About the Match
Facing severe criticism for their poor performance in recent tournaments, Bangladesh readies itself to take on Zimbabwe in a 3-match test series, the first of which starts on 25th Oct at Dhaka, and this will be followed by a 5-match ODI series later on. The hosts, who have been suffering from batting woes and player injuries, need to be more responsible and play with a better strategy whereas Zimbabwe will try to rise above its weaknesses and start the tour on a positive note. It will be interesting to see which side can overcome the challenges and give an all-round display of talent to strengthen their team’s capabilities.
Their record in test matches is poor and will need to be more consistent with the bat; Mominul Haque has emerged as a strong pillar for the team being the highest run-getter this year and the others in the batting line-up include Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shamsur Rahman and Shakib-Al-Hasan, who need to keep the scoreboard ticking and build strong partnerships. The bowling squad includes Al-Amin Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Shuvagata Hom and all-rounders like Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah. They need to be cautious against the Zimbabwean bowlers and the batting collapse that they regularly suffer from; the bowlers need to be precise and focused on getting regular breakthroughs. Overall, the team needs to use the strengths to their advantage and strategize well in order to resist the tactics of the visitors if they want to put up a strong fight and redeem themselves.
With the home advantage with the opponents, Zimbabwe will step into the series with caution even though the hosts have their own set of problems with player forms; their record in tests against Bangladesh is good, having won more matches than those lost but their performance away from home has not been very promising. With Utseya out of the tour, the onus falls on youngsters like John Nyumbu, M’Shangwe, Kamungozi and Masakadza to bring out the best with their spin bowling and provide support to the team. The other bowlers include Elton Chigumbura, Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza who can be effective with their pace attack to take regular wickets. Brendan Taylor is in good form and will look to lead the team from the front, inspiring the youngsters to shoulder the responsibilities of getting the runs on board; others like Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Mutumbami and Hamilton will provide support from the middle order and as a team, they look well placed to take on the hosts on Saturday.
While Zimbabwe definitely has a better record against Bangladesh in terms of performance in the test format of the game, the hosts have the home advantage and will look to quieten their critics with a strong display of cricketing skills here. Although it will be a well-fought contest, we feel Bangladesh will come right on top of Zimbabwe to dominate the visitors at the start of the tournament.
Bangladesh, 1.75 @ Bet365