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Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe - 1st ODI

Series: Zimbabwe in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date: 21 October 2018

Zimbabwe 243/9 (50.0 Ovs) RR: 4.86 | Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs

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That is it from us for this game then! Comfortable win for Bangladesh. Will it be the same come the second ODI? We move to Chittagong. Sorry, the new name is Chottagram. More spin will be evident there. The match is scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 2 pm local (0800 GMT). Do join us for that. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

IMRUL KAYES HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Thanks the almighty for the big knock today. On his approach, he says that the wicket was not easy to bat on and he thought of staying till the end. Admits that with wickets falling around him, he was feeling the pressure but then was even more determined to bat deep.

Winning Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza manages a smile but is NOT entirely happy with his side. Points out the early loss of wickets, then the collapse in the middle but then praises Saifuddin and Kayes for batting sensibly and professionally. Feels that the bowling was 'alright'. On being asked about not going for the kill when Zimbabwe were in dire straits, Mashrafe says that the batsmen were batting well and he wanted to try out some new bowlers. Also, stresses that Mustafizur had a slight niggle, hence he did not want to put stress on him.

Zimbabwe skipper, Hamilton Masakadza says that his team needed just a couple of things to go its way and points at that Ervine catch not being given. Praises Jarvis for coming back well after that early niggle. Is very happy that he put his hand up with the bat too. On the game summary, he says that the team won some blocks of 10 overs but the other blocks were so bad that they lost the plot completely. On the track, he is surprised to see it being so dry and reckons that batting was very difficult.

Okay... time now for the presentation. Not too many candidates for the Man Of The Match one would suppose...

Mehidy Hasan is having a chat with Athar Ali Khan. Says that he always likes to bowl with the new ball and hence opened the bowling. Admits that the first spell was not his best because he was not able to adjust his length but is happy that he managed to come back well. On the challenge of bowling in Powerplay 1, Mehidy says that the pitch was turning and he was confident he could get the batsmen out trying to play their shots. Is very happy with his return catch and also his 3-fer. Agrees that Bangladesh are very confident and will look to win the second ODI as well.

Decent bowling from Bangladesh. Captain Mortaza had an off day but his unit was superb. Mehidy Hasan set the tone early, running through the middle order, eventually ending with 3 scalps while Mustafizur took the all-important wicket of Zhuwao, which triggered the collapse. Nazmul Islam was incisive and accurate, which piled on the pressure.

Coming to the run chase, it was another disappointing show from the Zimbabweans. Cephas Zhuwao showed a lot of promise against the new balls but then once he got out, the rest simply could not even rotate the strike. The likes of Moor, Williams and Ervine actually tried to bat deep and then hit big towards the end but the last part never came.

Let us revisit that catch taken by Craig Ervine at first slip of Saifuddin. Over number 31, ball number 4. Bangladesh were amidst a collapse, at 141/6. Saifuddin had not even open his account. Had that been given, well, you never know...

Well, the result might seem like a close encounter, but in reality, it was not. It was done and dusted around the halfway mark itself and the stubbornness from the Zimbabwe lower order batsmen to not throw their wickets away got it close. On the flip side, there were a few turning points which might have seen Zimbabwe on the winning side tonight.

49.6
1
M Saifuddin to S Williams, Half century for Williams on the final ball. A slower ball outside off, short in length, Williams mistimes his pull but it is good enough to go past the bowler towards long on. A single taken and that ends the match. BANGLADESH WIN BY 28 RUNS!

Right then. Last ball of this ODI. Williams on 49. Will he get there?

49.5
1
M Saifuddin to T Chatara, Nearly... outside off, Chatara pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge which just misses the stumps enroute fine leg! A run taken to get Williams back on strike for the final ball.
49.4
1
M Saifuddin to S Williams, On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
49.3
2
M Saifuddin to S Williams, On middle, Williams heaves it towards mid-wicket and races back for a couple. He is racing against time. 3 balls left, 2 needed for a half century.
49.2
1
M Saifuddin to T Chatara, Around off, Chatara looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. It rolls to the leg side and the batsmen take a run.
49.1
1
M Saifuddin to S Williams, A full toss, hit through mid-wicket for a single.
48.6
0
Mahmudullah to T Chatara, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
48.5
0
Mahmudullah to T Chatara, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Tendai Chatara is the last man in. 8 balls left...

48.4
0
Mahmudullah to K Jarvis, OUT! Have to visit the doctor tomorrow. That was a massive edge, as per the Snickometer. Outside off, Jarvis swings hard, attempting for a hat-trick of sixes but misses. Rahim collects but then appeals belatedly. The umpire gives it out immediately. Jarvis has a chat with Williams and then goes for the review. Well, surprise, surprise everyone. Massive spike. Nice partnership, not of much worth tonight, but Zimbabwe will hope it helps them in future.

