Cricket Web Logo
Cricket Coach 2014 - Order Now
Cricket Web Logo
Australia Bangladesh Bermuda Canada England India Ireland Kenya Netherlands New Zealand Pakistan Scotland South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies Zimbabwe
 
Bangladesh ease past Zimbabwe
13 Oct 2006
By: Neil Pickup


The two minnows bade farewell to the Champions Trophy in a dead, one-sided and ultimately dull pool game in Jaipur.

On a slow wicket, Bangladeshi opener Shariar Nafees set himself to consolidate after two early wickets fell, and was rewarded with his second ODI century in the process. Saqibul Hasan and Habibul Bashar added gritty thirties into the middle order, and with the danger of collapse dispelled, Nafees was able to accelerate.

The opening batsman struck seventeen fours and a six in his innings, particularly brutal on opposing captain Prosper Utseya as he unfurled the hoik over midwicket on a regular basis on his way to an unbeaten 123.

Chasing 232, Zimbabwe never looked like getting close - and without Brendan Taylor's fifty, they would have been embarrased. The phalanx of Bangladeshi left arm spinners, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mehrab Hossain and Saqibul, took seven wickets at less than ten apiece as the African middle order capitulated.

Having slid to 88 for five after Taylor fell just after the halfway mark, Elton Chigumbura and Gary Brent wasted the next 15 overs, failing to find the boundary at all and allowing the run-rate to climb from challenging to impossible. When Chigumbura fell with the score on 123, the end was near and the last four wickets added just seven runs.

In short, Bangladesh have regained a modicum of pride and bragging rights over their fellow whipping boys, and the real stuff starts tomorrow as Sri Lanka and West Indies face off for the right to avoid Australia and India (oh, and England).

Bangladesh 231-6
Shahriar Nafees 123*, Saqibul Hasan 36
Edward Rainsford 2-41, Anthony Ireland 2-45

Bangladesh won by 101 runs

Zimbabwe 130
Brendan Taylor 52, Elton Chigumbura 27
Saqibul Hasan 3-18, Abdur Razzak 2-12

Cricket Web Player of the Match
Shahriar Nafees (Bangladesh) - 123 not out

Discuss this news item in the Cricket Web Forums
Recent Cricket Chat Threads
Moeen Ali and the 'Free Gaza' wrist band
Last posted by: Prince EWS
How good is Sanga?
Last posted by: OverratedSanity
Kallis retires from Tests
Last posted by: Daemon
Pioneers of Cricket Series
Last posted by: SOPL
The ATG Teams General arguing/discussing thread
Last posted by: the big bambino
***Official*** English Domestic Season 2014
Last posted by: Viscount Tom
New Zealand 'A' Tour of U.K., 2014
Last posted by: Kippax
Silent Auction Draft
Last posted by: morgieb
Poll
Do you think enough Test cricket is being played?
Too much Test cricket
 [tally] 94%
The right amount is being played
 [tally] 2%
No there should be more
 [tally] 4%

Previous Polls