Cricket fans are gearing up to see another blockbuster ODI encounter. The first One-Day International (ODI) match of Bangladesh’s 2021 tour of Zimbabwe is planned for Friday, July 16, 2021 at Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Zimbabwe will play an ODI series after an almost one-year break. They played their last ODI series against Pakistan in November 2020, losing the series but winning the last ODI match in the super over at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. They lost their single test match and will now face Bangladesh in three ODIs and the same T20 matches. When compared to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe’s batting order is good but not as powerful.
Zimbabwe’s key batters are Craig Ervine, Milton Shumba, Dion Myers, Roy Kaia, Timycen Maruma, and Sean Williams, while wicket-keeper batsmen include Kevin Kasuza, Regis Chakabva, Brendan Taylor, and Joylord Gumbie. Zimbabwe’s bowling department is also good, but not as strong as Bangladesh’s. Zimbabwe’s primary bowlers include Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, and Donald Tiripano.
Bangladesh had won the sole test match played so far on this Zimbabwe tour, which had increased their test match ranking. When compared to other teams, Zimbabwe’s batting and bowling squads are excellent and experienced, and they are the favourite to win this ODI series. Tamim Iqbal will captain the Bangladesh team in this ODI series. He is a good batsman who is also in good form these days. Mohammad Naim, Shakib ul Hasan, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, and Mehidy Hasan are the regular batsmen in Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe. Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper batsmen are Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, and Nurul Hasan. Bangladesh’s bowling department is also stronger and more experienced than Zimbabwe’s. Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, and Rubel Hossain are Bangladesh’s primary bowlers who will be in charge of the bowling department.
HOW’S THE PITCH?
The first One-Day International (ODI) between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be played at Harare Sports Club in Harare. This stadium’s pitch is ideal for batting. The boundaries are short at this ground, which will bring the spinners into play. Throughout the game, the pitch will be suitable for batting.
On match day, the weather in Harare is not looking promising. There is a probability of rain(10%) and humidity of 55%. There may be interruptions in-between.
Total matches: 152
Matches won batting first: 73
Matches won bowling first: 76
Average 1st Inns scores: 228
Average 2nd Inns scores: 193
Highest total recorded: 350/6 (50 Ov) by AUS vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded: 35/10 (18 Ov) by ZIM vs SL
Highest score chased: 328/3 (46.4 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest score defended: 129/10 (32.4 Ov) by ZIM vs AFG
Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor (c), Dion Myers, Timycen Maruma, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava. Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Kevin Kasuza, Luke Jongwe, Joylord Gumbie, Tendai Chisoro, Tanaka Chivanga.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shoriful Islam.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
- Brendan Taylor (ZIM)
- Tamim Iqbal (BAN)
- Mahmudullah (BAN)
- W. Masakadza (ZIM)
TOSS: The team winning the toss would like to bat first as the pitch is very comfortable for batting.
Bangladesh has a stronger batting order and bowling unit than Zimbabwe, hence Bangladesh’s chances of winning today’s match have increased.The following equation represents the winning chances of both sides in today’s match.
Venue: Harare Sports Club
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Known as: Salisbury Sports Club
Ends: City End, Club House End
Date: Friday, 16th July 2021
Time: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL / 01:00 PM IST
Live stream: Fancode(INDIA)
DREAM XI PICKS
Mushfiqur Rahim, Brendon Taylor, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, W. Maskadza, Craig Ervine, Roy Kaia, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Donald Tiripano, Taijul Islam.