Zimbabwe Cricket News 2009
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Cricket Series 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Zimbabwe will play 3 ODI's followed by Tri Series during the Bangladesh tour starting January 06, 2009.
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Zimbabwe in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2008-09
BAN v ZIM, 3rd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh wins one-day cricket series (BAN 2:1)
In a match reduced to 37 overs per side after morning fog, Zimbabwe was sent in and recorded 119-9, with Bangladesh reaching 121-4 with more than four overs to spare.
Bangladesh was steered to victory by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (33 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim ( 20 not out). Hasan was named player of the series, with Mashrafe bin Mortaza taking man of the match honours after destroying Zimbabwe's top order and helping reduce the visitors to 69-5. Mortaza (3-26) struck early, trapping Visu Sibanda (0) lbw with the fifth ball of the match.
He then dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (10) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (10) to put Bangladesh firmly in control. Masakadza tried to play a short ball but failed to adjust and the ball took the shoulder of the bat, presenting a catch to Mehrab Hossain at second slip. Matsikenyeri was clean bowled.
Hasan (3-15), who has been ranked as the top one-day all-rounder by the International Cricket Council, bowled Elton Chigumbura (7) then removed Ray Price (7) and had Ed Rainsford (1) stumped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Sean Williams was the best of Zimbabwe's batsmen with 38.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Mehrab Hossain and captain Mohammad Ashraful cheaply, but a 34 from Tamim Iqbal provided the basis of the run chase. The hosts slipped to 89-4 but Zimbabwe could not get further breakthroughs to expose Bangladeh's tail, as Hasan and Rahim guided the home team to victory.
BAN v ZIM, 3rd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh 121-4 (32.3 overs) beat Zimbabwe 119-9 (37.0 overs) by 6 wickets
BAN v ZIM, 2nd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets (BAN 1:1)
A fine 96-run partnership between Sean Williams and captain Prosper Utseya helped the tourists recover from a poor start to reach 160 for nine from their 50 overs after being asked to bat first.
But the hosts, with Raqibul Hasan (52 not out) and opener Mehrab Hossain Jr (43) leading the way, surpassed their victory target for the loss of just four wickets and with more than five overs to spare.
The result leaves the teams with all to play for in the final ODI, which takes place at the same ground on Friday.
BAN v ZIM, 2nd ODI, Mirpur: Bangladesh 164-4 (44.5 overs) beat Zimbabwe 160-9 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets
BAN v ZIM, 1st ODI, Mirpur: Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets (ZIM 1:0)
Price made an unbeaten 24 and added 35 runs for the ninth wicket with Tawanda Mupariwa (10 not out) as the tourists overhauled a target of 125 with four deliveries to spare.
The 32-year-old earlier finished with figures of 4-22 from his 10 overs as Bangladesh were dismissed with 11 balls to spare.
A victory for Zimbabwe had looked unlikely after fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza struck early blows and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan ran through the middle order, reducing them to 44 for six at one stage.
BAN v ZIM, 1st ODI, Mirpur: Zimbabwe 127-8 (49.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 124 (48.1 overs) by 2 wickets
Zimbabwe Bangladesh Sri Lanka Tri Series 2008-09
SL v ZIM, Match 2, Mirpur: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 130 runs
Set to score a modest 211 for victory, Zimbabwe were all out for 80 in 28.2 overs with just Stuart Matsikenyeri reaching double figures.
Mendis took three for 15, completing his 50-wicket haul in his 19th One-Day International and bettering the record of India's Ajit Agarkar who took 23 matches to reach the milestone. Medium pacer Nuwan Kulasekera ripped through the Zimbabwean top-order to take three for 13 while Muttiah Muralitharan claimed two wickets.
Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews was named man-of-the-match. The former under-19 captain toiled hard on a slow wicket to hit an unbeaten 52 off 96 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 210 for six. Upul Tharanga hit 43 and Jehan Mubarak made 31, sharing in a a stand of 69 with Mathews after Sri Lanka had stuttered to 97 for five.
Zimbabwe beat hosts Bangladesh by 38 runs in the opening match on Saturday. Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh on Jan. 14 in their next match.
SL v ZIM, Match 2, Mirpur: Sri Lanka 210 for 6 (50.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 80 all out (28.2 overs) by 130 runs
BAN v ZIM, Match 1, Mirpur: Zimbabwe defeat Bangladesh in one-day cricket
Zimbabwe rode on man-of-the-match Chigumbura's eighth half-century to post 205-9 before dismissing the hosts for 167, thanks to off-spinner Utseya's 2-22 off 10 tight overs.
It was only Zimbabwe's second win in their last 12 one-day internationals against Bangladesh. The Africans take on Sri Lanka on Monday.
Each side will play two league matches before the top two qualify for the final on January 16. Skipper Utseya's decision to share the new ball with Edward Rainsford produced instant results as he grabbed two of the first four wickets to send the hosts reeling at 33-4.
The spinner trapped opener Junaid Siddiqui leg-before for no score with his second delivery and then had skipper Mohammad Ashraful (18) caught by Vusimuzi Sibanda. He conceded just 13 runs in his opening seven-over spell. Shakib Al Hasan, who earlier bagged 3-23, alone offered a stiff resistance with an impressive 52 for his ninth half-century in one-day internationals. He also put on 59 for the fifth wicket with Raqibul Hasan (23).
Bangladesh's chances receded sharply after the dismissal of Shakib, caught by wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu while attempting to cut Chigumbura. Zimbabwe were earlier struggling at 94-5 after being put in to bat, but Chigumbura propped up the innings with a responsible knock under pressure.
He hit five fours and a straight six off debutant seamer Mahbubul Alam in the last over before being run out. Bangladesh never allowed Zimbabwe to build a big partnership with their tidy bowling, with left-arm spinner Shakib and off-spinner Naeem Islam (3-32) doing the maximum damage.
Stuart Matsikenyeri was Zimbabwe's second-highest contributor with a 51-ball 39, which included six fours.
BAN v ZIM, Match 1, Mirpur: Zimbabwe 167 (46.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 205-9 (50.0 overs) by 38 runs
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Tri Series in Bangladesh 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe join Bangladesh in the Tri-Series, which is scheduled to start from 10 January 2009.
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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Cricket Series 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Sri Lanka will play 5 ODIs during the Zimbabwe tour starting November 12, 2008.
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- Thu 20, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Harare
- Sat 22, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI at Harare
- Mon 24, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Harare
- Fri 28, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 4th ODI at Harare
- Sun 30, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 5th ODI at Harare