Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

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Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction


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THE FACTS

When is Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe on and what time does it start? Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe will take place on Friday 3rd May, 2024 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe taking place? Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe will take place at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

THE LOWDOWN

BANGLADESH

The expectation is that Shakib Al Hasan will make his return to the Bangladesh side and feature later on in this series, but the experienced all-rounder has not been named in the squad for this match and the following two games. This is also the case with bowler Mustafizur Rahman whilst on the flip-side, Mohammad Saifuddin could make a first Tigers appearance for the first time since October 2022. Opener Tanzid Hasan has been awarded a first call-up to the national squad.

ZIMBABWE

African Games gold-medalist and all-rounder Johnathan Campbell has been brought into the squad, as have Tadiwanashe Marumani and Faraz Akram. The young players within this Zimbabwe squad are complemented by plenty of experienced names such as Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and captain Sikandar Raza. The latter especially, is absolutely pivotal to the success of this team with both bat and ball.

THE PREDICTION

Although they failed to qualify for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, this serves as an important series for Zimbabwe as they begin a rebuild of some sorts moving forward. For Bangladesh, it’ll be about gaining team chemistry along with looking for the right formula and starting line-up to take with them into the tournament. Home conditions should immediately give Bangladesh an advantage heading into this series and makes backing them to win this first game well worth considering.

TIP: BANGLADESH TO WIN