BD-ZIM home series outcomes, make your picks now!!!
just like the last series, lets see what happens and who the smart-pant winners are.
Recent Head to Head:
in Zimbabwe, August 2009: Bangladesh won 4-1
in Bangladesh, January 2009: Matches drawn 2-2 (Bangladesh won series 2-1)
Tamim vs Masakadza - Both batsmen have recently been pummeling opposing bowlers into submission; the battle between the two openers will thus be the most exciting game within the game. Expect Tamim to win out on familiar pitches, but be prepared for a Maskadza surprise.
Junaid vs Vermeleun - Both of these batsmen can score decent knocks against top opposition, but usually they are overshadowed by their flashier or more talented teamates. The guys will likely have some single digit scores and a 50 here and there. (Advantage Even)
Ashraful vs Coventry - Each scored a century in their previous head to head series, but were mostly quiet the remainder of the matches. Both batsmen are struggling to shrug of the tag of inconsistency that is obvious from their early 20 averages. It is impossible to say who will win this battle, but BD fans yearn for a day when it would simply be based on talent. Nonetheless, an extremely even matchup is pipped only slightly by Ash's numerous match-winners against both strong and weak opposition.
Raqib vs Taibu - The Rock's form has been patchy at best although he performed decently in Zimbabwe. If he keeps things simple, he can be a highly productive force, proven by the fact that he owns the 2nd highest average on his team. His African counterpart returns after a long ban, and may struggle to find form early. However, Taibu too can be a prolific accumulator, although he lacks the match-winning firepower of a Chigumbura or Taylor. Expect gritty batting from both men, with form favoring the Rock.
Sakib vs Taylor - The are two guys who play nerveless cricket. Fans from either side will never forget the amazing comeback and game-clinching six by Taylor against Bangladesh in 2006. Sakib on the other hand, will bat, field, and bowl with the best of them, and will likely captain the side in the absence of injured skipper, Mortaza. Sakib is a better batsmen, but his ability to impact the game on all fronts translates into Bangladesh's biggest edge.
Mushfiq vs Williams - Both are solid batsmen, possibly their respective teams' bests. Rahim is the better batter, but Williams can affect the game with the ball as well. In addition, the Bangladeshi stumper is likely to give a few free-bees away with his oft-sloppy glovework.
Naeem vs Chigumbura - This is Zimbabwe's best matchup. Chigumbura is a poor-man's Yuvraj Singh, and his explosiveness with the bat down the order is phenomenal. Naeem's only shot of competing would be to move up the order, but that is unlikely. No offense to Naeem Islam, but Chigumbura and Zimbabwe run away with this one.
Riyad vs Price - Price is very accurate, and has gotten under the Bangladeshi's skin on multiple occaisions. He can also bat a bit too. Riyad is a decent all-round prospect, and his batting edge evens this matchup a good bit.
Enamul vs Utseya - Utseya looked quite shabby against Bangladesh recently, averaging just 70 with the ball. His strength had been tidy bowling spells, but the Bangladeshi batsmen look comfy against him nowadays. He may get some advantage for the subcontinental pitches, but Enam would get just as much. If Enam can bowl moderately well, this will be a huge edge for BD, thats just how ordinary the Zimbabwean captain is.
Rubel vs Jarvis - Both men are young and raw. Pace is their trade, and experience favors the young Rubel Hossain who has a decent record against Zimbabwe thus far. It will be a very exciting battle as speedy battles usually are. Jarvis may also tend to get hit a bit if he doesn't watch his line and length bowling to the likes of Tamim Iqbal.
Rasel vs Mpofu - Mpofu has seen limited action recently, and is probably not better than Rainsford and Mupariwa. Although they seemed rather ineffective against Bangladesh a couple of months ago. Rasel will be hoping to keep things tight, and perhaps the sluggish tracks in Dhaka and Chittagong will suit him better than Bulawayo's flat tracks.
Bangladesh 6-1 (out of 11)
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