The first T20I of the series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be played on November 13 and the Bangladesh v Zimbabwe 1st T20I betting tips & predictions can be found in the article that follows.
Zimbabwe begin the final part of their tour to Bangladesh on Friday when they play the first of two scheduled T20Is. Three comprehensive ODI defeats have left the African minnows short on confidence, and looking like a side that can’t wait to board the plane back home.
The Bangladesh selectors have added Kamrul Islam Rabbi to the 14 players that made up the squad for the third ODI. It is a first T20I call up for Kamrul, who is still to make his international debut.
Although there is consistency in selection with the ODI squad retained en masse, there are five changes from the team that took the field for the last T20I that Bangladesh played, back in July against South Africa.
Shakib Al Hasan has been omitted, which allows him to remain with his family in the USA, while Soumya Sarkar was unavailable through injury, and Rubel Hossain is not yet sufficiently recovered from the calf trouble that has been troubling him. Both Rony Talukdar and Sohag Gazi were dropped from the squad.
In place of the “missing” five, as well as Kamrul, the Bangladesh selectors have brought in Imrul Kayes and Al-Amin Hossain, both of whom have performed well in the ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Mahmudullah returns having missed out against South Africa due to a finger injury. Anamul Haque is re-introduced to the international squad having missed out since the World Cup in Australasia earlier in 2015.
This will be only the third time that the two countries have met in a bilateral T20I series. In 2013 a two match series played in Zimbabwe was drawn 1-1. while a one-off match in the 2006/07 season was won by the hosts Bangladesh.
Bangladesh are currently ranked tenth in the ICC’s T20 table, while Zimbabwe occupy fourteenth position.
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe T20Is head to head:
The two sides have played each other thrice and Bangladesh lead the head to head 2-1.
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe 1st T20I betting tips & predictions:
Bangladesh to win: 2/5 (bet365)
Mahmudullah to be top Bangladesh batsman: 9/2
Match starts at 5 pm local time (1300 hrs GMT) on November 12.