After a historic win at Silvette, Zimbabwe will test a rare series when they clash with Bangladesh hosts in the second and final test in Dhaka on Sunday, November 11.
Zimbabwe recently won a test series (they beat Bangladesh's one-time test at home in 2011) 14 years ago in 2004. So, they won the Bangladesh 1-0 series in two home exams.
Their latest series win also came against her opposition – a 1-0 win in 2001. Despite this, they have only won one other series (against Pakistan in 1998).
The batting in Zimbabwe will revolve around their skipper, Hamilton Scadze – his highest scorer with 892 runs – in the last five years.
Sean Williams, who has shown a great application in Silate, will be the mainstay of the middle order and will be seen for long periods of time.
Tendai Chatara will lead the rhythm attack while Sikander Raza, the spinner who has chosen his best career 6-76 in Sylhet, will be the main spinner. Brandon Mabota, Helgi, who has chosen 4-21 in the second roundings for the debut at Sylhet will also be a threat to the interim systems. Zimbabwe may name eleven.
Bangladesh should be concerned. They lost 7 out of 8 tests (and one painter) they played after their historic victories over Australia in Dhaka in August 2017. More worrying is the margin of defeats – four defeats exceeding 150 runs, two innings "defeats and one in seven.
Moreover they have 12 team scores (at 16 rounds) of less than 200 in these 15 months.
Bangladesh's top order was not disclosed during this period. They set up only three fifty positions in 16 rounds. Imrul Kayes has not scored half a century in 12 innings during this period.
Mominul Haque, who was his highest scorer with 502 runs during this period (and only one to score 100, which he did twice) will pivot at number three.
Mohammed Mithon may make his debut instead of Shantou, who failed to impress both rounds in the expedition.
Also a deep concern will be the shape of Mahmudala – who has only crossed 20 times in his last nine rounds.
Mustafa's return to eleven would strengthen the pace of the attack. But the hosts will again depend heavily on the Taj Islam (11 wickets in Sylhet) and their spin attack to do the damage.
The field is expected to help a large number of spinners – as was the case in Dhaka in the last two years. The weather will continue to be dry.