Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo May 2, 2013

Zimbabwe aim to stall Bangladesh's Bulawayo success story

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Match facts

May 3, Bulawayo
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

As it had been before the Test series, Bangladesh are slightly ahead of Zimbabwe leading up to the ODI series in terms of form, recent results and experience. But the 1-1 scoreline after nine absorbing days in Harare means the "favourites on paper" theory is not applicable to these two teams.

Mushfiqur Rahim's side should carry some momentum from the 143-run win in the second Test. The most encouraging sign for them has been the middle-order bouncing back from a wretched time in the first match. Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain have scored two fifties each, while Tamim Iqbal has shown he can still bring out his A-game despite a thumb injury.

The visitors' bowling too has more edge to it. Robiul Islam was adjudged Man of the Series for his 15 wickets, brought mostly through accuracy and the regular use of the outswinger. He will have to bring a bit more of his skills into this format, one he hasn't played yet at international level. Robiul is expected to make his debut alongside Shamsur Rahman, who's likely to open with Tamim at some stage of the limited-overs leg of the tour.

Zimbabwe have April 17 to 20 to look back at. They crushed Bangladesh by 335 runs in those four days, with superb showing from captain Brendan Taylor and quick Kyle Jarvis. The likes of Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer and Shingi Masakadza also had important roles to play in the win. There were several positives in that game, and they would do well to bring that attitude into this ODI series.

They have a poor record at the Queens Sports Club against Bangladesh, though, winning two out of eight completed games. They have two legspinners in the squad in Natsai Mushangwe and Tino Mutombodzi, and that could be prove to be an advantage over Bangladesh this time around.

The first game of the ODI series promises much, simply because both sets of players mostly have attacking mindsets. Though Bangladesh have won and drawn the two ODI series they have played this season, Zimbabwe are their closest rival in the international game and hence there is bound to be nerves.

Form guide

Zimbabwe: LLLLL (completed games, most recent results first)
Bangladesh: WLWLL

Players to watch

A century in the second Test was a much-needed boost for Hamilton Masakadza. He was forceful during the unbeaten 111 too, and the same would be expected of him in the first ODI; Zimbabwe would be keen to see their No. 3 get some runs, given their openers' ordinary scores off late.

A Man-of-the-Series performance in the Test series is enough to win Robiul Islam his first ODI cap. He has been a revelation on the tour so far, and will be expected to bring out the same levels of accuracy in the ODIs.

Team news

Regis Chakabva could continue opening with Vusi Sibanda, though Sikandar Raza has been kept in the squad. Legspinner Natsai Mushangwe was impressive in the West Indies, and is likely to play ahead of Prosper Utseya, while Brian Vitori could also make a comeback.

Zimbabwe (possible) 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Regis Chakabva/Sikandar Raza, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Natsai Mushangwe, 9 Shingi Masakadza, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Brian Vitori.

Opener Jahurul Islam's ordinary run in the Test series could see him make way for newcomer Shamsur Rahman, who could make his ODI debut alongside Robiul Islam. It would be tempting to play three seamers, in which case Mahmudullah could miss out.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah/Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Robiul Islam.

Pitch and conditions

Being Bangladesh's happy hunting ground, the Bulawayo pitch must be more like those produced in the subcontinent; it will remain slow and may turn later in the game. The cooler climate will make it a more pleasant affair for both teams.

Stats and trivia

  • Bangladesh have won in Bulawayo six times in 10 ODIs. Level with England, they are most successful visiting team at this venue
  • The last ODI century by a Zimbabwe player was 18 months ago, by Brendan Taylor. He has scored the last five tons for his country in this format
  • Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak are the highest run-getter and wicket-taker in Zimbabwe-Bangladesh ODIs

Quotes

"The start is important, so we need to do well in the first game. We have great memories of Bulawayo, so we will do well there."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim digs up reassuring recollections

"Our top four batters have got the potential to score hundreds and that is big for us. We have got some quality, experienced spinners like they have. In the West Indies I think our bowlers bowled really well and contained some dynamic batsmen so we can take a lot out of that."
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor believes his team has the right balance.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on May 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    how team management can seat Shohag Gazi, he is more dangerous and always crate opportunities to pick wickets. Specially in shorter version games. Gazi should play and he is a automatic choice. His battiing is also vital . ,Mahmudullah is off form and ordinary. Team management should stuck with winning combinations. .

