ZIM vs BAN, 1st Test

Match Preview –

Bangladesh will take on Zimbabwe in the first and only Test match that will be played between the two sides at the Harare Sports Club, Harare on 7 July 2021. Lately, Bangladesh has had a dismal record in Test cricket. Only one of their last 11 Test matches has resulted in a win. They were thrashed by Sri Lanka by 209 runs in their previous Test match.

Zimbabwe has also had a bad run. Only one of their last eight Test matches has resulted in a victory.

Pitch and Weather Report –

The pitch will be more favourable for batting and it will be best suited for pacers. The skies would be clear with temperatures at 11 – 12 ° C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

Total matches                          38

Matches won batting first        17

Matches won bowling first       12

Average 1st Inns scores          324

Average 2nd Inning scores      312

Average 3rd Inning scores       245

Average 4th Inns scores          144

Highest total recorded              600/3 (139 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM

Lowest total recorded               59/10 (29.4 Ov) by ZIM vs NZ

Top 3 Wicket Keeper picks

1) Mushfiqur Rahim – The 34-year-old right-handed batsman shows sound technique in his glovework and is Bangladesh’s first-choice wicketkeeper. He has done well on an A-team tour of Zimbabwe earlier and has good experience in this format.

Matches – 74

Runs – 4685

Average – 37.18

2) Brendan Taylor – This right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman and statistically one of the finest players that Zimbabwe has ever produced is in his prime form.

Matches – 33

Runs – 2147

Average – 34.62

3) Regis Chakabva – This doughty right-handed batsman has improved his game and he is maturing into a fine batsman and tidy wicketkeeper. A great inning is expected from him.

Matches – 21

Runs – 1029

Average – 27.07

Top 3 Batsman Picks

1) Mominul Haque – This left-handed batsman is a dependable player and has been improving his form over the past few matches.

Matches – 44

Runs – 3279

Average – 42.58

2) Kevin Kasuza – This right-handed opening batsman from Zimbabwe has played decent innings in his last match and is in great form. He has the potential to smash his next inning.

Matches – 7

Runs – 249

Average – 22.63

3) Tamim Iqbal – The left-handed batsman is Bangladesh’s most assured batsmen and will be a vital component at the top of the order for years to come.

Matches – 64

Runs – 4788

Average – 39.57

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Taskin Ahmed – This right arm fast bowler bowls with a high-arm action after coming in from a smooth run-up. Once an internet sensation, he has impressed everyone with his bowling style and will be a deadly bowler for the opponent’s squad.

Matches – 29

Wickets – 45

Economy – 3.79

2) Shoriful Islam – The left arm medium fast bowler is a left-arm pace sensation and has been in good form. His aggressive bowling is an asset for his team.

Matches – 1

Wickets – 1

Economy – 33

3) Donald Tiripano – A seam-bower from Zimbabwe, accuracy is his primary asset with the ball in long-format cricket. Tiripano can swing and seam the ball in seamer-friendly conditions. A great bowling spell in the next match is expected from him.

Matches – 14

Wickets – 24

Economy – 4.07

4) Blessing Muzarabani – The right-arm fast medium bowler has taken a wicket in his last 5 matches in the PSL season. He was the most effective bowler in the last test match against Pakistan.

Matches – 5

Wickets – 15

Economy – 2.74

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Shakib Al Hasan  – This left-arm orthodox spinner is accurate, consistent with his performance. His aggression with a wide range of strokes are the keys to his batting.

Matches – 57

Runs – 3930

Average – 39.69

Wickets – 210

Economy – 3.01

2) Sean Williams – This left-handed batsman with slow left arm orthodox bowling style is a bold, dynamic batsman, and one of the most striking features about his batting is his proficiency at the reverse-sweep. He is an experienced and skillful player from his squad.

Matches – 14

Runs – 1034

Average – 41.36

Wickets – 21

Economy – 3.16

3) Mehidy Hasan Miraz – He is a batting allrounder who bowls right-arm offspin with a quiet action where he trundles to the wicket giving a slight leap before rotating his upper body and this action has baffled even the most experienced player. He’ll prove to be a deadly bowler from his squad.

Matches – 26

Runs – 894

Average – 20.79

Wickets – 104

Economy – 3.28

Predicted Playing 11

Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal/Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Mominul Haque Showrabh (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (WK), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam

Zimbabwe – Kevin Kasuza, Regis Chakabva (WK), Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams (C), Roy Kaia/Tendai Chisoro, Timycen Maruma, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi/Tendai Chatara


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 Poll Winning Percentage

Bangladesh – 41%

Zimbabwe- 33%

Draw – 26%

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