After the one-off Test, the two teams now move into the limited-overs games. The first of the 3-match ODI series will be played between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on July 16 at Harare Sports Club, Harare.
Zimbabwe were dominated for most parts of the Test apart from the first two sessions. They will now look to answer back in the white-ball format. There are World Cup Super League points up for the taking and Zimbabwe need to be in tip-top shape to get them from this match-up. The last time they played an ODI was almost eight months ago.
The last 3 and half months have been incredibly hard physically , emotionally and mentally but being back with the boys have taken all that pain away.#alhamdulilah for this and Allah has been very kind and you all have been also with so many prayers.
— Sikandar Raza (@SRazaB24) July 15, 2021
It was against Pakistan which ended up going to the Super Over. They managed to sneak in a victory courtesy Blessing Muzarabani‘s heroics. Zimbabwe will be hoping he comes good once again. As for the batting, a lot rests on the shoulder of Brendan Taylor. He played stellar knocks of 81 and 92 in the recently concluded Test against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have a strong well-rounded squad. They will be bolstered by the return of ace opener Tamim Iqbal. That will boost the top order after they failed in the Test match. Mahmudullah, who scored a brilliant 150 a few days ago, will look to continue his fine form. Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddak Hossain and Asif Hossain had some good batting practice in the practice match held on July 14.
Mushfiqur Rahim flew back home on grounds of personal ground so his presence in the middle-order will be missed. In unfortunate news for the Tigers, lead bowler Mustafizur Rahman injured himself in his first over and he was taken off the field. His participation is therefore under question but there have been no official confirmations as of yet.
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 1st ODI – Match Details
Match: Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, First ODI
Date and Time: 16th July 2021, 1:00 pm IST (9:30 am local time)
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
The track at Harare should offer bounce and assistance for the quick bowlers. It should gradually help the spinners once the sun comes out. Since it’s a day game, there will be no trouble for the batsmen chasing. Early overs might see some movement in the air.
Predicted Playing XI
Zimbabwe: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Marumani Tadiwanashe, Wesley Madhevere, Brendan Taylor (c), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (c), Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam/Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2021: 1st ODI – Dream11 Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion 1: Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Tamim Iqbal, Regis Chakabva, Mossadek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, Taskin Ahmed, Tendai Chatara.
Captain: Shakib Al Hasan | Vice-captain: Tamim Iqbal
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Brendan Taylor, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Regis Chakabva, Milton Shumba, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Captain: Brendan Taylor | Vice-captain: Tamim Iqbal