An interesting contest of cricket awaits the fans as Bangladesh lock horns with Zimbabwe for the first Twenty20 International (T20I) match of the series. Zimbabwe will play four T20Is in Bangladesh to enhance their performance prior ICC World T20 2016. Bangladesh are currently having a very good time in cricket as they have defeated Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe all at home just after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The last team that Bangladesh faced in a T20I contest was Zimbabwe as both the teams played 3 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 2 T20Is. Bangladesh won the ODI series 3-0 while settled for a draw with the visitors in T20I series. Live Score updates: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I at Khulna

On the other hand, Zimbabwe have not won a series for long, their last being the one against Ireland last year. Zimbabwe are coming from a 2-0 T20I defeat against the Afghanistan team and this series will be a test for the team before the mega T20 event later this year. For Bangladesh, it has been a team effort this year while young Mustafizur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh who put up a stand out performance in the past year and will be looked upon to in this series as well.

For Zimbabwe, the key players will be Sikandar Raza and Graeme Cremer. Cremer has done brilliantly with the ball and proved himself to be essential while Sikandar Raza emerged as the knight in the shining armour in pressure situations with his bat while bowling and taking some crucial wickets.