Bangladesh won the ODI series against Zimbabwe comprehensively and will now be eager to clinch the T20I series.
Bangladesh to win this game!
After registering a thumping 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh will now be looking to do the same in the upcoming 2-match T20I series. that begins on March 09.
Zimbabwe was found wanting in the ODI series and was completely outplayed by the home team in all the departments. Barring that sensational batting show by Donald Tiripano in the 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe hasn't even come close to beating Bangladesh on the tour yet. The T20I series presents them that opportunity as it is the format where they beat Bangladesh a few times. However, challenging this Bangladesh side in their own home will be a massive challenge.
Bangladesh will be reeling with confidence after that commanding performance in the ODI series. In all the three matches, they managed to score in excess of 300 runs and their batting unit is thus in very good form. There will be a few changes in the T20I squad but the core remains the same.
Mahmudullah will be leading the outfit and the classy batsman will be hoping to get some healthy scores under his belt. Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das, who shared a record opening stand in the last ODI, will again be eager to assert their dominance and sparkling form. Soumya Sarkar has returned to the team after a while and will try to leave his mark. Another crucial addition is the return of Mushfiqur Rahim whose experience will be crucial in the middle-order.
On the bowling front, Mustafizur Rahman will be the main man for the team. His spell at the end can really win matches for Bangladesh. Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Saifuddin, and Mahedi Hasan will be the others to watch out for. Young left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed is the only uncapped player in the squad and he was one of the finds of the Bangladesh Premier League. He is likely to be played in the team and can be an exciting new option going ahead for Bangladesh in the format.
Mahmudullah (C), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain.
Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahmudullah, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
Zimbabwe will have a task on their hands as they get ready for the T20I series. The good thing is that the selectors retained all 15 players who were part of the ODI series. Thus, most of the players would now have been adjusted to the conditions and would be hoping to put up a better show in the T20I series. Openers Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Regis Chakabva haven't done much on this tour and will really need to shoulder some responsibility now.
The bulk of the scoring, however, will again have to be done by the seniors - Brendan Taylor, skipper Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza. Wesley Madhevere showed good form in the 3rd ODI with a fluent 42 and might have an important role to play.
There is not much depth in the Zimbabwe bowling and all of them have been ineffective in stopping the strong Bangladesh batting unit. The likes of Carl Mumba, Charlton Tshuma, Sikandar Raza and Donald Tiripano have all been expensive and it looks unlikely that they will be able to do anything much different in the T20Is.
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Regis Chakabva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma, Carl Mumba
TS Kamunhukamwe, Craig Ervine, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Carl Mumba, Wesley Madhevere, Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor
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|00h||20||0 mm.||1.27 k/h||From: ENE||5%|
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|06h||30||0 mm.||4.62 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|09h||30||0 mm.||5.51 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||2.68 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||2.49 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||2.05 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||1.19 k/h||From: NE||0%|
The pitch at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka has been a good T20I surface over the years and has known to be a good batting pitch. Like most Asian wickets, the ball will come nicely on to the bat early on and batsmen will have a good time for a major part of the innings.
Spinners should get some purchase during the middle phase but it is unlikely to be much. The weather for the day of the match at Dhaka is expected to be clear and pleasant.
The Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka has generally been a high-scoring venue. Totals of 190-plus have been posted here on as many as nine occasions and the highest total achieved on the venue is 211-4 by Bangladesh against West Indies in 2018. For this T20I, the team batting first will be looking to post a total of around 180 to 190.
The team winning the toss will be looking to bat first on a good pitch and pile on a solid total.
Of the 11 T20Is that have been played between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe so far, Zimbabwe has won only 4 while Bangladesh has won 7. They have clearly enjoyed the advantage and playing at home they will have a bigger edge. Zimbabwe will hope to compete and since the format is shorter they might run Bangladesh close. For that, they would need the seniors in the batting unit to step up as the bowling side really lacks the experience.
Bangladesh at home is very strong and have all the bases covered. Their batting unit, especially, is looking quite formidable. Against this struggling Zimbabwe, Bangladesh they will begin as clear favorites for the first T20I match.
Bangladesh to win this game!