2nd ODI: Zimbabwe’s batting in focus with series on the line
Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza has gone seven ODIs without a fifty. @Getty

Bangladesh have a chance to wrap up the three-game ODI series in the second match in Chittagong, but Zimbabwe will hope to stall them and avoid a 12th consecutive defeat in the format.

A ninth-wicket stand of 127 between the opener Imrul Kayes (144) and Mohammad Saifuddin (50) proved the difference in the first ODI and Zimbabwe cannot afford such errors with the series on the line. Their bowling was the spark amid the series defeat to South Africa recently, and there were sparks during the series opener with Bangladesh, particularly when they had the hosts at 66/3 and then claimed three wickets for two runs between the 28th and 30th overs.

Hamilton Masakadza referred to fine lines costing Zimbabwe, and indeed closing out such clutch moments is all too often the margin on which games are won. Seven batsmen got into the twenties but only Sean Williams crossed 37. This extended a common theme with this Zimbabwe side.

Masakadza and Peter Moor have gone seven ODIs without a fifty. Since returning to the side last month, Brendan Taylor has scores of 9, 10, 40 and 5 in the format. The last time Solomon Mire crossed 50 was in June 2017, and since then he averages 17.60 from 20 innings. And since he retuned to the ODI squad in July after almost 18 months away, Elton Chigumbura has a best of 37 in six innings. Zimbabwe will need to be better in Chittagong.

Imrul Kayes scored a career-best 144 in the last ODI.
Imrul Kayes scored a career-best 144 in the last ODI. @AFP

Bangladesh s batting was also shaky in Mirpur, and subtract Kayes century and Saifuddin s half-century and matters could have been different. Such rustiness could prove damaging if Zimbabwe get their act together with the series on the line for them.

Date: October 24

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Time: 02:00pm IST

Weather: Clear and sunny with a high of 32 degrees

Team News

Bangladesh

The debutant Fazle Mahmud failed to score in the first ODI but should be played again, given his potential.

Probable XI: 1 Liton Das 2 Imrul Kayes 3 Fazle Mahmud, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehedy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Nazmul Islam

Zimbabwe

Craig Ervine laboured to 24 in the first ODI, which was his first double-digit score after three failures against South Africa. Should Zimbabwe seek to bolster a flagging batting unit, Tarisai Musakanda could get a game. Donald Tiripano conceded 60 runs in ten wicketless overs and then made 2 with the bat, so his place could also be shaky.

Craig Ervine's place is in doubt after a lean ru
Craig Ervine’s place is in doubt after a lean run. @ AFP

Probable XI: 1 Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 2 Cephas Zhuwao, 3 Brendan Taylor (wk), 4 Craig Ervine/Tarisai Musakanda, 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Peter Moor, 8 Donald Tiripano/Richard Ngarava, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Tendai Chatara

Statistics

– Bangladesh have won the last 11 ODIs versus Zimbabwe.

– In their last nine ODIs, seven times Zimbabwe have failed to bat out 50 overs.

Quotes

“With the way the game panned out, we played really well but there were a couple of turning points in the game. If those had gone our way it would have been a totally different game.” – Masakadza

When you score a century or play a good innings that helps your team win, it s always a great feeling. I built up the innings at a crucial time and scored for the team which is a matter of joy for me. – Kayes