|Bangladesh v Zimbabwe 2014|
ScheduleMonday, 3 November 2014 at 03:30 GMT / 03:30 UK / 09:00 IST
VenueAbu Naser Stadium, Khulna
The Bangladeshi spinners ripped through the batting line up of Zimbabwe who were unable to follow the quality spin, lost the first Test and will anticipate a better show in the next one. The home spinners grabbed 18 wickets in both innings while the visitor’s slow bowlers were able to take two mere wickets in the game. The low scoring opening Test was dominated by the bowlers from either sides and no batsman was able to reach the three figures. The Bengal Tigers clinched the game by a narrow margin of three wickets and the match was rolled back in just three days. The hosts are leading the three Test series at 1-0 and will anticipate enhancing their lead to 2-0 whereas the tourists will try to level it.
The left arm spin duo of Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan penetrated through the strong batting line up of Zimbabwe and shared 16 scalps. The first captured eight wickets in the second innings while the latter was instrumental in taking six in the first while Jubair Hossain and Shahadat Hossain done the rest. Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim registered fifties in the match and Tamim Iqbal along with Shamsur Rahman can get back their form. They have left out their pace bowler, Al-Amin Hossain, for the next game who will be replaced by the wicketkeeper batsman, Anamul Haque.
Sikandar Raza was the only batsman of Zimbabwe who touched fifty runs mark, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabava must change their tactics against spin. Their express bowler Tinashe Panyangara, Elton Chigumbura bowled well but their spinners should learn from the rival slow bowlers.
Monday, November 3 – Friday November 7, 2014 @ 03:30 GMT, 09:30 local at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna. The venue was inaugurated in 2004 with a capacity of 15,000, hosted its only Test between Bangladesh and West Indies from November 21 – 25, 2012 that was grasped by the Caribbeans by a hefty margin of 10 wickets.
A sunny atmosphere is predicted from the metrological department with the temperatures around 20-30ᵒC.
The winner will opt to bat and must try to score plenty of runs which can provide them a lead in the first innings.
It has proved to be a fast track in the only Test played in 2012 where West Indian fast bowlers grabbed 16 wickets and were unplayable for the home side.
Bangladesh – Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Jubair Hossain,
Zimbabwe – Brendan Taylor (C), Vusi Sibanda, Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panayangara, Tendai Chatara, Tafadwza Kamungozi.
Zimbabwe has the capability of bouncing back and can win the game.