T20 series preview: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe

Bangladesh

The last time Bangladesh and Zimbabwe met in the shortest format, which was only two months ago, the series was shared so expect some close encounters as both sides build towards the World T20 in March.

Both countries have already confirmed that they will use the four-match series to experiment and test combinations ahead of the showpiece event, but also know that winning will breed confidence.

The home team will welcome allrounder Shakib Al Hasan back into the side as he missed the last T20 series, in November, while opening batsman Soumya Sarkar also returns.

The Tigers have not quite found a formula on how to replicate their ODI form into the shortest format of the game, their batsman often struggling to know at what tempo to score.

Zimbabwe have called up the trio of Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori and Sean Williams for the games. Sibanda and Vitori make returns after being dropped while Williams was injured.

Hamilton Masakadza seems to have had a positive impact when he returned to the side at the top of the order in the previous series against Afghanistan.

Key players

As always for the Tigers, Shakib will play a vital in determining how the series will pan out. He is a hard-hitter in the middle-order while he is a world-class left-arm spinner.

The return of Williams to the batting line up for the African side is key as they really struggled against Afghanistan in the UAE.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2015 second T20: Zimbabwe won by three wickets
2015 first T20: Bangladesh won by four wickets
2013 second T20: Bangladesh won by 34 runs
2013 first T20: Zimbabwe won by six runs
2006 only T20: Bangladesh won by 43 runs

Squads:

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Arafat Sunny, Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Chamu Chibhabha, Neville Madziva, Luke Jongwe, Taurai Muzarabani, Tendai Chisoro, Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori

Fixtures

First T20: 15 January in Khulna
Second T20: 17 January in Khulna
Third T20: 20 January in Khulna
Fourth T20: 22 January in Khulna

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