Kyle Jarvis has been caught behind! He has taken the review though. Did not hear anything...

48.3
6
Mahmudullah to K Jarvis, SIX MORE! Similar ball, once again Jarvis attempts the slog, mistimes it but has enough on it to clear long on again!
48.2
6
Mahmudullah to K Jarvis, SIX! CLUBBED! Tossed up outside off, Jarvis gets underneath this and sends it sailing over long on! Moves to 31 from 31 balls and the stand is worth 61 from 51.
48.1
1
Mahmudullah to S Williams, Full and outside off, reverse swept towards short third man for a single.

Mahmudullah to bowl the 49th over. 3-0-11-0 so far.

47.6
1
M Saifuddin to S Williams, The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
47.5
4
M Saifuddin to S Williams, FOUR! Fine shot to bring up the 50-run stand. Full and straight, Williams drives it straight down the ground. Long on dives but misfields and parries it into the ropes. Mortaza is not happy.
47.4
0
M Saifuddin to S Williams, Outside off, played straight to point.
47.3
1
M Saifuddin to K Jarvis, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. This is now the highest stand in this innings.
47.2
0
M Saifuddin to K Jarvis, A slower ball, outside off, Kyle slashes hard but misses.
47.1
0
M Saifuddin to K Jarvis, A yorker outside off, dug out back to the bowler.

Mohammad Saifuddin is back. 5-1-16-0 so far.

46.6
1
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, Outside off, nips back in, KJ looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge which just misses the stumps. A single to fine leg.
46.5
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, Comes down the track and hits it to long on for one.
46.4
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A short ball, down the leg side, Jarvis looks to tuck but the ball hits his pads and rolls down the leg side. Kyle is not sure whether to run but Williams calls him into it. Rahim gets across to his left and has a wild shy at the striker's end, almost hitting Williams instead. Leg bye signalled.
46.3
2
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A fine yorker, on middle, Jarvis can only push it towards long on for a run.

FREE HIT time. Can Jarvis maximize?

46.3
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, NO BALL! Oversteps does Mortaza, and bowls a length ball, punched down to long on for a single.
46.2
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, Excellent slower ball! Landed around off, Williams backs away, looking to cut but the ball spins away, beats the bat and misses the off stump by a whisker!
46.1
1
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
45.6
6
N Islam to S Williams, SIX! Ho ho! He has connected that alright! Full and around middle, Williams comes forward and slog sweeps this mightily over mid-wicket! 17 from the over!
45.5
1
N Islam to K Jarvis, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
45.4
0
N Islam to S Williams, Full and fired on the pads, spotting Sean dancing out, he misses his flick and the ball goes off the pads towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
45.3
4
N Islam to S Williams, FOUR! CLOBBERED! 200 is up for Zimbabwe. Don't know how much that matters to them tonight. Full on middle, Williams gets down and mows it over square leg for a boundary!
45.2
4
N Islam to S Williams, FOUR! Fine shot. Full and around middle, Williams gets down and reverse sweeps it powerfully over point for a boundary!
45.1
1
N Islam to K Jarvis, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.

Nazmul Islam is back on. 7-0-22-2 so far.

44.6
1
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
44.5
2
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, Full and outside off, Kyle looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge past the stumps towards fine leg. Two runs taken.
44.4
4
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, FOUR! A length ball outside off, Jarvis finally connects after endless swings. Manages to get it from the bottom of the bat but it is over the bowler and bisects mid off and long on. The stand moves to 20 from 28 balls.
44.3
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A slower ball outside off, pushed watchfully back to the bowler.
44.2
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A short ball, Jarvis goes for the pull again, only to miss.
44.1
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, Full on middle and leg, flicked towards square leg for a single.
43.6
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, Outside off, a short ball, a swing and a miss.
43.5
1
M Rahman to S Williams, On the pads, flicked towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
43.4
1
M Rahman to K Jarvis, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
43.3
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
43.2
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
43.2
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, WIDE. A harsh call. A length ball outside off, Kyle lets it go. It just grazes the wide line.
43.1
4
M Rahman to K Jarvis, FOUR! Poor effort in the field. A length ball outside off, Jarvis clubs it past mid on. He dives but dives over the ball.
42.6
1
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, Full and outside off, driven wide of mid off for a single.
42.5
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, Around middle, stays low, flicked towards mid-wicket.
42.4
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A bouncer, around off, ducked under.
42.3
0
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, A short ball outside off, Jarvis reaches out, throws his bat at it but misses.
42.2
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, Short and outside off, slapped through point for a single.
42.1
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, Full on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
41.6
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
41.5
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, A length ball outside off, Kyle swings hard but misses.
41.4
4
M Rahman to K Jarvis, FOUR! BRUTAL! A length ball outside off, Jarvis backs away and slaps it over mid off for a boundary!
41.3
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, Fuller and around off, watchfully kept out.
41.2
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, The batsman has played it to the point region.
41.1
0
M Rahman to K Jarvis, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

Fizz time.

