Zimbabwe have lost their last seven Test series.
They last won a Test match against Pakistan in 2013 at Harare. The last Test that they played was against South Africa in which they lost by an innings and 120 runs.
Left-arm pacer Richard Ngarava who was touted as the next big thing in Zimbabwe cricket has been ruled out of the series due to a groin injury. Christopher Mpofu has replaced him in the squad.
The mainstays of the Zimbabwe batting lineup would be skipper Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza. Raza would also be handy with the ball along with Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano and Wellington Masakadza.
Bangladesh lost 0-2 against Windies in the last series. However, they have won all of their last four Tests against Zimbabwe. Shakib Al Hasan and Tameem Iqbal have not yet recovered from their injuries and are taking time out for rehab.
In their absence, Liton Das and Imrul Kayes will open the batting while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah would form the middle order. Mustafizur Rahman is back in the side after a long time and will be Bangladesh's strike bowler along with Mehidy Hasan.
Bangladesh- Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Mehidy Hasan, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam
Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza (c), Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wk), Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza
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), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
Most Fours – Liton Das (Bangladesh), Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 1 –
Bangladesh 250+ for 4, Zimbabwe 180+ for 5
*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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