Bangladesh might ponder bringing back Liton Das if he is fit.
Zimbabwe finally managed to respond and stop the winning juggernaut of Bangladesh on this tour. After losing the one-off Test, three ODIs and a T20I, it came together perfectly for the hosts as they did superbly in all the departments to level the T20I series and take it into the decider. It is a fitting end to what has been a competitive tour across all formats although scoreline suggests something different.
The Men in Red have certainly found themselves in winning position on more than one occasion in all the formats only to squander all those. In the second T20I, they did well with Wesley Madhevere batting deep and Ryan Burl finishing it off in style. The bowlers, led by Blessing Muzarabani, then responded well to hold off Bangladesh batsmen. Another such complete effort will be needed from Zimbabwe to win the series.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have managed to come back from tough situations. The likes of Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin have stepped up in their respective departments and that will be pleasing for the team with World Cup in sight. The second T20I can be considered a blip for them on this tour but they certainly can’t take the rejuvenated Zimbabwe side lightly.
The pitch certainly is a good one to bat on and scores over 160 seem par at Harare Sports Club and the team winning the toss should once again look to bat first and post a total on the board in the decider.
Playing combination for ZIM vs BAN
There is no need to change a winning combination for the home side unless there are any last minute injuries. We might see a shuffle in the batting order like it happened in the last game but this looks a very much balanced side.
Probable XI: Regis Chakabva (wk), Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wessley Madhevere, Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza (capt), Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara
Bangladesh missed Liton Das at the top of the order. There is no news if he is fit to take the field and similar is the case with Mustafizur Rahman. Both the players should be back if they clear the fitness test or else, the visitors don’t have many options to make changes.
Probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (capt), Nurul Hasan (wk), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
ZIM vs BAN Head-to-Head
Played – 14 | Zimbabwe – 5 | Bangladesh – 9 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Played – 3 | Zimbabwe – 2 | Bangladesh – 1 | N/R – 0 | Tie- 0
ZIM vs BAN Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 04:00 PM IST, 12:30 PM Local
Live Streaming – Fancode