Zimbabwe will begin their month-long tour of Bangladesh with a one-off test match which is scheduled to be played from February 22. The match will be hosted by the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Live telecast will begin at 9:30 AM local time each day.
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Neither team would want to bat fourth on this pitch, and since the last five test matches played at this venue have all been won by the side batting first, the toss-winning team is highly likely to bat first.
The weather forecast looks pretty good for most part of the game except for the fourth day - there is a slight chance of rain on Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius during the playing hours each day.
The pitch at the Shere Bangla generally remains good for batting for the first two to three days. The surface starts to deteriorate thereafter and offers more grip and turn to the spinners. 343 is the average first-innings score here in tests.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, Test 2020.
Bangladesh Team News & Playing 11
BAN Team News
Mominul Haque will lead Bangladesh's 16-man squad for this upcoming series against Zimbabwe. Mushfiqur Rahim, who did not travel to Pakistan due to security concerns, has returned for the home fixtures. All-rounder Mahmudullah, meanwhile, has been dropped from the test set-up with the national selectors asking him to focus primarily on white-ball cricket. The home team will also be without Soumya Sarkar who won't be available due to his marriage. Fast bowler Al Amin Hossain too has been sidelined for this game as he is currently recuperating from his back niggle.
BAN Key Players
Tamim Iqbal: The opener is Bangladesh's most successful batsman in test cricket and is also the second-highest run-getter at the Shere Bangla in this format - 1125 runs which includes two hundreds and eight fifties. Tamim recently smashed an unbeaten triple ton in a first-class game.
Mushfiqur Rahim: He has been one of the most consistent performers with the bat for Bangladesh across formats. Rahim scored an impressive 140 last week while playing for the North Zone in a domestic-level match.
Mehidy Hasan: The off-spinner should enjoy bowling in these spin-friendly conditions. He is coming off a four-wicket haul in a recent game at the Bangladesh Cricket League and has five fifers in addition to a couple of ten-wicket hauls to his name at this ground.
BAN Recent Form
Bangladesh have not been performing too well of late in the game's longest format. They have suffered defeats in each of their previous six matches and five of those have been innings defeats which shows how much they have been struggling. Their last test win dates back to December 2018 against the West Indies at this very ground where they won by an innings and 184 runs. Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by an innings and 44 runs in their most recent test encounter earlier in the month at Rawalpindi.
Bangladesh Predicted Playing 11
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain
Zimbabwe Team News & Playing 11
ZIM Team News
Zimbabwe have arrived in Dhaka with a 15-man squad for this one-off test match. The visitors will miss the services of their in-form skipper Sean Williams who has opted out of this game to be with his family for the birth of his child. Craig Ervine will be in charge of the team in the absence of Williams. Zimbabwe will also have to make do without two of their veteran seamers in Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis who are yet to recover from their respective injuries. The experienced Christopher Mpofu has been added to the squad to compensate for this loss of firepower in the pace department.
ZIM Key Players
Brendan Taylor: He is a key figure at the top of the Zimbabwean batting line-up. Taylor struck half-centuries in both the innings of the second test against Sri Lanka and he even has a couple of test hundreds at the Shere Bangla.
Craig Ervine: The captain scored an impressive 85 in the first test against Sri Lanka and he will look to lead from the front again. The left-handed batsman has hit two centuries and four fifties for his country in the longest format.
Sikandar Raza: His ability to make healthy contributions with both bat and ball makes him a valuable player for Zimbabwe. He is coming off a very good home series against Sri Lanka where he scored 164 runs and picked 11 wickets in the two matches.
ZIM Recent Form
Zimbabwe have always struggled to win matches in this format and they have not won a test series since 2012. They have lost 13 and managed to win just once in their last 16 matches. Zimbabwe's latest test assignment came last month at home - a two-match series against Sri Lanka which they lost 0-1. After facing a heavy ten-wicket loss in the first game, they showed better composure and resilience with the bat in the second test to force a draw.
Zimbabwe Predicted Playing 11
Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Craig Ervine (c), Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Timycen Maruma/Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Victor Nyauchi
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Team Form in Last Five Matches
BAN : L L L L L
ZIM : D L L W L
BAN vs ZIM Head to Head
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have played 16 test matches against each other with the former winning 6 of them and the latter 7. Three of these encounters have produced stalemates.
