Batters must come to the party for Zimbabwe to stay alive

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Bangladesh look the better side, but if Zimbabwe’s batters come good, they could well script a bounceback

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For two successive games now – in the one-off Test and the first ODI – Zimbabwe have had a great start with the ball but have failed to build on the advantage, allowing Bangladesh to rebuild after early wickets. On both occasions, Zimbabwe finished on the wrong side of the result. As they face Bangladesh in the second ODI on Sunday, the batters must add to the work of the bowlers, before the series goes away from them.

In the first ODI, Blessing Muzarabani led the pace attack with a fine new-ball display. He removed both Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan and, at one stage, Bangladesh were pinned at 76 for 4. But Liton Das rescued the team by scoring a century before Shakib, on his way to clinching the top spot among Bangladesh’s ODI wicket-takers, helped Bangladesh post a resounding win with a five-for.

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