Eyeing series win, Bangladesh seek top-order solidity

Big Picture

Bangladesh has been finding ways to win even when its higher order has had problems this year. They have won nine of 15 ODI since January, but 2018 has not been good for their first four.

Except the final of the Asian Cup, the last time a first pair of Bangladesh lasted the first ten envelopes of an ODI Tickets were in January, in the third match of the three-nation series. In the 13 ODIs since then, the starters have repeatedly failed to emerge unharmed from Powerplay, and during the Asian Cup they were two or three in the top ten in every game, except in the final against India.

story in its first match of the series against Zimbabwe: Liton Das survived an early possibility of exhaustion and a catch that was not ruled out by the TV referee alone as a half-spoonful, Fazle Mahmud defended a lifter for a duck on his debut, and the Bangladesh middle order was under strong pressure from the start.

As they approach their sixth appearance in the World Cup, all this points to an urgent question: who will open with Tamim Iqbal? The best race of Imrul Kayes did no harm, while Anamul Haque lost favor, Soumya Sarkar and Nazmul Hossain Shanto fought in the Asian Cup, and while Liton recorded his first ODI century in that final, he fought for its consistency. . His partner in that game was Mehidy Hasan, but that is an experiment that probably will not be repeated in the long term. When addressing the second ODI against Zimbabwe, the hosts are looking for consistency at the top.

So are the visitors. Zimbabwe has tested seven different opening combinations in ODI this year, and while the Solomon Mire-Hamilton Masakadza combo seems to be their favorite, it has not been helped by Mire's indifferent form. He has an average of 14.77 in ODI this year, without a fifty, while Masakadza has recently joined several 20 years, but has not been able to convert his beginnings. The difference for Zimbabwe is that, unlike Bangladesh, they have not been able to recover through the medium order nor have achieved the fatal blow with the ball, and this year they have only won five of the 24 ODI.

Forms Guide

Bangladesh: WLWWL (Last five matches completed, the most recent the first)
Zimbabwe: LLLLL

In the spotlight

Brendan Taylor has scored more races than they have found. Another thing against Bangladesh in ODI, and despite losing the allocation of Zimbabwe mid-year against Pakistan, remains the top scorer of his country in ODI this year. But he has not gone over fifty since his 138 against the West Indies in the World Cup Qualifying in March, and in five of the eight limited innings he has played since then, he has played. Zimbabwe desperately needs Taylor to take advantage of the potential of their statistics if they want to keep the series alive.

Mustafizur Rahman only took a wicket in the first game, but the great threat of his spells meant that Bangladesh maintained control throughout the persecution of Zimbabwe. It was the most economic attack of the home, accumulating 36 points balls while Zimbabwe looked for simply to dismiss it. He also seemed to have added a bit more compressed air in the air, and it was easy to see why he is the best carrier of screens in Bangladesh at ODI this year.

Team news

Rubal Hossain is fit, but it is unlikely that Bangladesh will go for four pacers in his XI game. Team management could also think of Nazmul Hossain Shanto instead of Fazle Mahmud.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Fazle Mahmud, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Once again out of the ordinary, Mire probably will not see Cephas Zhuwao once again, and Zimbabwe will be able to look to strengthen his batting with the inclusion of Tarisai Musakanda.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Cephas Zhuwao, 3 Craig Ervine, 4 Brendan Taylor (week), 5 Sikandar Race, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Peter Moor / Tarisai Musakanda, 8 Donald Tiripano, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara

Tuning and conditions

The chasing sides have won four of the seven games of the night in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, where it is said that the pitches are friendly to bat. The weather is likely to be dry on Wednesday, and it is probably too early in the winter for dew to be a factor.

Statistics and curiosities

  • Bangladesh has never lost an ODI in Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. The teams have played five full ODIs in the field.

  • Brendan Taylor is the only batter in Zimbabwe who has made a ODI century in this field.

  • No bowler has received an ODI of five here, although Shakib Al Hasan has come up twice with four shuttles.


"You have to shuffle according to the ODI situation, everyone is on tiptoe and can hit between three and five."
Lalchand Rajput on whether Zimbabwe is thinking of rearranging its middle order

"Mushfiqur made almost 150 against Sri Lanka, almost 100 against Pakistan, so he should have scored 200 against Zimbabwe. have taken five or six windows, but cricket does not work that way. "
Mashrafe Mortaza on whether Bangladesh is taking Zimbabwe lightly

source:- espncricinfo.com

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