Date & Time: Wednesday, September 18, 18:00 IST
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Who will benefit from the change in venue?
As the series shifts to Chattogram, both teams will be smarting from their respective losses to Afghanistan. Zimbabwe must fancy their chances as Bangladesh barely managed to eke out a win last time. A must game for either side.
The Bangladesh team management has made major changes after their loss to Afghanistan.
In => Najmul Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Naim, Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam.
Out => Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Abu Hider and Yeasin Arafat.
Taijul could make way for Aminul and Mohammad Naim could open batting with Liton Das.
For Zimbabwe, no major changes are expected except in their bowling unit. Sean Williams has made it clear that he expects the senior group (including himself, Craig Ervine, etc.) to do better and the youngsters have done their job by bailing them out.
The recent test match was a rank turner, but the ODIs a year ago were pretty high scoring. So, we have to assume that it will be a balanced wicket, with some assistance for spinners. The weather forecast is for a clear day, so pacers might have to rely on their variations and might not get much assistance from the wicket.
Shakib has disappointed with the bat but has contributed significantly with the ball. He has a more than respectable PPM of 45 in his 2 games, and he is a must-have.
He has been open in admitting his failure to perform and will be keen on changing his record. It is just a matter of when, and he is too consistent to have a lot of bad performances in a row.
Saifuddin has been on a tear, with a PPM of 75 in this tour. Bangladesh will hoping he runs through the line-up and so do we.
Another mainstay of the batting lineup, Craig Ervine has failed to perform thus far. We expect him to turn around and score big.
He brought BAN back from the brink last time, and we know he is capable of hitting big scores. He failed to fire against AFG, and given that he comes lower down the order, we don’t know how if he will get to contribute much. We recommend having him in multiple teams, just not as a captain yet.
Taylor played reasonably well in the last match and we know that he is capable of producing big scores. His lack of consistency is the only real concern. Since he bats up the order, we recommend having him as a captain in the scenario in which ZIM dominates.
Not many players can thrash Shakib for 30 runs in an over. If he gets going, watch out. He has 162 points from two games, but we need to see if this is an aberration or the norm. So we recommend having him as a VC in one of your teams