ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH, 2020
Bangladesh overcame a Tiripano scare to clinch the series in the second ODI © BCB
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that Donald Tiripano’s knock in the second ODI took his team by surprise but added that the nervy victory that helped the hosts clinch the series will hold them in good stead for the future.
Chasing 323 for victory, Zimbabwe were 225 for 7 in the 42nd over, having lost Sikandar Raza (66) and the tail exposed. But Tiripano, who struck a 28-ball 55, and Tinotenda Mutombodzi gave the hosts quite a scare as they added 80 runs for the eighth wicket. Despite Mutombodzi’s dismissal in the final over, Tiripano managed two sixes but with six required off the final ball, he could not pull it off.
“We did not know that this kind of innings [by Tiripano] was waiting for us,” Mortaza said after the game on Tuesday (March 3). “It was difficult for them but 70 runs in 40 balls is achievable in modern cricket and the game was on a good wicket. At one stage the match was fifty-fifty and we could have lost the match.”
Mortaza added the the pitch had become easier to bat because of the dew, crediting his bowlers for keeping their nerves. “When their score was around 140, Raza was at the crease, me and the bowlers were discussing that the ball was coming quite easily on to the bat. Because the ball wasn’t gripping on the wicket, they were charging quite often against our spinners. They were playing the pacers quite well in the end so it was hard to bring back Mehidy towards the end.
“There was dew so it was hard to grip the ball, and the bowlers couldn’t bowl to their strengths. I think it really helps us for the future to win such tight games, to find out how we should react in these situations,” Mortaza added.
Zimbabwe’s stand-in-skipper Sean Williams said he was surprised with the way Tiripano managed to hit the ball all across the park as the No. 9 batsman hammered five sixes and two fours en route his maiden unbeaten half century.
“Tiripano played a magnificent innings this evening. He caught me off guard. I know he can bat, he has always been able to bat. I am glad that he has finally got to the half-century mark. If he had hit that ball for a six, I am pretty sure we would all be elated and jumping around, celebrating in the change room,” Williams said.
Williams was also pleased with the way Zimbabwe fought in this game having lost the previous one by a big margin. “It is a good thing for us. Losing by such a big margin in the previous game, and losing by four runs now; yes we lost but we have taken the first step in the way forward,” said Williams while he also praised the youngsters in the side for stepping up.
“I think our guys are growing up a little bit more. It is a very young side. I think there’s only two or three players close to a hundred ODIs. Brendan [Taylor] and myself have played more than a hundred and [Sikandar] Raza is on 99. The rest are not even close to 50. I think it is extremely exciting to see someone like Wesley [Madhevere]. He is an extremely good find for Zimbabwe cricket. It is unbelievable the way, as a 19-year old, he has batted in the middle order,” Williams said.