ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022: India vs Zimbabwe – Match 42 Preview and Updates

A win here would secure India’s place in the semi-finals, as the men in blue would finish first in Group 2. With back-to-back losses in recent games, the opposition is in poor shape. It would be an opportunity for the 2007 champions, who are coming here after defeating Bangladesh, to put things right before the semi-finals.

Even if Zimbabwe defeats India, they will not advance to the semi-finals. Zimbabwe has a maximum of 5 points to add to their total. India already had six points, and either Bangladesh or Pakistan would finish with six points. Regardless of the outcome of this game, Zimbabwe will be eliminated at some point. This match appears to be more of a warm-up for India before the tournament’s main event.

Zimbabwe has some good bowlers who can put up a fight, but their inconsistent and out-of-form batting lineup has no chance against India.

The Super 12 Group 2, 42nd Match between India vs Zimbabwe will take place on November 6th, 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs Zimbabwe, 42nd Match, Super 12 Group 2, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Date: November 06, 2022 (Sunday)                                                

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

India vs Zimbabwe

India vs Zimbabwe

India (Match Odds – 1.05):


So far, India’s outings have been entertaining. Whether it was the batters’ comeback against Pakistan or the bowlers’ tight finish against a raging Bangladesh, India has produced some exciting cricket in this World Cup.

The consistency of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav is admirable and a huge plus for India right now. KL Rahul’s knock against Bangladesh in the last game has restored faith in one of India’s best openers.

India will return to Melbourne, where it all began. Rain forced the cancellation of three of the last five matches at this venue. Batting on this surface was difficult. India, Pakistan, and England have all had difficulty scoring runs here.

This contest could be made more exciting by the venue. The opposition has some quality bowlers, and if they bowl first, with some help from the pitch in the early overs, the Indian top order could be put to the test.

With their swing at this ground, India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh are likely to find success in the powerplay. The two have been impressive, and India is poised to win the Super 12 stage with the help of Hardik Pandya, who can deliver breakthroughs in the middle overs.

Full Squad:

Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Shardul Thakur

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Players to watch out for:

Virat Kohli

The number three batter is the only player in this tournament to have gone over 50 in three innings, and he hit 82 not out at the MCG earlier in the competition.

Suryakumar Yadav

The middle order batter is one of the best attacking players in the world right now, averaging more than 50 runs per innings in four innings this season.

Arshdeep Singh

The left-arm pace bowler took two more wickets in the final match and finished with his best figures of the tournament, 3-32, against Pakistan at the MCG.

Possible Playing XI:

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Zimbabwe (Match Odds – 10.00):


Zimbabwe definitely carried the momentum from their win over Pakistan into the next game, as the bowlers delivered an impressive performance. Bowling first was half the battle in limiting the opposition to 150 runs. Chasing 151 should not have been a difficult task for Zimbabwe or any of the other teams in this tournament.

The team lost four wickets in the powerplay for 35 runs, and while Sean Williams led the fight from there, Zimbabwe lost by three runs.

The batting woes persisted in the next game as well. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 177 runs, with Sikandar Raza top scoring with 40 off 24 balls.

We don’t think Zimbabwe has a chance against India’s world-class bowling attack if they couldn’t score well against the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe’s only hope is their bowling attack, which has been consistent and promising. The bowlers can give them a fighting chance and keep them in the game, but beating India looks like a distant dream without a strong batting effort.

The key batters in this lineup are Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, and Ryan Burl. Ngarava, Muzarabani, and Raza, on the other hand, hold the key to Zimbabwe’s success with the ball.

Full Squad:

Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Tanaka Chivanga, Innocent Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi

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Players to watch out for:

Sean Williams

In his last three innings, the 36-year-old has hit 31 in Perth, 64 in Brisbane, and 28 in Adelaide. Expect him to make another useful contribution at the MCG.

Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza led the way with 40 runs off 24 balls against the Netherlands. On this surface in Melbourne, we anticipate his spin bowling to be effective.

Blessing Muzarabani

During the tournament, the fast bowler has taken wickets at every venue he has played at. This will be his first appearance in the competition at the MCG, and his pace will still be a threat.

Possible Playing XI:

Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani

India vs Zimbabwe Top Team Batsmen

With the bat, we support Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav for India. Kohli is the player that every team wants in their lineup right now, and the bookmakers’ odds reflect that. Rahul scored his first half-century of the tournament in the final game.

Our batting picks for Zimbabwe are Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, and Sean Williams. Ervine captains the side, and the bookmakers expect him to score runs at the top of the order. Raza has batted well for his country in all formats during 2022, not just this tournament.

India vs Zimbabwe Top Team Bowlers

Our bowling picks for India are Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvenshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya. Singh has surpassed his more experienced teammates as the betting favorite to take the most wickets for his team. Earlier in the competition, Pandya took 3-30 against Pakistan at the MCG.

Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, and Richard Ngarava are our picks for the ball for Zimbabwe. Raza has the talent and mentality to deliver on the big stage, and bookmakers see him as Zimbabwe’s clear main threat. Muzarabani is two wickets away from being the tournament’s leading wicket-taker.

India vs Zimbabwe Head to Head

India and Zimbabwe have met in seven T20 matches. Out of these seven games, India has won five of them, while Zimbabwe has won two.

India vs Zimbabwe Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played IND Won ZIM Won Tie NR
Overall 7 5 2 0 0
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

India vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction

Batting second teams have won 10 of the 16 T20Is and 32 of the 60 domestic T20s. Because batting conditions improve as the game progresses, chasing a target is ideal for teams playing at the MCG.

India vs Zimbabwe Pitch Report

The MCG is one of the most well-known and recognizable cricket grounds in the world. It hosted India’s first game, in which the men in blue defeated Pakistan in a thriller. The MCG’s boundaries are quite long, and scoring sixes is difficult. In domestic T20s at this venue, the average first innings score is 160 runs.

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The pitch provides an excellent balance between bat and ball. The pitch assists the pacers with the new ball, and as the game progresses, it becomes easier to play strokes. Spinners can be costly here due to the MCG pitch’s lack of assistance. The weather forecast calls for clear skies with a high of 13 degrees Celsius.

India vs Zimbabwe Prediction

In this contest, India is clearly ahead of Zimbabwe. Craig Ervine’s men do not match the abilities and form of their Indian counterparts, whether batting or bowling. India is the clear favorite in our match prediction, thanks to a consistent bowling attack, an in-form Kohli, a dependable Surya, and a back-in-form KL. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.05.

India vs Zimbabwe Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Virat Kohli is the tournament’s leading run scorer and has been struck out only once in four innings. As India’s leading run scorer against Zimbabwe, the former captain is well worth backing.

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