Zimbabwe struggles against Tigers

brendan_taylor_bowledHARARE Bangladeshs dominance over Zimbabwe remains a concern in the cricket fraternity as the Tigers mauled their visitors for a seven-wicket-victory in the second Grameenphone One Day International (ODI) match at Shere Bangla National Stadium last week.(Pictured: Brendan Taylor is bowled by Abdur Razzak)

Batsman Shakib Al Hasan put up a five-star performance in front of his home crowd to record an unbeaten top score of 105 (69).

Of course Bangladesh have played together for a long time now and they are currently more experienced than our team, but we need to be consistent, we won the first ODI after a good bowling attack and I believe we proved that it is possible to win against Bangladesh, an official in the cricket fraternity who requested anonymity told The Zimbabwean on Sunday.

The return of former national cricket heroes Heath Streak and Alistair Campbell to the Zimbabwean team had raised hopes of a new era in which the team would turn the tables in Bangladesh.

Its a good thing to have former players back. But it is so worrying when the coaching department becomes one-sided. Heath Streak is our bowling coach and our fielding has been better but what of batting?

Our batsmen have always struggled against the Bangladesh spinners and nothing has been done to improve that. It becomes difficult for the bowlers when they are forced to restrict a small total by the batsmen, the official said.

The Tigers have dominated their past meetings with Zimbabwe, with the tourists losing all their series in the Asian country.

The two countries have met in 19 ODIs and Zimbabwe managed just eight wins losing 11 matches.

In 2005, a young inexperienced but talented Zimbabwe side took a 2-0 lead ahead of Bangladesh and appeared in control of the five ODI series. But the Tigers came from behind to win the series 3-2.

The Asians dominance over the Southern Africans has seen them claim position nine on the ICC ODI rankings, ahead of tenth placed Zimbabwe.

This year alone, Zimbabwe lost 1-4 in the two series they played against Bangladesh before their current tour.

The two teams will meet for the fourth ODI match, next Tuesday.

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