Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan 2021
2nd T20I – Fri, 23rd April
Despite being presented as strong favourites for the series, Pakistan only survived to steal a victory in the last game, courteousness of some terrific death bowling. Their batting roster was left in pieces, and if not for a sturdy knock by Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan would have been down for the tally.
With Fakhar Zaman also in good form at number three, skipper Babar opening the game alongside Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez at 4, Pakistan should have more than enough guns to win. Nevertheless, Pakistan is too great a side not to recover from their fiascos, with Babar Azam longing to make amends for his no-show in the first match.
Possible playing XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohd Rizwan (wk), Mohd Nawaz, Mohd Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Faheem Ashraf.
But this Asian country will have their hands full against a resolute Zimbabwe outfit that almost pulled off a disappointment in the first T20I game. The hosts have a modest combination of youth and experience, with the likes of Sean Williams and Craig Ervine being crucial to their fortunes.
Although they did lose in the first game and begin the second game as the underdogs, Zimbabwe should give Babar Azam and men a run for their money yet again in what ensures to be an amusing game of cricket in Harare on Friday.
Possible playing XI: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams (c), Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
As realized in the last game, the wicket is marginally on the slower side, making it tough for the batters to score in the middle overs. Nevertheless, the batsmen will try and exploit the powerplay curbs and attack the bowlers, who will try to get some seam movement and swing off the pitch. Spin bowlers will preferably have a say in the middle overs with some good turn on offer. Both sides will look to chase upon securing the toss, with 155-165 being par at the venue.
There is nothing to indicates that Zimbabwe is going to be clever to pull off a surprise victory in this game. We recommend you back Pakistan to win even though the return is not going to be very rewarding. Zimbabwe as foreseen, trail at the pre-match odds of 6.00, while Pakistan is at 1.11.