40.6
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
40.5
1
M Mortaza to K Jarvis, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
40.4
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, Full and outside off, Sean looks to defend but is squared up by the away movement. Beats Rahim as well and he concedes a bye.
40.3
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, On a length around off, Williams looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
40.2
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, The batsman drives this through the covers.
40.1
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.

Kyle Jarvis is the new man in at number 10.

39.6
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, OUT! Superb catch! Mehidy has his third. Full and outside off, Mavuta looks to drive it straight back but Mehidy dives to his left and takes a brilliant catch. Fine figures for the off spinner - 10-0-46-3.
39.5
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
39.4
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
39.3
4
M Hasan to B Mavuta, FOUR! Second boundary of the over! Full and around off, Mavuta brings out the broom again and gets it over short third man this time! Moves to 20 from 13 deliveries!
39.2
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
39.1
4
M Hasan to B Mavuta, FOUR! He is enjoying his time in the middle. Full and outside off, Mavuta gets down and reverse sweeps it past short third man for a boundary!
38.6
1
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, Another short ball, pulled through square leg for a single.
38.5
0
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, A short delivery outside off, Brandon jumps and swats it towards mid on.
38.4
6
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, SIX! BOSH! He has picked the slower one alright. Outside off, on a length, Mavuta picks it up in a trice and pulls it massively over mid-wicket!
38.3
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, A short ball, pulled uppishly, but wide of the man at short mid-wicket for a run.
38.2
1
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
38.1
2
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, A length ball around off, tucked through square leg for a couple.
37.6
0
M Hasan to S Williams, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
37.5
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Around middle, well defended.
37.4
1
M Hasan to B Mavuta, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
37.3
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
37.2
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, Full and outside off, Mavuta lunges to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Mehidy pits in an LBW shout but not as high as the previous one. Too high anyways. But now Hawk Eye comes in. It shows the ball to be clipping the bails! Only if the appeal had been louder, might be the umpire could have given it out!
37.1
0
M Hasan to B Mavuta, That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad. The fielding side are asking the question. The umpire isn't interested in the appeal.
36.6
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, On middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
36.5
0
M Mortaza to S Williams, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
36.4
1
M Mortaza to B Mavuta, A short ball outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.

Brandon Mavuta is the new batter.

36.3
0
M Mortaza to D Tiripano, OUT! Number 7 is down. Communication breakdown. On a length outside off, Tiripano watchfully defends it under his eyes to the off side. He sets off for a single and Williams responds. But then, the latter suddenly shouts 'NOOOOO!' Too late for Tiripano to put the brakes. He slips a bit, tries getting back but Fazle Mahmud comes charging in, picks up the ball and dives with an under-arm throw at the striker's end. Bull's eye. Tiripano gave it up pretty early.
36.2
0
M Mortaza to D Tiripano, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
36.1
1
M Mortaza to S Williams, Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.

Mashrafe Mortaza is back on. 4-0-24-0 so far.

35.6
0
M Hasan to D Tiripano, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
35.5
2
M Hasan to D Tiripano, EDGED, BUT NOT TAKEN! Full and outside off, Tiripano pushes at it but gets a thick outside edge. However, Mortaza at first slip barely reacts and the ball goes through! Two runs taken.

Donald Tiripano walks in at number 8, replacing Moor.

35.4
0
M Hasan to P Moor, OUT! LBW! That ends the fight. Full and around middle, Moor gets down to sweep but misses. You cannot afford to miss straight balls. Is hit flush on the pads and umpire Dharmasena raises his finger immediately. Peter walks across to his partner for a chat regarding the review but is advised against it. Right call. Three reds on the Hawk Eye. Good innings by Moor but it was too much to do.
35.3
0
M Hasan to P Moor, That spins in a long way, takes the inside edge, hits the pads but lobs over the keeper.
35.2
0
M Hasan to P Moor, Around off, fuller in length, watchfully defended.
35.1
1
M Hasan to S Williams, Around middle, punched down to long on for a single.

DRINKS BREAK. Well, a look at the scorecard and it is easy to say, game over. But let us just remind you one thing. At the same stage, Bangladesh were 157/6. They scored 114 in their last 15. The visitors need 128. They have a wicket extra too. However, the latter have a longggg tail. However, if the current pair can counter-attack a bit and get the score to 200 by the 40th over, you never know. Pressure speaks.

