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Toss Winner - Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first
Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 3 runs
Bangladesh take on a spirited and unbeaten Zimbabwe
Our prediction is for Zimbabwe to win the match
Tournament: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Bangladesh were outplayed in every department in their last game as South Africa cruised to a 104-runs win. While the Bangladesh batting has been out of touch for quite some time now, their bowlers also failed to keep things tight in their last match.
This is a great opportunity for the bowlers to bounce back as they take on a struggling Zimbabwe batting lineup. However, Zimbabwe are high on momentum and confidence. Not only have they won a thrilling encounter against Pakistan, but have been unbeaten so far in the Super 12s.
The bowlers in Zimbabwe’s T20I squad are in their best rhythm and can make things difficult for Bangladesh. Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, and Shakib Al Hasan, the three key players in the batting lineup for Bangladesh are struggling to score runs for the side.
Zimbabwe needs Craig Ervine, Chakabva, and Sean Williams to make big contributions with the bat if they’re to continue their winning run.
Bangladesh kicked off their T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note, defeating the Netherlands by 9 runs. While it wasn’t a convincing win given how Bangladesh managed to score just 144 runs batting first.
It was Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud who led a brilliant bowling effort to restrict the opposition and give Bangladesh their first win of the tournament.
There weren’t many positives for Bangladesh from their first win. And when they were up against a mighty batting lineup, even the bowlers failed to make any impact. The most successful bowler against the Netherlands, Taskin Ahmed, was the most expensive against the Proteas.
Shakib Al Hasan used all of his bowling options in an attempt to stop the bleeding of runs. While Mustafizur was economical in his spell, he was wicketless and thereby failed to make any significant impact.
Now, it will be again down to these key bowlers to win the match for Bangladesh when they clash against Zimbabwe in Sydney. It is only the bowlers who can make the game exciting and give Bangladesh fans something to cheer for.
The best of Bangladesh batting is in the top 4 - Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, and Shakib Al Hasan. With neither of these players managing to score runs, there is little to no hope of a match-winning knock from Bangladesh batters. Afif Hossein and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are the ones to watch out for in the lower order.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman
Hasan Mahmud, Nurul Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto
A 1-run win over Pakistan in a low-scoring match where Zimbabwe were out of the game at the halfway stage has surely lifted their spirits. Not only at the end of the first innings, but even for the most part of the run chase, Craig Ervine’s side looked like they were out of the contest.
A magical spell from Sikandar Raza followed by some disciplined pace bowling at the death turned the game on its head. Not to forget the brilliant effort in the field from Zimbabweans.
While Zimbabwe are yet to lose a game in the Super 12s, that doesn’t change the fact that batting hasn’t been their best asset lately. They can’t rely on their batters to win games for them.
Though there are some big names like Sikandar Raza, Sean Willimas, and Craig Ervine in this lineup, the batting hasn’t made a mark in Super 12s yet. In their first Super 12 game, Zimbabwe lost their top 4 batsmen for just 19 runs in a rain-affected match which was reduced to 9 overs per side.
It was Madhevere’s unbeaten 35 off 18 balls at number 5 that helped Zimbabwe post a 79-runs total giving the bowlers something to defend.
It was a disaster with the ball as Zimbabwe conceded 51 off the first 3 overs before the rain came to rescue them. The win against Pakistan was a must-needed one after what happened in the game against the Proteas.
Like their opposition, Zimbabwe are also dependent on a few good bowlers to keep them in the match. And unless their key batters fire, Zimbabwe might be staring at their first loss in the T20 World Cup 2022.
Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani
Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Regis Chakabva, Brad Evans, Wesley Madhevere, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Sean Williams
A batting-friendly surface where Rilee Rossouw recently scored a hundred against Bangladesh, SCG offers a belter of a pitch. The weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 22 degrees Celsius.
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the 28th Match of the T20 World Cup 2022. The average 1st innings score in T20Is at this ground is 174 which shows how good a batting pitch the SCG has to offer. Of the total 13 matches played here, teams have crossed the 190 runs mark on 5 occasions. This could be seen as a perfect opportunity for batters on both teams to find their touch.
Teams batting first have won 8 of the 13 T20Is and 22 of the 49 BBL matches played here. Toss will not be a huge factor in this match given the batting-friendly conditions. However, both teams would be better off posting a competitive total on the board and backing their bowlers to do their job. Neither of these two teams is fit and ready to chase down a big total with their current form.
Considering the current form and strengths and weaknesses of both teams, it is tricky to pick a winner between the two. Bangladesh have some big-impact players with great T20 experience in their side. Zimbabwe also packs some young talent along with experienced and consistent veteran performers. The momentum is slightly tilted in Zimbabwe’s favour and they will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for Zimbabwe to win the match
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