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Zimbabwe look to bury bitter recent memories

  • Published at 08:40 pm October 20th, 2018
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Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza bats in the Mirpur nets Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

In spite of the challenges, Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza is optimistic about the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which begins at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday

Zimbabwe have come to Bangladesh with the bitter experience from their tour of South Africa. The side suffered a clean sweep in the ODI and T20I series against the Proteas. 

The start of the Bangladesh tour also saw the Zimbabweans go down to an eight-wicket defeat against BCB XI. 

In the practice game, the tourist first failed with the bat against the local pace attack and then the visiting side’s bowlers suffered at the hands of BCB XI captain Soumya Sarkar, who scored an unbeaten hundred and guided his side to victory.

The situation has left the Zimbabweans to solve more questions, despite the team getting back their experienced campaigners in the shape of Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and lastly, all-rounder Sikandar Raza.

In spite of the challenges, Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza is optimistic about the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which begins at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.

The second and third ODIs will be played in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium Wednesday and Friday respectively.

“We didn’t have a great time in South Africa and in the match [Friday]. We are focused on (Sunday) and on what we can achieve on this tour. We can only go up from here. The guys are really looking forward to it. They are really upbeat,” said Masakadza to the media Saturday.

Slow bowling, particularly left-arm spin, has been Bangladesh’s biggest weapon against Zimbabwe. 

Bangladesh in the series will miss their leading spinner Shakib al Hasan but can count on the services of off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam.

“It is obviously one of the things you focus on when you play in the sub-continent. Spin plays a very big role. We have prepared for it. It is in the back of our minds. I have actually played against [Miraz] quite a few times. We have also watched a lot of him. We definitely know what to expect from him,” said top-order batsman Masakadza.

“The main thing is to stay positive and back ourselves. We also have to deal with the challenge of spin. We can go forward from there,” the Zimbabwe captain added.