A momentous day for Zimbabwean cricket saw the Chevrons come out on top against Pakistan in a staggering game that went right to the wire. Our Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe betting tips come fresh off the back of that result, which throws the group wide open.
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The action gets underway from 7.30 am IST at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Sunday 30th October.
The scenes in Harare after Raza completed the run out of Shaheen Afridi went viral, as fans danced on the tables in sports bar throughout the capital! Indeed, the whole country was brought to a standstill to cheer their side home.
The Tigers are favourites to come through this one at 1.59, but we think Zimbabwe are the value bet here at 2.32
They have some genuine world class talent in their ranks - see Sikandar Raza - and can build off some confidence-boosting results to launch an assault on qualifying for the next round!
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It has been a breakthrough tournament for Raza, who was influential yet again for the Chevrons in the famous win over Pakistan on Thursday - nabbing the victory-sealing run out when all the pressure was on!
He wasn't at his best with the bat, but he was bewitching with the ball - taking 3/26 from four overs. His unique action, which involves hiding the ball behind his body as he runs into bowl, is proving incredibly difficult for batters to pick up.
He has now taken eight wickets so far in this tournament, the joint second-highest! Only Wanindu Hasaranga has more scalps to his name!
You can back him finish top wicket taker for Zimbabwe at odds of 4.3.
The Tigers scraped past the Netherlands in their opening game, winning by nine runs in a match they would have hoped to win a shade more comfortably. Last time out, they were absolutely pummelled by South Africa - the Proteas registering 205/5 from their 20 overs. In reply, Bangladesh could only muster 101 all out.
We know Bangladesh have some good bowlers in their side, but it’s in the batting where we worry - to lose by more than 100 runs in any Twenty20 game is the stuff of embarrassment. Their effort helped by skipper Shakib Al Hasan failing to review an LBW decision which would have reprieved him - it was one of those days for the Tigers!
However, they have already topped their points total from last year, where they finished the tournament without a single victory.
There is no denying they have some talent in their ranks, but we think the Chevrons should have too much in the locker!
After taking four wickets in the victory over the Netherlands, the 27-year-old pacer was brought back to earth with a bump against the Proteas. Returning figures of 1/46 from three overs, Taskin was taken to the cleaners by Rilee Rossouw and company.
Despite being a relative youngster in cricketing terms, he does have some miles under the belt in this format, having played in 43 matches up to this point. He will be able to handle the setback, and the Zimbabwean batting line-up is weaker than South Africa’s.
If you fancy him to bounce back, you can bet on him to finish top wicket-taker for the Tigers at odds of 4.3.
Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
Zimbabwe are surprising swathes of onlookers at the moment - they came through a tricky qualifying group and after an abandonment against South Africa, they are undefeated in the Super 12s stage!
The victory over Pakistan was a sensational low-scoring thriller - the sort only World Cups can conjure! They looked dead and buried at one point - with two balls left, Pakistan just needed three runs!
However, back-to-back wickets, one from Brad Evans and one run out, led to insane celebrations! Skipper Craig Ervine cut an emotional figure after the game, telling the TV crews: “"It's so special, especially after the work we did to get into the Super 12s. We didn't want our tournament to end there, we wanted to come in and play some really good cricket against some top teams and I think we did that exceptionally well today.”
There are no new injuries for team management to consider.
Sikandar Raza may have topped the wicket-taking charts, but Brad Evans showed steely confidence to bowl the final over and seal victory for his side.
He ended with figures of 2/25 from his four overs, and don’t be surprised to see him rival Raza for the top wicket-taking rankings once again.
If you prefer Evans in the market, you can get him at odds of 4.5.
Regis Chakabva(wk), Craig Ervine(c), Wesley Madhevere. Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, and Blessing Muzarabani
The Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe head to head record currently stands at 12-7 to the Tigers - however, Zimbabwe have been enjoy some success over them of late, winning three of the last five games!
The rain that has been plaguing the World Cup so far should stay away from Brisbane on Sunday - fine conditions and sunny skies are forecast!
This feels like it’s the tournament of the underdog - following that theory, we’re predicting a win for Zimbabwe! The Chevrons are in good form, have some brilliant players on their roster, and we can see them springing another surprise here!