The Proteas are all set to lock horns against Zimbabwe in today’s t20 world cup match. This will be an exciting fixture as Zimbabwe will be tested in all sorts by the World’s no.4 T20I side. The teams will be playing their opening game of the Super 12 with hopes of bagging those valuable points.
Here are the match details:
- Match Date and Time: 24th October 2022, 1:30 pm IST
- Venue: Blundstone Arena, Bellerive Oval, Australia
- Tournament: ICC T20 World Cup 2022
South Africa vs Zimbabwe- Previews and Betting Tips
Following their 2-0 win over the Irish back in August, South Africa had a deadlier opponent to face between September & October. The proteas toured India and ended up losing the series 2-1 in a very dramatic fashion. The first match was a low-scoring thriller which was followed by a high-scoring thriller. David Miller was the star of the second game, courtesy of his swashbuckling 47-ball 106*. However, India had already sealed the deal taking an unassailable lead of 2-0. Nevertheless, Rille Rossouw decided to walk in Miller’s footsteps and smashed an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls. His heroics helped South Africa win the last game by a 49-run margin.
Overall, Quinton de Kock top-scored with 138 runs in three games. As far as the bowling was concerned, Keshav Maharaj bagged 4 scalps in 3 matches. Despite their series loss, South Africa are in elite form, and so are their players.
They also played a warm-up game before their fixture, which went entirely in favor of the proteas. Bowling first proved to be the best decision as they bundled out the Kiwis for a mere 98. The spin-twin of Keshav Maharaj & Tabraiz Shamsi did the trick. They collectively bagged 5 wickets, giving away just 23 runs in 6 overs. What followed was a delightful 54* off 32 balls by Rilee Rossouw that helped South Africa win by 9 wickets and 52 balls to spare.
As for Zimbabwe, they are rightfully walking into this encounter by eliminating Scotland in the final game of the group stages. Being asked to bowl first, Tendai Chatara’s 2/14 & Richard Ngarava’s 2/28 helped Zimbabwe restrict Scotland to 132/6. While chasing, Craig Ervine’s gritty 58 alongside Sikandar Raza’s smashing 23-ball 40 made the run chase look too easy. In the end, they won the match by 5 wickets and earned their place in the next round. They played their last game at the same venue, giving them an undue advantage of being familiar with the conditions.
Regardless of being familiar with the weather & pitch conditions, South Africa are undoubtedly the favorites to win the game. We advise you to do your research on the player's performance, and accordingly, you can place reliable bets. Keeping knowledge of the pitch conditions will be very helpful as it is very influential to a team’s performance. In addition to that, a toss bet gives you the best odds. You can also research which captain from the two wins the most tosses and place your bet with a sheer bit of luck.
The proteas have a strong batting line-up and depth in their batting. Not only does their firepower threaten the other team, but also their bowling unit is quite remarkable. Here are some players to watch out for in the encounter. In the past 6 games, Reeza Hendricks & Rilee Rossouw have scored 296 and 231 runs, respectively, at a batting average well above 55. Complimenting them is Lungi Ngidi in the bowling department. He has 15 scalps under his belt in just 9 games. South Africa are going to be tough to beat with such a unit.
Squad: Temba Bavuma(C), Quinton de Kock(wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Zimbabwe will have to put in a lot of effort to win this encounter. They have a very good batting line-up that has always contributed with runs. However, they choke and surrender when the going gets tough. Sikandar Raza has been the revelation for Zimbabwe with 404 runs at an average of 50.50. He also has 12 wickets to his name in 10 games. Blessing Muzarabni has been a key element of the side and he has contributed well with 9 wickets in 6 games.
Squad: Regis Chakabva(wk), Craig Ervine(C), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani
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Pitch and weather Conditions
The weather seems to be sketchy as there is 80% precipitation predicted. Scattered showers may affect the gameplay and reduce the number of overs. As for humidity, it is expected to be as high as 73%, with temperatures as low as 13 degrees.
On the other hand, the pitch has been very helpful to batsmen. The ball comes onto the bat quite nicely but the runs need to be hard-earned. The wicket has much to offer to the pacers and the spinners. There is a turn as the game progresses and choosing to bowl first looks to be the ideal option.
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