Zimbabwe still ahead of Bangladesh
Bangladesh have changed in their performances quite a lot over the years. Although Bangladesh dominate the limited overs records over Zimbabwe, they still lag behind in Tests.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have faced head-to-head 14 times since 2001. There have been three drawn matches. Since Zimbabwe’s return to Test cricket in 2011, all Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Tests have seen results.
The Tigers won their first Test against Zimbabwe in January 2005 in Chattogram, which was eventually Bangladesh’s first-ever victory in Tests. They have won four more; one in 2013 and three in 2014.
Despite that, Zimbabwe have better record against Bangladesh with six wins. Two of them came after their readmission. They won in their comeback Test (one-off Test) in Harare in 2011 and then humiliated Bangladesh by an innings in the first Test in 2013. Bangladesh won the next Test to level the series.
The year 2014 saw Bangladesh’s best Test performance in a series. They thrashed visitors Zimbabwe by 3-0 in a three-match series. That was the second time Bangladesh won a Test series against Zimbabwe after 1-0 in 2005. Out of seven series, Zimbabwe have won four of them and one being an equalizer.
With the first Test starting on Saturday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh would like to level head-to-head records. The second Test will run from November 11-15 in Dhaka. So far, five of Bangladesh’s Test wins have come against Zimbabwe.
Brendan Taylor is the leading run-scorer in Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Tests with 793 runs in 8 matches at an average of 61 including three tons. Current skipper Hamilton Masakadza also has three hundreds, amassing 744 runs in same number of matches.
Injured players – Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have over 400 runs against them, 474 and 422 respectively. Habibul Bashar scored 508 runs in eight Tests. Mominul Haque (four matches) and Mushfiqur Rahim (six matches) have 373 runs each.
Shakib leads the bowling chart with 26 scalps in six Tests. Enamul Haque Jr (21) and Heath Streak (20) are other two with over 20 wickets. Taijul Islam has 17 in three matches against them. He took a country-best 8-for in Dhaka Test in 2013. In the current Zimbabwean squad, Kyle Jarvis has the most wickets with 14 in three Tests.