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

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Zimbabwe has had a month of rare success. After dominating the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament, they recorded their first win in the T20I series over Bangladesh. There was a lot of partying and partying at Harare Sports Club. However, the focus now needs to quickly shift to the ODIs, a format in which there is a huge gap between the two teams this year. Bangladesh also comes in with a 19-game win streak against Zimbabwe.

That includes last year’s 3-0 win. That series was part of the ICC ODI Super League, but this series was not. Still, Tamim Iqbal has made it clear that Bangladesh can no longer afford to take a series lightly these days.
Zimbabwe has to do without protagonists Craig Ervine (hamstring and knee injuries) and Sean Williams, who has been given a break due to personal circumstances. Regis Chakabva is the substitute captain in Ervine’s absence.
Also missing are the established seamen Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani. The less experienced Bradley Evans and Victor Nyauchi, who effectively pitched in the third T20I a few days ago, are part of the new ODI squad. The pair will pair up with Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe in the bowling attack, while Wellington Masakadza is the lead spinner. Zimbabwe will have to rely heavily on Sikandar Raza, Wessly Madhevere and Ryan Burl in the batting division, which has a number of inexperienced players.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, will hope their Zimbabwe tour improves with Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim back in the batting lineup. They expect players like Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mosaddek Hossain to shine with the bat, while Tamim may choose three sailors for the early morning start in Harare. It would mean Taskin Ahmed will return to the ODI lineup after missing two ODIs in the West Indies.

Overall, Bangladesh will remain very vigilant after Zimbabwe has shown so much heart for the T20Is.

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In the spotlight

Ryan Burli became one of the most talked-about cricketers this week when he hit 34 runs in an over against Bangladesh. It was the joint second-highest run in a single in T20Is, while Burl helped Zimbabwe to a 2-1 series victory. He doesn’t have huge numbers in ODIs this year, but Zimbabwe will hope to take some of this confidence into the longer format as they kick off a long ODI run against Bangladesh, India and Australia.

Taskin Ahmed was Bangladesh’s Player of the Series against South Africa in March, but a shoulder injury took the sting out of him. Taskin has been wicketless since the South Africa tour, playing just one ODI in the West Indies and two T20Is scoring 88 runs in seven overs. Tamim Iqbal should expect a stronger performance from Taskin as a three-man pace attack is warranted at the Harare Sports Club.

Team news

Zimbabwe must make at least five changes to the side that played their last ODI against Afghanistan in June. Takudzwanashe Kaitano could hit in the highest order, while Luke Jongwe, Evans and Nyauchi could be the three seamen.

Zimbabwe (probably): 1 Innocent Kaia, 2 Wessly Madhevere, 3 Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 4 Sikandar Raza, 5 Regis Chakabva (capt & wk), 6 Ryan Burl, 7 Milton Shumba, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Brad Evans, 10 Wellington Masakadza, 11 Victor Nyauchi

For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim will slide back into the middle ground after missing out on the West Indian tour, but the lack of all-rounders means there is likely to be a long tail.

Bangladesh (probably): 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Litton Das, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mosaddek Hossain, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman , 11 Shoriful Islam

Location and conditions

The fields at the Harare Sports Club were quite hit-friendly during the T20I series earlier this week, but in ODIs over the past five years, teams hitting first had averaged a low 225. Probably why 12 out of 21 teams lost when they hit first. It is intended that it is dry during the series.

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