34.6
4
M Rahman to P Moor, FOUR! SUBLIME! Overpitched outside off, Moor leans into this one and drives it wide of mid off for a boundary. 128 more needed from 90 balls.
34.5
2
M Rahman to P Moor, Full and outside off, bowled from around the wicket as the Fizz switches angles, Moor drives it through the covers for a couple.
34.4
0
M Rahman to P Moor, Fuller and outside off, PM shoulders arms. Nice carry through to the keeper.
34.4
0
M Rahman to P Moor, WIDE. A short ball, around middle, but banged halfway down the pitch. Goes well over the head of the batsman. Signalled a wide.
34.3
0
M Rahman to P Moor, The cutter. Pitched outside off, swinging away, Peter looks to play that from the back foot but is beaten.
34.2
0
M Rahman to P Moor, On a length around off, dabbed towards point.
34.1
0
M Rahman to P Moor, Full and outside off, angling away, Moor looks to drive but misses.
33.6
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
33.5
1
M Hasan to P Moor, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
33.4
0
M Hasan to P Moor, Full again, watchfully kept out.
33.3
0
M Hasan to P Moor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
33.2
0
M Hasan to P Moor, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
33.1
6
M Hasan to P Moor, SIX! Clean as a whistle. Full and outside off, Moor reaches out, uses his reach and lofts it nicely over long off.

Mehidy Hasan is back on. 6-0-27-1 so far.

32.6
0
M Rahman to P Moor, Huge LBW shout but not out. The ball was pitched perhaps outside leg, to the naked eye and Peter missed his flick. He was hit on the pads and Mustafizur roared an appeal. He then had a chat with his keeper and skipper but the latter felt it was pitching outside leg. Spot on. Hawk Eye confirms. Meanwhile, a leg bye is taken.
32.5
0
M Rahman to P Moor, On a length but slightly outside off, Moor slashes hard but misses.
32.4
0
M Rahman to P Moor, That is a beauty. Hits the spot around a good length around middle, PM is forced to defend but then the ball kicks off and beats the outside edge.
32.3
0
M Rahman to P Moor, Outside off again, Peter initially thinks to defend but then keeps his bat well inside the line.
32.2
0
M Rahman to P Moor, On a length around middle, solidly defended.
32.1
0
M Rahman to P Moor, Full and outside off, moving away, Moor shoulders arms.
31.6
1
F Mahmud to P Moor, Outside off, pushed towards long off for one.
31.5
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
31.4
2
F Mahmud to P Moor, Short and outside off, Moor backs away and punches it through the covers. Some good fielding in the deep prevents the boundary. Two runs taken.
31.3
1
F Mahmud to S Williams, On middle and leg, flicked towards Mahmudullah at deep mid-wicket for a run.
31.2
0
F Mahmud to S Williams, Full and down the leg side, Williams looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards short fine leg.
31.1
1
F Mahmud to P Moor, A touch short outside off, punched through the covers for a single. Moves to 10 from 22 balls.
31.1
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, ANOTHER WIDE. Full and down the leg side once more, this time Moor misses his sweep.
31.1
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed. 149 more needed from 114 balls.
30.6
0
M Rahman to S Williams, Outside off, left alone.
30.5
0
M Rahman to S Williams, Full and straight again, played towards mid on once more.
30.4
4
M Rahman to S Williams, FOUR! PRISTINE! Similar shot to a similar delivery as the last one but this time the placement is spot on. Beats mid on and gets a boundary. The stand moves to 22 from 33 balls.
30.3
0
M Rahman to S Williams, Outside off, Williams pushes it towards mid on, sets off for a single but then changes his mind.
30.2
0
M Rahman to S Williams, On a length outside off, played straight to point.
30.1
0
M Rahman to S Williams, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.

Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack. 3-0-7-1 so far.

29.6
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Around middle, goes straight on, punched towards cover.
29.5
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Full on middle, well defended.
29.4
1
F Mahmud to S Williams, Full and around middle, pushed towards long on for one.
29.3
1
F Mahmud to P Moor, Outside off, punched towards long off for a run.
29.2
1
F Mahmud to S Williams, Dropped short, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
29.1
4
F Mahmud to S Williams, FOUR! Short and outside off, Williams goes back and punches it through the covers. The ball almost stops before it touches the ropes, before eventually rolling in.
28.6
0
M Hasan to P Moor, Darts this, stays low, pushed to the leg side.
28.5
1
M Hasan to S Williams, Full and around off, pushed towards long off for a run.
28.4
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Full and outside leg, reverse swept straight to short third man.
28.3
0
M Hasan to S Williams, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
28.2
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Stays back in his crease and blocks.
28.1
0
M Hasan to S Williams, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Mehidy Hasan gets a change of ends.

27.6
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Outside off, cut towards point.
27.5
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
27.4
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, A bit outside off, Peter gets a good stride forward to block.
27.3
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
27.2
0
F Mahmud to P Moor, Short and outside off, Moor looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards cover.
27.1
2
F Mahmud to P Moor, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.

