ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022: Scotland vs Zimbabwe – Match 12 Preview and Updates

Scotland vs Zimbabwe – The competition in Group B is heating up, as Scotland will face Zimbabwe on the 21st at the Bellerive Oval. Scotland, Zimbabwe, the West Indies, and Ireland now have one victory and two points from their two matches in Group B. Scotland ranks first with a net run rate of +0.759. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has a net run rate of 0.000 after winning their first match by 31 runs and then losing the second by the same score. This is both clubs’ final league encounter, and the winner will have a solid case for making the Super 12.

The Group B, 12th Match of Scotland vs Zimbabwe will take place on October 21, 2022 at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

Match Details to Note

Match: Scotland vs Zimbabwe, 12th Match, Group B, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Date: October 21, 2022 (Friday)                                                        

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Scotland vs Zimbabwe

Scotland vs Zimbabwe

Scotland (Match Odds – 2.30):


Scotland appeared destined to beat Ireland after a gallant effort against the West Indies, but one unbelievable performance took the wind out of their sails. Scotland had Ireland reeling at 61-4 after 9.3 overs after scoring 176-5 on the board. Curtis Campher’s stunning 72* from 32 balls, though, helped the Irish win with one over to spare.

Scotland, on the other hand, will not be disappointed. Following George Munsey’s 66* off 53 against the West Indies, it was Michael Jones’ turn against Ireland. Jones kept the innings together with a magnificent 85-ball knock. Richie Berrington, the captain, also played a fine hand of 37 from 27 balls. The Scottish do require a strong effort from Matthew Cross.

Scotland’s opening bowlers, Mark Watt and Brad Wheal, who combined for 5 wickets against the West Indies, struggled against Ireland. Off-spinner Michael Leask has been frugal thus far, and his involvement in this game will be critical.

Full Squad:

George Munsey, Michael Jones, Matthew Cross(w), Richie Berrington(c), Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Brad Wheal, Craig Wallace, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Brandon McMullen

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Players to watch out for:

George Munsey

Although he only batted two balls against Ireland, the 29-year-old left-hander has a century and eight half-centuries in T20Is.

Michael Jones

On Wednesday, the rookie starter pitched a tremendous inning. His greatest T20I scoring was 86 runs from 55 balls.

Mark Watt

Against Ireland, the left-arm spinner took a crucial wicket in Lorcan Tucker. He has 61 T20I wickets at a 21.04 average.

Possible Playing XI:

George Munsey, Michael Jones, Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington (c), Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Brad Wheal

Zimbabwe (Match Odds – 1.62):


Zimbabwe began their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign by beating Ireland by 31 runs. They collapsed in their following encounter, which they lost by 31 runs against the West Indies. After holding the West Indies to 153-7, Zimbabwe began the chase with a bang but were overly aggressive and lost too many wickets, costing them the match. Zimbabwe’s last group game on Friday against Scotland is now a must-win.

Zimbabwe has taken an aggressive approach to batting in recent years, and they are likely to continue doing so since it has been effective. Sikandar Raza, the squad’s most consistent white-ball hitter in recent years, and Wesley Madhevere would be the guys the team would rely on to do the heavy lifting once again. Sean Williams has struggled in both games, and the veteran hitter will be eager to do something special in this one.

Zimbabwe’s bowling is in top form. They have two terrific new ball fast bowlers in superb form in Richard Ngarava and Tendai Chatara. Blessing Muzarabani was pricey in the previous match, but he has been quite consistent and has already taken four wickets in this World Cup. Sikandar Raza’s off-spin has come in helpful during the middle overs.

Full Squad:

Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva(w/c), Tony Munyonga, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Blessing Muzarabani, Brad Evans, Clive Madande

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Players to watch out for:

Sikandar Raza

The batting all-rounder is a very skilled player who would be in the starting XI of most Super 12 teams. After reaching 82 on Monday, he went 3-19 on Wednesday.

Curtis Campher

Zimbabwe’s top performer versus Scotland was the bowling all-rounder. He went 2-9 with the ball before blasting 72 runs off 32 balls.

Blessing Muzarabani

The 26-year-old right-arm fast bowler has a consistent wicket-taking record across all forms. His two wickets against the West Indies brought him to 100 wickets in Tests, One-Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Internationals.

Possible Playing XI:

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

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Top Team Batsmen

Our batting picks for Scotland are Mathew Cross, George Munsey, and Michael Jones. Cross has five T20I half-centuries to his name.

For Zimbabwe, we propose Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, and Sikandar Raza at the plate. Williams has nine hundreds in Tests and ODIs, as well as nine half-centuries in T20Is.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Top Team Bowlers

We believe Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, and Josh Davey will be Scotland’s top bowlers. Wheal has three wickets thus far in Pool B.

Blessing For Zimbabwe, we like Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, and RIchard Ngarava with the ball. Ngarava, a fast bowler, has 24 wickets in T20Is.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Head to Head

Zimbabwe leads Scotland in this format by a score of 3-1. Scotland’s sole success came in September 2021, when they triumphed by seven runs in Edinburgh.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played SCO Won ZIM Won Tie NR
Overall 4 1 3 0 0
Last 5 3 1 3 0 0

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction

Rain is expected during the match so expect the team winning the toss to field first.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Pitch Report

Three of the four World Cup matches played at the Bellerive Oval have been won by the side batting first. Ireland’s 180-4 in 19 overs when pursuing 177 against Zimbabwe is the highest total by a side in this series at the venue. In this game, the side batting first should aim to set a goal of roughly 175 runs.

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The ground at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval has been a tad choppy. Batters cannot just hit through the line and must remain at the wicket to become accustomed to its speed. Off the pitch, seamers will experience continuous bounce and movement.

Rain is expected in the evening during the game. The game will most likely be cut short.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Prediction

So far, Scotland and Zimbabwe have played four Twenty20 Internationals, with Zimbabwe winning three of them. Zimbabwe toured Ireland last year and won the T20I series 2-1. They have far more bowling depth than Scotland, and if Raza scores heavily, Zimbabwe will be difficult to contain. To put Zimbabwe under severe strain, Scotland would need to bat very effectively. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Zimbabwe is the favourite to beat Scotland at the odds of 1.62.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Sikandar Raza, their all-rounder, is our selection to be their leading run scorer in this game. Our recommendation is to back Sikandar Raza to score more than 42.5 runs in this match.

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