Bangladesh will begin their tour of Zimbabwe with a one-off Test at Harare Sports Club from July 7 to 11.
Bangladesh will play their first Test match at Harare Sports Club since April 2013. The Asian team defeated Zimbabwe by 143 runs in the Test.
Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman, was named Man of the Match in that match after scoring half-centuries in both innings. Rahim’s batting performance in the forthcoming Test will be closely watched by Bangladeshi supporters.
The pitch at Harare Sports Club assists the batsmen and the spin bowlers. On that note, here are some interesting stats you need to know from previous Tests played in Harare.
Stadium Name: Harare Sports Club
Test Matches Played: 38
Matches Won by Zimbabwe: 8
Matches Won by touring team: 21
Matches Drawn: 9
Highest Individual Score: 220 – Gary Kirsten (SA) vs. Zimbabwe, 2001
Best Bowling Figures (Innings): 8/63 – Rangana Herath (SL) vs. Zimbabwe, 2016
Best Bowling Figures (Match): 13/152 – Rangana Herath (SL) vs. Zimbabwe, 2016
Highest Team Score: 600/3 dec. – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, 2001
Lowest Team Score: 59 – Zimbabwe vs. New Zealand, 2005
Highest Successful Run Chase: 192/7 – Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe, 1998
Head to Head at the Harare Sports Club: Matches – 5, Won by Zimbabwe – 4, Won by Bangladesh – 1, Drawn – 0
Which Zimbabwean players have performed well in Test matches at Harare Sports Club?
Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor is the highest run-getter in Test matches on this ground. The right-handed batsman has scored 992 runs in 24 Test innings at an average of 45.09.
Pace bowler Donald Tiripano has scalped 12 wickets in seven Tests at Harare Sports Club. His economy rate at this venue has been 2.63. It will be interesting to see if Tiripano and Taylor can maintain their good record in Harare.