Ireland and Zimbabwe commence their Group B campaigns in the World T20 on Monday, with both hoping to make a winning start in what could be a key game.
Venue: Sylhet Stadium
Date: Monday, March 17
Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, Sylhet should be very sunny and very warm, with temperatures reaching highs of 34 degrees Celsius.
The opening match of Group B sees two teams facing each other with realistic aims of qualifying for the Super 10 and facing ICC Full Members in the latter stages.
For Ireland, this is the fourth consecutive World T20 they have qualified for, having won last year’s qualification tournament without losing a game.
Coming off an encouraging display in the Caribbean against the West Indies, Ireland have already been victorious in Bangladesh as they overcame Nepal by five wickets in a warm-up game.
In reply, Ireland rarely looked troubled as they reached their target with five balls remaining and just five wickets down.
Zimbabwe have not had such happy preparation for this tournament, and they found themselves on the end of a four-wicket defeat to minnows Hong Kong in their warm-up game.
Hong Kong chased down their target very well, but it went down to the last ball with one run still required for the win.
However, Mark Chapman hit that ball for six to end on 53 not out and help his side to a famous victory.
With both sides having such differing fortunes already, it promises to be an absorbing encounter between two evenly-matched teams.
Ireland (from): William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, James Shannon, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.
Zimbabwe (from): Brendan Taylor (capt), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Natsai M'shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams
On the turning pitches of Bangladesh, Ireland’s premier spinner George Dockrell will be crucial with his left-armers.
The 21-year-old has already shown himself to be a bowler of great promise, and he will see the matches here as an opportunity to prove himself once again.
If Zimbabwe are to be successful in this game, captain Brendan Taylor will likely be relied upon for runs and strong leadership.
His side have not won at the World T20 since 2007, and Taylor will want that poor run of form to end as soon as possible.