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Toss Winner - Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first
Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets
Zimbabwe to take on Bangladesh in 3-match ODI series after a 2-1 win in the T20I series.
We predict that Bangladesh will defeat Zimbabwe.
Tournament: Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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After crushing Bangladesh for the first time in a T20I series, Zimbabwe is set to host them for a three-match ODI series. The first ODI of the series will be played at Harare Sports Club, Harare on 5th August from 12:45 pm. A 2-1 win in the T20I series has boosted Zimbabwe’s confidence to replicate the heroics to win their first ODI series against the visitors for the first time in 16 years.
Zimbabwe’s last ODI series win came back in 2019 against UAE. Since then, they have lost most of the ODIs. In January, Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 22 runs - their only win in 6 ODIs this year. They lost the ODI series against Afghanistan by 3-0 at home. Sikandar Raza (145 runs) and Blessing Muzarabani (7 wickets) were the only two standouts in the series.
Bangladesh have 3 ODI series wins this year. They beat Afghanistan 2-1 at home. In March, Bangladesh beat South Africa for the first time in South Africa to take the series 2-1. After this gigantic win, they whitewashed West Indies in West Indies by 3-0. With the qualification race for the 2023 ICC World cup hitting up, Bangladesh are at the second position in the points table with 120 points in 18 games. That’s almost qualification!
Bangladesh Visited Zimbabwe last year for a 3-match ODI series. They won all three games. Shakib Al Hasan took 8 wickets in the series at an average of 14.75 and also scored 145 runs with the bat to take the Man of the Series trophy. This was their 11th consecutive ODI series win against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe will open with Innocent Kaia and Wesley Madhevere. Kaia made his debut against Afghanistan in the last series and finished with 118 runs in 3 matches. Madhevere hasn’t been in a good form this year. Just 52 runs in 5 ODIs can make him a vulnerability at the top. Craig Irvine and Sean Williams at the top will provide stability with their experience. Skipper Irvine has 162 runs in 6 outings while Williams is a step ahead with 154 runs in 3 games with a century.
Zimbabwe’s middle order has been its backbone for over a year. Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, and Ryan Burl have collectively scored 479 runs in the middle in 6 games. Raza was Zimbabwe’s leading run scorer against Afghanistan in the ODI series and now against Bangladesh in the T20Is series.
Blessing Muzarbani and Tendai Chatara will lead Zimbabwe’s pace attack With Tanaka Chivanga. Muzarbani has 12 wickets this year in 6 games at an economy of 5.11. Richard Nagarva might get a chance after his 6 wickets in the last series at an economy of 5.11.
Key Players: Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarbani, Innocent Kaia.
Innocent Kaia, Wesley Madhevere, Craig Irvine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Moeen Ali, Blessing Muzarbani, Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Richard Nagarva.
Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl, Victor Nyauchi, Wellington Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Regis Chakabva, Tarisai Musakanda, Innocent Kaia, Wesley Madhevere, Luke Jongwe
Skipper Tamim Iqbal should think of opening with Litton Das who has been in a red hot form this year in all formats. Das has scored 419 runs in 9 ODIs at an average of 52.37. He has 1 century and 2 half-centuries this year. The pair put a partnership of 127 against South Africa to win the series for Bangladesh. Iqbal also has 277 runs in 9 ODIs at 39.57.
Mahamdullah and Afif Hossain at the top will make it difficult for Bangladesh. Both have averages above 40 this season and have scored 369 runs in 7 innings. No one can ignore Shakib Al Hasan when it comes to ODIs. The man of the series of Bangladesh’s last Zimbabwe tour has 155 runs in 6 matches this year. Besides that, he has 1549 runs against Zimbabwe including 3 centuries and 8 half-centuries. The all-rounder has been lethal against the host with the ball too. 82 wickets in 48 matches at an economy of 3.93 show his importance in the team.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz will lead the bowling attack for Bangladesh. Miraz has 16 wickets this year in 9 games with an economy of just above 5. He also averages 80 with the bat and has 160 runs in 6 innings. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam will be the choices for pace. Both have 23 wickets collectively in 8 matches. Mustafizur Rahman who has played all ODIs for Bangladesh this year will be given a chance to prove his bowling. The left-arm pacer has just 7 wickets in 9 games.
Key Players: Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan.
Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahamdullah, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain
Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah, Shoriful Islam, Litton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hossain, Anamul Haque
The weather will be mostly sunny. The temperature will range between 9 and 27°C. The wind will be flowing from the west at 10-15 kmh. The pitch favors batters and has seen big totals in the past. Bowlers find it very difficult to find bounce at Harare.
The 1st ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be played at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. The venue holds a capacity of 10000 spectators and has hosted 39 tests, 162 ODIs & 35 T20I so far. The lowest run score of 35 was registered by Zimbabwe on this ground.
In 162 T20Is, teams have successfully chased the target on 82 occasions while defending the target on 77 occasions. In the last 5 matches, teams have chased the targets on 4 occasions. Therefore team winning the toss should bowl first.
The T20I series win for Zimbabwe has definitely boosted their confidence. But they are no match for Bangladesh when it comes to the ODI format. Bangladesh has 14 consecutive ODI series wins against Zimbabwe since 2006. They have also won their last 5 ODI series. It's 12 wins in the last 15 ODIs for Bangladesh. Compared to it, Zimbabwe have one win in the last 6 ODIs.
We predict that Bangladesh will defeat Zimbabwe.
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