Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh: Winnable factors for third T20I
Sportsbet.io highlights the key factors that will decide who seals a win in the third T20I between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
Bat first or second
The pitch of Harare Sports Club is expected to aid the batsmen, meaning that one can expect decent totals on the board. In the last two T20Is, the 150-run mark has been breached on all four occasions. In the two matches, Zimbabwe have won the toss and have decided to bat first. Expect a similar outcome from the toss winning captain in the third T20I.
Opening batsman Wessley Madhevere delivered a Man-of-the-Match performance in the second T20I, scoring 73 off 57 balls. His innings included five boundaries and three sixes. Judging by the form he is in, he is rightly tipped to add more to his tally of 96 runs in two T20Is so far.
For Bangladesh, Mohammad Naim will be the key. While he wasn’t at his best in the second match, his return of 63 runs off 51 balls in the first match is enough to lay a strong claim.
Wellington Masakadza is averaging an impressive 13.33 in two T20Is so far. Apart from that, he also has three wickets to his name; all of which came in the second T20I. He is rightly expected to be Zimbabwe’s key player against Bangladesh.
Shoriful Islam of Bangladesh is currently the top wicket-taker of the T20I series, having picked five wickets in two innings. He has done so at an excellent bowling average of 10. He will be key to Bangladesh’s attempt of winning the series.
Words: Swapnil Bhopatkar