Pressure will be on Bangladesh, says Zimbabwe skipper

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Having arrived in the Bangladeshi capital on the back of an impressive performance against Sri Lanka in the two-Test series recently, Ervine said they’re ready to tackle the spin bowling threat of Bangladesh

Despite their good home record over the years, Bangladesh will be under pressure when they take on Zimbabwe in the lone Test, starting Saturday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, said stand-in Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine.

Bangladesh have lost their last six Test matches in a row, including five by an innings margin, and will be expected to change their fortunes at home against the Zimbabweans.

As a result, Ervine said, Bangladesh will be under the cosh amid the weight of expectations and that the Zimbabweans will be looking to take advantage of it.

Having arrived in the Bangladeshi capital on the back of an impressive performance against Sri Lanka in the two-Test series recently, Ervine said they’re also ready to tackle the spin bowling threat of Bangladesh.

Ervine reacts during training Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

“Bangladesh (are) having a poor run of form in Tests recently. But obviously they are stronger opponent in their own condition. But this condition is also little bit familiar to us as we have toured here often in the past.  So it is not a foreign thing to us. It should be a very good contest,” Ervine said during the pre-match press conference Friday.  

“You always feel a little bit of pressure playing at home. Obviously with recent form they will be under even more pressure. But we have to concentrate or our process and our strength and not worry too much about the Bangladesh history in Test cricket,” said Ervine.  

“We had a good series against Sri Lanka. We had two good games where both games went to fifth days. The momentum gained from that series, we want to carry that in the Test match against Bangladesh,” he concluded.