Hamilton Masakadza
Hamilton Masakadza (AFP Photo)

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza is relishing the prospects of his team clinching their first overseas Test series victory in 17 years. However, he’s aware Bangladesh will be itching to hit back when the second Test gets underway in Dhaka from Sunday.

Zimbabwe recorded a 151-run win in Sylhet to win their first Test in five years and even a draw will ensure a historic series win.

“They will be hungry and they will come harder against us,” Masakadza said on Saturday. “They are a very proud team and a very good team. We expect a very tough battle. We expect them to come very hard to try and level the series. But we are also prepared to give them a good game.”

He continued, “It will be huge for the team if we manage to win the series. We haven’t won a series in the recent past and didn’t win too many games, so it will be a massive boost for the team if they come with a win here. The performance in the first Test gives us a lot of confidence. But more importantly as a team, we are definitely looking to win the series.”

The Mirpur pitch has been termed unpredictable by Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah who has advised his batsmen to play sensibly on it. Masakadza expects the pitch to be a result-oriented but said Zimbabwe aren’t going with the mindset to draw the Test.

“This is always a result wicket. We know that to win the series we have to win here. As a team we are definitely looking forward to do it and trying to be on top again. In a Test match, the most important thing is trying to take 20 wickets. And the same thing will be applied here. We will try to bowl them out here also,” he said.

When asked whether Zimbabwe need to score quickly, Masakadza replied, “I think the wicket won’t be that much of a change from the one we played in the first Test. So I don’t really think (there’s any need) to score that quickly. But it will be very important to put runs on the board because it is definitely a result wicket here. Putting runs on the board will definitely be important but I don’t really think you have to do it quickly or become too worried about the first innings.”