  • bunduboy on May 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    i am from ZIM, guys you do not know of the spirit in this current team. they have belief and they are playin for a place. watch out for a steady knock from Raza Butt

  • Naimur_BD on May 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Bangladesh should be serious about this match because most of the series in Zimbabwe, they started with a defeat.....

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Missing players in the ZIM lineup: Utseya, Ervine, Mawoyo and Vitori. So yes, the ZIM team is weakened (much like the BD team in SL).

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @Titu Zaman: why move Nasir from a lower order position where he is doing great, as a finisher? Examples include the Sri Lanka series (finishing roles in both 1st and 3rd ODI's) and the WI series (finisher in 5th ODI). Apart from Tamim's opening partner, the rest of the order seems settled for the moment (Ashraful may be replaced in the future). When Anamul returns, the opening slot can be filled for a prolonged period. At the moment, Zia and Mahmudullah are both plausible choices, so an option might be to pick both at the cost of Gazi, just to stretch the batting length.

  • Rafelgibt on May 3, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    My team would be- Tamim, Shamsur, Ashraful, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Zia, Gazi, Razzak, Robiul. Shamsur is really need a go to justify himself whether he is good enough to play in international arena.Mahmudullah as he can bowl the odd few off spin bowling and he is a regular performing member of ODI squad.Zia would be the handy option of bowling the 10 overs and current form suggests that he is quite better performer than Shafiul Islam.As i said before MOMINUL HAQUE should be considered only for the TESTs so that he can groom himself for the longer versions more seriously.Roar TIGERs Roar>>>>

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Key player: Taylor. Much like the Test series, Taylor's time on the pitch will determine the results.

  • reyme on May 2, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Question: Is it ZIM's 2nd string Team? I like to know since after the 2nd Test loss, some said ZIM field their 2nd string team. And who are the umpires this time?

  • asiacricket1234 on May 2, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    I'd request my fellow Bangladeshi fans to show some respect to Zimbabwe team. before test series I have seen many of you said that we are going to white wash them. Well Clearly they were the better team in the series. Now ODI series gonna start and you are making same sort of comments. At home Zimbabwe is strong and Bangladesh yet to win a series there so i'd say they are the better team in this series. Now stop making such comment and don't Jinx us :(. (Admin Please post this)

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Also Taylor said his spinners are good and they did play admirably against WI but to be fair to Zimbabwe comparing their spinners to Bangladesh's spinnes is like comparing Manchester United to Mumbai Indians, totally incorrect and absurd.

  • on May 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    how team management can seat Shohag Gazi, he is more dangerous and always crate opportunities to pick wickets. Specially in shorter version games. Gazi should play and he is a automatic choice. His battiing is also vital . ,Mahmudullah is off form and ordinary. Team management should stuck with winning combinations. .

  • bunduboy on May 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    i am from ZIM, guys you do not know of the spirit in this current team. they have belief and they are playin for a place. watch out for a steady knock from Raza Butt

  • Naimur_BD on May 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Bangladesh should be serious about this match because most of the series in Zimbabwe, they started with a defeat.....

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Missing players in the ZIM lineup: Utseya, Ervine, Mawoyo and Vitori. So yes, the ZIM team is weakened (much like the BD team in SL).

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @Titu Zaman: why move Nasir from a lower order position where he is doing great, as a finisher? Examples include the Sri Lanka series (finishing roles in both 1st and 3rd ODI's) and the WI series (finisher in 5th ODI). Apart from Tamim's opening partner, the rest of the order seems settled for the moment (Ashraful may be replaced in the future). When Anamul returns, the opening slot can be filled for a prolonged period. At the moment, Zia and Mahmudullah are both plausible choices, so an option might be to pick both at the cost of Gazi, just to stretch the batting length.

  • Rafelgibt on May 3, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    My team would be- Tamim, Shamsur, Ashraful, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Zia, Gazi, Razzak, Robiul. Shamsur is really need a go to justify himself whether he is good enough to play in international arena.Mahmudullah as he can bowl the odd few off spin bowling and he is a regular performing member of ODI squad.Zia would be the handy option of bowling the 10 overs and current form suggests that he is quite better performer than Shafiul Islam.As i said before MOMINUL HAQUE should be considered only for the TESTs so that he can groom himself for the longer versions more seriously.Roar TIGERs Roar>>>>

  • S-Matrix on May 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Key player: Taylor. Much like the Test series, Taylor's time on the pitch will determine the results.

