After being outplayed in the one-off Test and in the three ODIs, Zimbabwe went down in the first of the two T20Is, and are now staring at the likelihood of another series defeat.
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Wednesday, 11 March; 05.00pm local, 11.00am GMT
The format changed, but Zimbabwe's woes remain the same. Much like the ODIs, their bowlers failed to get past Bangladesh's top order in the first T20I, leaving their batsmen with a daunting chase. The scoreboard pressure, and the quality of the Bangladesh attack, meant the Zimbabwe batsmen struggled, none of them going past 28 in the chase. Add to it their lack of intensity in the field, it's quite a malaise for Zimbabwe.
Sean Williams, the Zimbabwe captain, has reiterated the need for the team to execute on all fronts. Zimbabwe need to do that to change their fortunes.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, have been excellent with both bat and ball. Having already taken an unassailable lead in the series, it won't be a surprise if one or both of Hasan Mahmud, the right-arm quick, and bowling all-rounder Nasum Ahmed, are handed their debuts on Wednesday.
Remember the last time
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das continued their glorious run of form, adding 92 runs in 10.2 overs after being asked to bat in the first T20I. The star of the show, however, was Soumya Sarkar, whose unbeaten 62 off 32 balls on his international comeback helped the hosts finish at 200/3 after 20 overs.
Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal's 9⃣2⃣-run stand in the first #BANvZIM T20I is now the highest opening partnership for 🇧🇩 in the format 👏— ICC (@ICC) March 10, 2020
These two have been in some form together 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/OPCuWfD4a6
Zimbabwe lost three quick wickets in the Powerplay, including the important ones of Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (28) and Williams (20) occupied the crease for sometime, followed by some late blitz from the lower order, but that did little to alter the result as they crashed to a 48-run loss.
What they said
Mahmudullah, Bangladesh captain: "It was pleasing to see how the batters performed, especially up front [with] Liton and Tamim. We can't be complacent, we're playing good cricket, but we've to be consistent enough."
Sean Williams, Zimbabwe captain: "We missed our lengths when we bowled. Partnerships again at the top of the order let us down. We should think carefully about the shot selections we make. It's a simple fix. It's just sometimes when things go wrong, they keep going wrong."
The forecast is for clear skies on Wednesday evening in Mirpur. Spin is usually the way to go at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium, as it was evident in the series opener. Teams batting first have won five of the last six completed games at the venue.
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