Saturday, November 5, 2022

India face confident Zimbabwe in a must win game for a place in the T20 World Cup 2022 Semi Final

India Vs Zimbabwe, MCG - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022; Match Preview

India currently sit pretty at the top of the table with 6 points but must their last game against Zimbabwe to progress to the semi final since Pakistan and South Africa both can leapfrog them in the table with wins in their last games. India has the advantage of playing the last game tomorrow, so will know exactly where they stand before the match.

India vs Zimbabwe T20 World Cup 2022 Match Preview

KL Rahul finally found some form against Bangladesh but it has been a tough run for Indian openers as skipper Rohit failed again. Kohli stuck another sublime 50 while Suryakumar Yadav also hit important runs. The lack of runs from the lower middle order will be a cause of concern for India though ahead of the big matches.

Zimbabwe batting has relied mainly on their stalwarts Sean Williams, Craig Ervine and the man in form Sikandar Raza and they will hope that the trio can all fire against a strong Indian bowling line up.

Zimbabwe have a couple of decent tall fast bowlers in Ngarava and Muzarbani who were brilliant against Pakistan and Netherlands. Raza and Williams have chipped in with important overs of spin in the middle overs as well.

Arshadeep Singh has been the pick of the Indian bowlers so far and has impressed every game. Shami bowled well against Bangladesh but Bhuvi has not been able to pick up wickets in the last two games now. Ashwin also looks to only concentrating on drying up the runs while India look for wickets in the middle overs.

Key Battles: India vs Zimbabwe

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma Vs Blessing Muzarbani and Richard Ngarava

Arshadeep Singh Vs Sean Williams

Hardik Pandya Vs Sikandar Raza

Zimbabwe would want to cap off a highly successful World Cup with the scalp of another big fish. They have already beaten Pakistan and cannot be taken lightly. India should win the game but there remains a few chinks in Indian armour which the Zimbabwe players will be keen to take advantage off.

Probable India XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami

Probable Zimbabwe XI

Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva , Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Wessly Madhevere, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarva, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani

Top 5 Fantasy Picks for India v Zimbabwe at MCG

Sikandar Raza

Virat Kohli

Sean Williams

Arshadeep Singh

Hardik Pandya

The match will start at 01.30 PM IST (streamed live on Disney Hotstar app & on TV on Star Sports 1)

Can India progress to the semi final easily or will Zimbabwe give them a tough fight?

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