Another bowling change taking place. The debutant Fazle Mahmud is introduced. Bowls left-arm spin.

26.6
1
Mahmudullah to P Moor, Full and around off, pushed towards long on for a run.
26.5
0
Mahmudullah to P Moor, Around off, punched towards short mid-wicket.
26.4
4
Mahmudullah to P Moor, FOUR! Full and around middle, swept over short fine leg for a boundary.
26.3
0
Mahmudullah to P Moor, That missed everything. Full and outside off, Peter lunged to block but the ball spun in, missed the pad and went over the stumps towards fine leg. Mustafizur Rahman gave it a chase from short third man and returned the throw to Rahim who cheekily flicked it back onto he stumps and appealed for a run out. The umpie went upstairs because Moor lazily plonked his bat in. However, replays show that the batsman was safe. Two byes signalled.
26.2
0
Mahmudullah to P Moor, A short ball outside off, Moor looks to pull but gets a bottom edge towards mid-wicket again.
26.1
0
Mahmudullah to P Moor, Around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
25.6
1
M Hasan to P Moor, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
25.5
0
M Hasan to P Moor, Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
25.4
0
M Hasan to P Moor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.3
0
M Hasan to P Moor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.2
0
M Hasan to P Moor, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

Peter Moor is the new batsman in at number 7, replacing Ervine.

25.1
0
M Hasan to C Ervine, OUT! BOWLED! Half the side is now back in the hut. Full and around off, Ervine stays back to defend. However, the ball pitches and then turns a bit away from the bat. Enough to hit the timber behind. Bangladesh are all over Zimbabwe now.

Halfway mark. Nearly half the wickets down. But not half the runs scored. Here's Mehidy.

24.6
1
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Full and outside off, pushed towards long off to bring up the 100 FOR ZIMBABWE. 172 more needed at the halfway stage.
24.5
1
Mahmudullah to S Williams, Another long hop, punched down to long on for a run.
24.4
1
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Short in length, punched down to long on for a single.
24.3
0
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Straighter, pushed back to the bowler.
24.2
0
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Quicker one, going on with the arm, Craig stays back to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
24.1
0
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Beaten. Full and outside off, Ervine reaches out to defend but is beaten by the spin.
23.6
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Full and around off, blocked back to the bowler.
23.5
0
M Hasan to S Williams, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
23.4
1
M Hasan to C Ervine, Landed outside off, spinning away, pushed towards third man for a run.
23.3
0
M Hasan to C Ervine, Fired on the pads, blocked towards short mid-wicket.
23.2
1
M Hasan to S Williams, Outside off, punched towards cover for a single.
23.1
0
M Hasan to S Williams, Full on middle, defended back to the bowler.
22.6
0
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, That is a jaffa! Full and around middle, Ervine looks to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge. Luckily for him, it bounces over the stumps!
22.5
0
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, Short and outside off, slow turn, punched towards cover.
22.4
1
Mahmudullah to S Williams, Flicks it away to the leg side.
22.3
1
Mahmudullah to C Ervine, The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. One run added to the total.
22.2
1
Mahmudullah to S Williams, This is around middle, Ervine goes back and punches it through mid-wicket for a single.
22.1
0
Mahmudullah to S Williams, Full and around leg, pushed back to the bowler.

Bowling change. Mahmudullah to bowl.

21.6
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, On a length around off, watchfully patted back to the bowler.
21.5
2
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Outside off, pushed towards cover. He takes the single, then takes the overthrow as the throw misses the stumps at the striker's end.
21.4
1
M Saifuddin to S Williams, Around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for a run.
21.3
0
M Saifuddin to S Williams, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
21.2
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, A length ball around off, Ervine stays back to defend but the ball shoots up, takes the outside edge and lobs over the slip cordon towards third man. A single taken.
21.1
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Full and straight, blocked back to the bowler.

Sean Williams comes in at number 6, replacing Raza.

