3 December 2010

Zimply not enough

Ashes blog tomorrow. Absolutely gutted, still want to drop several players -you know who-, too grumpy to write about it. And, mind you, it is not the only catastrophe that has happened last night:

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe ODI 2
Related post: ODI 1

Red nose, bloodshot eye, top-score: no doubt, an Ervine.
1) Brendan Taylor. Needs to lift his game. Currently he is a bit like Umar Akmal, muscles a handful of very impressive ones, then gets out when he should capitalise. However. His name still makes me smile and gives me this fuzzy warm Brendan Taylor feeling, if you know what I mean (seeing that you are reading a Zim blog I bet you do).

2) Justice Chibhaba. Yeah after the previous match I still wanted to see more of him but I think I've seen enough now. Put Hamilton Masakadza back in. I understand that Zim want to probe the new players and expose them to World Cup conditions but please, do also spare a thought on winning! Chamu couldn't penetrate with the ball either.

3) Regis Chakabva. Hehe :) Yeah not a big score but I have very nice gut feeling about him.

4) Keith Dabengwa. Well he was in the runs this time and steadied the ship with Tatenda Taibu but at what cost! They got 48 runs from more than 17 overs. Bangladesh squeezed the air out of Zim's batting. Took a wicket at the match best econ. rate of 2.42.

5) Tatenda Taibu. See above, I also would like to see a few more runs from him.

6) Babyslug Craig Ervine. 42*. Awwwww. Beautiful addition to the squad. Bats at a very suitable position I think, but was under much pressure to lift the run rate. Did very well in the given circumstances.

7) Elton Chigumbura. God drop him already. Seriously. Either this or strip him of the captaincy. He is in god-awful form with bat and ball. My impression was already in South Africa that his confidence takes a massive blow when things aren't going well. Not sure if he was born for a leading role... sorry Elton :(

8) Prosper Utseya. Got knocked soft by the Bangladesh batsmen, but batted as if the hooved one was behind him. Great partnership with Babyslug, 8 overs at more than 7 runs/ov.

9) Keegan Meth. Tears my heart out but he forked it up again with both devices. Sigh.

10) Ray Price. Couldn't hang around with Ervine to drag Zim over the 200 run mark, but took two wickets, reliable force with the ball really.

11) Chris Mpofu. Clear signs (imho) that perhaps Meth should be exchanged for a different pacer (pick Shingi pick Shingi!! Or Butterworth... or.... Cremer^^... please please please. Cremy needs a ride out on these pitches and Butterworth/Shingirai deserve one). I am happy to see Mpofu recovering, after he had a time to forget in Saffaland.

Bangladesh, well what shall I say, commanding performance in all departments.
In particular the eternal Shakib Al Hasan and, let me dust this category on this occasion, the walking knife Abdur Razzak (fiver incl. a hattrick at the Zim death) tied Zimbabwe to the ground. Shakib took a wicket in the first over of each of his last three spells. And I bet the end of my back that he would also have made a ton, had the other Bang batters let him. But the selfish bastards Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique and Raqibul Hasan would not allow him to bask in batting glory again *g*

No clue how it goes on now, we shall see.



Mudassar Ijaz said...

i think these teams like Zim, Ban, Ire they are really progressing well and in this world cup they will give some toughies to the big guys. It will be interesting ...

maehara said...

To cut'n'paste what I was saying about Taibu on the Zim forums: Taibu's batting since he came back from his last dispute with the board has been suspect. He's far too keen to play elaborate (read: silly) shots and gives away his wicket far too easily, and I'd love to know why - it seem that he's more interested in showing off on the pitch than he is in really contributing.

He has real batting talent, and his wicket-keeping is good enough that even if his batting went to pot there'd be a case for selecting him as a specialist 'keeper anyway, but someone really needs to tell him to get back to basics with the batting and stop trying to be so flamboyant. He'd be a lot more useful that way. Prime candidate for judicious application of the ol' clue-by-four, even.

Wes ~PFCNFS~ said...

Maehara please spare the poor one! I think he is receptive to words ;)
Thanks a lot for your visit, come again!

Maddy, I hope so very much. Bang play in their backyard (but they are on the smacklist at the moment due to annoying NZ/Zim), and I have high hopes for Ireland.