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Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe- 3rd ODI Preview

Bangladesh did well to rectify their errors in the second ODI last week, and will be looking to take this momentum through into this match.

Shakib Al Hasan for one will be pleased by the display, having ripped into the team’s poor performance only a few days ago.

With the momentum back in their favour, the home XI will fancy their chances of taking the lead here on Tuesday.

Although, one would imagine that Zimbabwe’s batting line-up will be looking to put things right.

Elton Chigumbura is most certainly feeling the pressure, having given away his wicket twice in the past two innings to careless shots against spinners early in his innings.

Being a naturally aggressive batsman, he will have to tone things down if he harbours any aspirations of holding onto the captaincy.

For Bangladesh an in-form Abdur Razzak is the one to keep an eye on. Razzak has already racked up nine wickets in the past two matches, and he is without a doubt the African minnows’ biggest worry.

If Zimbabwe is going to prosper here they are going to have to attack the spin.

In team news- Keegan Meth has been rather mediocre so far this series and might find himself outside of the starting XI here. He will most likely be replaced by Shingirai Masakadza; however with the batting collapses shown of late they might be better suited to consider Hamilton Masakadza back in the top order.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Raqibul Hasan, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Shafiul Islam

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Brendan Taylor, 2 Chamu Chibhabha, 3 Regis Chakabva, 4. Keith Dabengwa, 5 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 6 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 7 Craig Ervine, 8 Shingirai Masakadza / Keegan Meth, 9 Prosper Utseya, 10 Raymond Price, 11 Chris Mpofu

This match up is a tight one to call, with both teams being able to produce scintillating form on any given day.

However, with that said on any given day both of these teams have the ability to collapse at the drop of a hat.

There is a lot to prove in this series, with Zimbabwe keen to show progress made of late, and Bangladesh keen to maintain the momentum of their historic 5-0 whitewash against New Zealand.

Interesting point: The third match was originally scheduled to be held under lights, but was shifted back to morning starts as it was found that the stadium's new floodlights are not yet fully functional.


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