Cricket Live Score: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test - BAN vs ZIM
Zimbabwe won the toss and put Bangladesh into bat first in the 2nd Test being played at Harare from April 25-29, 2013.
History is on Zimbabwe’s side for a change going into the second Test against Bangladesh in Harare on Thursday.
Zimbabwe have won just 10 of their 90 Tests, prevailed in only five of their 47 series, including one-off matches, were last in a position to win a rubber in 2004, and have beaten their opponents twice in a series only once.
But six of those victories have been achieved in the 10 Tests they have played against Bangladesh, who in 2001 gave the Zimbabweans their only 2-0 series win.
Of their 78 Tests, Bangladesh have won a mere three. They have lost five of their six Tests in Zimbabwe and drawn the other.
Bangladesh’s latest hiding was completed at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, when Zimbabwe won by 335 runs in four days.
"You could see a little bit of uneasiness in them," said fast bowler Shingi Masakadza, who claimed match figures of 5/58. "You look to exploit people’s weaknesses; that’s what Test cricket is about."
The bruised Bangladeshis will return to the scene of the crime on Thursday and Masakadza is "hoping they don’t recover quickly".
Unseasonal rain this week has complicated life for players and ground staff, and an underprepared pitch would only add to Bangladesh’s challenge.
"The same (kind of pitch) would be great, and it looks like it is going to have the same coverage of grass," Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said. "It might play a bit slower and spin a bit more, but as long as it’s got that green tinge, we’re happy."
In the first Test, Taylor scored 171 and 102 not out to became the 12th captain to reach centuries in each innings.
But he was determined to take the good with the bad: "I’ve had a good Test match, but I had two pretty average ones before that." He got 72 runs in four innings in the West Indies last month.
Bangladesh will hope opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who missed the first Test with a thumb injury, will be fit. They are less confident about fast bowler Rubel Hossain’s chances of recovering from a shoulder problem, while another quick, Shahadat Hossain, who was ruled out of the first Test with a gammy knee, has returned to Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe’s only injury concern was fast bowler Kyle Jarvis’s tight quad. Jarvis, who took 7/115 in the first Test, has told management he will be fit to play.