Bangladesh eye a fresh start against Zimbabwe

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:05, Feb 21,2020 | Updated: 01:25, Feb 21,2020


Bangladesh will be looking to start afresh putting behind their recent woes when they take on familiar foes Zimbabwe in the one-off Test series, starting on Saturday at Mirpur.

The match is scheduled to begin at 9:30am and will be televised live on GTV.

The Tigers are in a rut in Test format losing their last six Test matches, five of them by an innings margin.

Bangladesh batsmen failed to showcase natural performance in their last 10 Test innings, when they failed to make 250-plus  total on a single occasion.

The Tigers were expecting to improve on their performance against Zimbabwe, who they defeated five times in their last six meetings in Test format. 

‘After losing the last Test [against Pakistan], we all sat together. We decided to try and start afresh and made plan how we could improve more. We wanted to start with little things,’ opener Saif Hasan told reporters in Mirpur on Thursday.

‘I hope that it will start from this Test match. We are hoping to get a good result,’ he added.

The one-off Test will also be special for both the teams as it will be the 100th international match between the two familiar opponents, who played so far 16 Tests, 72 one-day internationals and 11 Twenty20 internationals.

Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza promised to give the home side a good run for their money after an impressive show against Sri Lanka in recent series, which they lost narrowly at home by 0-1.

‘We lost the first Test against Sri Lanka which we could have easily drawn. The second Test was a lot closer than the result showed. We have taken a lot of confidence from there,’ said Raza.

‘The mentality of the boys is our main strength.  We always had strong mentality. We are ready for the challenge,’ he added. 

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