Upper ranked Bangladesh will face visiting Zimbabwe in the first ODI of their three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The match will start at 1:00pm (Local Time).
On the eve of the first match, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said told media, “I am still not 100 percent fit, but I will take that risk and hopefully I can last till the end…since it is for Bangladesh.”
The captain was talking to media at a press conference on Friday.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said, “The most important part is about to come in the first ODI tomorrow. We just have to make sure what we did yesterday (warm up match against BCB XI), and not change too much.”
Zimbabwe stared their tour campaign with a brilliant 7-wicket victory against BCB XI in the only warm-up match at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Thursday.
Bangladesh have the third-best win-loss ratio in the ODI format in this year after Australia and New Zealand while Zimbabwe have the third-worst record, just above Scotland and UAE.
Bangladesh have won ODI series against Pakistan, India and South Africa this year, while Zimbabwe recently lost both the ODI and the T20 series to Afghanistan, at home.
According to the latest ODI ranking of ICC, Bangladesh is in the upper hand securing 7th slot while Zimbabwe in the 10th position.
Among their 67 ODI battles, Bangladesh registered 36 wins and Zimbabwe sealed 28 while three other matches were abandoned.
Bangladesh white-washed the Zimbabweans two times in five-match ODI series while Zimbabwe also white-washed two times in three-match series.
Both sides played 14 ODI series, of those Bangladesh sealed eight series while Zimbabwe won the remaining six series.
Bangladesh could stick to their tendency of using eight batsmen with Shakib Al Hasan providing the balanced eleven.
The remaining two ODIs of the day-night basis series will be held on November 9 and 11 at the same venue.
Bangladesh Squad (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Arafat Sunny and Mustafizur Rahman.
Zimbabwe squad (probable): Chamu Chibhabha, Richmond Mutumbami, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura (captain), Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Graeme Cremer and Tinashe Panyangara.