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Tri-nation T20 series

Tigers out to break defeat jinx

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BSS, Dhaka :
Bangladesh are out to redeem their aura, breaking the jinx of perpetual defeat in all format of cricket that left the country's cricket fraternity in shocking state as they are eying to seal the Tri-nation T20 series trophy.
Their mission is to clinch the trophy that could heal the pain of the other recent defeats, Bangladesh would get Zimbabwe and Afghanistan as their opponent.
The hosts, however, will start the mission, taking on Zimbabwe today (Friday)
at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS). The match starts at 6.30 PM. BTV and GTV will telecast the match live.
In the double-league basis tournament, each team will face off each other twice in the tournament, hosted by two venues-SBNCS, Dhaka and Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram.
But the task is tougher for them, especially when they are yet to learn the arts of T20 cricket.
Moreover they are coming off with a humiliating Test defeat at the hands of Afghanistan, who over the times proves them stronger team than Bangladesh in shortest format of the cricket.
If Afghanistan's 224-run victory in one-off Test against Bangladesh is believed to be unexpected, they would come up as favourites in Tri-nation T20 series, largely because of their success in this format.
Afghanistan whitewashed Bangladesh in three-match T20 series, last time when the two sides faced off each other in Dehradun in 2018.
The Afghans played 4 T20 matches against Bangladesh and won 3 while they have taken on Zimbabwe 7 times in this format and won all of the matches. The stat itself suggested how strong they are in this format and outright favourite they would be to clinch the title, shattering Bangladesh's hopes.
Bangladesh T20 success even against Zimbabwe is not noteworthy. The Tigers played 9 T20 against the Southern African nation and won 5, while lost 4. They have played a bilateral series in this format last time in 2016 in Bangladesh and the two-match series was drawn.
Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe knew that, but the hosts for the time being want to focus on Zimbabwe whom they meet tomorrow to kick-start the tournament.
Their main target is to get them back into the winning way first, largely because that they are going through a perpetual defeat phase.
They have lost their last three Test matches in a stretch, lost last five ODIs in a row and even being beaten in their last T20 series also.
So a victory is mandatory for Bangladesh to bring back the confidence that was hugely shattered after the humiliation at the hands of Afghanistan in one-off Test, which they were expected to win at ease.

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