Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 1st ODI match between ZIM vs BAN?

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 1st ODI match between ZIM vs BAN?

Bangladesh will be starting as favourites to win this match and the series.

New Zealand v Bangladesh - ODI Game 1
Bangladesh players line up for national anthems. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Preview

After losing the one-off Test, Zimbabwe would look for some retreat by making a mark on the ODIs. The fact they are up against a strong Bangladesh team doesn’t help their cause by any margin. It should also be noted that Bangladesh is on a 16-match winning streak against Zimbabwe.

The last time these two teams played an ODI series against each other, the Zimbabwean side was on a tour to Bangladesh and was absolutely hammered by the hosts. Zimbabwe have a slightly better bowling line-up this time, but Bangladesh still will start as the favorites. 

Match Details

Match – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh – 1st ODI

Venue – Harare Sports Club, Harare

Time – 01:00 PM IST, 09:30 AM Local

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch in Harare is generally batting-friendly. However, the opening spell in the morning will be a bit crucial. There is always a bit of moisture on the pitch in the morning which makes scoring runs not so easy. The team chasing will have an advantage. 

Avg score: 228 (152 ODIs at Harare)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 76, Lost – 73, N/R – 2, Tied- 1

Playing Combinations for ZIM vs BAN

Zimbabwe

Predicted XI

Tinashe Kumunhukamwe, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brendan Taylor (C), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (WK), Donald Tiripano, Luke Jongwe/Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava 

Bench: Tendai Chatara, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Mazakadza/Luke Jongwe, Dion Myers, Milton Shumba.

Bangladesh

Predicted XI

Tamim Iqbal (C), Liton Das (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain/Mustafizur Rahman

Bench: Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mohammad Naim

ZIM vs BAN Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 75 | Zimbabwe – 28 | Bangladesh – 47 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 0

In Zimbabwe

Played – 28 | Zimbabwe – 15 | Bangladesh – 13 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Tamim Iqbal- Bangladesh

In the absence of Mushfiqur Rahim, a lot will depend on Tamim Iqbal, the captain of this team. He has been in good form with the bat going into this match. He missed the Test match due to a niggle but he would be looking to add some runs under his belt. 

Probable best bowler of the match

Blessing Muzarabani- Zimbabwe

Blessing Muzarabani is a much-improved bowler coming into this series. His experience in the Pakistan Super League, that too for the title-winning side, will definitely give him a lot of confidence. He has been known to be the bowler who takes the big scalps and for Bangladesh, he will be one of the biggest threats.

Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh is expected to win

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.