The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia delivered some thrilling encounters in the first half. From shocking upsets to the last over thrillers, the tournament keeps on giving. Moreover, as the teams adjust to the conditions and pitches, we could witness more nail-biting encounters later in the tournament.
Minnows Namibia probably produced the upset of the tournament. They beat Asia Cup 2022 champions Sri Lanka in the first match of the T20 World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Meanwhile, the two-time champions West Indies were beaten by the associate nations Ireland and Scotland respectively.
Subsequently, those two-loss meant the West Indies is now out of the tournament. New Zealand beat Australia in the first Super 12 group stage match came as a surprise for everyone. While India and Pakistan played out the last ball thriller that India eventually won, thanks to a superb chase by Virat Kohli.
As we move to the business end of the tournament, several teams are eyeing that semifinal place. So moving forward, we could witness matches of much higher intensity and some shocking results too.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Todays Match Prediction
Zimbabwe earned a place in the Super 12 Group B stage of the tournament after winning their qualifying matches. They beat Scotland in the final game of the qualifiers to enter the group stages. The other teams in their Super 12 Group B include India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands.
Zimbabwe’s first game against South Africa was rained out at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The South African team appeared to be on its way to chasing the total at one point. However, the rain interrupted the game, and both teams shared the points.
Bangladesh, however, qualified for the T20 World Cup 2022 by its ICC T20I international rankings. They beat the Netherlands by 9 runs in their first match of the tournament to cap off a positive start to their World Cup campaign.
In todays match prediction, fans may witness a close contest between two teams who are looking to make a mark in the tournament. Bangladesh would start as the favorites, but Zimbabwe would be riding high in confidence, after their heroics in the qualifying stages.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Head-to-Head T20I Records
Both teams have played 19 T20Is against each other. Out of which Bangladesh has won 12 matches, while Zimbabwe has won 7 matches. The two teams played each other regularly hence, they would be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective teams as well.
Bangladesh is currently placed in 9th position in the ICC T20I team rankings, while Zimbabwe is ranked 11th.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Players to watch out
On both sides, there are a few players who can make a huge difference in the outcome. From the Bangladeshi perspective, skipper Shakib al Hasan can be the most impactful player with both bat and ball in hand.
Shakib has a decent record against Zimbabwe and will use this experience to propel Bangladesh to the top. Likewise, Zimbabwe has Sikandar Raza, who has been in superb form with both bat and ball for the past few months.
Among the other notable players in todays match prediction is wicketkeeper Liton Das from Bangladesh, all-rounder Soumya Sarkar, and all-rounder Mossadek Hossain. Following a disappointing match against South Africa, explosive batter Wesley Madhevere and captain Craig Ervine will look to turn things around for Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Pitch conditions and Weather
The two teams will face each other on October 30, 2022, at the Gabba, Brisbane at 8:30 AM IST. According to the local weather broadcasts, there will be no rain interruption and the match will go ahead smoothly. The maximum temperature will hover around 28-degree celsius and 46% humidity.
The Gabba at Brisbane will host four matches in the tournament. However, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe will be the first match to be played at the venue. The pitch at the Gabba is a beautiful batting strip. It also boasts of good bounce and carries through to the keeper.
The pacers have gone for runs, as the cumulative run rate at the venue in the T20Is is 8.28. The finger spinners can be very effective on the Gabba pitch, as they can squeeze the scoring rate. In addition, toss would not be a huge factor in the game.
It is because out of the 71 T20Is played at the Gabba, the teams batting first have won 33 games, while the teams batting second have won 34 games. In todays match prediction, it would be wise to chase at a fresh Gabba pitch, as the ball would come nicely on the bat as the match progresses.