Bangladesh suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the solo test match played in Chattogram, Bangladesh. To make matters worse for Bangladesh, Zimbabwe has won 3 out of last 5 matches in the T20I area which they played against the Bangla tigers and this includes the two most recently played ones. But Bangladesh has a good record against all oppositions at the Shere Bangla stadium, especially in the T20I format. They have won 4 out of the 7 matches they played here. The Shere Bangla stadium has offered pitches that are batting-friendly during the recent past and 170 runs were scored here on 5 out of last 6 innings. The average first innings total at the ground in a T20I international is 150 runs. Spinners are more likely to fare well at the venue than compared to the faster bowlers.
Bangladesh team preparations
Bangladesh has picked a 13 member team for the first 2 games of the T20I series. They will be extremely happy to get back their main fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman. He was rested for the recently completed one-off test match against Afghanistan. Selectors have included another new fast bowler Yasin Arafat in the team but he is unlikely to be in the playing eleven immediately. All-rounder Afif Hossain and spinner Mehidy Hasan have been recalled to the T20I team and they have decided to leave out Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Rubel Hossain. These two played against the Caribbeans last year but have been left out this time around. Shakib Al Hasan remains the key player for Bangladesh as the Bangla skipper is one of the best all-rounders in the world. He is also one of the leading wicket-takers at this venue. Along with Shakib, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim remain the key players for Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe team preparations
Zimbabwe has brought in a 15 member squad for this series. The team will be led by Hamilton Masakadza and he is going to retire from all international cricket after the completion of the tri-series. However, the team is playing without their key all-rounder Sikandar Raza who has been omitted due to disciplinary reasons. They have picked some fresh faces as well in form of Ainsley Ndlovu and Tony Munyonga who will make their T20I debuts. Neville Madziva and Tinotenda Mutombodzi are the other key members of the team which comes with some experienced campaigners such as Sean Williams, Craig Irvine, and Brendon Taylor. But Zimbabwe is struggling badly especially in the shortest format of the game. They have lost 12 out of the last 14 T20I matches. They even lost to the Netherlands in Rotterdam before putting up a slightly better show against Ireland.
The Zimbabwe cricket is in terrible shape at the moment going through a horrible phase and it will be tough for the players to concentrate on the game amid all the turmoil. But they will take heart from the fact that they have beaten Bangladesh on the last three occasions these two teams met. Bangladesh will be slightly on the lower ebb at the moment after that loss against Afghanistan but they will be looking to put it behind them quickly. Bangladesh appears to be a stronger team and it is difficult to imagine Zimbabwe beating them in their current state on their home soil.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Timing: Friday, September 13, 2019, 6 PM IST, 12.30 PM GMT.
TV: Star Sports.
Live Streaming: Hotstar.