Zimbabwe will lock horns with the Netherlands in the 34th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval
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Sikandar Raza has lifted the team from nowhere and has inspired the whole unit to do better every game. Zimbabwe have been sensational in this tournament so far.
They cleared Round 1 with ease and then got fortunate with a rain-affected game against South Africa in their first game of the Super 12s. What followed was simply remarkable.
The Zimbabwean troop went on to win against Pakistan which is the biggest upset in this T20 World Cup so far. In their most recent encounter, they lost to Bangladesh in a game which went down to the wire with more than a bit of drama in the end.
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Like Zimbabwe, the Dutch team also depend on the performances of a few players, Bas de Leede has been their go-to player throughout this tournament.
The bowling unit has done a brilliant job of restricting opponents to low totals, it’s their batting that has not looked settled in this T20 World Cup.
In spite of losing to Sri Lanka, they got through to enter the Super 12s with some luck on their side, as Namibia lost to UAE in the finals game of Round 1. With teams like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa in the same group, they had accepted their fate but yet fought hard to get a win in the bag but failed to do so.
Match: Zimbabwe v Netherlands (34th match)
Tournament: ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Date & Time: 1st November, 9:30 PM IST
Head-to-Head (in T20Is):
Zimbabwe and Netherlands have faced each other four times in T20Is, Zimbabwe have won on 3 occasion and one T20I was won by the Netherlands.
Head-to-Head (in T20 WC):
Two teams have clashed only once in the mega event, and it was won by Zimbabwe.
It is expected to be a belter of a pitch, with no matches get being played on the surface. Although the fast bowlers will get pace and bounce, it could be difficult for them to contain the scores with short boundaries on either side. A total of around 160-170 will be the par score on this pitch. The team who wins the toss will look to have a bowl first as teams chasing have had a good record on this ground.
Probable Playing XIs
Zimbabwe: Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani
Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (capt, wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Fred Klaasen, Paul van Meekeren
Both the teams on paper look balanced, but Zimbabwe will start the game are strong favourites.