HARARE – If interim coach Steven Mangongo was disappointed with the team after the loss of the second Test match; he is more than likely as angry as a black mamba whose sleep had been disturbed by a passing animal.
The question is. Will any drastic measures be taken, or, will he decide to stick to continuity and give the players a fair run?
Either way, Friday’s performance in the first ODI at Queens Sports Club here Bulawayo was beyond disappointing, as no one seemed willing to take on the responsibility of batting through the innings.
The age old problems that have plagued Zimbabwe’s one day cricket returned with a vengeance.
The team were on the back foot from the very start of their reply to Bangladesh’s innings, thanks to the early departures of Regis Chakabva and debutant Sikandar Raza Butt with just 13 runs on the board.
Even if Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza had both made half centuries, the partnership would have had to have been well over 150, if the home side were going to even threaten Bangladesh’s total.
Masakadza and Taylor were briefly able to keep up with the run rate, but, once Taylor departed, the writing was on the wall, as mayhem then set into the middle order.
Hamilton Masakadza was more than likely responsible for the run out of Sean Williams, and this clearly upset the big right hander as he followed soon after, playing a horrible shot to be out for 38.
The pressure however was slowly beginning to tell when left arm spinner Abdur Razzak was introduced.
The experienced spinner proved yet again to be Zimbabwe’s nemeses, as he applied relentless pressure which eventually accounted for Brendan Taylor.
After that, the crowd were treated to some good bowling by seamer Ziaur Rahman, who’s straight forward wicket to wicket bowling proved too much for the middle and lower order.
Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura played poor shots, both swinging across the line and paying the ultimate price by throwing away their wickets.
Shingi Masakadza was probably the only player who would have escaped the wrath of Steven Mangongo’s tongue, and rightly so.
The big allrounder put in a more than commendable performance with figures of 4/51, and a lusty 33 batting at number nine.