When? Wednesday, October 24th
Where? Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong
Weather? 26-30c expected and sunshine all day
What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live on UK television
Where can I stream the match? The match will not be streamed live in the UK
- Bangladesh won the first ODI in this series on Sunday by 28 runs but that opening victory was much more comfortable than the result suggests as they were in control of the game for the vast majority of it.
- The opening batting partnership remains a major concern as they failed once again but their middle order keeps bailing them out as it was Imrul Kayes who starred with 144 from 140 balls, so they will be even better placed if the openers can produce for once.
- Their form in ODIs has been exceptional of late having won 9 of their last 15 matches and they will be reluctant to make changes to a winning team as the openers should get another chance, although they may rotate a fit again Rubel Hossain back in or give a start to Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
- Zimbabwe have now lost their last 11 one-day internationals so confidence is notably poor in this format of the game especially as they come into the second ODI needing a win to keep the series alive.
- While Bangladesh have had their own troubles at the top of their order, Zimbabwe’s has been even more fragile and they are struggling for runs which has seen them struggling to set big enough targets or to chase anything over 250 with confidence.
- They were competitive in the opening match so they may guard against making changes just for the sake of rotation although Tarisai Musakanda is pushing for a starting place and could come into the side.
Bangladesh were comfortably the better team in the first ODI and the winning margin of 28 runs flattered Zimbabwe to a degree. While they have their own weaknesses with bat and ball, they still possess the greater quality and consistency in their play compared to Zimbabwe who look fragile. There is little the visitors can do to improve the team in terms of selection neither so barring the Bangladesh contriving to mess this up, they should grab another win here and seal the series, extending Zimbabwe’s losing streak to 12 ODIs.