ZIM vs BAN 1st Test: Top 3 battles to watch out for from Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh One-off Test – Bangladesh will kick start their Zimbabwe tour with a one-off Test followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. The side will be led by Mominul Haque in the longest format of the game. The match will be played on July 7 at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Harare. In the build-up to the Test, a warm-up match was played where the Tigers outshined the hosts in all three departments. However, Bangladesh will not take Zimbabwe lightly as they some experienced players like Brendan Taylor and impressive young talents like Blessing Muzarabani. The visitors will count on veterans Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed.
In this article, we at Insidesport will take you through three battles that will be seen in the Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh One-off Test.
ZIM vs BAN 1st Test: Tamim Iqbal vs Blessing Muzarabani
Tamim Iqbal who has been opening the batting for Bangladesh for over 10 years is a key player for the host. The 32-year-old holds the upper hand against Zimbabwe as he has scored 463 runs in six games with the help of two centuries against them. Southpaw is in blistering form in 2021 as he has scored 383 runs with an average of 54.71. However, he is yet to score a ton in 2021. While on the other hand, Sean Williams will aim to counter Tamim Iqbal with their young pacer Blessing Muzaraban. The right-arm pacer Blessing has shown a glimpse of the talent he possesses in the five-Test he has played so far. The 24-year-old has picked 15 wickets at an average of 23.46.
ZIM vs BAN: Shakib Al Hasan vs Donald Tiripano
Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan is doubtful for the Test against Zimbabwe but if he plays then it would be a big boost for the visitors. Coach Russell Domingo has confirmed that Tamim is yet to fully recover from a knee injury that he sustained during Dhaka Premier League last month. The 34-year-old has scored 474 runs against ZIM in six games while in 2021 he has just played one game so far where he scored a fifty vs West Indies. The host will look to counter him with right-arm pacer Donald Tiripano. The 33-year-old veteran will aim to use his experience against Shakib. Tiripano has claimed 24 wickets in 14 games so far.
ZIM vs BAN 1st Test: Brendan Taylor vs Taskin Ahmed
Brendan Taylor has been the backbone of Zimbabwe’s batting lineup for over a decade. The 35-year-old has over 2000 runs in the longest format of the game. However, the year 2021 has not been so kind with Taylor as he has scored only 92 runs in two Tests. Taylor is a prolific player against spin thus Bangladesh will look to attack him with pace. Taskin Ahmed is in fine form and will look to take the big wicket of Taylor. In 2021, the right-arm pacer has picked eight wickets in just two Tests. This will be his first Test against ZIM and he will look to leave an impact.