Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe taking place? Sunday, November 11th

Where Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe taking place? Dhaka

What is the expected weather for Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe? 28-30c and sunshine forecast for virtually the next five days

What channel is Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Are tickets still available for Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

BANGLADESH

Captain: Mahmudullah

  • Bangladesh were stunned in the first test after they failed with the bat once again as they did not reach 200 in either innings which takes that streak to eight consecutive test innings now and that is something they simply have to remedy.

  • Their bowling attack struggled at times to stop Zimbabwe from grinding out the runs but they will be boosted by the return of Mustafizur Rahman who they will need to produce the goods as the bowling attack looked toothless at times.

  • Mohammad Mithun was expected to play in the first test but he was held out so this could be the perfect opportunity for him to come in and make his debut at the expense of Najmul Hossain Shanto who struggling in the first test.

ZIMBABWE

Captain: Hamilton Masakadza

  • Zimbabwe’s win in the first test has given them a huge boost in confidence and they are within touching distance of winning their first test series since September 2013 after losing the last seven series in a row.

  • After the win in the first test, the selectors will almost certainly name an unchanged side for this match even though there was still plenty of room for improvement in the batting line-up in particular as they still rely too much on the likes of Ervine.

  • The partnership of Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara is key to their hopes and they will look to the duo to cause Bangladesh more problems while Sikandar Raza was impressive with the ball taking six wickets although they could do with him contributing more with the bat.

THE PREDICTION

Bangladesh come into this test match as clear favourites but they did in the first test and they were completely outplayed. Without Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal who are both injured, they look incredibly fragile with the bat and too many of their stars like Imrul Kayes, Liton Das and skipper Mahmudullah have plenty of flair but simply lack the discipline and concentration to score big in test match cricket. Zimbabwe on the other hand are a complete contrast as while they may lack flair and big hitting, the likes of Ervine, Masakadza and Taylor all have the patience and concentration to build a big score. So much depends on Zimbabwe’s mentality and whether they do not lose their focus, but this could be a similar style of match to the first test. Bangladesh are priced far too short to have any confidence in them here and it is impossible to have any confidence in them based on how poor their batting is at present.