Bangladesh v Zimbabwe preview: 1st T20 Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:

Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh has been a disaster on the field, they lost their one and only Test match as well as being hammered in the three-game ODI series.

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Bangladesh v Zimbabwe Preview: 1st T20 Predictions & Betting Tips

Monday, March 9 – 12:00 GMT – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Bangladesh secured a 3-0 whitewash win over Zimbabwe in their final One Day International clash affected by the rain in Sylhet.

Zimbabwe, who went into this game without a single victory over Bangladesh on this tour, won the toss and elected to bat – not their best idea to be honest.

Openers Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal took the game to the tourists as they put on a partnership of 292 for the first wicket as they reached 322 for the loss of three wickets of 43 overs.

Das was in fine form as he hit 176 from 143 balls, hitting 16 fours and eight sixes as the Zimbabwe bowlers struggled to find a breakthrough, he was the first wicket to fall as he was caught by Sikandar Raza off the bowling of Carl Mumba.

Iqbal, who hit 158 in the second ODI win, hit another century as he carried his bat with 128 from 109 deliveries with seven fours and six maximums.

Bangladesh lost two more wickets before the end of their reduced innings with Mahmudullah making three and Afif Hossain just managing seven off four balls.

Zimbabwe got their seven overs back during their innings, but they had a revised target of 342 to chase.

Zimbabwe’s reply got off to a poor start when opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was caught behind by Das off the bowling of Mashrafe Mortaza for just four, but solid performances from Regis Chakabva (34), skipper Sean Williams (30) and Wesley Madhevere (42) helped steady the ship – but it was never going to be enough.

Sikandar Raza (61 off 50 balls) took up the fight, marking his 100th ODI with a 40-ball fifty only to depart shortly afterwards – the first of two wickets to fall in as many balls as Mohammad Saifuddin (4-41) wrapped matters up in emphatic fashion. The tourists were skittled for 218 off 37.3 overs to give Bangladesh a 123-run victory.

Bangladesh are full of confidence, while Zimbabwe don’t look like they can even buy a win. I’m going for the hosts to once again claim victory in their opening Twenty20 clash. Iqbal has been a joy to watch during the ODI series, so I’m going for him to be Bangladesh;s top scorer in this one as well.