ZIM vs BAN 1st T20I Match Prediction - Who will win today's first T20I?

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 1st T20I match between ZIM vs BAN?

Tamim Iqbal won't be a part of the series due to a knee injury.

Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh
Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh. (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview  

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are set to lock horns in a three-match T20I series, starting Thursday, July 22 at the Harare Sports Club. The Tigers whitewashed the ODI series 3-0, but the fact that the hosts gave them a run for their money can’t be denied. The T20I games are expected to be exciting as well.

Prior to the series, the visitors have been dealt with a blow after Tamim Iqbal was ruled out due to a nagging knee injury. Mahmudullah is set to lead the team in his absence. As far as Zimbabwe are concerned, they will want to make amends after letting Bangladesh off the hook in all the three ODIs.

Match Details

Match – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh – 1st T20I

Venue – Harare Sports Club, Harare

Time – 04:00 PM IST, 12:30 PM Local

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch in Harare has been a sporting one over the years with the average score in excess of 150. However, the track seems to get difficult to bat on as matches progress. Going by the records, batting first should be the way forward. The playing conditions will be sunny with the temperature around 22 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 20s.

Avg score: 152 (26 T20Is in Harare)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost – 18, N/R – 0, Tied – 0

Playing combination for ZIM vs BAN

Zimbabwe

Predicted XI

Tadiwanashe Marumani, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Regis Chakabva (WK), Brendan Taylor (C), Ryan Burl, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara

Bench: Timycen Maruma, Wellington Mazakadza, Donald Tiripano, Dion Myers

Bangladesh

Predicted XI

Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (WK), Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain/Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Shoriful Islam

Bench: Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Aminul Islam Biplob, Nurul Hasan/Mosaddek Hossain

ZIM vs BAN Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 13 | Zimbabwe – 4 | Bangladesh – 9 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0

In Zimbabwe

Played – 2 | Zimbabwe – 1 | Bangladesh – 1 | N/R – 0 | Tie- 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Liton Das– Bangladesh

Liton Das was Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in the ODI series, having notched 155 runs at an average of 51.66. He also notched a century in the opening game of the series. In T20Is, the Dinajpur-born has impressive numbers against Zimbabwe. In five games, the right-hander has scored 193 runs at an average of 48.25 with a top score of an unbeaten 60.

Probable best bowler of the match

Mustafizur Rahman– Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman didn’t play the first two ODIs but made an impact right away in the third game of the series. The left-arm speedster picked up three crucial wickets and put the brakes on the opposition’s scoring. He has decent numbers against Zimbabwe in T20Is as well. In eight T20Is, the southpaw has taken 15 wickets at an impressive average of 12.73.

Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh to win the match.

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.