Fantasy Cricket Tips: Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe, First ODI: After a crushing one-sided game in the only Test, the focus moves into the 50-over format. Both teams haven’t played much ODIs in the last few months. Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are coming off from series losses’ in the ODI format. While Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka 3-0, Zimbabwe went down to a similar scoreline to Ireland in July 2019. Two teams will be eager to shrug it off and take home this ODI trophy. Players will be eager to replicate the success of the U-19 boys of these nations from the recently concluded World Cup. While Bangladesh won the Cup, Zimbabwe had few bright spots with all-rounder Wesley Madhevere earning a spot in this series for his performance.
The weather is expected to stay hot and humid for the entire duration of the game. Players would be relieved to play a D/N game as the temperature will in the mid-30s.
The pitch at the Sylhet International stadium has been a batsman-friendly one in the recent past. There will be assistance for the spinners. But the batsman can play his shots and score runs with ease.
Average first innings score: 198*
* The Stadium has hosted only one One-day International game.
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
Injury and Availability: All Players are fit and available for selection.
Probable Playing XIs:
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Bench – Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Wesley Medhvere, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Timycen Maruma, Richmond Mutumbami, Chris Mpofu, Donald Tripano, Carl Mumba
Bench – Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Charlton Tshuma
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top Picks
Mushfiqur Rahim is fresh from his Test double hundred against the same opposition and will be a force in the middle order. Tamim Iqbal at the top is a threat that Zimbabwe might want to get rid of as quickly as possible. For the visitors, the experienced duo of Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams will be key if they have to win the series.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza
Vice-Captain – Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No. 1
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Liton Das, Brendan Taylor
Batters – Tamim Iqbal, Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha
All-Rounders – Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams (VC)
Bowlers – Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Shaiful Islam
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No. 2
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim, Brendan Taylor
Batters – Tamim Iqbal (C), Chamu Chibhabha, Najmal Hossain Shanto
All-Rounders – Sikandar Raza (VC), Sean Williams
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Advice
One-Day Internationals is one format where the role of all-rounders is huge. With ample time to score runs and pick wickets, it is worthy to pick as many all-rounders as possible. Both teams possess quality all-rounders who should be picked in your fantasy squads. Impact players like Tamim Iqbal, Brendan Taylor should also be a definite pick to increase your points.
Bangladesh with its balanced squad and home advantage could start the series with a win.