About the Match
Bangladesh registered a scintillating win against Zimbabwe in the first test match in what was a low-scoring contest that ended on day three itself; the hosts now lead the 3-match test series 1-0 and the two nations will go up against each other on 3rd Nov for the 2nd test match at Khulna. This win has come as a certain morale boost for the hosts that was going through a dry spell, having lost the previous 12 matches across all forms of the game; Zimbabwe on the other hand showed great determination and the will-power to fight back and will surely be eager to come back with an improved performance in the 2nd test.
While the bowling unit looks tight and seems well placed to continue with its good efforts in taking quick wickets and restricting the opponents in their run-flow, the batsmen need to work on their performance and be consistent in building strong partnerships. In the first test match, it was Taijul Islam’s 8-39 that demolished the hopes of the visitors from getting a good total on board in the 2nd innings whereas Shakib Al Hasan’s 6-59 was also a deadly blow to Zimbabwe in the first innings; however, the batsmen failed to take advantage of this situation and came quite close to a defeat when Mushfiqur Rahim ensured to keep rotating the strike along with Taijul Islam to take the team safely home to victory by a narrow 3 wickets. While Mominul Haque scored a good half-century, he needs to be cautious not to throw away his wicket and Mahmudullah too contributed well by posting 63 off 160 balls. It’s an uphill task for the batsmen to improve their batting skills and deliver but they need to be more confident and come out all guns blazing if they want to keep the winning momentum going.
The batsmen showed determination against the Bangladeshi spin attack but they faltered and failed to make a mark as the batting line-up collapsed within 76 overs of the first innings with only 240 on board; the 2nd innings was a worst disaster as they were bundled all out for 114 with Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza being the only ones trying to put up a fight. The openers need to be more responsible in their batting while the middle order, which has many talented players like Chigumbura, Ervine,Chakabva and Masakadza, needs to stay focused in chasing targets or in setting up a total. Panyangara was impressive with his 7-89 in the first test while Chigumbura too can be a deadly force with his pace attack, as he displayed in the 2nd innings with his 4-wicket haul. Overall, the team has a well-balanced mix of young talent and experienced players but they just need to execute their strategy well and try to keep their hopes alive with a better show here.
While Bangladesh certainly has the psychological advantage going into the second test match, they need to overcome their weaknesses in their batting performance if they want to continue winning. Though the match will be well fought by both sides, we feel that Zimbabwe will make a comeback and win the contest to level the series and take the fight for the title to another day.
Zimbabwe, 5.00 @ Bet365