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Bangladesh looks to extend winning run at home

Zimbabwe will be eager to put recent defeats against Afghanistan behind it as ODI series kicks off in Mirpur

Bangladesh looks to extend winning run at home - Cricket News
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, plays a shot.
These are fairly good times for Bangladesh. It had a good run in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, defeated Pakistan, India and South Africa at home, and by virtue of those wins, sealed a berth in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. 
The home side now have a chance to extend its winning run when it takes on Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International of the three-match series on Saturday (November 7) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. 
The tour, that was supposed to be held in January 2016, was advanced after Australia cancelled their tour in late September. Zimbabwe will be the first side to arrive in Bangladesh since South Africa in August and this gives the home team a good chance to prolong its good run.
In the three series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa, Bangladesh benefited a lot from the start Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar gave. Bangladesh will be forced to look for a replacement for Sarkar after the allrounder was ruled out of the ODI and the Twenty20 International series. Sarkar strained his left side during practice and is expected to be out of action for at least two to three weeks. 
This also gives Imrul Kayes, Sarkar’s replacement, a chance to make his way into the limited-overs side. Kayes has scored of 51, 150 and 72 in the last eight innings he has played in Tests but last played an ODI against India in the quarterfinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Kayes made a promising 56 against the Zimbabweans to increase his chances of opening in the first match.
The Bangladesh selectors have dropped Rubel Hossain and called up the uncapped Kamrul Islam Rabbi, a 23-year-old pacer, in the 14-member squad. Rabbi has picked up 42 wickets in 28 List A matches at 27.52. The promising pacer will have to compete for a spot in the playing XI with Al-Amin Hossain. Mashrafe Mortaza still remains doubtful as he has not recovered fully from dengue fever. 
For Zimbabwe, it's an opportunity to erase the memories of the ODI and T20I series losses against Afghanistan. It will be a challenge as the last time Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh was just before the ICC Cricket World Cup, and it lost the five-match series 0-5. But if it manages to pull of series win, it would be its first in the country since 2001.  
Zimbabwe has made a promising start to the tour by defeating the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by seven wickets. While the bowling looked somewhat rusty, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Chigumbura struck half-centuries. If Zimbabwe play to the potential it displayed in the warm-up game, the series could see a cracking contest. 

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (wk), Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), MahmudullahRiyad, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Kamrul Islam.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro, Graeme Cremer,Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

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