Who Has the Edge On Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe – The Teams?
Two very good teams have contested a one-day international at the famous National Stadium, Mualem, in Zambia last month. The Zimbabweans are under new management and very much in transition. The other team is the hosts. Zim is probably a little underestimated but I believed they had a chance of pulling it off. Unfortunately, the loss byanga means they will be out of this year’s World Cup.
Last year’s champions, the Pakistanis beat the world number three New Zealanders comfortably, in a very entertaining match. Mualhem was a bit unlucky not to win on the bounce and lose by eleven at the break. However, Saleh Karthik was outstanding and helped his side to take three late wickets which bowled the batsmen out for three days. The Bangladesh team have a lot to prove to their fans that they can win the championship, but with a lot of hard work in the off season, and getting back into the groove of playing regularly, they should definitely top the rankings very soon.
Babington batted well throughout and took ten wickets at the end of the match. Rightly so captain Mumir bin Mohmed was rested and picked up by the national team coach for the tour to Bangladesh. Babington, in my opinion is the future captain of the bat. He has already demonstrated his ability to hit the ball very hard and get the ball down in the outfield, something which he hasn’t been doing too often.
Babington is the best all round player in my opinion and has improved a great deal since joining up with the Zim group. He is calm and Methodical and a fantastic contributor to the success of his team. At the end of the day he needs some time off to himself, to enjoy his family, as well as rest and recover. I think that this will be the most important part of his career so far, after missing out on a couple of test matches in the past due to injury.
This is the first test match to be played between the two nations, and I think it is going to be an excellent one. Bangladesh is a cricketing powerhouse and have the world’s number one Test batting leader in MSF Asif Adiyani, along with many other good players in the team like Azhar Ali, rounder Alzabalek Mendis and opener Kamrul Islam. Pakistan has always had a good cricketing team but haven’t really been able to crack top sides like the Bangladesh team. They did beat the hosts by a narrow margin in the semi final however. I expect a close contest in this one.
This is a one-off test series against a side from UAE (Emirates) who have never done very well in the game. They have managed to score more tries than any other team, but only managed to win one game, against India in UAE in their last season of cricket. I expect Bangladesh to run riot on the ground, as this is a ground that they have enjoyed winning on a consistent basis, and it will be a tough challenge for ZIM to win here. I also expect an all-out attack from the three-headed attack of Adiyani, Azhar, and Islam. Bangladesh cricket has come a long way since their last victory against UAE in their last tournament; they have brought in experienced players like batsman Safron Bulan, who have played a lot of cricket for himself, and opener Azhar Ahmed to try and make things happen on the park for ZIM.
The other side that will be taking on the Bangladesh side is Sri Lanka; the team that narrowly missed out on the last season’s ODI series. And after a disappointing performance in the ODI, they have made a few changes to their team, making six debutants to replace players that were either injured or dropped from the team. The team that will be most interested in taking on the formidable Bangladesh squad is Sri Lanka cricket fans, as they will hope to see their beloved Kumar Sangakkara back in the team after his long injury layoff. However, the side also has some top class batsmen who are capable of winning the games, like Thalappas, Sinhalingam, and Dambwa to name a few. The batsmen of both sides are fairly similar in terms of style and performance, so this may be a one-way battle.
The final match of this Bangladesh tour will be held in Zimbabwe, and it will be another surprise World Cup competition for the Zimbabweans. This is probably the hardest team to beat in the world cup, as they have a lot of talent both on and off the field, which makes it difficult for ZIM put away any batsmen that doesn’t match up to the team. Therefore, I expect a close game, with a lot of pressure on the shoulders of both teams to win this. A victory would give the Zimbabweans a morale boost and help them to qualify for the next World Cup in India, while a defeat would not be such a big blow to the bat of South Africa as they would be able to rebuild their confidence.