The Zimbabwe cricket selectors and the technical department on Thursday decided to keep faith in the side that beat Bangladesh in the first Micromax One Day encounter at the Sher –e- Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
Again there was no place for opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza, who might find it more difficult to retain his place at the top of the batting order if the team continues to perform well.
Young Regis Chakabva retained his place in the side after superbly anchoring Zimbabwe’s innings with a crucial 45 runs; batting at number three where he showed a lot of confidence against the spinners with his good foot movements.
Openers Brendan Taylor and Chamunorwa Chibhabha on the other hand ensured that Zimbabwe got off to a good start after sharing that crucial first wicket partnership.
In an interview after the training session on Thursday, Butcher said they had decided to retain the team that got the result in the first One Day International.
Butcher however said this did not mean that they would approach the match with the same game plan as they were aiming to post at least 230 runs if they bat first to put more pressure on the hosts.
“There are no changes to the team and there will be a bit more pressure on the guys to continue performing well in all aspects of the game especially in the field and the batting department.
“We know we have to post more runs on the board if we bat first and 230 or more will make the Bangladesh bowl probably 20 or 30 more dot balls.”
Butcher added that the spinners would again hold the key in this match, although leg spinner Graeme Cremer would have to be content with being the 12th man.
Spinners Prosper Utseya and Raymond Price will hold the key in that department and will again be expected to shut the flow of runs on a wicket that is expected to be slow and sticky and thereby ideal for spin bowling.
All-rounder Keith Dabengwa who is also a left arm spinner and Brendan Taylor will also add the ammunition in that department.
Butcher also said he didn’t expect the wicket to have anything for the seamers, which meant man of the match in the last match Christopher Mpofu will have to vary his pace and bowl the odd off cutter like he did in the last match.
He will have support from all-rounder Keegan Meth who showed a lot of composure in the penultimate over in the last match.