20.6
0
N Islam to S Raza, OUT! BOWLED! The cobra spits again and Nazmul has his second. Almost identical to the way he got Taylor. Pitched around middle, only while Taylor came forward, Raza stayed back. He looked to push it to the off side but the ball spun away, missed the bat and hit the top of the bail over the off and middle stumps. Superb bowling. Massive wicket. Raza cannot quite make a memorable comeback. 184 more needed from 174 balls.
20.5
1
N Islam to C Ervine, Full and around middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
20.4
4
N Islam to C Ervine, FOUR! Excellent reverse sweep. Full and outside off, Ervine gets down and brings out the broom to get it past short third man.
20.3
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Outside off, stays low, watchfully defended.
20.2
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Around off, coming in, defended to the leg side.
20.1
1
N Islam to S Raza, Short and outside off, spinning away, cut through the covers for a single.
19.6
1
M Saifuddin to S Raza, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
19.5
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
19.4
1
M Saifuddin to S Raza, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
19.3
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, EDGED, BUT DROPPED! A rare blemish from Bangladesh. On a length outside off, moving away, Ervine looks to push at it but gets a thick outside edge. It flies behind and Rahim moves to his left too. But somehow, spills it. Deflects it towards third man and the batsmen take a single.
19.2
1
M Saifuddin to S Raza, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
19.1
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Outside off, pushed to the off side for a single.
18.6
0
N Islam to S Raza, Very straight, Sikandar keeps it out.
18.5
0
N Islam to S Raza, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
18.4
0
N Islam to S Raza, Full and around off, Raza gets a big stride forward and defends it towards cover.
18.3
0
N Islam to S Raza, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
18.2
1
N Islam to C Ervine, Comes forward and pushes it towards long on for a single.
18.1
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Full and outside off, spinning in, Ervine looks to flick but the ball hits the splice of the bat and goes through the vacant short leg region.

DRINKS are on the field. After a wonderful start, Zimbabwe are throwing it away here. They made use of the fielding restrictions but now, with the field spread out, they are not able to get the boundaries. That is leading to pressure. The bowling is good but the visitors are not even taking singles. Raza might have something to say about that though.

17.6
0
M Saifuddin to S Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
17.5
0
M Saifuddin to S Raza, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
17.4
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
17.3
2
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
17.2
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
17.1
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, An LBW shout, but not out. The ball shoots low and hits Ervine on the pads, prompting a massive LBW appeal. But umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitched outside leg.
16.6
1
N Islam to C Ervine, Full and outside off, Ervine looks to sweep but gets a top edge which just eludes the keeper and the man from first slip! A run taken.
16.5
1
N Islam to S Raza, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
16.4
0
N Islam to S Raza, Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
16.3
2
N Islam to S Raza, Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
16.2
0
N Islam to S Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
16.1
0
N Islam to S Raza, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
15.6
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. A MAIDEN FROM SAIFUDDIN - the first in this innings.
15.5
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Full and outside off, Craig looks to defend on the front foot but misses again.
15.4
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Beaten. On a length outside off, Craig feels for it and is beaten.
15.3
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, On a length around leg, moving away, Ervine looks to defend but the ball moves away, squares the batsman up and rolls off the edge towards cover.
15.2
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
15.1
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, THAT STAYED LOW! Full and on middle, Ervine just about gets his bat down to defend as the ball scoots low.
14.6
1
N Islam to C Ervine, Finally connects his flick and gets it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
14.5
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Massive LBW shout. NOT OUT. Review not taken. Too much turn. Full and outside off, CE looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Might have missed the leg stump. Height would have been an issue too.
14.4
0
N Islam to C Ervine, A touch short, spinning in, Craig looks to flick but misses and is hit on the box. The ball then rolls back onto the stumps but he stops it with his boot.
14.3
0
N Islam to C Ervine, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
14.2
0
N Islam to C Ervine, The batsman works it down the leg side.
14.2
0
N Islam to C Ervine, WIDE. Down the leg side, spinning a mile, Ervine misses his flick again.
14.1
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Full and outside off, Ervine looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Nazmul wanted a review, thinking that it was LBW but Rahim discouraged him. Hawk Eye showed the impact to be well outside off.
13.6
0
M Saifuddin to S Raza, A good shot for nothing. On a length outside off, punched straight to cover.
13.5
0
M Saifuddin to S Raza, Driven towards the mid off region.
13.4
1
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
13.3
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
13.2
2
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
13.1
0
M Saifuddin to C Ervine, On a length outside off, shouldered arms to.

Mohammad Saifuddin, who was brilliant with the bat, now gets a chance with the ball.

12.6
0
N Islam to S Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Another tight over from Nazmul.
12.5
0
N Islam to S Raza, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
12.4
0
N Islam to S Raza, Fuller in length, pushed back to the bowler.
12.3
0
N Islam to S Raza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Sikandar Raza is the new man in.

12.2
1
N Islam to H Masakadza, OUT! Superb piece of fielding and excellent bit of keeping! The Rahim-Kayes combination gets the better of Masakadza. Full and outside off, Hamilton reaches out and drives it through the covers. He takes the single and then calmly turns back for the second, totally unaware of what is happening behind him. However, Imrul Kayes, in spite of batting the whole of the first innings almost, hares to his left from long off, picks up the ball cleanly and in one motion, releases the ball. Now, comes the Rahim part. Because Imrul has returned the throw quickly, it is not accurate. It is somewhere 2-3 yards away from the stumps but Rahim is ready. He collects the throw, then dives full stretch and disturbs the stumps! The run out appeal is referred upstairs and skipper Masakadza is nearly a meter short! Losing the plot now, are the visiting side. They did not need this run out.

