Zimbabwe is pinning hopes on top hitters to score high in the second ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday. Head coach Lalchand Rajput was hopeful that the incremental gains made during his tenure, which began permanently in August 2018, will begin to show soon.
Brendan Taylor is one year away from retirement. Sean Williams has scored two fiftys in four games and even Hamilton Masakadza, who played all nine ODIs in Zimbabwe under the Rajput, has scored only one zinc and has a batting average of 25.88. Elton Chigumbura, who was eliminated in the first ODI in Dhaka, has made only 107 races in six games. However, Rajput backed them to get it right, so that Zimbabwe could close the games better.
"It's a long list [of losses] but in the first eight games we did not have our players," he said. "Now the senior players have come back and we are getting closer, but not crossing the line, South Africa was 100 for 7 in a game, but we could not win, even in the T20I, we're getting together, but the day will come soon." that we are going to cross the line.
"The older players have to take responsibility, Masakadza got a hundred in the practice game, so I hope I can turn it into ODI, BT [Brendon Taylor] is starting, so I hope that a big score comes in. I'm sure that they also feel they have to get a great score, I'm coming, I'm sure it will come very soon. "
Zimbabwe had two great moments in which they could have taken control of the first game of the series they played on Sunday. They had that Bangladesh had 139 for 6 in 30, but could not capitalize, and later, pursuing a goal of 272, made little use of a strong start provided by starter Cephas Zhuwao.
Another concern for Rajput was the length that his players attacked in the last shots of the Bangladeshi innings. Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Safiuddin were fed a diet of full-length and good balls that they could easily beat, helping them score 85 runs out of the last 60 balls. And this was after Zimbabwe made the same mistake against South Africa when they let Dale Steyn score. his first ODI half a century earlier this month.
"We had a very good performance in the first 30-35 shots, so we have to see the dead in death," Rajput said. "We have tackled it, so we hope we do better in this game."