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T20 World Cup Preview: India vs Zimbabwe

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India will face Zimbabwe in the final match of the Super 12s stage of this T20 World Cup at the MCG on 5th November (Sunday). 

India is currently standing at the top on the points table of Group 2 with 3 wins in 4 games.

But they need to win their final game to officially qualify for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is placed at the 5th spot with just 3 points from 4 games. 

In their previous match, India registered a 5-run victory in a last-ball thriller against Bangladesh.

Batting first, India posted 184 runs on the board, Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 64 runs while KL Rahul also scored a half-century for his side.

Chasing 185 runs, Liton Das gave a dream start to Bangladesh.

He smashed 60 runs off just 27 balls. When Bangladesh was 66-0 from their first 7 overs, rain interrupted the match and Bangladesh was given a revised target of 151 runs from 16 overs. But they collapsed badly after the rain break and kept on losing wickets. In the end, they fell just 5 runs short of the target. 

On the other hand, Zimbabwe suffered a defeat against the Netherlands in their previous match.

The Netherlands bowlers bowled brilliantly to wrap up the Zimbabwean side for just 117 runs.

Zimbabwe also bowled nicely but they didn’t have enough runs on the board. Netherland comfortably chased down the target with 2 overs to spare. Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava picked 2 wickets each for Zimbabwe. 

Live Streaming and Broadcast 

This match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network while the Live streaming will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app & web. 

Match Details:

Teams – India vs Zimbabwe

Date – 6th November October 2022

Time – 1:30 PM IST

Venue –  Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 

Average 1st innings total 

The average 1st innings score at the MCG is 155 runs. 

Head-to-Head record in T20Is:

Here is the head-to-head record between India and Zimbabwe in T20 Internationals. 

Total Matches Played – 7

India won – 5

Zimbabwe won – 2

Tie/ No Result – 0

Pitch Report:

The pitch at MCG assists the bowlers as the boundaries are very big there and it is difficult for the batters to hit many boundaries.

The pacers will get some bounce and movement early on in the powerplay. The team winning the toss will like to bowl first on this wicket. 

Weather Report:

The temperature is expected to hover around 16°C on the match day with 53% humidity. There is just a 5 percent chance of precipitation during the match. 

Possible Playing XI:

Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams, 

India:

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Zimbabwe:

Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine ©, Regis Chakabva (wk), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani 

Who will win? 

Zimbabwe played excellent cricket against Pakistan and Bangladesh but it is a must-win game for India and they will come hard on them.

India has excellent batting and bowling unit and they are a much better side as compared to Zimbabwe. 

Hence, we predict that India will beat Zimbabwe in the 42nd match of this T20 World Cup 2022. 

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