Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI Match Prediction2020-03-07
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
After losing the second ODI by a whisker, can Zimbabwe save themselves from the clean sweep?
Bangladesh to Win!
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Zimbabwe missed injured Craig Ervine badly in the second ODI as they came within four runs, but could not translate it into a win. It was the first time during their tour, Zimbabwe had threatened the hosts. Kamunhukamwe, Madhevere, Sikandar Raza and Tiripano gave a solid contribution with the bat to impend Bangladesh for the first time. Bangladesh coach McKenzie’s wise words worked wonders for Tamim Iqbal as he smashed record 158-runs.
For Bangladesh, Iqbal is the first player to reach the milestones of 5000 runs (October 2016), 6000 (January 2018) and 7000 runs (March 2020). Though Bangladesh already sealed the series and 2-0 up after the thrilling second ODI game, the excitement level has increase multifold and it would be quite interesting to see if Bangladesh can clean sweep the ODI series.
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Tamim Iqbal’s record 158 runs in the second ODI was crucial both for him and for his team as the hosts faced unexpected challenges from Zimbabwe batsmen, as they took the match till the last ball of the match. Batting first, Bangladesh put up another 300 plus score. Mushfiqur Rahim (55 runs), Mahmudullah (41 runs) gave good support in the middle while Mohammad Mithun played sparkling innings of 32 (not out) off just 18 balls which included 3 fours and a six. In defense, their bowlers did not look as comfortable as they were in the first ODI.
Though Taijul Islam did well for his 3 wickets for 52 runs in 10 overs, Shafiul Islam gave away 76 runs in his 9 overs. Al-Amin Hossain conceded 85 in his 10 overs, but he, fortunately, saved the match in the last over when 20 runs were needed, and Tiripano already hit two sixes off his third and fourth balls. Their bowling unit must be a little more focused and clinical in the third ODI.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the top scorer for Bangladesh (475 runs in the last 10 innings, average 59.37) followed by Tamim Iqbal (379 runs in the last 10 ODI innings). Mustafizur Rahman leads the bowling attack with 21 wickets in the last 8 matches while Mohammad Saifuddin has taken 10 wickets in the last 5 matches.
Key Player: Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal
Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza
After losses in the Test match and first ODI game, Zimbabwe did really well in the second ODI, especially with the bat. Bowling first, they once again conceded more than 300 runs in fifty overs, however, Kamunhukamwe’s conscious half-century at the top and 81-runs partnership between Sikandar Raza (66 runs) and Madhevere (52 runs) kept them in the game.
While Mutumbami (19 runs) and Mutombodzi (34 runs) also supported the run-chase and played their part, Tiripano’s onslaught of 28-balls 55 almost took the game away from the hosts. He smashed 5 sixes, two of which came in the last over. Another shot from him would have sealed the result in favor of the visitors, and it would have been a deserving win for them. Now already 0-2 down, they would play without any pressure expecting to cross the finishing line this time.
Sean Williams is the top run-scorer for Zimbabwe (322 runs in the last 9 games) followed by Craig Ervine (395 runs in the last 9 games). Sean Williams also leads the bowling department with 11 wickets in the last 9 ODIs while Donald Tiripano has taken 9 wickets in the last 8 matches.
Key Players: Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Wesley Madhevere
TS Kamunhukamwe, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva, Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams, Carl Mumba
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On the match day, the weather at Sylhet is expected to be moderate or heavy rain shower, with daytime temperature can reach 32°c while nighttime minimum temperature will be around 18°c. Precipitation of 2.0 mm is expected, and cloud covering 48% of the sky, the humidity will be around 56%.
The venue for all three matches is the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 13000 people. It is the same venue is the first and second ODI, in which Bangladesh scored 300 plus scores on both the occasions.
The pitch at the Sylhet is good for the batsmen and the spinners. The highest score recorded here is 322, while the average score batting first is 280. It is recommended to bat first after winning the toss.
Zimbabwe has never defeated Bangladesh since May 2013. In the recent 15 ODIs, Bangladesh has a winning ratio of 100%. Though in the second ODI, the visitors came pretty close to winning the game, overall performances of players from both the teams lead the prediction in favor of the hosts.
We predict that Bangladesh will defeat Zimbabwe and clean sweep the ODI series.
Bangladesh to Win!
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