Zimbabwe did better in the ODI series as it progressed but still managed to get whitewashed 3-0. In the T20Is, an underdog such as them has, in theory, a better chance of springing an upset, which is what they will be hoping for.
Another positive for the Africans is that they have four T20I victories against Bangladesh – the most they have against any major side. That could be one way of looking at the equation. Another could be that they also have nine defeats against the Tigers, which gives them an abysmal 30.76%-win ratio.
Two of those four victors came in 2016 when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh and after losing the first two matches, evened up the series by winning the other two. That was more than five years ago though. In the half a decade since, Zimbabwe’s stock has fallen and Bangladesh’s risen even more.
Results wise, Bangladesh have been flawless so far on this tour, winning the only-Test by a big margin and then clean sweeping the ODIs.
The format is shorter now, which as explained above, opens the door for upsets, especially as Bangladesh will be without their star opener Tamim Iqbal, who has been ruled out of action for the next two months.
The team management has not named a direct replacement for the stylish leftie but has kept Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossan — all part of the ODI setup — to stay with the team in Harare as potential replacements.