February 7, 2007

Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI Match

Bangladesh was beat by 8 wickets in the second One-day International Cricket match at Harare Sports Club.Gary Brent’s four wickets played the important role to win Zimbabwe.

SW Radio Africa reported:

Cricket analyst Elvis Sembezeya, who watched the match at Harare Sports Club, was full of praise for the opening pair of Vusi Sibanda and Terry Duffin who responded well to Bangladesh’s spin masters.

Sembezeya said Sibanda and Duffin unsettled the Bangladesh spinners, a key and tactical move that cast away any thoughts the visitors had of fighting back when the duo’s opening stand reached 125 before Duffin was run out.

Gary Brent’s four wickets were also a key part of restricting Bangladesh to 153, before Sibanda powered the run chase with an unbeaten 93. Duffin played a familiar style innings, providing good support. His 32 took 83 balls before he was run out with the winning line in sight.

This result will provide the much-needed confidence for the crisis ridden Zimbabwe squad as the World Cup approaches.

‘I’ve always pointed out that the team plays negatively when the opposition sends in its spinners to do the damage. We lost the first match because the team resorted to defensive shots. But today (Tuesday) the opening pair went for the kill and look at what happened,’ Sembezeya said.

In the for match series this math helps Zimbabwe to come equal. In spite of being batting pitch Bangladesh did not well in the match.