Bangladesh gave Mushfiqur Rahim the perfect captaincy farewell by bouncing back from yesterday's defeat to earn a share of the spoils in the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe. They posted an identical total - 168 - to that of Zimbabwe on Saturday and, like then, it proved to be enough. Shakib Al Hasan continued the similarities from game one by again starring with both bat and ball to make himself a shoo-in for the man of the series award.
Zimbabwe stretched their winning streak against Bangladesh to three matches by prevailing in a tense opening T20 International in Bulawayo. Their impressive total of 168 for five was built on the back of a fine second-wicket stand of 74 between Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Maskadza, while their bowlers kept plugging away despite the Bangladeshi pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Shamsur Rahman putting on a substantial second-wicket stand of their own.
Mushfiqur Rahim has announced he will stand down as Bangladesh captain, just hours after his side lost their One-Day International series in Zimbabwe by two games to one. Rahim, 24, took over the captaincy in September 2011, replacing Shakib Al Hasan, subsequently leading the team to a first ever Test draw against Sri Lanka and an ODI series win against the West Indies.
The deadlock between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh was finally broken in the third One-Day International in Bulawayo. After the Test series had been tied, and with the ODI series locked at one-all, Vusi Sibanda followed up a disciplined bowling effort from the home side with his second century to give them a rare series victory.
Vusi Sibanda and Sean Williams led Zimbabwe to a series-levelling victory in the second ODI against Bangladesh at Queen's Sports Club. Sibanda got Zimbabwe's pursuit of Bangladesh's 252 for nine off to a brisk start with 49 off 51 balls, while Sean Williams ensured there would be no late wobbles, ending on 78 off 75 balls, and adding an unbroken 86 with Malcolm Waller for the fifth-wicket.
Nasir Hossain scored a half-century and Ziaur Rahman took a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 121 runs in the opening One-Day International in Bulawayo. Hossain's 68 underpinned Bangladesh's score of 269 for eight and as Rahman returned figures of five for 30 in nine overs, Zimbabwe folded to be all out for just 148 in reply.
A spirited century from Hamilton Masakadza wasn't able to prevent Bangladesh from squaring the Test series against Zimbabwe on the final day in Harare. Ziaur Rahman took two of the wickets to fall during the day, with Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Sohag Gazi and Robiul Islam taking one each.
Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of the forthcoming One-Day International series against Zimbabwe after failing to recover from a foot injury.
He has a fat pad contusion of his left heel, an injury he suffered during the Bangladesh Premier League in February.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have strongly criticised Bangladesh for their performance in the first Test against Zimbabwe, with media committee chairman Jalal Yunus describing their batting performances as "disappointing". He also urged any players who are battling injuries to return to Dhaka to regain full fitness, with Shafiul Islam and Ziaur Rahman added to the squad as cover for Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain.
Heading into this Test, if you were going to back either side to collapse for less than 150 in both innings then you would have gone for Zimbabwe. However, thanks to their captain Brendan Taylor, they have instead posted two good totals and then watched as the tourists imploded twice in less than 55 overs. This afternoon, Bangladesh managed 13 more than they did in their first innings, but still found themselves the vanquished team by a margin of 335 runs.
Zimbabwe have trimmed their squad to face Bangladesh in the upcoming Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International series to 20 players.
The first Test begins on Wednesday (17th April) in Harare with three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals also scheduled.
Former captain and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been included in Bangladesh's Test squad to tour Zimbabwe later this month after he was passed fit.
He missed the recent tour of Sri Lanka to undergo surgery on his right calf muscle but he returns for the two Tests in Harare which begin on 17th and 25th April respectively.
Zimbabwe's second innings was almost a carbon copy of their dismal first innings effort as they collapsed to defeat inside three days in Dominica.
A promising start from the openers, making the most of some wayward opening spells from the West Indians, was quickly squandered upon the introduction of spin as again they displayed a poor technique and played the sweep shot poorly against the bouncing ball.
Both Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored centuries on day two of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dominica as West Indies assumed a controlling position in the match.
Chanderpaul's 108 was his third century in four matches and one he had to work hard for, particularly after Marlon Samuels was dismissed from the first ball of the day.
West Indian off-spinner Shane Shillingford couldn't have asked for much more on his return to Dominica as a Test cricketer, taking five wickets on day one against Zimbabwe.
His haul of five for 59, allied to Marlon Samuels taking three for 10, bundled Zimbabwe out for 175 before West Indies closed on 114 for two in reply.
West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test against Zimbabwe, which begins in Dominica on Wednesday.
As well as the 11 that were on duty for the nine-wicket win in Barbados, the Guyanese pair of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-handed batsman and off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine are included.
Shane Shillingford returned career-best figures of six for 49 to bowl West Indies to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Barbados, and he has hailed his effort as his 'best performance ever'.
Zimbabwe were dismissed for just 107 in their second innings, leaving West Indies with a paltry target of 12, which either side of the lunch break on the third day, they polished off for the loss of Kieran Powell's wicket.
Zimbabwe's slim hopes of victory all but disappeared in the first over on day three as they lost captain Brendan Taylor for just six.
The remainder of the middle-order folded to Shane Shillingford, who ended with six for 49, and but for Craig Ervine, who was dropped twice, an innings defeat would have been the result. As it was, just two overs after an interestingly scheduled lunch interval, West Indies wrapped up a nine-wicket win.
There was a time on day two of the opening Test in Barbados, with West Indies teetering on 151 for six in reply to Zimbabwe's 211, that the home side were in trouble.
However, they were rescued by a record 106-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Darren Sammy, who struck 73 off 69 balls and Denesh Ramdin, who made 62.