Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20 Match Prediction2020-03-12
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Already 1-0 up, Bangladesh eye to clean sweep the T20I series in the final encounter with Zimbabwe!
Bangladesh will defeat Zimbabwe!
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Having lost the Test and the ODI series, this is the last chance for Zimbabwe to win a match and save the T20I series. The hosts already white-washed the ODI series (3-0) and except the second ODI match, Zimbabwe never came close to putting up a fight, let alone winning a game during their tour so far. In the second match of the ODI series, while chasing 322, half-centuries from Kamunhukamwe, Madhevere, Raza and Tiripano powered them to come within four runs of winning the match.
The first ODI, however, once again turned out to be a one-sided affair. Asking Soumya Sarkar to bat at number 3 worked for the team and the management as he added a fifty-plus score; Liton Das too smashed his half-century. Bangladesh is now just one win away from sweeping the T20I series.
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Bangladesh outclassed Zimbabwe once again as they defeated the visitors by 48 runs in the first ODI. They were asked to bat first, and the openers added 92 runs for the first wicket. Iqbal (41 runs), and Liton Das (62 off 32) set the platform for Soumya Sarkar, who scored 32-balls 62, which included 4 boundaries and 5 sixes. Mushfiqur Rahim (17 off 8 balls, two sixes) and Mahmudullah (14 off 9 balls, one four) too added a few quick runs to take Bangladesh to 200. In a collective bowling display, Mustafizur Rahman (3-for-32) and Aminul Islam (3-for-34) destabilized the opponents, while tight spells from Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Saifuddin, both taking 1 wicket each giving just 38 in their 6 overs
Mohammad Naim is the top scorer for Bangladesh (186 runs in his last 5 innings, average 59.37) followed by Tamim Iqbal (145 runs in the last 3 T20I innings). Shafiul Islam leads the bowling attack with 9 wickets in the last 7 matches while Aminul Islam grabbed 8 wickets in the last 6 T20Is.
Key Player: Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim
Hasan Mahmud, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim
In this tour, the only game Zimbabwe played well and came close to winning it was the second ODI match. After conceding the ODI series 0-3, the first T20 game was turned out to be a one-sided affair once again. Winning the toss and opting to bowl-first did not do any good to them, as the bowlers failed to remove the openers in the first 10 overs, giving away runs at the rate of 9 per over. The last 10 overs were equally ineffective, as they gave away 100 plus runs, eventually, they got the target of 201. Sikandar Raza (1-for 31 in 4 overs), Madhevere (1-for 15 in 2 overs) and Williams (4 overs 31 for 0) conceded runs at less than 8 an over, but Tiripano (Econ 9.75), Mumba (Econ 12.00) and Mpofu (Econ 14.50) were too expensive for the team.
The chase was timid, as the visitors lost Taylor in the second over while Ervine was gone before the end of the power-play. Williams and Mutumbami could not cross 20, while Mumba's 25 was the highest individual score from Zimbabwe's side. Eventually, they got out for 152 in 19 overs, to lose yet another match of their tour. One last T20I match is all they have now. It would be interesting to see how they play it and if they can win it.
Sean Williams is the top run-scorer for Zimbabwe (150 runs in the last 5 T20Is) followed by Richmond Mutumbami (82 runs in the last 5 games). Sean Williams also leads the bowling department with 6 wickets in the last 5 matches.
Key Players: Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Wesley Madhevere
TS Kamunhukamwe, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Richmond Mutumbami, Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Chris Mpofu, Charlton Tshuma, CT Mutombodzi, Sikandar Raza, Carl Mumba
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||2.02 k/h||From: E||0%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||1.6 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|06h||31||0 mm.||2 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|09h||33||0 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||28||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||0.92 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||2.44 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||1.01 k/h||From: ESE||46%|
On the match day, the weather at Mirpur is predicted to be partly cloudy, with daytime temperature can reach 34°c while nighttime minimum temperature will be around 21°c. It will be dry with no precipitation, and cloud covering just 5% of the sky, the humidity will be around 30%.
The venue for the match is Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. It has probably the best drainage facility in the subcontinent. The ground was originally built for football and athletics and was hence it's rectangular.
The pitch at the Mirpur is good for batting throughout. In 43 T20Is played here, the teams batting first have won on 22 occasions, while 21 times the teams batting second have won. The highest score recorded here is 211, while the average score batting first is 153. The highest total chased is 194.
It is recommended to bat first after winning the toss.
Zimbabwe leveled the T20I series (2-2), last time they visited Bangladesh and played the bilateral series. In the recent 15 encounters between the two sides, Bangladesh won 67% of matches, while in Bangladesh, the ration climbs up to 77%. Bangladesh has not lost a match against Zimbabwe on this tour yet.
The statistics are clearly in favor of the hosts.
Bangladesh will defeat Zimbabwe!
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