India took a 1-0 lead over Zimbabwe in their three-match ODI series with a crushing 10-wicket win in Harare on Thursday, and the teams meet again on Saturday in Match 2. Zimbabwe is ranked 12th in the World Cup Super League, while India is ranked eighth. Continue reading for a preview of this match. The first ODI begins at 09:15 a.m. local time.
Zimbabwe were nowhere near their best in Thursday’s match, with their top four batters contributing only 18 runs. They will be far more competitive if a better platform can be built.
India has now won their last five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe. It would be a huge surprise if they didn’t win this game.
Match Details to Note
Match: Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI, India Tour of Zimbabwe 2022
Date: August 20, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 12:45 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Zimbabwe Team News:
Opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano did not play in the first game of the series, with veteran Sean Williams replacing him. Williams was promoted to number three, with Innocent Kaia taking his place. This series was never going to be easy, and we expect to see the same starting lineup again.
Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk/c), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano, Milton Shumba, Tanaka Chivanga, Tony Munyonga, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, John Masara
Players to watch out for:
On Thursday, the batting all-rounder hit one four in his 12-run innings from 17 balls. In this format, he has a batting average of 36.78.
Zimbabwe’s captain led the way with 35 runs off 51 balls in the first ODI. In his last two One-Day Internationals, he has scored 137 runs.
Like all eight Zimbabwe bowlers in the series opener, Ngarava went wicketless in seven overs. He also scored 34 runs off 42 balls, which was very useful.
Possible Playing XI:
Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani/Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Wlliams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi
Zimbabwe Team Form
Zimbabwe won their most recent ODI series against Bangladesh, but they have now lost three straight games in this format.
India Team News:
KL Rahul’s team reported no injuries following their easy win on Thursday, and we don’t expect any changes with the series still on the line ahead of Saturday’s game. KL Rahul did not bat and may be moved up the order if necessary in this match.
Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Avesh Khan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi
Players to watch out for:
The 22-year-old top-order batsman, has carried his strong form from the West Indies tour to Zimbabwe. In his last two ODI innings, he has scored 98 not out and 82 not out.
The opener played more of an anchor role in Thursday’s win, but he still managed to score 81 not out from 113 balls.
The 30-year-old medium pacer had his best ODI figures in the series opener. He dismissed Zimbabwe’s top three leaders.
Possible Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj.
India Team Form
India has now won five consecutive One-Day Internationals. India, as in other formats, has greater depth than most other teams.
Zimbabwe vs India Top Team Batsmen
Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and Regis Chakabva are our batting picks for Zimbabwe. Williams has five ODI centuries to his name.
With the bat, we recommend Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul for India. Rahul has 14 international centuries and will be desperate for an opportunity to bat in this match.
Zimbabwe vs India Top Team Bowlers
Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and Richard Ngarava are our Zimbabwe bowling picks. For Zimbabwe, Raza has 130 international wickets.
Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, and Prasidh Krishna will carry the ball for India. On Thursday, Krishna took 3-50 from eight overs.
Zimbabwe vs India Head to Head
India continues to dominate Zimbabwe in this format, and now leads the ODI series 52-10. Zimbabwe has not scored an ODI century against India since 2004.
Zimbabwe vs India Head to Head Stats in ODI
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Zimbabwe vs India Toss Prediction
India won the toss and elected to bat first in the first game. In this match, we predict that both teams will want to bowl first.
Zimbabwe vs India Pitch Report
The pitch did flatten out as the game progressed on Thursday, with the first ten overs of the game being particularly difficult. We anticipate that the bowlers will receive plenty of assistance early in this match as well.
The temperature will be cool at the start of the game before rising to 28 degrees by 15:00. It will be dry the entire time.
Zimbabwe vs India Prediction
India was too strong with both bat and ball in the first ODI of the series, and while we expect Zimbabwe to play better on Saturday, we predict another India win. Even if Zimbabwe sets a challenging total, we believe the Indian batting lineup will be able to chase it down.