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Bangladesh desperate to win against Zimbabwe

Bangladesh since their return to international cricket post Covid-19 at the start of this year have played four Tests and lost three, while one ended as draw

Update : 06 Jul 2021, 10:16 PM

Visiting Bangladesh team will look to better their performance in longer-version when they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the lone Test match at Harare Sports Club starting Wednesday.

Bangladesh since their return to international cricket post Covid-19 at the start of this year have played four Tests and lost three, while one ended as draw.

It started with defeats against the West Indies at home in the two-match series, while in Sri Lanka the side lost the second game after having put up some competitive cricket in the first game of the series.

The Bangladesh think-tank will be relieved as Shakib al Hasan will make a comeback to the Test team after missing out on the second Test against the Windies due to injury, and then the two games in Sri Lanka having preferred to play in the Indian Premier League Twenty20.

There is also good news as middle-order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is now available for the game having recovered from a hairline fracture.

However, the touring side are likely to miss prominent opener Tamim Iqbal for the game.

The left-handed batsman is yet to recover from a knee injury picked up during the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20 last month.

The team management will wait till the last minute over making a decision on Tamim, but in reality the chances seem slim for the prominent batsman to take on the crease.

Bangladesh have been kept in the dark over the wicket, making it difficult for them to decide on the bowling combination.

The wickets have been kept undercover whenever the visiting team would practice at HSC.

The wicket in Harare usually tends to help the pacers more but there is also the fact that in recent times has come in aid to the spinners too.

Bangladesh have recently been tinkering with their pace bowling unit, which is inexperienced.

 “We are yet to see the wicket. We have practice [Tuesday] and hopefully we will get to see it. It is difficult to decide and comment on the combination which we will have for the game without seeing the wicket,” said Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque to the media at the pre-match press conference Tuesday.

Meanwhile, hosts Zimbabwe will miss the services of Sean Williams and Craig Ervine.

The duo have been forced to self-isolate after they reported of having come in contact with Covid-19 positive family members.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor will be the stand-in captain for the home side.

Zimbabwe will look to come out from their recent defeats.

Pakistan had outclassed them in a two-match Test series at home.

Stumper-batsman Regis Chakabva will be looking to maintain his form which he showed against Pakistan.

Right-arm pacer Tendai Chatara has scripted a comeback to the fold to form the pace attack with Blessing Muzarabani.

Zimbabwe also have options to look at in the four uncapped players - opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano, fast bowler Tanaka Chivanga, and batters Joylord Gumbie and Dion Myers - in their 20-member squad.

The game will be televised live on T Sports and Gazi TV from 1:30pm onwards.

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