That Bangladesh is on a hot streak at home is in no question, especially not after it completed a 3-0 series win in the One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, for its fifth ODI series triumph in a row.
Its Twenty20 International record is a shade less glittering – it lost its most recent T20I series 2-0 at home to the South Africans, but won the one-off T20I against Pakistan – but the team’s growing reputation as a formidable force in the shorter formats of the game, particularly in its backyard, is something its opponents will do well to note.
Zimbabwe, coming off a 61-run loss in the third and final ODI between the sides on Wednesday, will be aware of the challenge when it takes on Bangladesh in the first of two T20Is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday(November 13).
Bangladesh has retained the same squad named for the third ODI. Imrul Kayes, who impressed on his return to the limited overs game with a player-of-the-match performance in the second ODI and a half-century in the final one, has found a place in the squad. He has taken the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers so far and will hope he can translate recent Test form to the shortest format.
Al-Amin Hossain, the pacer, too has been rewarded by the selectors. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s confidence will only be reinforced by the form of Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm pacer, who picked up five wickets on Wednesday to prove to be Zimbabwe’s biggest threat.