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PREVIEW OF THE 1st ODI BETWEEN ZIMBABWE AND BANGLADESH

BY DARREN T CHIKWIRA

Venue:Harare Sports Club
Time: 0930 (CAT)
Weather: 19⁰C, Bright and sunny
Overall Head to Head: Zim 28: BD 47
Recent Head to Head (5 matches): Zim 0: BD 5
Recent form:
Zimbabwe WLLLL
Bangladesh LWWLL

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh after the recently concluded Test series shift focus to the white ball format of the tour. They face each other in the first of three Super League one day internationals. This will be Zimbabwe’s first ODI in 8 months.

Buoyed by their success in the one off test over their opponents, Bangladesh will be very confident going into the ODIs. Their confidence will grow given the recent Head to Head record. Zimbabwe has failed to beat Bangladesh in over 5 ODIs the last teams played. Their recent “Banglawash” over the Windies will still be at the back of their heads, more reason to be optimistic about this series.

Zimbabwe after smarting from a humiliating defeat will be looking to bounce back in style. A change of formats, fresh faces and playing at home will give Zimbabwe some belief heading to the first ODI. Their super over victory over Pakistan which was their last ODI match will make them realise that they can compete and beat the big boys.

Players to look out for

Zimbabwe

Brendan Taylor & Blessing Muzarabani
After his 2 explosive innings in the only test match, Zimbabwe will be looking up to their big time player to continue his rich vein of form in the ODIs. He also is a senior player and needs to guide the upcoming players.
Muzarabani did very well in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League and took 4 wickets in the test match. His country will hope more of the same in the ODI series.

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh would love to welcome back the services of both their talismans. Both were out of the squad due to injury and the IPL. Tamim is key to giving Bangladesh very good starts up the order and veteran Al Hasan is very handy with both bat ball.

Squad news

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe are yet to announce their squad but could call up young aggressive top order batsmen in the form of Tadiwanashe Marumani and Wesley Madhevere. Timycen Maruma who had a torrid time with the bat in the test match also can make the cut. Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are set to miss out due to self isolation.

Bangladesh
Not only did the Bangladesh camp recall Tamim and Shakib but also called up young prospects in Shoriful Islam, Afif Hosain and Mohammad Naim. They will be sweating though over the availability of Mushfiqur Rahim who had just been passed fit to play the only test but did not take part in most of the test match maybe indicating that the injury had flared up again. They have cover for him though in Liton Das as keeper and Mohammad Mosaddek as cover in the middle overs if not fit.

Pitch and conditions
The Harare Sports Club deck will be flat and will offer many runs. The series will see teams that apply themselves better score big. No rains are forecast for the whole series.

Probable XIs
Zimbabwe

  1. Tadiwanashe Marumani 2. Wesley Madhevere 3. Brendan Taylor 4. Dion Myers 5. Sikandar Raza Butt 6. Timycen Maruma 7. Luke Jongwe 8. Tendai Chisoro 9.Blessing Muzarabani 10. Richard Ngarava 11. Tendai Chatara

Bangladesh

  1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Mohammad Naim 3. Mohammad Mithun 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Mushfiqur Rahim/Mosaddek Hosain 6. Liton Das 7. Mahmudulla Riyad 8. Afif Hosain 9.Taijul Islam 10. Mohammad Saifuddin 11. Mustafizur Rahman

Squads

Zimbabwe (Probable)
Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Dion Myers, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chisoro, Tendai Chatara, Milton Shumba, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza,Timycen Maruma, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi, Richmond Mutumbami, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine

Bangladesh
Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedy Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hosain, Mosaddek Hosain, Mustafizir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Nuhurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mahmudhulla Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohamman Naim, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hosain.

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