Bangladesh Cricket Team    AFP
Bangladesh Cricket Team AFP

Bangladesh face the visiting Zimbabwe team for the first Twenty20 International (T20I) of the four-match T20I series in Bangladesh. This is a great opportunity for both the teams as the mega event of ICC World T20 2016 is knocking at the door and winning a T20I series at the moment will add to the positives. Bangladesh are enjoying a great form currently with consecutive victories in home series while Zimbabwe badly need a win as they their last series win came way before against Ireland. While Bangladesh would like to maintain their winning streak, Zimbabwe would be happy to break the trend and get back to the victorious note. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 1st T20I at Khulna

Zimbabwe played their last series against the Afghanistan team at their home. The series failed to turn out to be a fruitful one for Zimbabwe as they lost the One-Day International (ODI) series 3-2 and the T20I series a straight 2-0 to the hosts. On the other hand, the last series Bangladesh played was at home with Zimbabwe itself where they defeated the visitors in the ODIs for 3-0 while settled for a draw in the 2-match T20I series. It will be interesting to see if the hosts maintain their current brilliant reputation or the visitors get a change over.

Squads:

Bangladesh:

Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal

Zimbabwe:

Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura(c), Tendai Chisoro, Graeme Cremer, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami(wk), Taurai Muzarabani, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams