Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh, Match Preview
The Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh Test is likely to be one of the last low-profile Tests before starting the next World Test Championship Cycle. Zimbabwe is not a part of the World Test Championship but can provide tough competition to other sides. Veterans like Craig Ervine and Sean Williams were in line for comebacks but are now in isolation and doubtful.
In case the pair is unavailable, Brendan Taylor will lead Zimbabwe. Tendai Chatara returns to the squad, and Blessing Muzarabani has established himself as the attack leader. Zimbabwe lost both Tests to Pakistan and has a lot of considerations within their team.
Bangladesh welcome back Shakib Al Hasan, who has been out of the squad due to an injury. His inclusion brings excellent balance as he is an aggressive batter and handy left-arm spinner. Bangladesh has also been receiving some beautiful performances and has a lot of ground to cover. Mominul Haque has only won one out of eight Tests as skipper and will be going in for the Test without Tamim Iqbal.
He has a young side with him, and some players can contribute, providing balance with the seniors.
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh, Team News
Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are in isolation after coming in contact with family members who tested Covid positive. In their place, Zimbabwe will have to field some newcomers as Taylor leads. The bowling looks a little stronger with Chatara coming back.
For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is back, but Tamim Iqbal is out. They haven’t fielded their full-strength team in a while, and the wait is going to continue. Mushfiqur Rahim was a doubtful starter with an elbow injury but looks fit and may play the Test. The bowling attack looks good, with Taskin Ahmed likely to lead the pace attack. The replacement for Tamim Iqbal is still uncertain, but Bangladesh has some handy options with youngsters on the side.
Zimbabwe Vs, Bangladesh, Predicted XIs
Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Kevin Kasuza, 2 Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Brendan Taylor (capt), 5 Milton Shumba, 6 Joylord Gumbie/Dion Myers, 7 Donald Tiripano, 8 Roy Kaia, 9 Richard Ngarava, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Blessing Muzarabani
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Saif Hassan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim, 7 Liton Das (wk), 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Shoriful Islam
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh, Players to Watch out for
After a while, Brendan Taylor will lead the Zimbabwe Cricket team and face one of his favorite opponents. Brendan Taylor has five Test centuries against Bangladesh and is a vital member of the side. His experience will also play a crucial role, as Zimbabwe looks to shake their bad form from the Pakistan Tests.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mehidy Hasan Miraz has been rising rapidly as a spin bowler. He is known for his defensive bowling, but the style has helped him pick up wickets at home. He is a dangerous bowler and can be handy overseas with his restrictive bowling. With pacers likely to play a role, Hasan could look to tie up one end and use the pitch to spin the ball as the Test goes on.
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh, Pitch Report
The Harare Sports Club generally churns out slow and dry surfaces. The pitch will undoubtedly take a turn as the game progresses, and conditions could be similar to what Bangladesh may face at home. Batting first will be the better option as the pitch will get tougher to bat on as it wears out. The weather is clear for the Test with no chance of rain.