ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH, 2018
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Williams struck a ton and helped the group recuperate from 6 for two. © AFP
The style by which Zimbabwe’s openers had been dismissed as soon as Bangladesh opted to bowl advised that that they had already given up. Coming into this recreation, that they had misplaced 12 matches in a row and the sequence was already out of their attain as properly. At 6 for two, it appeared as if it was solely a matter of time earlier than the main focus shifted to red-ball cricket with the Take a look at sequence arising however Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams stepped as much as the plate to make sure their aspect put up a struggle within the last recreation on Thursday (October 26).
Zimbabwe’s reliance on these two was clearly evident as soon as once more. Taylor had scored a glittering 75 within the earlier match. Williams had made scores of 50 and 47 within the first two video games. And when each Cephas Zhuwao and Hamilton Masakadza acquired cleaned up inside the first three overs taking part in reckless strokes, the stage was a well-recognized one for the dynamic duo. Taylor absorbed the preliminary stress taking eleven balls to get off the mark. He additionally survived a weird second when Bangladesh appealed in opposition to him for obstructing the sector which was instantly dismissed the second the third umpire realised there was no malicious intent.
After which as soon as the partnership went previous fifty, Taylor eased into his zone taking part in some pleasant strokes. Mashrafe Mortaza aided him by bowling a no-ball with the free-hit getting duly punished. 4 balls later, he unleashed a pick-up shot that additionally carried over the ropes. The run charge that was hovering round four till then had slowly began climbing upwards. By this time, Williams acquired into the act as properly reverse sweeping over further cowl to fetch some boundaries.
Zimbabwe had a transparent plan in opposition to the spinners. With nothing to lose, they stored targetting them. It might properly be a ploy that we’d witness in the course of the Exams as properly. On the midway mark, Zimbabwe had turned the tables with the century stand however simply when Taylor needed to bat deep, he as soon as once more threw his wicket away whereas taking part in one shot too many. However fairly stunningly, his dismissal was adopted by Sikandar Raza stepping down the monitor to smash his first ball for a six.
After a boundary-ridden interval, Zimbabwe went via a interval of lull as a way to goal the ultimate ten overs. Williams was left to do it on their lonesome in the long run although as soon as Raza mistimed a full toss to hit it straight into the palms of the fielder within the boundary earlier than the left-hander accomplished his second ton in ODI cricket.
Zimbabwe then pressed on the accelerator by fetching 19 runs within the 46th over that included back-to-back sixes from Peter Moor off Mortaza. For a quick interval, Zimbabwe did entertain ideas of going previous the 300-run mark however Bangladesh staged a reasonably good comeback in the direction of the tip conceding simply 19 from the ultimate three overs to maintain Zimbabwe to 286, a complete that may probably carry an finish to their dropping streak.
Temporary scores: Zimbabwe 286/5 in 50 overs (Sean Williams 129*, Brendan Taylor 75; Nazmul Islam 2-58) vs Bangladesh