Zimbabwe aim to make lasting impression
- India lead the head to head numbers against Zimbabwe in T20I cricket by five wins to two.
- India can secure the semi-finals berth and top place in the group with a win here.
India and Zimbabwe will close out the group stage of T20 World Cup when they meet at the MCG on Sunday. India have six points to their credit, having won three out of four games. They’re coming off a close 5-run victory over Bangladesh. India have odds of 1.04 to win this match on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe battled their way through the first round and did a great job in the Super 12s as well as they claimed a famous victory over Pakistan. But then they lost two games in a row against Bangladesh and Netherlands. Zimbabwe have odds of winning this game at 9.52.
How’s the Pitch?
Melbourne Cricket Ground is usually a very good venue for batting but in the two matches played here this tournament, the pitches were very spicy with movement and bounce on offer. Three matches scheduled here were washed out in the previous week and the weather forecast suggests around a 56% chance of rain for Sunday evening.
Our Pick: India are a considerably stronger side than Zimbabwe in every skill department. Back India at 1.04 odds to win the match.
Zimbabwe have been highly reliant on Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams with the bat. The duo would need to produce a miracle to beat India, along with their bowling pair of Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava. India’s top order batting has been in good form and will be looking to produce a complete dominant performance. The bowling attack has exceeded expectations in the tournament.
Keep an eye on..
KL Rahul returned among runs in the previous game, smashing an eye-pleasing 50 off 32 balls. When in full flow there’s very few players who can match Rahul’s class. He averages 43 in the shorter format at a strike rate of 137.
Sikandar Raza has been in glorious touch this year with both bat and ball, winning matches or helping Zimbabwe fight for victories. He has smashed 185 runs in the ongoing T20 World Cup at 149 strike rate while picking 9 scalps at 6.52 economy.