Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will go head to head in the first T20 match of the two-game series. Bangladesh has done an exceptional job on the tour so far and has won all the games of the tour. The Bangladesh team defeated the Zimbabwean side in the one-off test whereas also whitewashing them in the one-day series. Though, as seen before the T20s are always a different ball game and the African side are highly capable of springing a surprise against the rising power of Asia. The rise of the Bangladeshi side, especially in the last few years has been at an exponential pace, and they would go into the game as favorites.
The Zimbabwe side has witnessed a few changes in their team and the Wesley Madhevere, the 19-year-old youngster who impressed in the One Dayers will not be a part of the playing XI. The team would be dependent on the likes of Taylor and Williams.
Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe
Date: Monday, 9th March 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Venue: Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Head to Head:
BAN Win: 7
ZIM Win: 4
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have been one of the fiercest rivals in recent times. The Bangladesh team has been one of the better sides in the last few years. The Bangladesh side has a cent per cent record against the Zimbabwe side on this tour. The Bangladesh side won the one-off test match whereas they also got a lopsided victory in the one-day series. The Bangladesh team also whitewashed the Zimbabwean side to win the 50 over series by a margin of 3-0. However, the Zimbabwean team would look for their first victory of the tour.
Strength: The Zimbabwean team has its shares of advantages. The revamped team has a few hard hitters of the ball in their group. The likes of Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor, Chibhabha and Ervine are recurring faces in various leagues and their performances in one of the significant strengths of the Zimbabwe side. On the other hand, the Bangladesh team looks a different side after the commencement of BPL, and the team has found many T20 specialists though the tournament. The all-rounder of the group are what provides this team with superior strength.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness for the Zimbabwe team, which was also revealed in the One Day series is their shallow bowling. The bowling department of Zimbabwe has no experience of bowling on the slow surfaces of Bangladesh which has been the problem for the team. The team will have to laboriously sort out their bowling if the team wants to change their fortunes. On the other hand, the Bangladesh side has no visible weakness. The only shortcoming for the team could be their death bowling.
The Zimbabwean side has had a good start of their new era with a new board president and the new administration. However, the team came short against a strong Bangladesh side, and the team management was left disappointed. Even though the Zimbabwe side is giving their cent percent to leave an impression against the Bangladesh team, unfortunately, their style of play is not suited for the slow Bangladeshi wickets. The Bangladesh team will again step out as favorites in today match prediction.
Bet365: Bangladesh: 1.20, Zimbabwe: 4.50
Betway: Bangladesh: 1.18, Zimbabwe: 4.33
Mushfiqur Rahim: 1265 runs in 84 T20I at an average of 19.77.
Tamim Iqbal: 1717 runs in 77 T20Is at an average of 23.85.
Mushtafizur Rahman: 53 wickets in 39 matches.
Brendan Taylor: 743 runs in 37 games at an average of 22.52.
Sean Williams: 821 runs in 38 T20I at an average of 24.88
Sikandar Raza: 406 runs and 11 wickets in 32 T20Is.
Mushfuqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are two legends of the Bangladeshi side and should make the Dream11 side. However, Brendan Taylor will rival Rahim for the wicket-keeper spot as he might get a better chance to score runs when compared to Mushfiqur Rahim and may fit better in your fantasy cricket side. Liton Das is in rare form and should be selected in the team along with Afif Hossain who is making a reputation as a big hitter and should make a place in Dream11 side. Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams are two players from the Zimbabwean team who could be selected in the team whereas Mehidy Hasan is another in-form player who could be given a chance in playing XI.