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ZIM vs BAN, 3rd T20I – MPL Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, (ZIM vs BAN, 3rd T20I)

Date: August 2, 2022 – 4:30 PM IST

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Zimbabwe will take on Bangladesh in the 3rd and final T20I match at Harare Sports Club in Harare on Tuesday. The series is currently tied 1-1 with Zimbabwe winning the first game and Bangladesh winning the second.

In the first T20I, Zimbabwe put up an excellent show with the bat, collecting 205 runs in 20 overs with the help of a half century each from Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza. In reply, Bangladesh fell short of the target by 17 runs despite a good fight from Nurul Hasan and Litton Das. The likes of Luke Jongwe and Wellington Masakadza did well with the ball.

In the second T20I, however, Zimbabwe’s performance with the bat was poor. Apart from Sikandar Raza (62) and Ryan Burl (32), none of the other batsmen contributed as the side eventually managed only 135 runs. Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain was the wrecker-in-chief, picking up five wickets in his four overs. In response, Bangladesh chased down the target in 17.3 overs. The chase was powered by a half century from Litton Das.

The two teams will now look to seal the series when the final T20I gets underway on Tuesday. Ahead of the third T20I between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, let’s look at the head to head total of both points, pitch report, weather update and more.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I

The pitch at the Harare Sports Club is balanced for both batsmen and bowlers but the pace bowlers get more assistance than the slow bowlers. A total of 34 T20 matches have been played at this venue, of which 21 were won by the teams batting first. The average first innings score is 157 and the average second innings score is 136. The highest total recorded at the Harare Sports Club is 229 for 2 while the lowest is 99 for 10. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first.

The weather in Harare will be favourable for an uninterrupted game of cricket. It is mostly going to be sunny with the temperature fluctuating between 24 and 30° C. 

Bangladesh – Expected XI and Team News 

Team news – Bangladesh are without quite a few of their key players for the T20I series, which probably led to their loss in the opening game. Tamim Iqbal has retired from T20Is, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have been rested, while Shakib Al Hasan has taken a break.

Full squad – Nurul Hasan (c & wk), Munim Shahriar, Anamul Haque, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Parvez Hossain Emon.

Probable XI – Liton Das, Anamul Haque, Najmul Shanto, Afif Hossain, Munim Shahriar, Nurul Hasan (c & wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed.

Zimbabwe – Expected XI and Team News 

Team news – Zimbabwe are likely to go with the same playing XI despite losing the second T20I. Sikandar Raza is in red hot form and will be his side’s main player in the series decider.

Full squad – Craig Ervine (captain), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Blessing Muzarabani, Dion Myers, Ainsley Ndlovu, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams.

Probable XI – Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Sean Williams, Wessly Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Tony Munyonga, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava.

Head to head record of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have faced each other in 18 matches in T20 internationals. Out of these 18 games, Zimbabwe have won 6 whereas Bangladesh have come out on top on 12 occasions.

Total games – 18

Zimbabwe – 6

Bangladesh – 12

Five players to watch out for in the ZIM vs BAN 2nd T20I

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for ZIM vs BAN 2nd T20I: 

Litton Das – wicketkeeper batsman, Bangladesh

Litton Das is the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh with 88 runs in two matches. Earlier, he also put up some fine performances in the series against the West Indies. He is among the most experienced players in the current team, bringing with him the experience of 54 T20Is, from which he has an average and strike rate of over 20 and over 122. 

Sikandar Raza – all-rounder, Zimbabwe

The veteran all-rounder has been in red hot form in the recent past. He scored an unbeaten 65 in the first T20I, and followed it with a knock of 62 in the second T20I. Raza also picked up a wicket each in both the games. Before the start of this series, he smashed 82 runs off just 40 balls against USA, and 87 runs off 40 balls against Singapore. In all, he has a batting average of 20.39 along with 28 wickets in 57 T20Is.

Sean Williams – all-rounder, Zimbabwe

Sean Williams has not performed up to expectations in both the first two games – he scored 33 runs in the first T20I and 8 runs in the next. But given the experience Williams brings to the table, he is still a must have player in your fantasy cricket team. Williams has played 57 T20Is for Zimbabwe, from which he has a batting average of almost 25 along with 37 wickets.

Mustafizur Rahman – Bowler, Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman has picked up three wickets in the first two games and will be looking for a couple of more wickets in the final T20I. Earlier this year, however, the pacer bowled a few impressive spells in the IPL 2022 for the Delhi Capitals.  Overall, Rahman has 90 wickets in 68 T20Is at a strike rate of 15.9. 

Luke Jongwe – bowler, Zimbabwe

Luke Jongwe picked up two wickets in the first T20I but went wicketless in the second game. The 27-year-old will now be looking to claim a few wickets in the last game. In all, he has 47 wickets in 37 T20Is.

MPL Fantasy XI

ZIM vs BAN, 3rd T20I: Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The T20I series between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will not be televised live in India but you can watch the game on Fancode or YouTube. The game will begin at 4:30 PM IST on August 2.  

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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