Confident Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI and hope to seal the series!
Bangladesh to win this game!
As was expected, Bangladesh completely decimated Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the 3-match series at Sylhet. They outplayed the opponents comprehensively in all the departments and registered a thumping win by 169 runs.
Bangladesh thus has a 1-0 series lead and are looking ominous at home. Zimbabwe simply didn't turn up in the first ODI. They were all over the place with their bowling and struggled with the bat to even put up a fight. All eyes will be on the visitors now to see if they can make a fightback in the second game. However, given how things have transpired Bangladesh will begin as overwhelming favorites.
The hero for the first ODI for Bangladesh was Liton Das who scored a sublime unbeaten 126 at the top. It was a good move to send him as the opener as Liton has the capability to attack responsibly and also play the long innings. Mohammad Mithun (50 off 41 balls) and Mohammad Saifuddin (28* off 15 balls), provided useful contributions down the order which showed Bangladesh's depth. They also have Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah who couldn't fire in the first game but are expected to stamp their authority soon. This makes their batting lineup quite formidable and Zimbabwe will have a task on their hands.
Bangladesh's bowling performance was quite clinical as Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin did a wonderful job at the start to choke the Zimbabwe batters. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza made a good return to international cricket with a spell of 2-35 while spinners Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan picked up 5 wickets between them and choked the batsmen in the middle overs. They are likely to continue this good work throughout the series.
Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taijul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Mehidy Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazmul Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza
Zimbabwe has plenty of things to think about before the begin the second ODI. For starters, their batting performance was downright pathetic and completely crumbled under the pressure of a big target by crumpling for just 152. The likes of captain Chamu Chibhabha, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza are the seniors of the side and will simply have to take the lead to help the batting unit. Wesley Madhevere showed promise with a gritty 35 in the last ODI and he may be an impact player in the second match.
Regis Chakabva, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, and wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami, though, will have to be a lot more responsible if the team hopes to challenge Bangladesh in their home. On the bowling front, none of the Zimbabwe bowlers could really make an impact. Chris Mpofu did grab 2 wickets but was quite expensive.
The others like Carl Mumba, Wesley Madhevere, Donald Tiripano and Tinotenda Mutombodzi struggled. It won't be easy for them to adapt to these conditions so quickly and against a very strong home side. Things are looking grim for this unit as more punishment awaits them.
Chamu Chibhabha (c), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Donald Tiripano, Wesley Madhevere, Chris Mpofu, Carl Mumba
TS Kamunhukamwe, Sean Williams, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva, Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma, CT Mutombodzi, Sikandar Raza, Carl Mumba
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||0.87 k/h||From: SSE||26%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||0.75 k/h||From: E||0%|
|06h||31||0 mm.||1.68 k/h||From: W||15%|
|09h||31||0 mm.||4.35 k/h||From: WNW||8%|
|12h||25||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: WNW||21%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||0.79 k/h||From: SW||49%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||1.43 k/h||From: S||26%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||1.23 k/h||From: SE||8%|
The pitch at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium should be the same as was seen in the first ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the first game. Batsmen who can dig in will be able to play strokes and make it big. Slower bowlers with variety will enjoy the middle phases when the pitch slows down and grips a little. The weather at Sylhet is expected to be warm and pleasant for the day of the match.
Since all the three games will be played on the same venue and we saw how things transpired in the first ODI, expect another dominating batting performance from the home team in the second ODI at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Their batsmen and bowlers will have a good time on a pitch that is tailor-made for them. It will be interesting to see if some of the experienced Zimbabwe batsmen can counter-attack and make a game out of this.
The team winning the toss will look to bat first. This was evident in the first game as a solid score by the team batting first gives a great advantage in these conditions.
Bangladesh has now beaten Zimbabwe in five consecutive ODIs and the trend is likely to continue in this series. The Tigers are simply too strong at home against a Zimbabwean side which is inexperienced and out of sorts in these conditions.
The opposition's only hope is if their senior batsmen, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza, make a stellar contribution. However, seeing how things have gone, it will be a monumental task to beat this Bangladesh side at home.
They have covered all their bases well for these conditions and have great depth in all departments. Expect another one-sided game as barring some unexpected hara-kiri, Bangladesh should win the second ODI and seal the series.
Bangladesh to win this game!