Friday, March 13, 2015

India Seek to Extend Winning Run, Zimbabwe Some Pride

India vs Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland, 14th March - Match Preview
The fate of both these teams has already been decided as far as the World Cup 2015 is concerned. India are comfortably placed at the top of Pool B courtesy a magnificent run which has seen them beat arch rivals Pakistan, pre tournament favorites South Africa and underdogs West Indies.
Zimbabwe have been brilliant at times but have failed to get over the line on numerous occasions. They ran South Africa, Pakistan and Ireland close but were blown away by Gayle storm against West Indies. They would want to salvage something by beating India in their last outing.
Dhawan got another century against the Irish but he was dropped twice early on. Rohit has been rusty but he too helped himself to a 50 against the same team. Virat and Rahane have been the standout and consistent performers for Team India as far as the batting is concerned so far in this World Cup. Raina and Dhoni have not spent much time out in the middle.
Indian bowling has been ably led by Shami and Yadav and they have been well supported by Mohit Sharma. The spinners have also done a fabulous job so far with both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja difficult to get away.

It has been all smiles for the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni so far in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Zimbabwean batting has been all about their strong middle order. Sean Williams has been a picture of consistency and Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine have also contributed in almost every match that they have played. If the top order of Zimbabwe can give a solid platform then this team will be very difficult to beat.
Zimbabwe bowling has been accurate at the beginning of the innings but has tended to fall apart in the final 10-15 overs. Panyangara and Chatara have been very good upfront and Sean Williams has grabbed wickets in the middle overs. They need to do some homework at their death bowling execution.
Key Battles: India vs Zimbabwe

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma vs Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja vs Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams
India would want to keep their winning momentum going and Zimbabwe will be looking for a strong finish so that they have something to cheer as they head back home after this game.
PS - The image used is courtesy www.espncricinfo.com

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