Live Cricket Score – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, tri-series, Dhaka Live Stream CricBuzz Live
TRI-SERIES IN BANGLADESH 2018
Bangladesh have posted two bonus point wins so far in two matches.
Toss: Bangladesh win the toss and opt to bat.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(w), Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer(c), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani
Two matches. Two bonus-point wins – Bangladesh have by far looked the best side in the ongoing tri-series. Their performances have ensured they’ve set one foot on the final and the hosts will look to seal that when they take on Zimbabwe in the fifth match of the series.
Even though Zimbabwe were brushed aside in the first match of the series – by Bangladesh by eight wickets – the hosts will know the visitors have improved since that game and the second bout will throw up more challenges. Having said that, Mashrafe Mortaza and his band of boys have been clinical and will be more than confident of toppling any challenge that comes their way.
Shakib Al Hasan being promoted to No. 3 in the batting order seems a well thought out move, giving their best player enough chances to create an impact in the game. Bangladesh have almost immediately benefited from the move as Shakib has struck 37 and 67 in the two matches apart from picking up six wickets.
In the first game, Zimbabwe could manage just 170 but they came up with a much-improved performance in the next game, scoring 290 against Sri Lanka. The fragility of their batting came back to haunt them as they were knocked over for 198 in their third game. With the loss, they also missed a chance to knock Sri Lanka out of the contention to reach the final.
Zimbabwe now won’t want to leave too late, or their fate, hanging on other results. If they win the contest against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will have to win and win by a big margin against Bangladesh in the final game of the series to reach the final. For that, Zimbabwe need their batsmen to stand up.
The onus will be on Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza but it’s equally crucial that the other batsmen find a way to bat around them. A score on the board will give the bowlers the much-needed cushion they need but with Bangladesh in top form, they’ll at least 30-40 more runs from the par score.
Bangladesh have found the perfect rhythm ahead of the final and it won’t be easy for Zimbabwe to stop them. However, the last thing you want to do in cricket is predict a result.