Day one of the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe started with a lot of uncertainty for the visitors. After losing the ODI series and not knowing where exactly they stand at the start, skipper Hamilton Masakadza's fifty at the top was reassuring.
After the team lost a couple of quick wickets in the form of Brian Chari and Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams came in to the picture. Williams has been Zimbabwe's best batsman along with Brendan Taylor for a long time now.
In the ODI series as well, he had one century and one half-century against his name. Williams carried his white-ball form into this Test match as well. However, a moment of complacency cost him his wicket. He was dismissed by Mahmudullah, a bowler who was least expected to give Bangladesh a breakthrough.
Despite his dismissal, two set batsmen in Peter Moor and Regis Chakabva are still at the crease. They have also survived the second new ball. If Zimbabwe can extend their total to 350 or close to 400, it would be very tough for Bangladesh to come back into the match.
Although the pitch is a good one for batting, it does not allow for free shot-making. If the bowlers can stick to their line and lengths, scoring runs can be quite a tough task. Mehndi Hasan who did not prove quite effective on day one is expected to come to his own in the following days.
Let's have a look at the playing XI of both teams.
Bangladesh- Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nazmul Islam, Abu Jayed
Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza, Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai, Chatara
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Bangladesh
Head to Head – Tests 14, Bangladesh 5, Zimbabwe 6, Draw 3
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh), Peter Moor (Zimbabwe)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
Most Fours – Liton Das (Bangladesh), Peter Moor (Zimbabwe)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 2 – Zimbabwe 380+ all out, Bangladesh 150+ for 3
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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