  • reyme on May 2, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Question: Is it ZIM's 2nd string Team? I like to know since after the 2nd Test loss, some said ZIM field their 2nd string team. And who are the umpires this time?

  • asiacricket1234 on May 2, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    I'd request my fellow Bangladeshi fans to show some respect to Zimbabwe team. before test series I have seen many of you said that we are going to white wash them. Well Clearly they were the better team in the series. Now ODI series gonna start and you are making same sort of comments. At home Zimbabwe is strong and Bangladesh yet to win a series there so i'd say they are the better team in this series. Now stop making such comment and don't Jinx us :(. (Admin Please post this)

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Also Taylor said his spinners are good and they did play admirably against WI but to be fair to Zimbabwe comparing their spinners to Bangladesh's spinnes is like comparing Manchester United to Mumbai Indians, totally incorrect and absurd.

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Bangladesh are miles ahead of Zimbabwe in ODI as far as the records say. The only time Zimbabwe dominated was the pre-2004 era and the 2011 series. I know Zimbabwe are strong at home but Bulawayo is Bangladesh's favourite foreign ODI place. Also when Zimbabwe play in Bangladesh they will get annihilated in ODI and Test. If you disagree with me then lets see what happens in the future. I expect a T20 and ODI series victory and the test series is what i expected as well. Anyway good luck both teams!

  • Energetic. on May 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Bangladesh will win this easily 3-0. T20 1-1.

  • on May 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    BD's possible lineup doesn't look right. Once again selectors/coaching staff/captain just don't get it. Picking wrong players for wrong format. BD should go with two spinners Razak & Shakib and three pacers Shafiul, Robiul, and Zia. Gazi should be rested and Mominul should take his place. There is no room for Mahmud at this moment.

    BD's batting order doesn't look right either. Tamim and Ashraful should open, Nasir should bat at 3 followed by Shakib, Mushy, Mominul. Batting order is very important to produce big innings. So, BD must need to do some homework otherwise same players with wrong batting order will produce inconsistent results.

  • maskurul on May 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Bangladesh is now passing their purple patch.if they got into their rhythm no one could stop them from their victory.specially last test has been depicted the real picture where the two teams stand.if Bangladesh change their top order no one can stop them from victory.if Bangladesh play with their 90 percent efforts then Bangladesh will make another history in Zimbabwe.Players are conscious about their responsibility.

  • on May 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    nice to see BD in the lucky venue.But today ZIM isl very difficult team for BD .So congrats BD. :)

  • Bowlersbackdrive on May 2, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Sometimes people make eleven of their own though it is completely in coach and captain's jurisdiction. Sometimes people make assumption of the result though it is future's jurisdiction. This is my new eleven of of watching the ODI series, Mom, dad, bro, tiny, bua (kitchen + house keeper), driver, gardener, guard, tommy (my dog, an anthusiastic fielder) and tulshi (dudhwala), kabir (paperwala), which is completely in my jurisdiction.

  • msardar on May 2, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Bangladesh should always play with 3 pacers, and never include Ashraful in the team.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 2, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Wow... Albert wanna see one from your country to play for Zimbabwe. Thats really nice of you. Anyway Zimbabwe has so many really good spinner and I don't think they need to pick that unknown guy. This series not going to be easy for Bangladesh. In test series Zimbabwe was the better team and in ODI they are a stronger so Bangladesh should be careful. Robiul and Shaful will be a good opening pair. I wish Bangladesh luck hopefully they wont screw up like they did in Test

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 2, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Bangladesh easily won ODI series in Zim in 2009 by 4-1 margin and the venue for that series was Bulawayo. This record may boost confidence of visitors.

  • Fogu on May 2, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    It is dumb to predict a BD whitewash. Zim can surprise big teams in their day and BD is not a big team yet. Surely they have improved but they are not there yet. I would be glad if we win the series by playing well. I would prefer the following line up since Bulawoyo is supposed to be a slower pitch favouring spin bowling: 1.Tamim, 2.Ashraful, 3.Mominul, 4.Mushfique, 5.Shakib, 6.Nasir, 7.Mahmudullah, 8.Zia, 9.Gazi, 10.Razzak, 11.Robiul. Zia can float to 3-4 if heavy hitting is required. Nasir can bowl his medium fast deliveries for a few over if needed. This line up gives us a 9 deep batting line up with plenty of spin options. Shamsur and Shafiul can be brought in if we are up 2-0 for the 3rd game. Go Tigers!

