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Old August 11, 2009, 10:44 PM
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Default a few notes from 2nd ODI

didn't watch the match, nor even the highlights but heres a few things.

too many run outs, 3 of top 4 got run out and another lower order batter got run out. we need to work that stuff out. it was a huge issue today every batsman scored some runs and only got run out trying to push the RR, and we still ended up with a more than healthy 320.

the first 30 overs should have yieled 20-30 more runs. we really should have scored about 350 on this wicket. ashraful will rue missing out. hope he gets some more 50s in the coming 3 matches. another ton would be magic.

ash batted quite well in the middle order in ODI 1. he scored 43 runs from singles (i.e all runs via RBW) and if you minus his 14 boundary balls, he faced 89 deliveries. thats a strike rate very near 50 (48.31 to be exact). now from the middle overs batting thread, i mentioned that the greatest batsman, Tendulkar, had a SR of 78 overall (and singles SR of 49) when he bats in the middle order (positions 3-7). so ash's figure from the first match was quite good in that regard, even though it appears he was overly reliant on boundaries to score his 103*.

sakib, was a beast. he was overly reliant on boundaries, but had to be. our RR was far too low in the first 30 overs, and given the fact that zimbabwe scored 271 in just 46 overs, indicates how essential every four and six off his blade was. bowled beautifully as well.

enam bowled OK, his overall econ was under the zim teams total RR so that was a plus point. hopefully he and razzak can sort out the issues we have with the 2nd specialist ODI spinner (sakib is first now).

raqib and mushy did well but scoring at a rapid rate. good for them. i would to see another 100 runs come of ashraful's bat this series at least, and some more runs from all the top order batsmen. tamim did well to get back to back 50s, and a century would be nice, but not necessary.

i would like us to restrict zimbabwe to around 200 runs like we did the first game, but that might tough given how flat these wickets are.

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beating zimbabwe 4 straight times, twice in crunch time, indicates that they won earlier against us despite us being at least one step above them in class. those bowling wickets took our edge away allowing them to get in the game.

taibu and mupariwa are out, but we are missing mash - the world's best opening ODI bowler, and an in form rubel, which i think would cancel each other out and bring us back to the current balance, which is tilted quite heavily in our favor.
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