About the Match
Bangladesh registered victory against Zimbabwe in the first match by 4 wickets in a close finish after successfully chasing 164 runs with 8 balls to spare; the hosts have taken a 1-0 lead and now the two teams will go up against each other in the 2nd T20 match of the series at Khulna on 17th January. While Zimbabwe needs to bolster its confidence with a win here on Sunday, Bangladesh seems to building from strength to strength in the run up to the World T20 series that’s just round the corner. The contest will surely test the perseverance of both sides and whichever team can up the ante on the field, has better chances to dominate the opponent and emerge victorious.
Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain displayed their good bowling skills as they took 2 wickets each and helped restrict Zimbabwe batsmen in the run-flow; Shakib Al Hasan took a wicket and also scored 20 runs during chase to take the team to victory under crunch situation. While Shakib’s all-rounder skills are a great asset to the team, bowlers like Mashrafe Mortaza, Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah bring variety and depth to the attack.
The batsmen started the chase well with Tamim Iqbal scoring a good 29 runs but Soumya Sarkar’s run-out in the 4th over put a shadow of doubt on their performance. Sabbir Rahman was impressive with a well-made 46 off 36 balls while Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib helped them keep the scoreboard ticking. A well-coordinated effort saw the hosts making it across the finish line and win the match by 4 wickets.
They have a good batting line-up but must stay focused on building strong partnerships in the top order; the bowling is effective but they must be cautious against players like Masakadza and Sibanda, who can turn the tables on them with their hard-hitting skills.
While the top order came out all guns blazing in the opening match, the middle order crumbled under pressure and this is a cause for worry; Masakadza has improved his game and he posted a well-made 79 off 53 balls before getting run-out. Sibanda opened the innings with a powerful 46 before being caught off Shakib Hasan’s spin ball; apart from Waller who scored 14 runs, the rest of the batting line-up fell like a pack of cards and they could put up 163 runs in the end.
The bowling department along with some fine fielding skills by Jongwe and Masakadza took quick wickets and put pressure on the hosts. While Cremer took 2-32 in his 4 overs, Williams, Jongwe and Masakadza claimed a wicket each to give them some hope for a win. However, they gave away too many runs towards the end and lost the match with 8 balls to spare.
Their performance has been lacklustre but they definitely have the skills and experience to do better and bounce back with a much-needed win; the secret will be to keep a positive attitude and fight hard under all circumstances.
Bangladesh definitely has its morale boosted but Zimbabwe will try its best to use its resources well and come back with a winning performance on Sunday. But hosts Bangladesh look better placed to take the match and make it 2-0