreboard would suggest. Specially, the seventh wicket partnership between Sean Williams and Prosper Utseya proved the batting depth of Zimbabwe. Having said that, Zimbabwe’s middle order lacks consistency and they need to be consistent if Zimbabwe wants to be as strong a force as they were six to seven years back. There are many who would say that the current Zimbabwean team is very weak compared to their team six to seven years back when there were Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Heath Streak, Stuart Carlisle, Henry Olonga and many others. I also agree with them, but over the last couple of years, Zimbabwe has developed as a team and improved a lot in many aspects.

Bangladesh has already become a dark horse in world cricket, often defeating cricket powers, but they also lack consistency and that is the main problem for Bangladesh. For the third and the final ODI of the series, I think, Bangladesh is favorite, but Zimbabwe can cause another upset if they can play according to their merit.


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