Brendan Taylor has been rested for the T20I series and Sikandar Raza will lead in his absence.

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh. (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images)


Bangladesh dominated the ODI series against hosts Zimbabwe by whitewashing them 3-0 The result in ODIs may prove that Zimbabwe were outplayed, but the fact is, the home team showed much more fight and came close to winning the second ODI.

But all is not lost as they can give a tough fight and hope for a turnaround. There are back-to-back T20Is, and Zimbabwe will hope to start well and seal the deal in the first two games itself. Tamim Iqbal’s absence sure gives the home side the head start and, they will hope to make early in-roads in the second T20I against Bangladesh which will be played on Friday (23 July).

But Zimbabwe too has their fair share of injuries and other problems, as their star batter Brendon Taylor has opted out of the series. But the hosts can take heart from the fact that they gave Pakistan a run for their money during the last T20I series and won a game too. So, Zimbabwe will look for the positives and look to win the series.

Match Details

Match – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh – 2nd T20I

Venue – Harare Sports Club, Harare

Time – 04:00 PM IST, 12:30 PM Local

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch in Harare has good bounce and carry and always seems to assist both the batters and bowlers. In the shortest format, putting runs on the board often creates pressure for the opponent batting second. History suggests batting first would be ideal and both the captains Mahmudullah and Sikandar Raza will look to bat first at the venue.


Predicted XI

Probable XI: Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza (c), Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Mazakadza, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.

Bench: Timycen Maruma, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Dion Myers


Predicted XI

Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (WK), Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam

Bench: Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Aminul Islam Biplob, Nurul Hasan

ZIM vs BAN Head-to-Head


Played – 13 | Zimbabwe – 4 | Bangladesh – 9 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0

In Zimbabwe

Played – 2 | Zimbabwe – 1 | Bangladesh – 1 | N/R – 0 | Tie- 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Shakib Al Hasan– Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is back with a bang and led the batting and bowling departments in the ODI series of the game, by making handy contributions in both. He scored 145 runs and picked up eight wickets. The 34-year-old is once again be key for the Tigers if they want to do well in the T20I series.  

Probable best bowler of the match

Luke Jongwe- Zimbabwe 

Luke Jongwe made heads turn when he picked up four wickets against Pakistan during the team’s last series. He was again the side’s best bowler during the three ODI matches against Bangladesh as he picked six wickets. With momentum by his side, the right-arm bowler will look to help his team win the game, by making early inroads.

Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.


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