The Zimbabwe cricket team must win Monday to stay alive in their One Day International series against red-hot Bangladesh, and fans can watch live online as the Tigers look to add another series win to what has been an astonishing and inspirational 2015 for Bangladesh cricket. The upstart nation has already scored incredible ODI series wins this year over Pakistan, India, and South Africa — three giants of world cricket.
Bangladesh faces Zimbabwe Monday in the middle match of the three-match ODI set.
The spectacular victories — including a three-game sweep over Pakistan in April — followed the first-ever appearance in the Cricket World Cup knockout round by Bangladesh, who clinched passage to the final eight by stunning England, another cricket giant, by 15 runs in a decisive group stage match back on March 9 at the Adelaide Oval in Australia.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are not a world cricket giant. The African side from one of the world's poorest counties ranks 10th out of 12 countries on the ICC ODI table, but their rating of 47 is less than half the 96 rating boasted by Bangladesh who sit in seventh place.
Perhaps, that's why Bangladesh was able to obliterate Zimbabwe in the first ODI on Saturday, winning by 145 runs and bowling out their visitors inside of 37 overs. Highlights of the first Zimbabwe vs. Bangladesh ODI can be viewed in the video above, on this page.
The Tigers hot streak in 2015 has actually pulled them ahead of Pakistan, who now sit eighth with 88 points. But the other victims of the Bangladesh rampage this year, India, South Africa, and England, rank second, third, and sixth respectively.
To find out how to watch the Second Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe ODI match live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time on Monday, November 9, at Sher-e-Bangla International Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
For United States viewers, the live stream gets underway at 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and 11 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, Pacific Time.
Despite some solid bowling efforts by Zimbabwe's Tinashe Pinyangara who allowed just 38 runs while collecting one wicket, and Graeme Cremer — no wickets but just 45 runs and 32 dot balls — Bangladesh set their opponents a respectable target of 274, thanks largely to the fourth ODI century in the career of Tigers Captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
Rahim collected 107 runs off of 109 balls, with nine fours and a single six.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said that his team is shooting for a minimum of 320 in the second ODI.
"If everything goes to plan and we bat properly, we can get a bigger score," Iqbal told ESPN CRicinfo. "And that can be against any team. We have to keep an eye on their bowling too."
Zimbabwe Captain Elton Chigumbura led the scoring for the tourists in the first ODI with 41 off of 51 balls as his team could manage just 128 in 36.1 overs before being dismissed all out.
India-based website CricHD will stream the Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe Second ODI at this link, but viewers there will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe Second ODI match live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
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