Zimbabwe seek ODI turnaround against depleted Bangladesh

Big Picture

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are intimately known. The teams have faced much more than any other, and have a rich shared history.

Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza debuted in ODIs against Zimbabwe, Mashrafe 17 years ago. On the Zimbabwe side, this is Hamilton Masakadza's ninth tour to Bangladesh. Elton Chigumbura will also make his ninth trip, while Brendan Taylor has made seven. Many of the members of the Zimbabwean squad also have experience in domestic competitions of 20 and 50 years here.

In other words, they have come to know each other's strengths and weaknesses extraordinarily well. In recent years, it is Bangladesh that has shown more of these strengths, and Zimbabwe's last victory against ODI against them came more time than in 2010. Zimbabwe also arrives in the midst of a seven-month losing streak, after having been whitewashed by both Pakistan. and South Africa in their last two series. A change of fortune was not suggested by his performance in his warm-up game against a BCB XI on Friday. Masakadza scored a century and Chigumbura fought 47, but no other hitter reached double figures and the visitors sank in an eight-player loss.

However, Zimbabwe can feel an opportunity in a team from Bangladesh that is walking wounded and two missing. his most veteran players. The recurring injury to Shakib's finger has ruled him out for another three months, while Tamim has still not recovered from the knuckle fracture he suffered after being hit by Suranga Lakmal in the opening match of the Asian Cup. Mashrafe and Mushfiqur have recently recovered from injuries suffered in the same tournament, and none of them is 100% fit. Even Mahmudullah was struggling with a bit of pain in his ribs earlier this month.

Visitors will be looking to target substitutes from Bangladesh. The opening partnership was a problem for Bangladesh in the Asian Cup: the position of 120 runs by Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan in the final was the exception after Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar failed earlier in the tournament.

That said, Bangladesh will still start Sunday's game as firm favorites, and the positive results in the next three games will obviously help prepare for next year's World Cup.

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In the center of attention [19659002] After uniting a series of 20 against South Africa, Hamilton Masakadza finally became a beginning in a century in the warming of Zimbabwe. With his extensive experience in conditions in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe will look for his captain to set up a platform for them at the top of the order. Masakadza has yet to win a game in his current turn, and he has also registered only fifty since taking over Graeme Cremer after the merger of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Liton Das seems to be in good nick It marked a century in its last international entries, although its first ODI century was not enough to beat India in the final of the Asian Cup. But he continued the race to the fastest double-hundred in Bangladesh's first-class history, breaking a record he already had after his double of 190 balls in April, for 50 installments. With Bangladesh considering the possibility of opening new alliances for next year's World Cup, fast races on top of the order on Sunday would definitely help consolidate their place.

Brendan Taylor advances on the ground AFP

Team news [19659002] Rubal Hossain suffers from a fever, but could still be fit for the first game. While playing with the opening slot, Bangladesh can choose both Imrul Kayes and Nazmul Hossain Shanto in the higher order along with Liton Das. In number 7, it is a three-way battle between Mohammad Saifuddin and Ariful Haque and Fazle Mahmud.

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

Sikandar Raza will fit immediately into a medium order that seems to be very large. More solid with him in it, but Zimbabwe has an opening riddle to answer. Solomon Mire struggled with the scores of a single figure in South Africa, while Craig Ervine's trial as an improvised starter in the warm-up lasted only three balls before he was trapped behind Ebadat Hossain. Zimbabwe also recruited Cephas Zhuwao in his squad, but the left-hander remains an option to hit and miss.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Solomon Mire, 3 Craig Ervine, 4 Brendan Taylor (week), 5 Sean Williams, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Wellington Masakadza, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara

The tone and conditions

The usual slow change is expected to be released at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. A start at 2:30 pm means that the first side field will have to endure only about 90 minutes of warm weather. It promises to be a pleasant evening.

Statistics and trivia

  • Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have played each other 69 times in ODI, with Bangladesh winning 27 games at home and 13 games away.

  • These two teams played each other

  • No player has scored more ODI races against Bangladesh than Brendan Taylor, who racked up 1222 runs in 46 innings. Masakadza and Chigumbura also have more than 1000 runs against them

  • Three Bangladeshi players have scored more than 1000 runs in ODIs against Zimbabwe, but only one of them – Mushfiqur – is playing in this game


" We are not waiting for the gate to be slow or turn right from the beginning, we expect a good gate, but since it is Mirpur, it is difficult to predict how it will be played. "
Mashrafe Mortaza in the field

"Having everyone around is a great advantage for the team, apart from Graeme [Cremer] who is still injured, we have everyone around, which is positive for the team. "
Hamilton Masakadza is happy to have Sikandar Raza in his squad

source:- espncricinfo.com

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