An underrated and interesting series has just concluded. Zimbabwe hosting Bangladesh sounds fairly dull on paper, but in practice the games were hard fought examples of good test cricket. Bangladesh may have had the edge going into the series, but Zimbabwe proved that they were no pushovers. They statistically dominated the series, even if they failed to win outright.
|Team||Won||Lost||Draw||Tosses||Pre Series Test Wins|
One of the areas where Zimbabwe were most impressive was in the batting. They displayed grit and an ability to put on long innings and partnerships. In fairness, much of that was due to the skills of captain Brendan Taylor, who put together two big scores in the first test to set up a win. The rest though performed admirably. Bangladesh struggled to put together long spells of batting, though while they were in they did score much faster.
|Team||Runs||Average||Run Rate||50s||100s||Team High Score||Key Batsman|
|Zim||1103||29.81||2.83||2||3||389||Taylor (319 runs at 106.33)|
|Ban||923||23.66||3.15||6||0||391||Nasir Hossain (174 runs at 58.0)|
The Zimbabwean pace bowlers enjoyed their home conditions. Jarvis, Masakadza and Meth all found success. Bangledesh’s traditional reliance on spinners was exposed somewhat, though Islam performed beautifully to lead the attack.
|Team||O||M||W||Strike Rate||5WI||Strike Bowler||Miser||Workhorse|
|Zim||304.5||63||37||49.4||0||S Masakadza (10 wickets)||Meth (Econ 1.81)||Jarvis (80,16,300,9)|
|Ban||408.0||87||36||68.0||2||R Islam (15 wickets)||Rahman (Econ 2.36)||Islam (110, 28, 293, 15)|
Partnerships were another area where Zimbabwe had the statistical edge. One particular strength was in lower order partnerships, Zimbabwe managed to keep their tail together and extend totals.
|Team||Highest Partnership||Best Opening||Average Opening||50||100||Average lower order (7th-10th)||Best lower order||Sessions without wicket loss|
|Zim||127 (Taylor & Waller)||36||19.0||6||2||32.0||106 (Taylor & Cremer)||0|
|Ban||123 (Shakib & Mushfiqur)||53||31.25||4||1||12.26||51 (Hossain & Gazi)||0|
First innings scores were reasonably evenly split, however in each match a strong first up total won the game. This was perhaps one area where the weakness of both teams were exposed, neither was able to overcome a poor start and fight back. It could also, however be construed as a mental strength that both teams displayed, they both managed to put in strong first days when they were put in to bat.
|Team||Average 1st Innings||Best 1st Innings||Average Lead||Follow On Enforced|