PAK VS ZIM MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
Zimbabwe played some remarkable cricket and managed to beat Pakistan in the third and final ODI of the series. They might still have lost the series but there are no more meaningless matches as every win counts towards the World Cup Qualification.
The action now moves on to the T20 stage as Zimbabwe looks to build on that win.
There is no doubt that Pakistan will start as favorites. It also wants to try out some new players as it looks to strengthen its white-ball squad. Is there another opportunity for Zimbabwe to cause an upset? Let us see.
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st T20 2020 is going to be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi on the 7th of November 2020.
The exact same set of players as those available for the ODI series is going to be available for Pakistan once more for the T20’s. The shortest format has been where Pakistan has been at its best in recent years and the form of Babar Azam has a lot to do with that.
As one of the best T20 batsmen in the world, Babar is going to lead from the front once more. He is in terrific form with a century in his previous match as well. There has been some talk about the strike-rate that he plays with but we don’t think there is any reason to worry about that right now.
There are going to be some obvious changes in the team that Pakistan looks to play.
Babar Azam is going to open the batting with Fakhar Zaman, who will be under some pressure to score some runs. Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, and Mohammad Rizwan appear likely to be the batsmen that are chosen for this match.
Shadab Khan may bat at number seven followed by the four bowlers.
That will allow Pakistan to play Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and perhaps Mohammad Musa as one of the fast bowlers. There really is such a wealth of options available that Pakistan can pick any five bowlers and still be dangerous.
We don’t think they have underestimated Zimbabwe so far and we don’t think they are going to do that in the T20 format either.
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Zimbabwe has struggled in the T20 format in recent years and things are going to be difficult for it in this series as well. Yes, we know that most of the players are going to be the same but adjusting to this compressed format can be difficult.