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Masakadza: Pressure is on Bangladesh

  • Published at 06:13 pm November 10th, 2018
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Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor bats in the Mirpur nets Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

A Test series win will definitely boost Zimbabwe cricket as they have been struggling recently, particularly after getting eliminated at the World Cup Qualifiers this year

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza believes host Bangladesh are under pressure ahead of the series-deciding Test match, and said his team will try to be on top once again as they bid to win a memorable Test series.

Zimbabwe’s first Test win against Bangladesh in Sylhet was their first ever Test win in 17 years. 

After losing the ODI series 3-0, such win in the first Test gave them more confidence ahead of the second match, and skipper Masakadza is eyeing another commanding performance over the home side.

“The performance in the first Test gives us a lot of confidence. And going into the game ahead, it is always good for the team. We know that there will be more pressure on them (Bangladesh). So I am definitely very confident for this match,” said Masakadza during the pre-match press conference in Mirpur Saturday.

“We know Bangladesh will be hungry and they will come harder against us. They are a very proud team, and very good team. We expect a very tough battle. We expect them to come very hard to try to level the series. But we are also prepared to give them a good game,” he added.

Zimbabwe camp knows that the Dhaka wicket will produce a result. 

They are ready to face the challenge and the playing XI will be decided according to the pitch.   

“Mirpur wicket is always been a bit of a stranger. You will never really know what you really get. It does look little bit dry, very similar to the one-day wicket that we played on. So I expect to play on the same wicket. We haven’t still discussed about the playing XI. Obviously, there won’t be too many changes since we won the first one,” said the 35-year old.

“This is always a result wicket. We know that to win the series we have to win. As a team we are definitely looking forward to do it and trying to be on top again,” he added.

A Test series win will definitely boost Zimbabwe cricket as they have been struggling recently, particularly after getting eliminated at the World Cup Qualifiers this year.

“It will be huge for the team if we manage to win the series. We haven’t won a series in recent past and didn’t win too many games so it will be really a boost for the team if they come with a win here. We obviously came here looking for a result. If we get a result then it will be great for us,” Masakadza concluded.