Match Preview – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2022, 1st T20I

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There will probably be an air of expectation and anticipation at Harare Sports Club when Zimbabwe tackle Bangladesh in 3 T20Is beginning Saturday.

Less than two weeks in the past, Zimbabwe crowned the T20 World Cup qualification event, signing off with a rousing display within the ultimate after they beat Netherlands by way of 37 runs. Bangladesh are a awesome facet on paper, however no longer a lot more than that, particularly in T20Is, a structure they nonetheless have not moderately come to phrases with.

So Zimbabwe have reason why to imagine. Four in their 5 primary batters have strike charges between 126 and 150 in T20Is. Among them, Sikandar Raza has the most efficient strike fee in addition to essentially the most runs, and the most efficient innings ranking. The others – Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams and Regis Chakabva – are in shape too. Raza, the primary allrounder within the crew, additionally has contemporary revel in enjoying the Bangladesh gamers, having taken section in each remaining season’s Bangladesh Premier League and Dhaka Premier League.

Raza may be Zimbabwe’s joint-highest wicket-taker in T20Is this yr, although Zimbabwe would have favored to have Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani to offer Raza corporate. But they do have Luke Jongwe and Ryan Burl, who’ve each been a few of the wickets of past due, and Williams, who has a very good economic system fee within the structure this yr and bowled smartly within the qualifiers.

Bangladesh, in the meantime, have travelled with out their 4 maximum skilled cricketers. Tamim Iqbal has retired from T20Is. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah – who lately misplaced the captaincy, with Nurul Hasan taking fee – were rested, whilst Shakib Al Hasan has taken a spoil. That’s 391 suits value of revel in long past.

Nurul, subsequently, has so much on his plate. A forged wicketkeeper who is understood for his cutting edge batting, Nurul, then again, hasn’t scored numerous runs in T20Is lately. Overall, too, 271 runs from 33 T20Is at a median of 12.90 and strike fee of 111.98 mustn’t strike worry in opposition hearts.

But Nurul has stressed out on “have an effect on runs” reasonably than simply runs – one thing the crew will be expecting from him. Nurul may even hope that their new line-up can get them respectable totals. The onus will probably be on Litton Das to steer, whilst Afif Hossain has a little of one thing about him. There’s additionally Munim Shahriar, Anamul Haque and the returning Najmul Hossain Shanto and Parvez Hossain Emon a few of the batters.

Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam are the primary quicks, whilst Nasum Ahmed will have to do smartly too. Bangladesh may even have to seek out the suitable time to make use of Mahedi Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain, whilst the returning Hasan Mahmud and Mehidy Hasan Miraz can have possibilities coming their manner too.

Form information

(Last 5 finished suits; most up-to-date first)
Zimbabwe WWWWW
Bangladesh LLLWL

In the highlight

Sikandar Raza is on a sizzling streak with bat and ball. He took a career-best 4 for 8 within the qualifier ultimate in opposition to Netherlands. He additionally scored 82* and 87 in opposition to USA and Singapore previous within the event, excluding couple of forties in opposition to Afghanistan again in June.

Bangladesh’s six-hitting downside does not appear to have long past away, although Afif Hossain has proven some skill there. Afif has struck 18 sixes within the remaining one year, essentially the most on this crew. But it’s truly low in comparison to the large groups all over the world, with Nicholas Pooran main with 46 sixes. Afif is without doubt one of the few shape gamers in his T20I crew, having struck a half-century within the 3rd fit in West Indies the opposite day.

Team information

Zimbabwe usually are unchanged for the primary recreation on Saturday, sticking with the XI that beat Netherlands within the ultimate.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Regis Chakabva (wk), 2 Craig Ervine (capt), 3 Sean Williams, 4 Wessly Madhevere, 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 Milton Shumba, 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Tony Munyonga, 9 Luke Jongwe, 10 Wellington Masakadza, 11 Richard Ngarava

Bangladesh need to rebuild their batting within the absence of the seniors. They have Shanto, Shahriar and Emon as choices, however none of them are middle-order batters.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Litton Das, 2 Parvez Hossain Emon, 3 Anamul Haque, 4 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 5 Afif Hossain, 6 Nurul Hasan (wk), 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Shoriful Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Nasum Ahmed

Pitch and stipulations

In the remaining one year, aspects batting first have averaged 160 at Harare Sports Club. Three out of six groups have gained batting first. The climate on Saturday may be honest and dry.

Stats and trivialities

  • The Zimbabwe v Netherlands ultimate, held in Harare, had essentially the most lbw choices in a T20I fit.
  • Bangladesh have used ten other opening pairs of their remaining 29 T20Is.
  • Mustafizur Rahman’s 66 suits makes him essentially the most skilled T20I participant a few of the two groups.
  • Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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