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With four international series going on in parallel across the globe, it's been a busy schedule for cricket fans. After taking a beating against South Africa, Zimbabwe were desperate for a win, but instead, their losing streak just continued to grow. In the first ODI against Bangladesh, they failed to chase a competitive total, falling short by 28 runs. The two teams will meet each other for the second time in the series at Chittagong on 24th October 2018. Zimbabwe will be desperate for a win here as another loss will add another premature series loss to their name with a whitewash looming over them.
Despite the absence of veterans in Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, the hosts are raising their performance bar with every passing game. Their opening pair, which was team management's biggest matter of concern, has done tremendously well in the last two encounters for them. Both Liton Das and Imrul Kayes have scored centuries and will be looking to extend their excellent form with the bat.
Imrul Kayes was splendid in the last game and earned man of the match award for his match-winning knock of 144. While their middle order failed miserably in the first ODI, Mohammad Saifuddin late surge boosted their total to 271 which eventually proved too much to handle for the visitors. With the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, and Mahmudullah available in their middle order, their batting is neither short on experience nor on talent.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Bangladesh looks pretty settled. Expectedly, Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman strangled Zimbabwean middle-order which eventually led to wickets. Mehidy Hasan picked up three important wickets for 46 runs. Mustafizur, on the other hand, bowled a miserly spell and conceded just 29 runs and picked up a wicket in the process. Nazmul Islam returned with the impressive figures of 2 for 38.
Overall, Bangladesh were brilliant in the first match and barring their middle-order collapse, they do not appear to be having any major problems to sort will certainly be a tough team to beat.
Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Fazle Mahmud, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam.
Zimbabwe continued to exhibit the same set of problems which were apparent in their series against South Africa and Pakistan. While there bowling is doing pretty good, their batting has been responsible for many of their losses. Although we've seen a slight improvement from their batting unit, it clearly hasn't been enough to make a mark.
Sean Williams has been the only player to score consistently for them. He struck a valiant half-century in the previous match, but lack of support from anyone in the top-order ensured a loss for them. Their next best contribution came from Kyle Jarvis who came in the middle towards the end and scored 37. Experienced players in Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, and Sikandar Raza failed to impress yet again as Zimbabwe were, at one time, reduced to 169 for 8 before Jarvis, Mavuta, and Williams bailed them out.
Bowling-wise, they appear to be doing fine, but they'd have to improve their fielding. At times, they are exceptional in the field, but on other occasions, they're making basic errors in the field. The same was apparent in the previous match when Imrul Kayes was dropped at the boundary rope who eventually went on to hit a match-defining hundred. Kyle Jarvis returned with the impressive figures of 4 for 37 and he was ably supported by other bowlers in the middle overs.
Hamilton Masakadza, Cephas Zhuwao, BRM Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, E Chigumbura, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara.
The surface didn't really change much in the previous encounter and dew factor never came into the picture. Therefore, we might see the team winning the toss electing to bat first in the upcoming match.
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Just like the first ODI, the weather at Chittagong is expected to be pleasant with negligible chances of rain. However, considering the hot weather in the afternoon, the surface is likely to be a little slower as compared to the first ODI. The powerplays will be the best time for the batsmen to bat and any total in excess of 270 will be difficult to chase.
So far it's been a one-way street for Zimbabwe in recent times with losses adding up. The return of Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, and Sean Williams ignited a ray of hope among the fans, but their poor performance has rendered their fans disappointed. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are improving with every passing match and will be difficult to beat in the upcoming match. Considering the recent form and team on paper, the hosts are clear favorites to win the upcoming encounter and seal the series.
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