  • TheRisingTeam on May 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    As long as Bangladesh do not underestimate Zimbabwe in this form then we should win this series. Don't forget that even 2-1 win is unacceptable from Bangladesh as they are on a 'progression'. Think Zimbabwe may win 1 T20 game but they just don't have enough firepower but good luck! My XI - Tamim, Shamsur, Ash, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Riyad/Haque, Zia, Gazi, Razzak and Robiul.

  • ZCFOutkast on May 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @strayfielder Zim will never fail to field a decent Test/ODI/T20 team. Whether Ballance, Ireland, Craig&Sean Ervine etc stay away(Taibu had a greater calling). True, their disposition makes them attractive to Europeans but it's their own talent& life.

    The likes of Utseya, Sibanda, Chigumbura, Mushangwe, Vitori, Hamilton&Shingi etc do not stay because they are lesser human beings, nor do they stay because they cannot at worst attach themselves to better paying clubs like (Ebrahim/Sibanda/Hondo), while playing for paying leagues like BPL(as Elton did when he was dropped&might not have been recalled).

    They stay because they love Zim and are willing to tough it out like true sons of the soil. Why on earth should we mourn losses of those disloyal youngsters who continue to abuse the Zim U19WC privilege(Lake, Burl, Bentley, Light etc) so they can advertise themselves to the world then ditch Zim, while other deserving loyal youngsters like Jongwe etc are prepared to play in the Logan Cup!

  • on May 2, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Although Zim has advantage to play their home ground no doubt .But BD has world class players. They could changes matches any time like sakib, tamim or nasir even mushfiq. You looked back statistics of BD last couple of years. Now BD is playing positively. Many new comers & talented are included XI. That's the reason BD internal team has most competitive. Everybody have to play 100% otherwise out. For example Mahmudullah out second test, although he is a vice-captain. So just imagine those who are included XI in ODI. They have to perform well because someone will be occupied his place. If no performed. So that's bright sign for BD team in future. Zim team I have never seen so many talent players in my view. For example recently BD beat West Indies & series win but Zim Didn't win any match. That's different between Zim Vs BD. Good luck BD hopefully win the series.

  • BanglaBandhu on May 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    I would urge ALL Bangladeshi fans not to take Zimbabwe for granted in the ODI seroes. There are many positives we can look forward to, with a young BD team really blossoming at the moment. However, wasn#t BD supposed to have beaten ZIM in both tests? In the first test, even the stalwarts of our team were found wanting - shakib, mushi and nasir ALL failed. So if the ZIM do come up with suprises, how will the team react. The facts on the ground suggest a a whitewash for BD but the mental demons in our team always cause a question mark to any BD victory.

    On the BD bowling - i am really interested to see how Robiul debuts in international ODIs and also the development of mominul and shohag gazi.

  • strayfielder on May 2, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    supprised Zim have not approached Gary Ballance of Yorkshire - born in Zim - David Houghtons nephew - 23 yrs old 1st class avg > 50 - made the england lions squad. surely not another one that gets away. like goodwin etc

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Zim Players are good in their condition. Also Some key player of Zim played last BPL and played well. So i think a good fighting will occur between Ban and Zim. So, Bangladesh Should be careful about player selection. May be Zia ans Shamsur are good choice for ODI. Robiul need rest. Please protect this man Robiul.

  • The-love on May 2, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @All_The_Way :- I think Zim are going to win at least 1 match if not series by beating World Number 1 team Bangladesh who have beaten India, Sri Lanka,West Indies, England, New Zealand several times.

  • hotcric01 on May 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Zimbabwe is not a team to take lightly(as some of BD fans has done it here)especially in their conditions.They have beaten better teams than BD likes of IND,SL and NZ in recent history.They have chased a massive 328 total against high quality NZ pace attack.Also they have won a triangular t20 series here which included a SA young side led by Amla. BT,Chigumbura, H.Mazakadza ,p.utseya all of these are Match winning players on their day.BD is a good team with likes of Tamim,Shakib,Nasir are turning out to be world class players.But they can't take this series for granted.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    If the wicket is spin friendly then Bangladesh should play with 3 spinners, Shakib, Gazi and Rajjak. Mominul should play instead of ordinary Mahmudullah. Ziaur can be helpful as a pace alrounder and two pace bpwlers Ziaur, Robiul/ Shafiul should play. Robiul needs proper rest. Selectors still should give him all the concentration in Test cricket. Now it is time to use different specialist players in different format.

