Zimbabwe and Bangladesh go into Wednesday's third and final one-day international in Bulawayo locked at one match each, yet it is the hosts who know they will need to improve their game if they are to claim a rare series victory.

Fighting back

After being humiliated by 121 runs in the first match last week, Zimbabwe drew level with a six-wicket victory on Sunday, preventing Bangladesh from extending its unbeaten run in bilateral one-day series to three.

However Zimbabwe has enjoyed the benefit of bowling first in both matches so far, with early morning starts giving its seam bowlers an advantage against Bangladesh's strong top order. None of the touring batsmen have registered telling scores as a result.

“They are always a side that is very threatening,” Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said.

“Some of their big players have not fired so that's a concern for us.

“However if we can bowl well like we have been bowling up front it's always going to be tough to score. Hopefully we can execute our skills better and get over the line.”

Having shared the two-Test series 1-1, both sides will see Wednesday's match as an opportunity to confirm a modicum of superiority ahead of two Twenty20 internationals at the weekend. — AFP

More In: SPORT | Today's Paper