Pakistan is fresh from their 3-1 T20I series win in South Africa.
The first game of the T20I series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan will be played at the Harare Sports Club, Harare on 21st April 2021.
The match will start at 2:30 PM IST. The live streaming will be available on the Fan Code app and website.
The T20I series loss in Pakistan just a few months ago will be quite fresh in the minds of the Zimbabwean players. They have since played in the UAE, losing to Afghanistan quite badly in the T20I series by 3-0. Having said that, coming back to their home conditions would be a relief for them.
Pakistan recently won a four-match T20I series in South Africa. Ahead of the T20 World Cup, for now, it seems that Babar Azam is shaping his team quite well. However, they should be aware that Zimbabwe is quite capable of causing an upset in their home conditions. With that being said, Pakistan’s scintillating form means that they will be starting as favourites.
Probable Playing XIs for ZIM vs PAK
Predicted Playing XI: Brendan Taylor (WK), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams (C), Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Predicted Playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Captaincy picks for ZIM vs PAK
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
The Pakistan skipper has been in terrific form with the bat ever since he arrived in the African continent. He has been timing the ball superbly and looked in complete control of his batting during the South Africa series. He will be batting against a bowling unit that is slightly inexperienced as far as T20 cricket is concerned.
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)
Brendan Taylor’s return will be a huge boost for the middle order batting of Zimbabwe. In their previous series against Afghanistan, their batting looked in complete disarray but Taylor’s experience will be crucial for the hosts if they intend on winning at least a single match in this series. He has an average of 27 and a strike rate of 124.31 in T20s.
Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips
Babar Azam (C), Sean Williams
Mohammad Rizwan (C), Fakhar Zaman, Brendan Taylor
Mohammad Hafeez (C), Craig Ervine, Faheem Ashraf, Blessing Muzarabani
Mohammad Rizwan, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (VC), Babar Azam (C), Faheem Ashraf, Ryan Burl, Sean Williams, Mohammad Hafeez, Blessing Muzarabani, Shaheen Afridi