Is that a run out? Bangladesh seem confident. Looks like Masakadza is in trouble. Referred upstairs...

12.1
0
N Islam to H Masakadza, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
11.6
0
M Rahman to C Ervine, On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
11.5
1
M Rahman to H Masakadza, Full and outside off, HM drives it wide of mid off for a run. Moves to 20 from 32 balls. He has got a start.
11.4
0
M Rahman to H Masakadza, The batsman has played it to the point region.

Little bit of issues for the Fizz as he does some cleaning on his left leg. That was forcefully hit. Would have stung. The physio is out in the middle but the bowler does not look too much in pain. Or, he is not showing it. All in readiness now.

11.3
0
M Rahman to H Masakadza, OUCH! That would have hurt. Full and around off, Hamilton pummels it straight back. Rahman barely has time to even react, let alone take his foot out of the way. The ball hits his left boot and deflects towards mid on.
11.2
0
M Rahman to H Masakadza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
11.1
2
M Rahman to H Masakadza, Lovely shot. Full and outside off, Masakadza leans and drives it through the covers. The fielder sprints back and manages to prevent the boundary. Two runs taken.
10.6
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Full again, well blocked out. 3 runs and a wicket from Islam's opener.
10.5
0
N Islam to C Ervine, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.

Craig Ervine walks in at number 4, replacing Taylor.

10.4
0
N Islam to B Taylor, OUT! BOWLED! Taylor's poor run continues. And there comes the 'Naagin dance.' Landed around middle, Taylor comes forward to defend but the ball pitches, turns, beats the outside edge and then hits the top of off stump. Too good. Would have beaten even the best of batsmen. Zimbabwe in trouble now. They have lost 2 wickets for 11 runs in the space of 22 balls. 213 more needed from 236 balls.
10.3
1
N Islam to H Masakadza, Outside off again, turn and bounce, Masakadza carefully pushes it towards point for a quick run.
10.2
1
N Islam to B Taylor, Fuller, outside off, pressed back to the bowler.
10.1
1
N Islam to H Masakadza, Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.

POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.

9.6
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, A slower ball to end the over, outside off, BT watches it closely before shouldering arms again. Fine Powerplay 1 for the visitors. Bangladesh were 39/2 at this stage.
9.5
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, Again on a length, teasing the batsman to go after it, Brendan lets it go once more.
9.4
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, Outside off, on a length, Taylor shoulders arms.
9.3
1
M Rahman to H Masakadza, Outside off, a gentle tap towards cover for a quick run.
9.2
0
M Rahman to H Masakadza, On middle and leg, defended towards short mid-wicket.
9.1
1
M Rahman to B Taylor, Full and wide outside off, Taylor reaches out and slashes hard, getting a thick outside edge towards third man. A single taken.
8.6
2
N Islam to H Masakadza, Tossed up outside off, Hamilton goes back and punches it through point for a couple. 218 more needed from 246 balls.
8.5
0
N Islam to H Masakadza, Landed outside off, pushed straight to cover.
8.4
1
N Islam to B Taylor, Fuller, pushed towards long off again for one.
8.3
1
N Islam to H Masakadza, Outside off, punched towards long off for a run.
8.2
0
N Islam to H Masakadza, Turn! Landed outside off, Masakadza looks to initially defend but then lets it go as the ball spins away a mile. 'Nicely done, sense a wicket here BOYS!!!!' screams Rahim.
8.1
1
N Islam to B Taylor, Landed outside off, spinning away, Taylor pushes at it loosely and chips it wide of the bowler towards mid off for a single. 50 UP FOR ZIMBABWE. 222 more needed from 251 balls.

Nazmul Islam, left-arm orthodox, to bowl now.

7.6
1
M Rahman to B Taylor, Uppish again. Fuller in length, Taylor pushes at it away from his body and gets it just wide of Mustafizur towards mid off. A quick single taken. Fine start from the Fizz. 2 runs and a wicket.
7.5
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
7.4
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, Outside off, left alone.
7.3
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, Outside off, played straight to point.
7.2
0
M Rahman to B Taylor, On a length, around middle, angling away, Taylor just pushes at it and nearly lobs a return catch. Lands safely beside the non-striker.

Brendan Taylor comes in at number 3, replacing Zhuwao.

7.1
0
M Rahman to C Zhuwao, OUT! BOWLED! The off stump is gone cartwheeling! Well this is actually the first ball of the over, given that the previous one was a wide. The Fizz has made his presence felt. It is a length ball, just around off, Zhuwao looks to tuck it to the leg side but is done in completely. He misses and the ball knocks the off stump out. The crowd roars into life but in my opinion, Zhuwao has done his job. He has given Zimbabwe's middle order a breather with a quickfire knock. The visitors need 225 from 257 balls.
7.1
0
M Rahman to C Zhuwao, WIDE. Starts with a loosener, bowling it down the leg side. Zhuwao misses his flick.

