In the two-day practice match against the Zimbabwe Select XI, Shakib Al Hasan hit a fifty and bagged three wickets. Along with him, Mehidy Hasan Miraz also bagged three scalps. The match, which took place at the Takashinga Sports Club, Highfield, Harare, ended in a draw on Sunday.
Bangladesh won the toss in this match and opted to bat first. The tourists posted a total of 313 for two and declared their innings, with Shakib (74), Saif Hassan (65), and Najmul Hossain Shanto (52) doing well with the bat.
In reply, Zimbabwe Select XI tumbled for 202 . Captain Timycen Maruma was the best batsman for them hitting 58 off 132 balls.
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For Bangladesh, Shakib bagged three wickets conceding 34 runs while Miraz also scalped as many wickets conceding 64. Besides them, Shoriful Islam took two wickets, and Taskin Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain took one wicket each.
The one-off Test will take place from July 7 at the Harare Sports Club. The three ODIs will take place on July 16, 18, and 20 while the T20Is will be played on July 23, 25, and 27 respectively at the same venue.
Test and ODIs will start at 1:30 pm (Bangladesh time) while T20Is at 4:30 pm (Bangladesh time).
Bangladesh’s last Zimbabwe tour was in 2013 when the Tigers ended up the series in a draw winning the one match of the two-match series.
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After 2013, Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh thrice for the Test series and lost two of them, with the last series was a one-off Test affair.
Overall, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe took each other in nine Test series. Of them, Zimbabwe won four and Bangladesh came up victorious in three. The other two series ended up a draw.
Bangladesh’s Test squad:
Muminul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Shdman Islam, Saif Hassan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehedy Hasan Miraz, Taizul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Rahi, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain and Shoriful Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan and Naeem Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad.