KHULNA (AFP) – Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim warned of a backlash from Zimbabwe in the second Test in Khulna from Monday as his side hunted for only their third series win in Test cricket.
The hosts have the lead in the three-match series following a tense three-wicket win in the opening Test in Dhaka when they struggled to surpass a modest target of 101 on the spin-friendly wicket.
It was only the fifth win in 86 matches for Bangladesh since earning Test status in 2000 and the second on home soil after the 226-run win against the same opponents in Chittagong in 2005.
Bangladesh’s two series victories so far were the 1-0 win against Zimbabwe at home in 2005 and a 2-0 success over a boycott-hit West Indies in the Caribbean in 2009.
Rahim said his team could not afford to take victory for granted despite playing on what is expected to be another slow pitch.
“The last Test ended in three days, but if we expect the same to happen here it will be a mistake,” the captain said.
“I think they (Zimbabwe) are better prepared.”