  • FMRafael on May 2, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    My team would be: 1.Tamim 2.Ash 3.Mominul 4.Mushfiq 5.Shakib 6.Nasir 7.Mahmudullah 8.Gazi 9.Razzak 10.Robiul 11.Shafiul/Zia

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Bd should go with 3 seamer & 3 spinner as the ground is renovated. the pitch might have some mysterious tricks. Ash may open to accommodate mahmudullah and better balance of the team. Shamsur is an exciting player. He is not a bad option to open. Played some blinders in BPL. Rabiul should make his ODI debut.

  • Sajeeb_Narail on May 2, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    My Team will be like this.............. Tamim,Shamsu,Ash,Mominul,Mushi,Sakeeb,Nasir,Zia,Gazi,Raj & Robiul

  • Samudro2106 on May 2, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    People are exaggerating things about pitch and condition. I feel even though it's played on surfaces like Harare, Bangladesh is clearly favourite to win it 3-0 as far as ODI format is concerned and the rankings & recent perfomances prove that. I think Bangladesh should not take the risk of selecting Zia at 7 as his batting is no way near dependable. I'm not really sure about the opening slot but Shamsur may have the edge . My preferred XI : Tamim, Jahurul/Shamsur,Ashraful,Mushfiq,Sakib,Mahmudullah,Nasir,Gazi,Razzak,Shafiul,Robiul.

  • cricanalyserbd on May 2, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Zim is a strong team on their own back-yard. so BAN will have to very careful in every match.

  • siponus2007 on May 2, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    nothings else will be excepted without whitewash zimbabwe , bangladesh is much more balanced team , losing to zimbabwe will be big setback for bangladesh , anyways perfect 11 combination wil be 1*tamim 2* jahurul 3* ashraful 4* mahmudullah 5* sakib 6* musfiq 7* nasir 8* ziaur 9* gazi 10* razzak 11* robiul

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    May the Masakadza brothers continue their good form and all the best to both teams.

  • Captainman on May 2, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    I expect a 3-0 thrashing from Bangladesh since its their best format. Bangladesh in the last 2 years have beaten India, Sri Lanka and West Indies, England, New Zealand several times whereas Zimbabwe nothing. My 11 - Tamim, Ash, Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Zia, Gazi/Shafiul, Razzak and Robiul.

  • ZCFOutkast on May 2, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Welcome return for Vitori, and a chance for Raza to earn his first cap. Mushangwe will give them a hard time for sure. Utseya was excellent for us against BD in the 2011 series, as were Elton&Mpofu, unfortunately the latter is out through injury but Shingi will be just a brilliant. With Rainsford doing commentary, expect Panyangara to step up if he made the yet to be named squad. Sibanda was Zim's best batsman in series. After an underwhelming couple of Tests this time around, he will look to right those wrongs in this one. Sibanda, Raza, Hamilton, Taylor(c-wk), Williams, Chigumbura, Maruma, Shingi, Utseya, Vitori, Mushangwe.

    With BD finding their feet they may just be too strong for Zim, but I expect a cracker of a series.

  • Sadequl on May 2, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Sorry I missed # 3 Mominul in my advisable list

  • Nduru on May 2, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @grahaam: How do you mean Zimbabwe has disrespected international cricket mate? Need I remind you we walloped Bangladesh by a much bigger margin and inside four days - and the second test was not nearly as big a defeat for Zimbabwe. Utseya will be playing as he is the best ODI spinner. We also have Mushangwe, so don't worry about Cremer and his lack of 'experience'. The other selections are injury related, so not really sure what your point is. Unless you are talking about how they destroyed the old team, in which case I agee with you!

  • etonmoy on May 2, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    i heard that the peach of Bulawayo has been renovated in recent past (that's why the tour of Bangladesh has been postponed as far as i know). if it is true then it will be interesting to see, how this pitch reacts tomorrows match. Bangladesh should couscous about the first match.

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Tamim, ash, Mushi, shakib, nasir, riad, mominul, zia, gazi, razzak, Robiul ............ Shafiul/shuvo/Jahirul/

  • Rubel.ipe07 on May 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I think, Jahurul Islam will definitely get chance in main 11, because he is better player in this format that test format. I don't know, why didn't you pick his name? 100% he will play..................................

