About the Match
Bangladesh’s impressive 2-0 series win against Zimbabwe has boosted the morale of the players and they will now look ahead to stabilize the team; the visitors will be eager to give a better performance from here and try to score a face-saving win when the two teams meet for the 3rd Test at Chittagong from 12th Nov. It will be a tough contest for Zimbabwe to go up against the renewed Bangladesh spirit but they will surely try to make a comeback and redeem themselves; the hosts on the other hand will do their best to hand out a complete 3-0 washout to the visitors.
Shakib-Al-Hasan’s astonishing performance won him many accolades as he became only the third player in test history to score a century and claim 10 wickets in a match, taking his team to a comfortable victory against Zimbabwe by 162 runs. The all-rounder’s tremendous cricketing talent came to the fore yet again as he destroyed the opposing batting line-up with precision, dismissing the likes of Taylor, Masakadza and Chigumbura in both innings of the second test; his 137 off 180 showcased his skills with the bat as he helped to set a good target of 433 runs in the first innings. Tamim Iqbal also was instrumental as the opener, scoring 109 runs in the first innings but Shamsur Rahman, who struggled to perform will be replaced by Imrul Kayes in the third and final test match. Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque are also promising with bat and ball but it will be the spinners who will hold the key once again in the upcoming match; Taijul Islam, who took 6 wickets in the previous match, will also be a key asset and the other bowlers will be eager to repeat their good performance on the field. Overall, this team packs a punch and will definitely give a tough challenge to Zimbabwe as they go out with a more confident approach after winning the series.
Consecutive test defeats and a series loss would surely have demoralised the team but Brendan Taylor will definitely try to use resources like Masakadza, who scored a heroic 158 off 326 balls and came back to post 61 runs in the 2nd innings, to make a comeback in the third match. Chakabva also looks strong to do well in the middle as he displayed finesse with the bat in his run up to 101 off 226 deliveries in the first innings; but the rest of the batsmen need to step up and put their weaknesses behind them to play for the cause of the team. On the bowling front, players like M’shangwe, Panyangara, Waller, Chatara and Chigumbura have been effective with their wicket-taking abilities and in containing the opponent’s run-flow but they need to strategize well to surprise the Bangladeshi batsmen here. While the team has many talented players and experience on its side, they must go in with a positive attitude if they want to emerge victorious.
While Bangladesh has already won the series 2-0, they must not take the Zimbabweans lightly; the visitors would have learnt some bitter lessons by now but they surely have the potential to make a comeback. Though Bangladesh has an upper hand here, we feel Zimbabwe will finally get its act together to win the final match after a tough contest.
Zimbabwe, 7.00 @ TitanBet