3.03.2020, 12:00 IST
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Chittagong)
First ODI Match Analysis and TakeawaysWinning the toss and picking up the bat, Bangladesh got off to a decent start before losing a perhaps overly-cautious Tamim Iqbal at 60. Liton Das stood out above the rest with a fantastic 126 off 105 before retiring hurt. Although they lost wickets at relatively regular intervals, the runs continued to pile up as everyone contributed bits and pieces, with the other highlight a nice half-century by Mohammad Mithun. Bangladesh ultimately set the visitors a target of 322. For Zimbabwe, while every bowler except Sikandar Raza struck, they were pretty average with the exception of Chris Mpofu with 2 wickets, with Donald Tiripano suffering the most at the hands of the Bangladeshi batsmen.
In the other inning, Chibhabha’s men just looked lost with the bat. The only exception was Wesley Madhevere, but even he could only manage 35 off of 44. Starting from the very first run, they lost regular wickets. By the time they had a partnership going, it was already too late, and even that partnership didn’t last. Being reduced to 130-9 after 36 overs, Zimbabwe managed to crawl to 152 before folding. The Bangladeshi quicks fired strong, with the trio picking up 6 wickets between them. Young Mohammad Saifuddin was the best of the lot, with 3 wickets to his name from just 7 overs at a beautiful economy rate of 3.14. Among the spinners, Mehidy Hasan Miraz also got two batsmen out, with Taijul taking another.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Prediction and Betting TipsThe Tigers might have their weaknesses, but this Zimbabwe squad just feels dispirited and uninspired. For Bangladesh, expect Liton Das to continue his good form and Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad to support him, while Saifuddin and Mehidy Hasan Miraz strike with the ball.
If we’re being completely honest, there’s precious little chance for Zimbabwe to turn this one around. Nevertheless, perhaps that nothing-to-lose feeling can help them bounce back and level the series with their first win against Bangladesh in 7 years. Expect Mpofu and Carl Mumba to get wickets, and Madhevere and Regis Chakabva to bat well.
Who will win the 1st ODI?Match Prediction: Bangladesh To Win (1.14 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
- Toss - Sri Lanka
- BAN top batsman – M Rahim
- ZIM top batsman – C Ervine
- Players to score a century - M Rahim/L Das (BAN), W Madhevere/R Chakabva (ZIM)
- Players to score a fifty – M Rahim/M Riyadh/L Das(BAN), W Madhevere/C Chibhabha/R Chakabva(ZIM)
- Players to take most wickets - M Miraz (BAN), C Mpofu (ZIM)
- Most boundaries - BAN
Will the home side continue their supremacy over their apparently hapless visitors? Or can Zimbabwe overcome inexperience to take the fight to Bangladesh? Find out on Tuesday!