First change of the run chase. Mustafizur Rahman is introduced. A mini battle won by Zimbabwe. Mehidy has been hammered out of the attack.

6.6
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, Full and outside off, Masakadza shoulders arms.
6.5
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, On a length around off, defended back to the bowler.
6.4
1
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Around middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
6.3
4
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, FOUR! OFF THE INSIDE EDGE! Fortuitous but he will take then. Om a length around off, Zhuwao is late on it to get the jab towards cover and gets a thick inside edge which whistles past the leg stump to the fine leg fence! 226 more needed from 261 balls.
6.2
1
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE HAD THE SKIPPER. On a length around middle, Hamilton punches it towards mid on and makes a late call to take the single. Halfway through, it becomes clear it is a suicidal call but Mahmudullah misses his shy at the bowler's end.
6.1
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, Nice little leg cutter, outside off, angles in, then moves away as Masakadza looks to defend. Gets beaten.
5.6
6
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, SIX! BOOM! He goes again! Tossed up, outside off, Zhuwao gets down and smashes this wayyyyy over long on! Moves to 30 from 21 balls with his second biggie. 13 from that over, Mehidy has gone for 23 in 3!
5.5
6
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, SIX! There he goes! Nice use of the feet, getting to the pitch of the ball and flicking it over mid-wicket for a maximum! Good technique. 237 more needed from 265 balls. Zhuwao moves to 24 from 20 balls.
5.4
0
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, The quicker one, very straight, blocked towards cover.
5.3
0
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Full and outside off, Zhuwao looks for the big slog sweep but misses.
5.2
1
M Hasan to H Masakadza, JUST OVER! Masakadza comes down the track but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Looks to play this straight but ends up chipping it back. Luckily for him, it is just out of Mehidy's reach as he leaps. A single down the ground.
5.1
0
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Full on middle, played straight to short mid-wicket.
4.6
1
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
4.5
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, On a length, around middle and leg, Hamilton looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
4.4
4
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, FOUR! BLUDGEONED! Mount Masakadza joins the party now. Slightly short, around middle, the skipper stays back a touch and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket!
4.3
1
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, A length ball again, outside off, Cephas swings hard and gets a thick outside edge towards third man. Does not carry. A single taken. 249 more needed from 273 balls.
4.2
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Outside off, a swing and a miss this time.
4.1
4
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, FOUR! He is going after the bowling. A length ball outside off, Zhuwao slices it over cover and gets a boundary!
3.6
0
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Full and around off, Hamilton comes down the track and flicks it straight to short mid-wicket.
3.5
1
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
3.4
0
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Long hop, cut straight to cover.
3.3
2
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Uppish, but safe! This is not all that short but the southpaw still goes after it, looking to cut and ends up getting a thick outside edge. It flies over the infield and cover gets to it near the boundary. Two runs taken.
3.2
4
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, FOUR! BLAST! Short and outside off, spinning away, Zhuwao backs away and crashes it past a diving cover fielder for a boundary! 257 more needed from 280 balls.
3.1
1
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Full and on off, Masakadza comes down the track and bunts it towards long on for a single.
2.6
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
2.5
1
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, Outside off, angled towards third man for a run.
2.4
1
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Full and outside off, CZ pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge. It flies behind point towards third man. A single taken.
2.3
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Outside off, Cephas looks to cut again, only to miss.
2.2
4
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, FOUR! This time Zhuwao gets plenty of width and crashes it behind point to the fence. First boundary of the run chase.
2.1
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Outside off, on a length, Zhuwao slashes hard but misses.
1.6
0
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
1.5
0
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
1.4
1
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Full and outside off, skids on, CZ just about gets his bat down to defend. The ball squirts off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken.
1.3
0
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Outside off, Cephas looks to play at that but misses.
1.2
0
M Hasan to C Zhuwao, Full and outside off, Zhuwao looks to sweep but misses.
1.1
1
M Hasan to H Masakadza, Full and outside off, driven past the bowler towards long on for a single.

Mehidy Hasan to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Outside off, moving away, Cephas feels for it but misses.
0.5
0
M Mortaza to C Zhuwao, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
0.4
1
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
0.4
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
0.3
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, Around off, defended from the crease.
0.2
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
0.1
0
M Mortaza to H Masakadza, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

Welcome back for the run chase. Hamilton Masakadza and Cephas Zhuwao are the openers for Zimbabwe. Skipper Mortaza has the first new ball. Here we go!