Cremer has Bangladesh in a bind


Tamim Iqbal starred with the bat for Bangladesh in their 91-run ODI win over Zimbabwe. At the end of the 20th over, Zimbabwe were 58 for 4 and with the asking rate climbing up, there weren't too many options left for them.

Bangladesh is already in the final of this Tri-Nation series, match is hopeful for Zimbabwe to continue their availability in this series, they are second on the points table.

Sunzamul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman resisted Zimbabwe's charge with a 26-run ninth wicket stand before Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain scrambled together a further 20 runs to drag Bangladesh to some respectability. He overtook Habibul Bashar's 29 wins.

Graeme Cremer and Kyle Jarvis shared seven wickets amongst them. However, the visitors were made to toil as Tamim (76) and Shakib (51) scored 106 for the second wicket. Mire had missed a long-hop that kept low, while Taylor played back to a fullish delivery first ball to be trapped in front. Next to go was Sabbir Rahman, brilliantly caught by Craig Ervine at short midwicket.

Mortaza and left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam also took two wickets each.

Moor and Malcolm Waller were both given out leg-before, with the latter using up the review.

It wasn't just Zimbabwe who struggled against spin. Medium-pacer Kyle Jarvis chipped in with three wickets.

The left-hander said that stepping out to hit a spinner when the team had lost Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad was the wrong choice of shot, and added that if he had stayed for another five to six overs Bangladesh may have scored around 230-240 runs and he could have also registered his 10th century. With the pitch offering no pace at all, boundaries were hard to come by but the experienced batsmen didn't throw away their wickets in frustration and started to rebuild the innings. Then, Tamim was stumped for 76 off 105 balls off a Cremer googly, before Mashrafe fell to give the Zimbabwe's captain his 100th wicket in ODIs.