After a disappointing outing in the T20I series, Bangladesh will be looking to bounce back in their favourite format when they face hosts Zimbabwe in the opening match of the three-match ODI series at Harare Sports Club in Harare today.
The match is scheduled to start 01:15pm (Bangladesh Standard Time) and will be telecast live on T Sports.
Bangladeshi players looked out of focus during the opening and final games of the series (as like their recent outings in the format) which cost them big as the hosts completed their maiden T20I series victory over the visiting side.
However, when it’s an ODI series, Bangladesh are a much different side as they won five series on the trot under the captaincy of Tamim Iqbal before coming to Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh’s ODI series winning streak started against Sri Lanka last year as they won the three-match series 2-1 on home soil.
Then they defeated Zimbabwe, South Africa and West Indies in their respective backyards over the last one year while they also beat Afghanistan on home soil.
Bangladesh are currently holding second place in the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League Standings with 120 points from 18 matches and they are very close to confirming their direct berth in the 2023 ICC World Cup in India.
“If you count on the strengths, I think we are ahead of them. But the team, which will play well on a specific day, will win the game,” skipper Tamim said on Thursday.
“Zimbabwe played well in the T20Is and because of that, they won it. If we want to beat them, we need to play our best game. Zimbabwe are a very dangerous side in their backyard,” he added.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe, which lost 19 consecutive ODIs and five series against Bangladesh since 2014, will be eyeing to end the losing streak this time around.
The hosts are high in confidence after beating Bangladesh in the preceding T20I series and will be looking to repeat a similar feat during the three-match ODI series.
Regis Chakabva will captain Zimbabwe in the ODI series with regular skipper Craig Ervine sitting out due to injury, Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed on Thursday.
The hosts will also be without all-rounder Sean Williams who has been granted permission by Zimbabwe Cricket to attend to some personal matters.
While the veteran pair is missing out, Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tarisai Musakanda have been brought in for the ODI series.
The rest of the players in Zimbabwe’s 15-man squad were involved in the just-ended Twenty20 international series.