Bangladesh have won five of their last six matches against Zimbabwe in the longest format.
Bangladesh have beaten Zimbabwe on both occasions at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. They won by three wickets in 2014 and most recently in November 2018 by 218 runs.
BAN vs ZIM Head to Head Stats
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Betting Odds
Bangladesh begin as overwhelming favorites to win this test match at 1.25 with Betway, 1.28 with Bet365 and 1.27 with 10CRIC. Zimbabwe are huge underdogs among the bookmakers and they have been priced at 7 on 10CRIC and 6.50 on Betway and Bet365. The odds for this match to end in a draw are 7.50 with Betway, 8 with Bet365 and 7 with 10CRIC.
BAN Bet365 Odds
BAN to win the match: Bangladesh are 1.28 favorites with Bet365 to beat Zimbabwe in this match.
BAN batsman to score a fifty: Tamim Iqbal is 1.72 while Mominul Haque is 1.90 with Bet365 to make a 50+ score in this one-off test match.
ZIM Bet365 Odds
ZIM to win the match: Zimbabwe are being offered at odds of 6.50 with Bet365 to win this match.
ZIM batsman to score a fifty: Craig Ervine is 2.20 with Bet365 to smash a fifty against Bangladesh in this match while Brendan Taylor is 2.
BAN Betway Odds
BAN to win the match: Bangladesh are 1.25 with Betway to win this test match.
BAN 1st innings top batsman: Tamim Iqbal is 4 with Betway to score the most runs for Bangladesh in the first innings. Mushfiqur Rahim is 4.50 while skipper Mominul Haque is 4.75.
BAN 1st innings top bowler: Spinner Mehidy Hasan is 2.87 with Betway to bag the best bowling figures for the home team in the first innings of this match. Taijul Islam and Abu Jayed are 3 and 3.60 respectively.
ZIM Betway Odds
ZIM to win the match: Zimbabwe are 6.50 with Betway to win this test match against Bangladesh.
ZIM 1st innings top batsman: Brendan Taylor is 4 with Betway to score the most runs for Zimbabwe in the first innings. Craig Ervine is 4.75 while Sikandar Raza is up at 5.
ZIM 1st innings top bowler: Sikandar Raza is 3.25 with Betway to finish with the best bowling figures for the visitors in the first innings of this match. Donald Tiripano is 4 while Victor Nyauchi has been priced at 4.33.
BAN 10CRIC Odds
BAN to win the match: Bangladesh have been priced at 1.27 with 10CRIC to win this test match.
BAN highest opening partnership: Bangladesh are 1.57 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
ZIM 10CRIC Odds
ZIM to win the match: Zimbabwe are underdogs at odds of 7 with 10CRIC to beat Bangladesh in this match.
ZIM highest opening partnership: Zimbabwe are 2.40 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Prediction
The Shere Bangla has produced only one draw in the nine test matches it has hosted since 2014. And with the weather expected to remain good for the majority of the game, placing a bet on this match to end in a draw seems a risky option.
Zimbabwe are coming off a home series loss against Sri Lanka but having put up a good fight especially in the last match would have surely raised their confidence levels. They, however, will have to be on top of their game each day in order to put pressure on the home team. Bangladesh have the advantage of playing in their own backyard and they have won four of their last five tests at this ground. The Mominul Haque-led side look superior in all departments of the game and we expect them to bag a comfortable win in Dhaka.
Back Bangladesh to beat Zimbabwe at 1.25 with Betway, 1.28 with Bet365 and 1.27 with 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for this test match has seven players from Bangladesh and four players from Zimbabwe.
Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Kevin Kasuza and Regis Chakabva have all been priced at 8.5 credits but we have chosen Liton Das as the wicketkeeper in our team due to his good keeping skills and decent form with the bat.
Tamim Iqbal is an attacking top-order batsman and we recommend picking him at 10 credits. Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque is available for 9 credits while Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor are both at 9.5 credits.
Sikandar Raza and Mehidy Hasan have been priced at 10 and 9 credits respectively on Dream11. They are capable of producing match-winning performances with both bat and ball which is why we suggest including them under the all-rounders category.
Taijul Islam will be one of the players to watch out for with the ball and he should be picked in the team at 9 credits. We have also included Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed and Donald Tiripano, all of whom are available for 8.5 credits.
We have picked Liton Das as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Sikandar Raza as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.