Zimbabwe has enjoyed a month of rare success. After dominating the T20 World Cup qualification tournament, they registered their first T20I series win over Bangladesh. There was a lot of fun and partying at Harare Sports Club. Although now the focus is to quickly shift to ODIs, a format that has made a huge difference. This year between the two teams, Bangladesh have also come up with a winning streak of 19 matches against Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh will be hoping that their tour of Zimbabwe will improve with the return of Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim to the batting order. They will expect Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mossadek Hossain to shine with the bat, while Tamim could pick up the likes of three pacers to start the morning in Harare. This would mean that Taskin Ahmed will return to the ODI line-up after losing two ODIs in the West Indies.
Overall, Bangladesh will be on high alert after Zimbabwe showed so much heart in T20Is.
Zimbabwe LLLLW (last five completed matches; most recent first)
in the headlines
Ryan Burley Became one of the most talked about cricketers this week when he scored 34 runs in an over against Bangladesh. It was the joint second-most runs in a single over in T20Is, as Burl helped Zimbabwe win the series 2-1. They don’t have big numbers in ODIs this year but Zimbabwe will hope to carry this confidence in the longer format as they begin a long ODI run against Bangladesh, India and Australia.
Zimbabwe have to make at least five changes in their squad, which played their last ODI against Afghanistan in June. Takudzwanashe Kaitano could bat at the top of the order while Luke Jongwe, Evans and Nyuchi could be the three fast bowlers.
Zimbabwe (Probable): 1 Innocent Kaia, 2 Wesley Madhavere, 3 Takudzwanshe Kaitano, 4 Sikandar Raza, 5 Regis Chakabwa (c & wk), 6 Ryan Burle, 7 Milton Shumba, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Brad Evans, 10 Wellington Masakadza, 11 Victor Nyuchi
Mushfiqur Rahim will slip back into the middle order after missing out on the West Indies tour for Bangladesh, but the lack of all-rounders means there is likely to be a long tail.
Bangladesh (Probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal (Captain), 2 Liton Das, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mehdi Hasan Miraj, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman , 11 noisy islam
pitch and conditions
The pitches at Harare Sports Club were batting-friendly during the T20I series earlier this week, but in ODIs over the past five years, teams batting first have averaged less than 225. Probably 12 out of 21 teams have lost while batting first. , The weather should be dry during the series.