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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Zimbabwe-Pakistan 3rd ODI

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez
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After clinching a couple of comprehensive wins over Zimbabwe, Pakistan would have a chance to wrap up the series if they can reiterate performances from the first two ODIs.

Zimbabwe lost by a big margin of 9 wickets in the first match but they showed that they had more to them then was evident in the first ODI. Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor fought it out in the middle against a top quality Pakistan bowling lineup.

However, they were dismissed after getting 50s. Zimbabwe's lower middle order then could not consolidate further as the team failed to play the entire quota of 50 overs.

It was then some batting brilliance from Pakistan which took them home without breaking a sweat. If it was opener Imam-ul-Haq in the first match, it was fellow opener Fakhar Zaman in second one.

Iman was unfortunate to be run out for 44 but his partner carried on and remained unbeaten for 117 to take his team to victory. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has already said that they would like to tinker with the side only after winning the series but he may have to make a forced change in Hasan Ali.

Zimbabwe have went unchanged in the first two ODIs and the same is expected in the 3rd match as well. In the bowling unit, Blessing Muzarabani, Donald Tiripano and Tendai Chatara have impressed the most.

For Pakistan, pacers Usman Khan and Hasan Ali have been clinical. Ali had a slight shoulder niggle in the last ODI and may be rested for this match.

Pakistan have a great chance of winning this match and taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. At the same time, Hamilton Masakadza would like his troops to show some more heart and put up a fight, to say the least.

Now let's have a look at the two squads.

Zimbabwe squad

Hamilton Masakadza(c), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Murray, Peter Moor, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Liam Nicholas Roche, Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano

Pakistan squad

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*

Who will win? Pakistan

Player of the Match – Tendai Chatara, Fakhar Zaman

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Hamilton Masakadza, Fakhar Zaman

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Tendai Chatara, Usman Khan

Most Sixes - Hamilton Masakadza, Asif Ali

Team Scores (Batting First) – Pakistan 300+, Zimbabwe 170+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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