Match Preview –

Zimbabwe will face Bangladesh in the 1st ODI of the 3-match series at Harare Sports Club, Harare on 16th July 2021. Bangladesh had won the only Test match against Zimbabwe and had gotten off to a good start in this tour. Bangladesh have been victorious in the last 5 ODI matches against the hosts, so it can be said that they have an upper hand in the head-to-head matches and are clear favourites to win this series.

Pitch and Weather Report –

Pitch is favourable for batting and is best suited for pacers. Weather would be partly cloudy with temperatures at 17-18 ° C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

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

Top 2 Wicketkeeper picks

 1) Liton Das – The right-handed batsman is a compact player who has good defensive technique and flair in his stroke play. He delivered a great performance in the last Test match.

Matches – 44

Runs – 1180

Average – 28.78

2) Brendan Taylor – The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman is statistically one of the finest players that Zimbabwe has ever produced and has great experience in this format. He is an obvious choice for the next match in this category.

Matches – 199

Runs – 6530

Average – 35.68

Top 3 Batsman Picks

 1) Tamim Iqbal – The left-handed batsman is a vital component at the top of the order for his team. The hard-hitter batsman’s elegance and style through the off-side shows his strong side. He is one of the most experienced players from his team.

Matches – 216

Runs – 7534

Average – 36.75

2) Mohammad Mithun – The right-handed batsman prefers to play the long innings with skill and grace as he destroys the opponent’s bowling lineup. He’ll be a wise choice for the next match.

Matches – 31

Runs – 663

Average – 28.82

3) Milton Shumba – The left-handed batsman showed a lot of grit in the last Test match. He is in good form and will be expected to play great innings in the next match.

List A record

Matches – 9

Runs – 266

Average – 33.25

Top 3 Bowler Picks

 1) Donald Tiripano – The right-arm fast medium seam bowler can swing and seam the ball in seamer-friendly conditions. His accuracy in this format is his greatest asset. He took 2 wickets in the Test match against Bangladesh.

Matches – 35

Wickets – 33

Economy – 5.73

2) Taijul Islam – The slow left-arm orthodox bowler is a skillful player with great bowling attack. He will prove to be deadly for his opponent in the next match.

Matches – 9

Wickets – 12

Economy – 3.96

3) Blessing Muzarabani – The right-arm fast medium bowler is an excellent player from his team. He delivered a phenomenal bowling performance in the Test match by taking 4 crucial wickets.

Matches – 21

Wickets – 25

Economy – 5.50

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

 1) Mehidy Hasan – The right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler has a unique style of bowling that baffles even the most experienced batsman. He has emerged as a bright young star player from his team and will prove to be an asset in the next match.

Matches – 50

Runs – 394

Average – 15.15

Wickets – 54

Economy – 4.42

2) Dion Myers – The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler played decent innings in the last Test match. He is a skillful player and will be beneficial for his team in the next match.

List A

Matches – 7

Runs – 226

Average – 32.28

Wickets – 4

Economy – 5.15


3) Mahmudullah – The right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler who bowls tidy offspin and bats in the middle order. He is an experienced player in this format and his stat record suggest that he will deliver a great performance in this series.

Matches – 197

Runs – 4410

Average – 35

Wickets – 76

Economy – 47.01

Predicted Playing 11

 Zimbabwe – Milton Shumba, Timycen Maruma, Brendan Taylor, Dion Myers, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Tendai Chisoro, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal, Naeem Sheikh, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Mahmudullah


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Poll Winning Percentage

Zimbabwe – 43%

Bangladesh – 57%