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Dhaka Tribune

Tigers eye series win, hosts look to comeback

Update : 04 May 2013, 05:20 PM


Bangladesh will look forward to seal the ODI series while hosts Zimbabwe will be eager to retain parity when the sides lock horns in the second game at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today. Losing the first Test in Harare by a mammoth margin, Bangladesh failed to get the expected start to the bilateral series. However a disciplined batting effort in addition to brilliant bowling led primarily by the pacers allowed the visitors to bounce back and level the series. Having won the second test convincingly the tigers started the ODI series with a comprehensive 121 run victory. Brimming with confidence the tigers will be looking to ensure a series victory before the last match. Bangladesh pacers were in the line of fire for their performance in Sri Lanka in April. However the bunch led by Robiul Islam in the Tests and Ziaur Rahman in the first ODI have successfully turned their performances around. Previously spinners have usually led the Bangladeshi bowling attack, however this tour has been different as the pacers have successfully managed to make use of the conditions. The team management was criticised for omitting off-spinner Sohag Gazi from the first match. However they were silenced when the combination of Ziaur and Shafiul pulled off an impressive victory for the visitors. The win goes on to show that the team is improving in its weak areas such as pace bowling and over-reliance on a couple of batsmen. The tigers look more balanced as they are performing as a team rather than several standout individual performances. The fact that they managed to bounce back from losing four early wickets and still go on to score a challenging total proves the strength of the lower-middle order. All eyes will be on Nasir Hossain and the management will be expecting a big score from Mohammad Ashraful who looked in fine touch before getting out. Pressure will be on Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah after having given away their wickets at crucial moments of the game. The visitors will also be under pressure to win the ODI series against Zimbabwe having lost the last ODI series played here back in 2011. Zimbabwe on the other hand can learn a lesson from Bangladesh's recovery. The home side had lots to discuss and mend in their single net session yesterday. The bowlers will need to hold onto their excitement and maintain their line and cut out the extras which contributed to their defeat. While the batsmen had big gaps between bat and pad, and went at deliveries either too wide or too full should be looking to rectify their errors. They will however,be relying on their key batsmen Brendon Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza to come up with big scores to put the visitors under pressure.
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