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Preview By Cricket Betting Tips
A clash between the hosts and two-time world champions was always likely to be the headline attraction of the World Cup Qualifier, and with the state of the points table as the Super Six stage nears its climax meaning the outcome of the tournament may well hinge on Monday's match between Zimbabwe and the West Indies, expect a full house at Harare Sports Club when the bell sounds.
The West Indies, after rather coasting through the Group stage with an unblemished yet not entirely convincing record of four wins from four, suffered the first setback of their campaign at the hands of a resurgent Afghanistan on Thursday. Cricket Betting Tips Free They can ill-afford another slip-up tomorrow, where a defeat would take qualification out of their hands, leaving them facing a must-win match against Scotland and hoping other results go their way.
Zimbabwe themselves remain unbeaten thus far in the qualifier (and indeed in every World Cup Qualifying tournament to date) though they too have looked vulnerable at times. Cbtf A solitary dropped point against Scotland in a match that ended in a dramatic tie may yet come back to haunt them, and they too will need other results to go their way should Jason Holder's West Indies side break their remarkable streak.
Holder has been the indispensable man for his team in Zimbabwe, playing a decisive role with bat or ball in almost every match thus far. He will hope his side's dangerous but inconsistent top order can take some of the pressure off again. Cricket Tips Free However, should Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis fire as they have only on occasion thus far, the home crowd will likely have little to cheer. The Windies have enjoyed something akin to home advantage thus far as the second team of many Zimbabwe fans, but can expect little sympathy from the crowd come Monday morning.
The hosts' own opening pairing of Solomon Mire and Cephas Zhuwao represent a similar gambit, with quick runs or quick wickets equally possible when the two take the field. Cbtf Should either side take too long to find their first wicket, they will likely be chasing the game for the rest of the match.
Early wickets are unlikely to be enough however, and as Holder has repeatedly proven capable of marshalling middle-order counterattacks. Cbtf Cricket Tips The Zimbabwean batting line up has also proven to be remarkably resilient, as Ireland found to their cost on Friday.
Sikandar Raza is currently in as fine a run of form as any in Harare could hope for, and with Sean Williams' return and Brendan Taylor in the runs, the hosts' middle order is nothing to be sniffed at. Together with the wrist spin of captain Graeme Cremer, Raza and Williams give Zimbabwe a decided advantage in the spin department, Free Cricket Betting Tips and should conditions favour slow bowling as they broadly have in the tournament till now it would be difficult to ascribe underdog status to the home side.
Nonetheless, it is difficult to discount the West Indies dominant head-to-head record against their hosts, having won fully 35 of the 44 ODIs the pair have played. Cricket Tips Though it would be unfair to describe Cremer's men as rank outsiders in their own backyard, it is safe to say that if Zimbabwe are celebrating Monday night, the festivities will be leavened by a hint of the unexpected.
When: March 19, Monday, 9:30 AM local time
Where: Harare Sports Club, Harare
What to expect: Temperatures are expected to be moderate, hovering around the mid-20s throughout the day. Spin is likely to play a vital role.
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