Zimbabwe will face off against Bangladesh in the only Test match of Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe. This will be a one-off game to determine who the better side is. Though there is only one winner on paper, it could be a hard-fought contest between the two sides. At the end of the day, both teams will want to play good cricket and see how things go.
Zimbabwe will host Bangladesh for the first time in eight years as the Asian outfit plays a Test match followed by a three-match ODI series and as many T20Is. When the sides met last year, Zimbabwe lost. However, this time around, the Zimbabwean team has four new faces and that means new opportunity. They will want to play some good live cricket and produce a positive result.
Zimbabwe get into this series after a 2-0 loss against Pakistan. Both were them were innings defeats. Zimbabwe last won a Test match in March when their bowlers powered to a 10-wicket victory against Afghanistan.
Zimbabwe Test squad: Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Tanaka Chivanga, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams (C), Joylord Gumbie, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Dion Myers.
The Bangladeshi team played a practice match against Zimbabwe Select XI. They ended up scoring 313/2, with Shakib Al-Hasan scoring 74 off 56 balls. Zimbabwe’s Select XI were bowled out for 202. They come off an ODI series win against the Sri Lankans. However, the last match they played, against Lanka, the opponents put up a mighty 493-run first innings total, pushing Bangladesh to a 209-run loss.
Bangladesh Test squad: Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have faced each other 17 times in The Zimbabweans have won 7 matches and the Bangla Tigers have emerged victorious on 7 occasions. Three matches have ended in draws.
It’s a one-match Test series and that means the teams will give everything they have to win the game and the series. On paper and considering momentum, Bangladesh is a much more stronger side, especially after their exploits in the practice game. However, the Zimbabwean team is expected to get new faces, which could create their shot at a win. Bangladesh should win this Test match.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 1:00 PM IST
Harare Sports Club, Harare