ZIM vs BAN 1st T20I Match Preview:
Zimbabwe (GIM) is set to host Bangladesh (BAN) in the first T20 match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Zimbabwe qualified for the upcoming mega tournament by defeating Papua New Guinea in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup qualifiers. They also lost to the Netherlands in the final qualifying match in their last game.
Bangladesh entered the match with a 0-3 win over the West Indies in the ODI series but lost the T20I series 2-1. Bangladesh rested their star player Shakib Al Hasan and regular captain Mahmudullah in this tour. Wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the T20 series.
ZIM vs BAN Match Details:
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I:
Location: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date Time: 30th July local time 04:30 PM IST and 01:00 PM
Live broadcast: Fancode
Harare Sports Club pitch is perfectly balanced for both batsman and bowler in T20 game. The pace bowlers get some good help from the new ball and the batsmen can dominate the middle overs. The average first innings score here is around 155 runs and teams batting first have won more matches here.
As of now there is no injury news between the two teams and we will definitely update if there is any news later.
Probable Playing XI:
Regis Chakabva (wicketkeeper), Craig Irvine (c), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhavere, Sikandar Raja, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Tony Munyonga, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Nagarava.
Litton Das, Anamul Haque, Najmul Shanto, Afif Hossain, Munim Shahriar, Nurul Hasan (c & wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed.
Best picks for ZIM vs BAN:
Top Pick – Batsman
The in-form opening batsman scored a fifty in his last ODI against West Indies and 49 in his last T20I.
The veteran skipper has scored two 30-plus knocks in the last five matches and was instrumental in Zimbabwe’s success in the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
Top Picks – All-rounder
The 36-year-old all-rounder has been in great form in T20 cricket. He scored 82 off just 40 balls and 87 off 40 balls against the USA and Singapore this month, and picked up four wickets in his last match against the Netherlands.
The in-form all-rounder has scored two fifties in his last five matches and has three wickets in his last three matches. He will be a good captain choice for your team.
Top picks – Bowler
The star Bangladeshi pacer’s performance against the West Indies was below average but he showed some improvement after taking two wickets in the last match.
The 27-year-old right-arm pacer has taken four wickets in his last five matches, including a six-run wicket against the Netherlands in the last match.
Top picks – Wicketkeeper
In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, the new Bangladeshi captain can promote himself to number four. He has scored 50 runs in his last two matches and will be a key batsman for his team in this series.
Predicted Dream11 Team for Fantasy Cricket:
Team Number – 1: Liton Das, Regis Chakabva, Afif Hossain, Craig Irvine (VC)Anamul Haque, Sikandar Raja, Sean Williams, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman (C)Luke Jongwe, Nasoom Ahmed.
Team Number – 2: Liton Das (VC)Nurul Hasan, Regis Chakabva, Anamul Haque, Craig Ervin, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raja, Sean Williams (C)Mustafizur Rahman, Luke Jongwe, Shariful Islam.
ZIM vs. BAN Risky captaincy choices:
The 26-year-old all-rounder is struggling for consistency with just 48 runs and three wickets in his last five matches.
The youngster scored 29 off just 14 balls against Papua New Guinea to help his side qualify for the T20 World Cup but has not been a consistent performer of late.