  • JubayedKhan on May 2, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I want my team should perform well at least in bulawayo which was a very happy hunting ground for us. But for the sake of stats we should not take zim team lightly. I wish there will be a very interesting match coming ahead tomorrow. Go Ahead Tigers.We are always with you.

  • Sadequl on May 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    As far as we know Bulawayo is not as pacey as Harare, so it would be helpful if BD can have their regular 11 strength for ODI. Nasir is in his top form atm so we should try to utilize the maximum benefit out of it & he should be promoted in batting line up.

    Zia is far better option then Shamsur or Shafiul atm as an all-rounder, so he should be in the line up too. We know Mahmudullah is off form atm but his spin could have an effect in the game too even if his batting doesn't click, so he also should get a chance as an all-rounder atleast into the 1st ODI. Jahurul should get a break & have a rest for his lack of patients & fruitfulness. Shamsur also should wait for his opportunity in case anyone fails [Tamim,Ashraful or Mahmudullah] to perform poorly in 1st ODI.

    Bangladesh (possible ODI line up s/b) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Robiul Islam.

  • on May 2, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    mouthwatering one day series in prospect....

  • grahaam on May 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    No sign of Coventry and no experienced spin!!! Utseya or Price can contain at this level through those long middle overs, Predict a comfortable Bangladesh victory. Mainly because Zimbabwe's dis-respect of international cricket and refuse to select the best available XI .

  • Albert_cambell on May 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I would like to see sikander raza ahead of chakabava. Raza is from pakistan. So he might be a better player of spin. That will be very helpful zimbabwe. Especially against BD spinners. Williams should bat at No.5 and waller should bat No.6.

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  • Albert_cambell on May 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I would like to see sikander raza ahead of chakabava. Raza is from pakistan. So he might be a better player of spin. That will be very helpful zimbabwe. Especially against BD spinners. Williams should bat at No.5 and waller should bat No.6.

  • grahaam on May 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    No sign of Coventry and no experienced spin!!! Utseya or Price can contain at this level through those long middle overs, Predict a comfortable Bangladesh victory. Mainly because Zimbabwe's dis-respect of international cricket and refuse to select the best available XI .

  • on May 2, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    mouthwatering one day series in prospect....

  • Sadequl on May 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    As far as we know Bulawayo is not as pacey as Harare, so it would be helpful if BD can have their regular 11 strength for ODI. Nasir is in his top form atm so we should try to utilize the maximum benefit out of it & he should be promoted in batting line up.

    Zia is far better option then Shamsur or Shafiul atm as an all-rounder, so he should be in the line up too. We know Mahmudullah is off form atm but his spin could have an effect in the game too even if his batting doesn't click, so he also should get a chance as an all-rounder atleast into the 1st ODI. Jahurul should get a break & have a rest for his lack of patients & fruitfulness. Shamsur also should wait for his opportunity in case anyone fails [Tamim,Ashraful or Mahmudullah] to perform poorly in 1st ODI.

    Bangladesh (possible ODI line up s/b) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Robiul Islam.

  • JubayedKhan on May 2, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I want my team should perform well at least in bulawayo which was a very happy hunting ground for us. But for the sake of stats we should not take zim team lightly. I wish there will be a very interesting match coming ahead tomorrow. Go Ahead Tigers.We are always with you.

  • Rubel.ipe07 on May 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I think, Jahurul Islam will definitely get chance in main 11, because he is better player in this format that test format. I don't know, why didn't you pick his name? 100% he will play..................................

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Tamim, ash, Mushi, shakib, nasir, riad, mominul, zia, gazi, razzak, Robiul ............ Shafiul/shuvo/Jahirul/

  • etonmoy on May 2, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    i heard that the peach of Bulawayo has been renovated in recent past (that's why the tour of Bangladesh has been postponed as far as i know). if it is true then it will be interesting to see, how this pitch reacts tomorrows match. Bangladesh should couscous about the first match.

  • Nduru on May 2, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @grahaam: How do you mean Zimbabwe has disrespected international cricket mate? Need I remind you we walloped Bangladesh by a much bigger margin and inside four days - and the second test was not nearly as big a defeat for Zimbabwe. Utseya will be playing as he is the best ODI spinner. We also have Mushangwe, so don't worry about Cremer and his lack of 'experience'. The other selections are injury related, so not really sure what your point is. Unless you are talking about how they destroyed the old team, in which case I agee with you!

  • Sadequl on May 2, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Sorry I missed # 3 Mominul in my advisable list