The series in Bangladesh got off to a bright start for the hosts as Zimbabwe lost the 1st One Day International by 28 runs.
Zimbabwe had exuded a burning will to restrict Bangladesh’s batsmen as the Zim bowlers cornered Bangladesh at 139-6 in the 30th over. It was such a golden opportunity to maximise, but Imran Kayes changed the tempo of the game with his big-hitting heroics, as he registered his career best figure of 144 runs off 140 balls. Massive, that.
For Zimbabwe, Cephas Zhuwao gave some hope with his blistering stand of 35 runs off 24 balls, smashing sixes and fours in the process. Raza and Taylor failed to live up to their ratings, but Jarvis gave Zimbabwe some hope towards the end.
Zim fell at 243/9 after having failed to reach the 272-runs target.
Here are a few thoughts we picked from the game:
- We need floodlights at our local cricket stadiums. Zim seem to struggle under lights when playing abroad. The more we get used, the better.
- Mavuta has great intent to prove himself. His heroics in South Africa got him many praises, and he is out here to prove himself on the international stage. He’s got some confidence, and has a positive approach to the game. He provided some crucial runs when he got in to bat.
- We need mental strength. We can’t do without this essential element. It’s like some of the batsmen do not have the will to prove themselves. And the bowlers at times. But it is more acute with the batters.
- There needs to be less defensive cricket when playing ODIs. With ODIs you have to put up as much runs as you can given the limited overs you have. So, hit the ball gents.
- There is capability to win. There is potential to get results. But it then comes down to the confidence issue, and also, to improve on techniques and tactics.
- We weren’t playing like the chasing team. Our chase was borderline lethargic. The last overs saw Zim improving on runs (Mavuta, Jarvis, Sean Williams) but we need more quick starts, amd to improve during the middle overs.
Top order batsmen keep failing us.
We were impressed with Zhuwao, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams, Brendon Mavuta.