About the Match
Zimbabwe suffered loss against Sri Lanka in the last match but continue to be in the 2nd place with 4 points; they will take on hosts Bangladesh, who are on the top of the table with 10 points with 2 consecutive wins, on 23rd January at Mirpur. When they met earlier in the opening game of the series, the hosts had reigned supreme and won the contest by 8 wickets; Zimbabwe had performed well and will try to avenge their previous defeat with victory here on Tuesday.
Batting first against Sri Lanka in the last match, opener Tamim Iqbal posted 84 runs while Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim contributed with 60+ runs each to take the total to 320. Anamul Haque pitched in with 35 runs while Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman scored 24 runs each to keep the scoreboard ticking. Later, the bowlers led by Shakib Al Hasan’s 3-47 demolished the Lankan chase; speedsters Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza took 2 wickets each while Mustafizur Rahman and Nasir Hossain claimed one wicket each to help win the match by 163 runs.
Previously when they took on Zimbabwe in the opening game, the batting line-up easily chased down 171 runs thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s smashing 84 off 93 and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s 37. Shaib Al Hasan pitched in with 3 wickets in the first innings and is a strong asset as an all-rounder. Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain took 2 wickets each while spinner Sunzamul Islam and Mortaza pitched in with 1 wicket apiece to stifle the visitors at 170.
They are on a winning roll and have the required firepower to keep the momentum going with another victory here on Tuesday.
They lost the last matched they played against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets after failing to defend 198 runs; speedster Muzarabani claimed 3-52 while Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis dismissed one opponent each, but it wasn’t enough to stop the islanders from hitting the winning runs. Brendan Taylor top-scored with 58 runs while Cremer scored 34 and Malcolm Waller pitched in with 24 but they could muster only 198 before getting all-out. Openers Masakadza and Solomon Mire failed to impress with the bat but could bounce back with a better performance here.
When they met Sri Lanka earlier, Hamilton Masakadza had smashed away 73 off 83 while all-rounder Sikandar Raza top-scored with 81 to take the total to 290. Mire, Taylor and Waller had contributed with the bat and they add stability to the batting line-up. Later, the bowlers led by Chatara’s 4-33 demolished the Lankan chase and with help from Jarvis and Cremer, who took 2 wickets each, they won the match hands down by 12 runs.
Against hosts Bangladesh, the batsmen had put up a dismal show getting all-out for a meagre 170, which the bowlers failed to defend; the top-order is in better form now to come out all guns blazing whether batting first or during chase.
The contest could be well fought by both sides as Zimbabwe has kept its hold in the series till now; Bangladesh, however, with the home advantage and their recent form is better placed to win here