Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Bangladesh Tri-Series - Bangladesh v Zimbabwe 1st T20I

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim
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The 1st T20I of the Bangladesh T20I tri-series will be played between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza has publicly expressed his gratitude to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for giving them an opportunity to be part of top level cricket despite Zimbabwe's suspension by the ICC. Along with that, Masakadza has also announced his retirement after this series.

Although, all in all, Zimbabwe have been going through terrible form and have lost 12 out of their last 14 T20Is including losses against South Africa, Netherlands and Ireland, they have been good against Bangladesh for some reason and have won both of the last two T20Is against the Tigers.

Bangladesh would have been jolted by their defeat in the one-off Test against Afghanistan. That said, white-ball cricket is a totally different ball game and Bangladesh have been decent in it, barring the series loss against Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe will miss the services of Sikandar Raza who has been suspended for indiscipline and his future seems questionable. In his absence, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine will be the leading batsmen for the team. Tendai Chatara and Williams will be key with the ball.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim will be Bangladesh's main men with the bat while Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan will lead their bowling attack.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Bangladesh- Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ryan Burl, Kyle Jarvis, Richmond Mutumbami, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chatara, Neville Madziva

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Zimbabwe

Who will win? – Bangladesh

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –  Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh), Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)

Most Sixes –  Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh),  Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)

Man of the Match –  Shakib Al Hasan 

Team Scores Batting first –  Bangladesh 160+, Zimbabwe 130+

Match Handicap Bangladesh

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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