Tigers eye to keep winning streak
Dhaka: After a magnificent first match victory, motivated Bangladesh aim to continue their winning sprint as they face against visiting Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 international of the four-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
The match will be started at 3:00pm.
Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe view this series as a chance to experiment ahead of the World T20, but neither side could fiddle too much during the first T20, which Bangladesh won in a manner that reflected the growing quality gap between the sides.
Bangladesh cricket T20 skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was happy to see allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah vacate higher batting spots and use their experience well to steer Bangladesh to a win, but said he would have liked to use Shuvagata Hom's offspin at some stage.
Shuvagata also failed with the bat at No 4. It wasn't new for the experienced batsmen to be doing their job, but seeing them adapt to new roles was pleasing for Bangladesh's captain.
Zimbabwe's experienced duo of Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda starting superbly with the bat but the likes of Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza and Malcolm Waller were unable to capitalise on the 101-run opening stand.
Zimbabwe will also be unhappy with their fielding effort, with Sibanda dropping Sabbir Rahman at a crucial stage. Masakadza said he was happy with the bowling attack's display despite missing Tinashe Panyangara's control at the top.
There are likely to be changes in both sides in the second T20, even if it doesn't mean personnel changes as much as batsmen and bowlers assuming new roles.
But no matter what the team managements are trying, the first T20 was proof that both sets of players weren't forgetting two fundamental roles while playing T20 cricket: providing entertainment and enjoying them.
It came down to the last eight balls in the first game, and if the second T20 goes down to the wire it won't be a huge surprise.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mahmudullah, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Shuvagata Hom, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.
Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Vusi Sibanda, 3 Sean Williams, 4 Peter Moor (wk), 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 Malcolm Waller, 7 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 8 Brian Vitori, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Luke Jongwe, 11 Graeme Cremer.