ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH 2018-19
Zimbabwe will look to go for a win in the final Test © AFP
With Zimbabwe chasing only their third overseas Test series win, skipper Hamilton Masakadza urged his team to build on the confidence from their victory in the first Test. A draw is sufficient for Zimbabwe when they face off against Bangladesh in Dhaka from Sunday (November 11) to secure their first overseas series win since November 2001 but Masakadza insisted that his team will not approach the game with such a mindset.
“It will be huge for the team if we manage to win the series,” Masakadza told reporters on Saturday. “We haven’t won a series in the recent past and didn’t win too many games, so it will be a massive boost for the team if they come with a win here. The performance in the first Test gives us a lot of confidence. But more importantly as a team, we are definitely looking to win the series.”
Speaking about the wicket in Dhaka, he added, “This is always a result wicket. We know that to win the series we have to win here. As a team we are definitely looking forward to do it and trying to be on top again. In a Test match, the most important thing is trying to take 20 wickets. And the same thing will be applied here. We will try to bowl them out here also.”
As much as the bowlers played a key role in Zimbabwe’s 151-run victory in the first Test in Sylhet, credit was due to Zimbabwe’s batsmen too, who showcased discipline and application to wear Bangladesh down. Sean Williams was the only batsman to score at a strike rate of more than 50 during their first innings, as Zimbabwe batted in excess of 117 overs to post a total of 282.
When asked if there was a need for Zimbabwe to score a bit quicker in the second Test, Masakadza felt they should stick to their approach. “I think the wicket won’t be that much of a change from the one we played in the first Test. So I don’t really think (there’s a need) to score that quickly. But it will be very important to put runs on the board because it is definitely a result wicket here. Putting runs on the board will definitely be important but I don’t really think you have to do it quickly or become too worried about the first innings.”
The Zimbabwe captain also said his team is wary of the wounded opposition looking to come back hard at them, and said his team is geared up for a tough battle. “They will be hungry and they will come harder against us. They are a very proud team and a very good team. We expect a very tough battle. We expect them to come very hard to try and level the series. But we are also prepared to give them a good game,” Masakadza concluded.