About the Match
Bangladesh has repeated its winning performance yet again to take the ODI series against Zimbabwe 3-0; the 4th ODI between the two teams is set to be played on 28th Nov at Dhaka although it doesn’t bear any consequence on the series result. The visitors who have been struggling against the Bangladeshi spinners will be eager to come up with a better performance and redeem themselves on Friday while the hosts are exuberant after the ODI series victory after having handed out a test series whitewash to Zimbabwe earlier during their ongoing tour and will be looking forward to repeating the same here.
It was a combined effort from Analmul Haque, who posted a brilliant 95 off 120 deliveries, and Arafat Sunny, who yet again claimed 4 wickets, that helped the team demolish the Zimbabwean spirit and win the series convincingly. The bowlers have been on a roll here and players like Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Sunny have been instrumental in getting regular wickets to win matches; the batsmen too have displayed their competitive side and the unit is playing like a well-oiled machine when it comes to achieving results. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have been consistent with their performance and the batting line-up looks steady for the upcoming World Cup series too; this team has received a major morale boost and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum here.
Masakadza failed to impress with his batting skills this time and the entire top order collapsed within the 8th over; the middle order with players like Taylor, who could only add 28 runs to the board, Chakabva and Mire, who had done well in previous games, succumbed to pressure. Chigumbura with his unbeaten 53 off 46 was the lone man fighting till the end while the others fell like a pack of cards; with a tall target of 298 runs, they could achieve only 173 before getting all-out by the 40th over. They have failed against the spinners and need to rectify their technique in order to make some mark here; the bowlers look demotivated by now as their previous efforts went wasted with a half-hearted fight from the batsmen. Panyangara and Kamungozi continue to do their best with support from Masakadza and others but they are unable to make a dent on the hosts. Unless they come up with some serious amends to their game and strategy, they might end up losing their confidence for tougher challenges ahead. The batsmen must be more determined to play out the entire fifty overs and make a more concerted effort in chasing; on the other hand, the bowlers must also be more innovative if they want to restrict Bangladesh to low totals.
While the remaining two matches have no consequence on the series result with Bangladesh set to take the trophy, Zimbabwe needs a win here to prove itself on the international arena. The hosts are looking confident to hand out another defeat to the visitors but we feel Zimbabwe will rise above its weaknesses and score a face-saving win here on Friday to redeem itself.
Zimbabwe, 4.00 @ Bet365