Bangladesh is all set to host Zimbabwe for the first of the 3 ODIs!
Bangladesh to win this game!
After winning the one-off Test against Zimbabwe at home comprehensively, Bangladesh would now be aiming for a similar result in the 3-match ODI series against them which begins from the 1st of March. Zimbabwe has been quite poor in ODIs in recent times and it will be a massive challenge for them to upstage Bangladesh at home, especially in this format.
Bangladesh has grown from strength to strength in limited-overs cricket and has shown they can take down the best on their day. At home, they will be that much more dominating and will thus start as favorites for this match and the series.
Bangladesh has a solid all-round team that is expected to dominate. In Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, they have their three most experienced batsmen who will be playing a key role. Tamim, who has been searching for some good form, will be looking to score big against Zimbabwe and being the opener he has the perfect opportunity to deliver. Mushfiqur is in terrific form and fresh off his double hundred in the Test match.
Another batsman to watch out for will be Liton Das who is a special talent and is expected to make a big impact. The return of Mashrafe Mortaza as the captain for Bangladesh will be a boost to the side. He has led them ably but it will also be interesting to see how effective he still is with his seam bowling.
The main star for Bangladesh, though, will be Mustafizur Rahman who is certain to trouble Zimbabwe with his off-cutters. Mohammad Saifuddin should make an impact too along with spinner Mehidy Hasan.
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c),Mustafizur Rahman,Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan.
Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Tamim Iqbal
Zimbabwe does have talent but it is their execution where they falter regularly. For them to challenge Bangladesh a home, they would need to put up a strong batting display. Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza are their two recognized and experienced batsmen now and would need to take a lot of responsibility. Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are the other two who can make an impact if they play to potential. Captain Chamu Chibhabha too would have to lead from the front and help guide the middle-order.
On the bowling front, Zimbabwe has Chris Mpofu who is the most experienced bowler in the attack and knows the Bangladeshi batting well. Barring him, though, the others in the lineup aren't that experienced, especially for these conditions. It will be interesting to see how the likes of Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba and Tinotenda Mutombodzi fare.It is likely that they will be challenged against a strong Bangladeshi batting outfit.
Brendan Taylor (wk), Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha (c), Timycen Maruma, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Chris Mpofu and Tinotenda Mutombodzi
Chamu Chibhabha, TS Kamunhukamwe, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva, Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, CT Mutombodzi, Carl Mumba
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||0.91 k/h||From: E||0%|
|03h||24||0 mm.||1.29 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||0.64 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|09h||31||0 mm.||2.67 k/h||From: W||0%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||2.5 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||0.71 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||1.39 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
The pitch at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is expected to be a good ODI wicket. Batsmen should have a good time here but the ball does tend to grip as the surface slows down. This will make the spinners and bowlers with varieties play an important part. The weather at Sylhet for the day of the game is expected to be bright and sunny and we should have a full match.
There has just been one ODI played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium - between Bangladesh and West Indies in December 2018. Bangladesh won that low-scoring encounter by 8 wickets after West Indies had managed only 198 on the board. For this game, we can expect some more runs to be scored.
The team winning the toss will be batting first as setting up a good total will be the best way to win the game here.
Bangladesh has now beaten Zimbabwe in 13 consecutive ODIs. The last time that Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in an ODI was back in 2013 at Bulawayo. Moreover, Zimbabwe's recent record in ODIs has been pathetic - they were beaten 0-2 by Netherlands and 0-3 by Ireland.
Thus, Bangladesh, playing at home, will begin as overwhelming favorites for this match and the series. Zimbabwe might give the home team a fight if they bowl out of their skin and their experienced batsmen play some outstanding cricket. However, Bangladesh's all-round strength in home conditions is much superior and they are likely to dominate Zimbabwe with ease.
Bangladesh to win this game!