Zimbabwe have suffered miserably with the bat and put up poor shows © Getty Images (File Photo)
Zimbabwe have suffered miserably with the bat and put up poor shows © Getty Images (File Photo)

Zimbabwe slumped to another hard-fought defeat against Pakistan in the second T20I at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday by 15 runs. Once again they showed they can take the fight to top-class teams, but can seldom finish things off. This inability to win matches is not likely to take them far. Considering this loss, it has been noticed that Zimbabwe have indeed performed poorly when it has come to batting. Ayush Gupta analyses Zimbabwe’s batting failure and on how can they improve it for the longer run.

Zimbabwe has been an improved side these days, especially with the ball and on the field. They have definitely made Pakistan batsmen struggle. However, when it has come to batting, Zimbabwe have suffered miserably and put up poor shows; they definitely need to improve their batting performance as to consider their good in the long run, it is something that is positively required. SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2015, 2nd T20I at Harare

As we analyse Zimbabwe’s batting in the second T20I game, Hamilton Masakadza was dismissed for a mere 9, going for a wild swing off Mohammad Irfan; the delivery was a rising one, and the extra pace meant that Masakadza could not time it well; he was caught at third-man. Zimbabwe did not need runs at breakneck speed: all they needed was a calm, composed start, for the target was low. Masakadza could have gone for the conventional cut, or could even have let it go to the wicketkeeper. It was not the first time that Masakadza has thrown it away when Zimbabwe needed solidity from him at the top. His inconsistency has cost Zimbabwe on several occasions. Zimbabwe need serious work to handle spin bowling better

His partner Chamu Chibhabha has not been in the best of forms with bat. He was dismissed for 0 and 3 in the series; of course, today he got a terrible decision. While Craig Ervine was unfortunate to fall to a spectacular piece of fielding, Richmond Mutumbami was bowled through the huge gap he had left between bat and pad. Sikandar Raza went for a terrible hoick and missed. Elton Chigumbura was timing brilliantly, but hurried into a slower delivery.

Zimbabwe must believe that they have the firepower to succeed, even with the bat. Masakadza (who became the first Zimbabwean to reach 1,000 T20I runs during the match), Chigumbura, Ervine, Raza and Sean Williams can match most line-ups in terms of power-hitting. It is just a matter of owning up, of taking responsibility, of showing the intent to succeed against big teams. It is more of a question of mindset than of ability. Having said that, it is not an aspect that cannot be improved with time and effort.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)