Zimbabwe's cricket so far in the tri-series has had a bit of the Jekyll-and-Hyde quality to it. They first succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat to hosts Bangladesh, then handed Sri Lanka a 12-run defeat, before falling to a five-wicket defeat to the same opponents on Sunday. That last defeat damaged their chances of making the final, but they have one last chance to get a shoe in if they beat Bangladesh today. It will not be an easy task against the strongest side on display, and a lot will depend upon which Zimbabwe turns up.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Moor insisted yesterday that it was the team that played the second match that is a truer reflection of their ability.
“In the last match [five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka], I think the wicket played a big part and we lost in the crucial moments,” said the 26-year-old after practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. “But we proved in the second game what we are capable of. We are not going to think about the disappointments and will take the success we achieved in the second game into tomorrow's match.”
In their first game against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe were poor as they were shot out for 170 and then failed to trouble the hosts as they cantered to the total. Moor however said that there were things in the match that were beyond their control, perhaps hinting at their delayed arrival to the country that may have left them underprepared.
“I think there are a lot of things that were not in our control in the first game. I won't go into the details but once we are settled in with the pitches and conditions we performed to our capability in the second match,” he said, before setting out why Bangladesh would be tough to beat. “I think we have to win the crucial parts of the game tomorrow and we are very much capable of that.”
The wicket in Mirpur has also been a talking point, with each strip offering something different.
“I think it's a huge factor as all three wickets so far have been different,” Moor said. “The pitch where we played against Sri Lanka in the second game is more accustomed to our style of cricket. But the good thing is we have played in all the three wickets and we know what to expect. Some days 280 is a good score, some days 250 and some days 200 is a good score.”