3rd ODI: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Live Score | BAN vs ZIM 2013 Live
BAN vs ZIM 2013 3rd ODI Live Scorecard – Catch the live cricket score and ball by ball commentary of Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI Match to be played at Bulawayo.
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh go into Wednesday’s (May 8) third and final One-Day International in Bulawayo locked at one match apiece, yet it is Zimbabwe who know they will need to improve their game if they are to claim a rare series victory.
After being humiliated by 121 runs in the first ODI last week, Zimbabwe drew level with a six-wicket victory on Sunday (May 5), preventing Bangladesh from extending their unbeaten run in bilateral ODI series to three.
The victory had also broken a seven-match losing streak in the 50-over format. Zimbabwe had last won an ODI in October 2011.
However, Zimbabwe have enjoyed the benefit of bowling first in both matches so far, with early morning starts giving their seam bowlers an advantage against Bangladesh’s strong top-order batsmen – none of whom have registered telling scores so far.
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan remain some of the most dangerous batsmen on either side, yet none has passed 34 in the series, and are due for runs – a fact that hasn’t escaped Zimbabwe.
“They are always a side that is very threatening,” said Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain. “Some of their big players have not fired so that’s a concern for us.”
Taylor hoped his bowlers would continue in the same vein, picking up wickets early. “If we can bowl well like we have been bowling up front it’s always going to be tough to score. Hopefully we can execute our skills better and get over the line.”
While the bowling has been decent, the fielding on display in the second ODI left much to be desired. Zimbabwe dropped as many as four catches and, although they still managed to win the game, they will look to avoid such errors in the decisive third ODI.
After the win on Sunday, Taylor said it would essentially boil down to which team holds the nerve. “The team that does not panic will get over the line,” said Taylor. “We need to show character.”
Having drawn the two-Test series 1-1, both sides will see Wednesday’s match as an opportunity to confirm a modicum of superiority ahead of the two Twenty20 Internationals in the weekend.