ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022: West Indies vs Zimbabwe – Match 8 Preview and Updates

West Indies vs Zimbabwe – West Indies lost its first match against Scotland in a lackluster performance. The two-time World Champions will be the favorite at all cricket betting sites for their next match against Zimbabwe, but punters should think twice before betting on them.

Zimbabwe is a difficult team to beat. It demonstrated in the match against Ireland that its bowling is strong, and its batting was not bad either. Could there be another surprise in the T20 World Cup in 2022?

The 8th Match of West Indies vs Zimbabwe will take place on October 19th, 2022 at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

Match Details to Note

Match: West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 8th Match, Group B, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Date: October 19, 2022 (Wednesday)                                             

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

West Indies vs Zimbabwe

West Indies vs Zimbabwe

West Indies (Match Odds – 1.37):


Nicholas Pooran has a big job ahead of him. It takes a lot of guts to come back from a loss like that in the first game of the season. However, the Windies are known for delivering surprises, and the opposition here, while worthy and competitive, is still someone Pooran and company can beat.

There would be no reason for West Indies or its fans to doubt the team’s chances of winning this match. The West Indies are a strong overall team that includes some of the Caribbean’s best T20 players.

Brandon King was the leading scorer in the most recent CPL and will be expected to contribute significantly in the top order. Evin Lewis has joined Kyle Mayers at the top, forming a formidable opening pair. With the skipper at number four, Brooks and Powell at numbers five and six, this lineup looks as strong as any in T20 cricket.

All they need is one powerful performance like Raza’s for Zimbabwe. In the bowling department, there are no complaints. Everyone appears to be up to the task, whether it’s the in-form Alzarri and Holder or the big-hitting bowler Odean Smith.

Full Squad:

Kyle Mayers, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran(w/c), Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Odean Smith, Obed McCoy, Johnson Charles, Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Raymon Reifer

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Players to watch out for:

Kyle Mayers

The powerful left-handed opener has two T20I half-centuries and had a strong Caribbean Premier League season in August and September.

Jason Holder

The all-rounder was one of the few players to emerge with any credit from the game against Scotland. He took 2-14 and scored 38 runs on 33 balls.

Alzarri Joseph

The right-arm fast bowler has been in superb form throughout 2022. In the game on Monday, he took 2-28.

Possible Playing XI:

Kyle Mayers, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy

Zimbabwe (Match Odds – 3.10):


Craig Ervine will be pleased with his team’s most recent performance. While there are some concerns at the top, having an experienced batsman like Raza in the middle order who is also reliable is a big plus for Zimbabwe.

They must re-establish their top order before the Windies bowlers wreak havoc. Because the opposition has a strong bowling attack, relying solely on one batsman to save the day is a bad strategy. From 50 T20Is, the captain has a strike rate of just over 100. He opens the innings for his team, which we believe is a bad idea.

Wesley Madhevere, a 22-year-old batting all-rounder, has a slightly higher strike rate of 122 and is a more promising player. For quite some time, he has been a regular in the side. Sean Williams, Raza, and Ryan Burl will be expected to form alliances and assist Zimbabwe in reaching a competitive total. These are the middle and lower order batters.

In this Zimbabwe T20I setup, the bowling looks more promising. Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngrava, and all-rounders like Raza and Williams will all pose a difficult challenge to the Windies.

Full Squad:

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

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Players to watch out for:

Sikandar Raza

The 36 year old right-handed batter who has hit 65 not-out, 62, and 82 in his last four innings in this format.

Richard Ngarava

The left-arm fast medium bowler has led the attack in several games this year. On Monday, he struck out Paul Stirling with his second ball.

Blessing Muzarabani

The fast bowler confuses batters with his pace and height. In 66 international matches, he has taken 98 wickets.

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

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Top Team Batsmen

Our batting recommendations for the West Indies are Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, and Brandon King. In 2022, King has four of his five T20I half-centuries.

We are rooting for Zimbabwe’s batsmen Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, and Sean Williams. In this format, Williams has nine fifties.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Top Team Bowlers

Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, and Jason Holder are our bowling picks for the West Indies. McCoy has the best format figures of 6-17.

For Zimbabwe, we recommend Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, and Tendai Chatara. On Monday evening, Chatara scored 2-22 against Ireland at this venue.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Head to Head

Since their first T20I in February 2010, when Zimbabwe won in Port of Spain, the teams have only met three times. West Indies won the previous two matches, both in March 2013.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played WI Won ZIM Won Tie NR
Overall 3 2 1 0 0
Last 5 3 2 1 0 0

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction

Batting first teams have won 30 of the 52 BBL matches at this venue. Teams batting first have also dominated the last two T20 World Cup matches. If the Windies win the toss, they will both look to bat first.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Pitch Report

The Bellerive Oval in Hobart has an average first innings score of 169 runs from 55 domestic T20s. This is encouraging news for teams hoping to win the toss and bat first. With the bowling attack the two sides have, a total of 160 above will be enough to defend on this ground.

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On this ground, the pitch has frequently been slow. Batters must survive initially before going for big shots later in the game as the pitch tends to flatten out. On match day, the weather will be partly cloudy with a high of 21 degrees Celsius.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Prediction

It’s very tempting to go with the flow and say that things will continue as they are. The West Indies may be at their lowest point right now. They do, however, have world-class players with exceptional abilities. They lack good leadership, and a strong batting performance could turn things around for the two-time champions. Zimbabwe has no chance against the Windies’ bowlers. In our winning prediction, the West Indies will start as favorites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

West Indies is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.37.

West Indies vs Zimbabwe Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Kyle Mayers scored 20 runs off 13 balls on Monday and is our pick to be the West Indies’ top run scorer against Zimbabwe.

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