South Africa vs. Zimbabwe T20 World Cup 18th Match – Preview
The cricket team of South Africa and Zimbabwe are all set to face each other in their opening game of the super 12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on October 24 (Monday).
The clash between both teams will be held at Bellerive Stadium in Hobart. SA and ZIM are part of Group 2 in the tournament, and Zimbabwe won their group in the qualification phase to advance to the super 12 round. On the other hand, South Africa had already qualified for that level by their rankings on November 15, 2021.
Zimbabwe made their presence known in the super 12 round after defeating West Indies, Ireland, and Scotland. South Africa defeated New Zealand in a pre-tournament warm-up game by the tickets.
There have only been five T20I matches between South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe has lost each match. The two teams played each other once for the T20 World Cup, which South Africa won.
Let’s see, which team will make or break the record during this tournament?
When: Monday, October 24 at 7:00 Local Time, 1.30 PM IST
Where: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
What to expect: The pace bowlers may get some assistance up front, as indicated by the fact that pacemen have taken 31 wickets at an average of 16.87 and a strike rate of 14.4 in night games in Hobart during this World Cup. A few rain showers are expected during the day, which might disrupt the game. If there is rain, the pitch may get a little sticky.
Head to head: South African players have won all their five T20Is against Zimbabwe.
Injured/Unavailable: Due to mild asthma, Ervine could not play the West Indies game but recovered sufficiently to play the next match.
Tactics & Matchups: Zimbabwe’s top order has been problematic recently, with mobility causing problems for some of their batters in the present World Cup. South Africa’s big pacemen, except Marco Jansen, may strike a shorter length than some of the bowlers from Round 1. With shorter square boundaries (in comparison to straight boundaries) in action in Hobart, Zimbabwe’s top order may be able to take on the hard length and find some form.
There might be quite a few left-handed batters in South Africa’s playing XI, so Raza’s off-spin could be crucial.
Probable XI: Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani.
Injured/Unavailable: No injuries have been reported for South Africa.
Tactics & Matchups: South Africa’s blistering pace Bowlers would want to attack Zimbabwe’s moderately susceptible top order and make some early inroads. Bavuma will bat first alongside Quinton de Kock. So Reeza Hendricks, who has been in excellent form, will almost certainly miss out.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada
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