Bangladesh have been in rampaging form during the series against Zimbabwe © AFP
Bangladesh have been in rampaging form during the series against Zimbabwe © AFP

By Ayush Gupta

Nov 30, 2014

Bangladesh take on Zimbabwe in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) of the series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Monday. The hosts have already won the series and leading 4-0 would look to dominate the tourists in the final game and notch a clean sweep.

Bangladesh had a great start to the ODI series as they thrashed Zimbabwe by 87 runs in the first ODI at Chittagong followed by a 68-run victory in the second at the same venue. The stretched their dominance in the third game and registered a massive 124-run victory at Dhaka, thanks to Anamul Haque‘s brilliant 95 and Arafat Sunny’s impressive four-wicket haul that helped the host claim the series.

Zimbabwe have fared poorly in every department since the start of the series. Considering the batting department, only skipper, Brendan Taylor has been the successful one so far scoring 153 runs from the four matches with his highest score being 63 at an average of 38.25. In the bowling, it is Tinashe Panyangara who has been impressive with the seven wickets he has claimed from three matches at an average of 24.42 and an economy of 5.70.

Bangladesh on the other hand have been way better and have performed above expectation in all departments. In the batting, it is skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim who has been impressive as he has scored 202 runs from the four games at an average of 50.50 with a strike-rate of 100.49, with a highest score of 77. While in the bowling, it is Arafat Sunny who has impressed and taken 10 wickets from three games at an average of 7.80.

Considering the performance in the last match, Zimbabwe’s bowling did a lot better, but failed in the batting department. Only Taylor and Solomon Mire scored fifties. None of the others managed to score over 30. Bangladesh on the other hand were also a little shaky with the bat apart from Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza. However, they impressed with the ball with Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Jubair Hossain claiming a couple of wickets each to go 4-0 up in the five-match series with a 21-run victory.

One could expect a few changes heading into this game as both sides would want to get some new faces for this dead rubber. This game is only about working on a few areas for both sides. Zimbabwe would of course want that consolation victory.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Jubair Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Richmond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Tawanda Mupariwa, Brian Vitori.

Time: 12:30 Local |12:00 IST

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)