The ongoing T20I series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are right now level at 1-1. On July 23, the hosts with the 23 run victory managed to equalise the series by fighting hard. Wesley Madhevere scored 73 runs on 57 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes and gets the player of the match award.
Bangladesh’s batting collapsed in the last game, so they’ll be looking forward to this game which will take place on July 25th at the Harare sports club.
Let’s take a look at both of the teams.
An improved Zimbabwe displayed resilience to overcome Bangladesh in the second T20I despite leaders Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor missing in action. The young side proved worthy with both the bat and ball but a complete bowling performance proved the difference.
Blessing Muzarabani provided the early strikes before left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza took three wickets, including those of Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan.
In batting, Wesley Madhevere paved the way for Zimbabwe’s series equalling victory with his innings of 73 in 57 balls. Batting first, Zimbabwe posted 166/6 with a late flurry provided by Ryan Burl’s 19-ball 34 and Dion Myers’ supportive 26.
In the last match, Bangladesh slipped early with half their side back in the pavilion for 53 in the ninth over. Then, Afif Hossain and Shamim Hossain resisted but it was a case of too little too late for them as Zimbabwe snared a 23-run win with the visitors bowled out for 143.
Bangladesh would eye a better batting and fielding display with partnerships in the middle, a critical aspect of the game that was missing the last time. However, the visitors wouldn’t be concerned much as this was the first and only loss they faced on this tour and still have some momentum on their back to carry them across the finish line.
If fit Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman could come back to the playing 11 for the decider. Plus the fact that Bangladesh does have Shakib and Mahmudullah in their midst, make them favourites to leave Zimbabwe with all three trophies – after winning the one-off Test and sweeping the three-ODI series.
The pitch at the Harare Sports Club has been fairly good for batting. Chasing turned out to be a little tough and hence, teams may opt bat first, put runs on the board and then exert pressure on the opposition. The conditions will be bright and sunny with the temperature around 16 degrees Celsius.
Players to watch out for
Bangladesh- Shoriful Islam
Zimbabwe- Wesley Madhevere
Probable playing 11
Zimbabwe- Probable XI: Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza (c), Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Mazakadza, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.
Bangladesh- Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (WK), Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam