Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions Zimbabwe v Pakistan 1st ODI Today
After the T20I tri-series, it’s time for some ODI action between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Pakistan have a long tour of Zimbabwe in extremely cold conditions. After clinching the seven-match tri-series featuring Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Australia comprehensively, they now face Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series.
While the probability of a win is heavily skewed in Pakistan’s favour, Zimbabwe would certainly try to prove their critics wrong. However, the biggest setback for Zimbabwe would be that their lead batsman Solomon Mire is down due to injury and would not be able to feature in the series. Mire scored two 50s in the tri-series and looked like the only Zimbabwean batsman who looked in touch.
For Pakistan, the interesting thing would be whether to go with an all out attack or blood in some youngsters. Fakhar Zaman has been amazing at the top and has scored quite consistently. Shaheen Afridi, who impressed in the game against Australia, is not part of the ODI squad.
It is now up to Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to step up his game and become the torch bearer of the Pakistan middle order. Veteran pacer Mohammad Amir can also be rested as his dodgy knee may not be able to take the consistent workload leading up to the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan is scheduled to play a long and challenging series against South Africa next and may try a few youngsters before it. Although the format is completely different, but one can always check the temperament of the player in match situations.
The fact that the conditions are cool and the ball may jag initially gives an edge to the quicker bowlers. Hamilton Masakadza would definitely try to lead his team from the front after a forgettable tri-series in which Zimbabwe could not even win a single match. As a depleted Zimbabwe side faces the Pakistan challenge, surprises are a far cry but not inconceivable.
Now let's have a look at the two squads.
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
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 Chisoro, Imam-ul-Haq
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Tarisai Musakanda, Imam-ul-Haq
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Tendai Chisoro, Shadab Khan
Most Sixes - Hamilton Masakadza, Asif Ali
Team Scores (Batting First) – Pakistan 300+, Zimbabwe 180+
*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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