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One glimpse at the ICC T20I rankings... and you could drift into laughter, boredom, and listlessness among several other emotions as number one-ranked Pakistan side gear up to lock horns against 12th-ranked Zimbabwe - Cricket Betting Tips the hosts - to kick off the tri-series involving Australia, on Sunday (01 July).
On the face of it, the contest could be mistaken for a complete mismatch considering the strength of the Zimbabwean side, who are without their five best players in the format; Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine have all, collectively, made themselves unavailable for selection owing to payment concerns during the World Cup qualifiers that ended in March 2018. Cricket Betting Tips Free And that leaves a relatively inexperienced team to take on one of the red-hot form sides in the format.
Pakistan, though, are on another side of the spectrum, having won 11 out of their last 12 T20I games whilst oozing with unflinching confidence and the fizz of young talents. So to speak, the Asian side will treat this as an opportunity to widen the gap on the rankings table, but they know it won't come easy with Australia posing a great threat to their chances along with hosts Zimbabwe. Cricket Tips Free The initiation to extend their recent successful record in the format begins tomorrow, at the Harare Sports Club, in Harare.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, will look to up to their experienced players to steady the sinking ship and alleviate the distress caused by the disappointing exit in World Cup Qualifiers. Match Betting Tips Cephas Zhuwao, Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura are capable of whacking the ball cleanly and the task of sealing games, more or less, lies within their batting prowess. Bowling, of course, will have a bearing, but bigger scores on the board will always mean lesser pressure on the bowlers.
When: 01 July 2018
Where: The Harare Sports Club, Harare.
What to expect: Perfect for cricket. Bright, blue skies with the temperature hovering around mid 20s with no chances of rain.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez returns to the side after having his bowling action cleared by the ICC recently, while Ahmed Shehzad - who played in both T20 games in Scotland earlier this month - had been axed from the side after he was tested positive in a dope test in April.
Pakistan Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir.
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza will lead Zimbabwe in the tri-series. He last captained Zimbabwe in T20Is in 2016, including three matches in the World T20. Zimbabwe have won three games and lost two under his captaincy.
Zimbabwe Probable XI: Cephas Zhuwao, Hamilton Masakadza (C), Solomon Mire, Ryan Burl, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Peter Moor (Wk), Kyle Jarvis, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chisoro/Wellington Masakadza.
Did you know?
- Pakistan have a flawless record against Zimbabwe in T20Is till date, having won all nine matches against the African nation.
- It has been close to three years since Pakistan faced Zimbabwe in a T20I. Cbtf Cricket Tips The last time they played each other was in September 2015 when Pakistan won both games in Harare.
- Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Amir are closing in on the 50-wicket mark in T20Is. The former needs one more wicket while the latter needs three to reach the milestone.
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