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It's finally happened !!!
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare
Bangladesh achieve victory at last
The Wisden Bulletin by Andrew Miller
March 10, 2004
Bangladesh 238 for 7 (Habibul 61, Rajin 57) beat Zimbabwe 230 for 9 (Carlisle 71, Tareq
3-38) by 8 runs
Bangladesh have won their first international fixture
since achieving Test status, after inching to an
eight-run victory over Zimbabwe in a thrilling finish
After batting first on a damp pitch, Bangladesh
posted a competitive total of 238 for 7, and then
bowled nervelessly under extreme pressure to resist a
hard-hitting response from the Zimbabwean batsmen.
With 13 runs to defend in the final over, Tareq Aziz
bowled Stuart Matsikenyeri and Doug Hondo with
consecutive deliveries, to prompt unfettered scenes
of joy in the Bangladeshi dressing-room, not to
mention among their fans back home.
Bangladesh had not won a match of any description
since beating Pakistan in that now-tainted World Cup
fixture in May 1999, but now, after their first two
matches against Zimbabwe were washed out in
Bulawayo, they have a golden opportunity to steal a series victory as well. That prospect is
sure to be enhanced by the Zimbabwean weather, which has been inclement to say the least
over the past few weeks.
It was with the rain in mind that Heath Streak chose to bowl first, imagining that the damp
pitch would dry out over the course of the day and make batting easier in the afternoon.
But Bangladesh exceeded Streak's expectations with solid performances all down their
batting card. The backbone of their innings was provided by a third-wicket partnership of
114 between Rajin Saleh and Habibul Bashar, before Mohammad Ashraful creamed a 31-ball
half-century to complete a satisfactory effort.
Rajin and Habibul both scored half-centuries, although Bashar's was particularly gratifying
as it allowed him to forget his disappointing Test series (which included a pair at Harare)
and record his first innings of note as Bangladesh captain. They came together at 20 for 2,
after the early losses of Shahriar Hossain and Alok Kapali, and scored their runs at a steady
pace over 28 overs. That provided the perfect platform for a late barrage of runs, and
Ashraful and the two Khaleds - Mahmud and Mashud - duly obliged.
Ashraful, now firmly restored to favour after a spell on the sidelines, completed his fifty in
the final over of the innings. He received excellent support from Mahmud, the recently
deposed captain, who made 22 from 16 balls with two fours and six over midwicket off
Doug Hondo, before being run out by a direct hit from Ray Price. It was one of three such
dismissals to hamper Bangladesh's progress in the closing overs, but with Ashraful seeing
the ball like a football, it made little impact on their run-rate.
In reply, Bangladesh made an excellent start as Grant Flower was trapped lbw for 2 in
Tareq's second over, but it was one-way traffic thereafter as Barney Rogers and Stuart
Carlisle added 109 for the second wicket. But when Mushfiqur Rahman returned to the
attack, the innings was transformed. Rogers and Tatenda Taibu fell in the space of four
overs, and Carlisle and Sean Ervine followed shortly afterwards (140 for 5).
Heath Streak and Dion Ebrahim fashioned a recovery of sorts, but when Ebrahim was
bowled by Mohammad Rafique for 13, Zimbabwe still needed 70 runs with four wickets
remaining. Streak responded with a cut for four off Kapali, and Matsikenyeri clobbered
Tapash Baisya for six over square leg, but Zimbabwe were forever a boundary behind the
asking rate, with overs and wickets slipping away.
The big dismissal was that of Streak, caught off a leading edge as he attempted to flick a
legside full-toss from Tapash to the boundary (199 for 7). Price entered the fray and gave
Bangladesh a major dose of the heebie-jeebies as he belted Mahmud for six, but they could
only manage six runs from Tapash's final over. It was asking too much of
recover from there, and Tareq effectively sealed the game with his final-over brace.
Zimbabwe 1 Heath Streak (capt), 2 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 3 Barney Rogers, 4 Dion
Ebrahim, 5 Blessing Mahwire, 6 Stuart Carlisle, 7 Douglas Hondo, 8 Sean Ervine, 9
Raymond Price, 10 Stuart Matsikenyeri, 11 Grant Flower.
Bangladesh 1 Habibul Bashar (capt), 2 Shahriar Hossain, 3 Alok Kapali, 4 Rajin Saleh, 5
Mohammad Ashraful, 6 Mushfiqur Rahman, 7 Khaled Mahmud, 8 Khaled Mashud (wk), 9
Mohammad Rafique, 10 Tapas Baisya, 11 Tareq Aziz.