Zimbabwe eye to break losing streak

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:46, Feb 28,2020


Bangladesh one-day international captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza (L) shares some thoughts with head coach Russell Domingo during a training session at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Friday. — BCB photo

Zimbabwe’s limited-overs skipper Chamu Chibhabha on Friday was optimistic to end their 13-match losing streak in one-day internationals against Bangladesh when they take on the hosts in the first of the three-match ODI series in Sylhet on March 1.

‘Anything can happen. Whoever shows up and plays better cricket have got a better chance of winning the game. Whoever does the basic will do better on the day,’ Chibhabha told reporters in Sylhet.

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are familiar foes, having met each other in exactly 100 international matches across all three formats.

Zimbabwe dominated Bangladesh in the early years of the rivalry but in the last decade, Bangladesh have gained the upper hand by winning more matches.

Bangladesh are currently on a 13-match winning streak in ODIs against the African side which started in 2014 with all of those matches taking place in Bangladesh.

‘As I said we are playing Bangladesh constantly for the last couple of years, even before I started playing international cricket I still remember playing against Sakib [al Hasan], Mushfiq[ur Rahim] in age side cricket before they started representing Bangladesh,’ he said.

‘You know Bangladesh is like our second home .We are excited to be here .it is always nice to play here and hopefully we can put up some good performances,’ he added.

Bangladesh, who have not played an ODI match at home since their 2018 series against West Indies, will have to play their first ODI series without ace all-rounder Sakib since his ban in last year’s October, which Chibhaba felt was a blessing for the visitors.

Sakib, who is the leading run-scorer as well as the highest wicket-taker in ODIs between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, is currently serving a one-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council for not reporting corrupt approaches by a bookie.

‘As a group, we are excited to go. The last time Bangladesh played here is against West Indies and we are going through that game and we know what we needed to do,’ he said.

‘We played Bangladesh consistently we know what we expect right now we are focusing on what we need to do in our game plan.

‘Look Sakib is a huge player for Bangladesh. He won’t be around. It brings a new opening in the line-up. He is a two in one player with bat and ball. They are not having Sakib which will be better for us,’ he added.

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