Man of the Match: Afif Hossain
Can the Hosts Bangladesh salvage some pride?
Our prediction is Bangladesh will win the match!
Bangladesh comes into the T20I series after a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan in the only Test match at their home soil. They will look to regain some momentum by winning this T20I tri-series. Bangladesh must win this match to bring back some joy and pride among the public who are ardent cricketing fans. Zimbabwe team has gone through a lot of trouble and disappointment in the last 6-12 months and their board has been suspended from by the International Cricket Council (ICC). They need to win matches consistently to revive cricket in their nation and some big wins in this tri-series will be a great start for their revival. Both teams are under pressure to get some wins under their belt to boost the cricketing interest among their fans.
Bangladesh was defeated by new-comers Afghanistan by a massive margin of 224 runs and it is one of the biggest loss in their cricketing history. Shakib Al Hasan leads the side in the T20I too and will be under huge pressure to lead from the front with his performances. Experienced players Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Liton Das will form the core group of the batting unit. Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammed Saifuddin will be frontline pacers in the team and are expected to play a big role with the new ball and death overs. They have fairly inexperienced spin department with the likes of Mahedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, and Afif Hossain to partner their skipper Shakib. Taijul Islam is expected to debut after his impressive performances in the Test matches.
Mahmudullah – Mahmudullah is one of the consistent performers for the Bangladesh team in the limited-overs format. He will look to score runs for his team in the middle order in this T20I series.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur returns to the team after being dropped in the test side and he is one of the top bowlers in the T20I format. He has the cutters and variations to succeed in the shortest format and he is a very tough bowler to attack.
Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Taijul Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammed Saiffudin, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Das, Mosadek Hossain/Yeasin Arafat
Taijul Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim
Zimbabwe team`s struggles off the field are reflecting on their results so far with their team winning just one out of their last 10 international matches played this year. They will look to win more matches against top sides such as Bangladesh and Afghanistan in this series. Hamilton Masakadza leads the side and he must improve his batting after a string of low scores in the matches this year. Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, and Brendan Taylor will form a very experienced batting line-up and will need to do the bulk of scoring for the team. Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, and Tendai Chatara will be pacers expected to slot in the starting Xi in this match. Tintonda Mutumbomzi and Tony Mungonya will fight for the second spinner `s slot to partner Sean Williams in the team.
Craig Ervine – Ervine is in good form in the T20Is this year scoring 211 runs in the 4 matches he played. He has 3 fifties to his name with a strike rate of 148 and will look to continue his good form in this series too.
Kyle Jarvis – Jarvis has taken 5 wickets in the 4 matches he played this year but is struggling to control the run flow and giving runs at 11 RPO. He will look to maintain his economy rate and provide early breakthroughs in this series.
T Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, BRM Taylor, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams
Dhaka pitch will be a good pitch for the batsmen and they will find run-scoring easier here as the balls come onto the bat nicely. Last two matches played here has first innings scores of 190 & 211 respectively. The weather looks cloudy and rain is expected to make its presence in this match.
Teams batting first have put a big score on board and won the match in the last 2 T20Is played here. Both captains will look to bat first here.
Bangladesh team has better experienced and quality players than the Zimbabwe team. And they also have home conditions, form, momentum and fewer off-field issues to deal than their counterparts. So we expect Bangladesh to win this match!