Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh: Winnable factors for first T20I
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors that will decide who seals a win in the first T20I between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
Bat first or second
The first match of the ZIM v BAN T20I series kicks off in Harare, where run making shouldn’t be a tough prospect. The weather too is set clear for the entire duration of the game. Given what’s transpired in the ODI series, Bangladesh will start as the favourites to win the T20Is, but it would be a folly to ignore the ability and talent of the hosts in the 20-over format.
Brendon Taylor single-handedly took the fight to the tourists in every game of the ODI series. Taylor will bat in the top-order once again, and much of Zimbabwe’s success will depend on how this aggressive and highly skilled batsman goes about his business with the willow.
Star Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib was once again the difference between the two sides in the ODI series. He delivered with both bat and ball in all three games, owing to which, he was even adjudged the man of the series for his all-round efforts. All eyes will be on the 34-year-old cricketer as the two teams lock horns.
Mustafizur Rahman only showed up in the last game of the ODI series. The left-arm pacer shot to limelight in the T20 format and has gathered adequate experience by playing T20 franchise cricket across the globe. His variations with the new and old ball will be handy for the tourists.
Words: Vivek Krishnan
Images: Twitter / Zimbabwe Cricket