Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe usually takes place against a quiet backdrop with little noise, but not this time. Zimbabwe won the Qualifier B tournament and will compete in the T20I World Cup later this year. In the run-up to the World Cup, they will consider matches against full member nations. Bangladesh, following their lack of success in this format, are looking to bring in some new blood and have rested their senior players. In order to build a strong team, they will closely monitor player development.
The 1st T20I between Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh will take place on July 30th, 2022 at Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Match Details to Note
Match: Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I, Bangladesh Tour of Zimbabwe 2022
Date: July 30, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Team Previews
Team Zimbabwe has worked hard to improve its T20 cricket team and is unquestionably a better team than it was a few years ago. Senior players like Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and Ryan Burl are unquestionably important to this revival.
While Zimbabwe qualified for the T20 World Cup 2022, it still has a long way to go to make the main draw, for which it will need to start beating international teams on a regular basis.
Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, and Wesley Madhevere are among the batters to keep an eye on. Playing at home will benefit Zimbabwe’s batters, who will know what a good score is and will not be overly aggressive.
We anticipate some strong batting performances as Zimbabwe attempts to reach challenging totals.
Zimbabwe’s chances will be harmed by the absence of Blessing Muzarabani from the bowling lineup. He is a genuine quick with disconcerting bounce, and Zimbabwe has lost its most potent wicket-taker without him. Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe will spearhead the bowling attack, with Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza providing support.
The Zimbabwe team’s experience, combined with the fact that they are playing at home, will make them more dangerous than you might expect.
Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Tony Munyonga, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Tanaka Chivanga, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Roy Kaia
Predicted XI: Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva, Sikander Raza, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Richard Ngarva, Blessing Muzurbani, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza
As some of the senior players have been rested, Bangladesh will be led by Nurul Hasan in this series. This series will be missing Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim. That means Bangladesh’s starting lineup will be missing three of its best players.
Without those three players, we believe Bangladesh is no better than Zimbabwe, especially when playing away from home. The batting looks weak and will be heavily reliant on Litton Das.
Afifi Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, and Mossadek Hossain are all highly experienced and have shown success in the BPL. They are more aggressive and capable of breaking through the boundaries than other Bangladeshi batters, but they must also be consistent.
Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam will lead the bowling attack. Both of these left-arm fast-bowlers are highly regarded by us and we believe they can make the difference for Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed, a genuine wicket-taker, is also back to his best in terms of pace. Spin-bowling support will be provided by Mehidy Hasan and Nasum Ahmed.
Litton Das, Parvez Hossain Emon, Anamul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (c & wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Munim Shahriar
Predicted XI: Nurul Hasan, Liton Das, Anamul Haque, Afif Hossain, Mosadek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mehdi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed/Munim Shahriar
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Toss Prediction
We foresee that both captains will bowl first if they win the toss, as they will be unsure of the safe target on this track.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Harare has a reputation for being a slow track with the ball topping on the batsmen. Spinners could play a significant role in the match. We anticipate that the average score will be in the 140-160 range.
Harare has beautiful weather with no chance of rain. We anticipate no weather-related interruptions in this match.
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
Both teams are expected to field a similar playing XI in this match, with a slew of spin bowling all-rounders. Bangladesh has a better record in head-to-head matches, but their team is inexperienced for this series. Zimbabwe will be buoyed by their recent victories, but their record against full-time members is dismal. Bangladesh is expected to win this match.
Bangladesh is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.42.
- In six attempts, Zimbabwe has never won a T20I series against Bangladesh (3-lost & 3-drawn).
- Zimbabwe is on a five-match winning streak in Twenty20 Internationals, albeit against associate teams.
- Following the World Cup, Bangladesh has a 1-6 win-loss record in T20Is.