ZIMBABWE captain Craig Ervine believes they must not lose hope after losing by an innings and 106 runs to Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
After Bangladesh posted 560 in response to Zimbabwe’s 265 in the first innings, it became mission impossible for the Chevrons.
The lead hosts of 295 going into the second innings proved too much for the Chevrons who needed to bat throughout two days to force a draw.
In the end, the visitors were bowled out for 189, leaving Zimbabwe to focus on the upcoming ODIs and T20s.
Stand-in captain Ervine had the highest score again on 43 while Sikandar Raza was on 37 and Timycen Maruma 41.
The rest did not come to the party.
Ervine, who was again Zimbabwe’s best batsman in the first innings with 107, said it was a disappointing outcome.
“It was nice to get some runs, but it was a disappointing game that we now need to put behind us and move forward in the series. There were quite a few starts, and we needed to kick on,” said Ervine.
“We also needed to score more than 260 after winning the toss. We’ve come here in the past, and it’s been a lot tougher than this wicket. We weren’t consistent enough. Bangladesh bowlers were accurate and consistent and gave us nothing to work with.”
Asked on the approach going into day four he added: “It’s an area where we’ve done badly in the past. we have lost the momentum due to poor shot selection. We haven’t played much white-ball cricket of late, but the guys are looking forward to it.”
Mushfiqur Rahim, who managed a double century, praised Bangladeshi’s excellent bowlers.
“As a team, we needed this win badly. This was a really flat wicket, and our bowlers were excellent. We needed someone to bat really big, and I was lucky to get to a double hundred. Tamim and Shanto gave us a great start, and then Liton also chipped in with some good runs,” he said.