The second game is set to start at 3pm at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Sunday.

On Friday, Bangladesh won by four wickets in what turned out to be a tense opener in Khulna but neither team could manage much out of their tweaks.

The Tigers tinkered with their batting order but ultimately had to fall back on their experienced batsmen to take them to victory.

Allrounder Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury scored just 6 at No. 4 after making his T20I debut while other debutant wicketkeeper batsman Nurul Hasan showed resilience behind the stumps.

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza regretted not utilising Shuvagata’s spin bowling skills but lauded the willingness of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim to allow the less experienced to bat up the order.

Sabbir Rahman, who anchored Bangladesh in the mid-overs with an individual top score of 46 off 36 balls in the first match, feels comfortable batting at three.

“I have had some success batting at three in T20s before. Being able to face pace bowlers early on gives freedom to play the spinners in the middle overs,” Sabbir said to reporters on Saturday.

“So I’m trying to bat at three. But it will depend on the team’s decision. I’m ready to play at any spot.”

Sabbir also said Bangladesh, who have a 1-0 lead in the series, are eyeing a whitewash.

“Winning is always the plan. We won the first match of the year…that was good. This series is very important ahead of the Asia Cup and World T20. We want to win all four matches.”

Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda handled Bangladesh’s bowling attack proficiently on Friday, scoring Zimbabwe’s highest opening stand of 101 in 12 overs.

Having seen that, Bangladesh may reinforce their bowling attack by drafting either Arafat Sunny or uncapped Abu Haider Rony in the playing eleven.

But the visitors were poor on the field in the first match. They dropped a crucial catch of Sabbir while misfields, overthrows, and wayward bowling marred their game.

With the dew factor playing a role in the latter stages of the game, the team relying on spinners might look to bowl first.