The Big Picture
Cricket’s most popular format- T20 cricket, is all set to be played in one of game’s least favoured destination in recent times:- Zimbabwe. It is the start of the tri-nation series featuring Australia, hosts Zimbabwe, and the current No.1 ranked T20 side, Pakistan.
To kickstart the tournament hosts Zimbabwe will take on Pakistan on July 01, at the Harare Sports Club. It has been a turmoil for Zimbabwe Cricket ever since they failed to qualify for the ICC World Cup qualifiers earlier this year. Skipper Cremer was sacked in the aftermath of their exit, and other star cricketers in Brendon Taylor, Sikander Raza, Sean Williams, and Craig Ervine opting to boycott (for non-payment of outstanding salaries) the series over the pay dispute with ZC. In the wake of this glum, interim coach Lalchand Rajput will have a massive job on his hands to inject some much-needed morale into the team.
Venue:- Harare Sports Club, Harare
Match Timings:- Sunday, July 01, 2018, 01:30 PM IST
Their opponents in Pakistan, for a change, have no such problems, as the Sarfaraz-led unit come into the tournament, having not lost a bilateral series since the 2016 World T20. The World No.1 IT20 team has named a full-strength squad for their visit to the African nation where they’ll also play a bilateral five-match ODI series post the tri-nation rubber. The sole change in Pakistan’s squad from their last game against Scotland is the inclusion of 22-year-old Sahibzada Farhan at the expense of Ahmed Shehzad, who failed the drug test earlier this month. Hussain Talat and Asif Ali who played in the last T20 against Scotland have retained their places, while Mohammed Amir, who had initially requested for rest has also been included. So, who will win ZIM vs PAK? Let us delve into the betting odds, as part of our ZIM vs PAK today match prediction.
The pitch at the Harare Sports Club usually aids the batsmen in the first half, while it proceeds to get considerably slower as the game progresses. Both teams will look to win the toss and bat first.
Total Matches:– 16
Won by team batting first:- 12
Won by team chasing:– 4
Average 1st innings score:– 152
Average 2nd innings score:– 131
ZIM vs PAK Head-to-Head (Last Five matches)
Won by Pakistan:- 5
Won by Zimbabwe:- 0
ZIM vs PAK Squads:-
Hamilton Masakadza(c), Solomon Mire, Tarisai Musakanda, Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Peter Moor, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Ryan Murray, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Ryan Burl, Brandon Mavuta, Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat
ZIM vs PAK WHO WILL WIN
So, who will win ZIM vs PAK? As per Bet365, the odds in favour of ZIM winning the game is 5/1, meaning a return of Rs 600 over 100, while that of PAK winning the encounter are 1/9, implying a return of Rs 111.11 over a claim of 100.