ODI 1st 2022 India Vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction: Zimbabwe Will Miss Their Key Players In This Important Series


The 3-match ODI series between India and Zimbabwe will be starting on the 18th of August.

India will cross swords with Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI match on 18th August (Thursday). All the 3 matches of this series will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

India is currently ranked third on the ICC Men’s ODI rankings while Zimbabwe is placed in the thirteenth position on the rankings.

ODI 1st 2022 India Vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction

KL Rahul is back in the Indian squad after suffering from an injury. KL Rahul will also lead the Indian side against Zimbabwe in the ODI series and this is an important series for him to get into the rhythm before the start of the Asia Cup. He will open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan who is the most experienced player in this lineup.

Several key players are missing from the squad for this series against Zimbabwe so, once again team India will be playing with their second-strength side. India’s regular skipper Rohit Sharma and star batter Virat Kohli have been given rest to manage the workload. The other key players missing this series include Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar will also be seen in the Indian colors after five long months. The absence of experienced players can turn out to be beneficial for players like Rahul Tripathi who is still waiting to make his debut. Previously, he was added to the Indian squad for the Ireland tour but was not given any chance to play. Shubman Gill will bat at number 3 in the presence of Dhawan and Rahul while Tripathi will come at the number 4 position. So, Sanju Samson will be given priority over Ishan Kishan as he has more experience in batting in the middle order. The bowling department of team India will most likely consist of Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, and Deepak Chahar.

On the other hand, the Zimbabwean side is also missing key players like Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, and Blessing Muzarabani. They will rely largely on their star all-rounder Sikandar Raza who is in great form currently. Raza has smashed a couple of match-winning centuries and scalped a total of five wickets in the previous ODI series against Bangladesh. Zimbabwean skipper Regis Chakabva also played well in that series as he scored a crucial hundred in the second ODI against Bangladesh.

Broadcast And Live Streaming

Sony Sports Network will broadcast the India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 in India. The whole IND vs ZIM ODI series will be telecast live on Sony Sports Network in India. The live streaming of the series will also be available on the SonyLiv app and website.

ODI 1st 2022 India Vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction

India Vs Zimbabwe Match Details

  • Teams - India vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI
  • Date - 18th August, Thursday
  • Time - 12:30 PM IST
  • Venue - Harare Sports Club, Harare

Average 1st Innings Total

The average 1st innings score at Harare Sports Club, Harare is 150 runs.

India Vs Zimbabwe Head-To-Head Record In Odis

Here is the head-to-head record between India and Zimbabwe in One Day Internationals.

  • Total Matches Played - 63
  • India wins - 51
  • Zimbabwe wins - 10
  • Tie/ No Result - 2

India Vs Zimbabwe Pitch Report

The pitch at Harare Sports Club, Harare is known to assist both batters and bowlers. The batters will need to settle down by playing sensible cricket and then they can play their shots freely. The spinners are expected to prove lethal in the middle overs here while fast bowlers can also pick up wickets by bowling in the right areas. Batting second is always preferred here so both captains will like to bowl first after winning the toss on this track.

Weather Report

The temperature in Harare on Thursday for the 1st ODI is expected to hover around 26°C with 23 percent humidity on match day. There are no chances of rain during the match.

India Vs Zimbabwe Squads

India Squads

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul©, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson(w), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Zimbabwe Squads

Regis Chakabva(w/c), Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Innocent Kaia, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Richard Ngarava, Brad Evans, Clive Madande, John Masara, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Tony Munyonga, Tanaka Chivanga.

India Vs Zimbabwe Probable Playing XI

Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams

India Playing XI

Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav

Zimbabwe Playing XI

Milton Shumba, Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Sikandar Raza, Wesley Madhevare, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Richard Ngarava

India Vs Zimbabwe Possible Star Batter Of The Match

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill has been one of the most talented youngsters in the Indian cricket team. The 22-year-old batter has made an excellent return to ODI cricket with 205 runs in just three games against West Indies. The right-handed batsman scored 64 and 43 runs respectively in the first two matches and slammed an unbeaten 98 runs off 98 deliveries in the 3rd and final match. Unluckily, Gill missed his maiden hundred due to rain interruption. He will be looking to pick up where he left off in West Indies and score a big knock for his side.

India Vs Zimbabwe Probable Star Bowler Of The Match

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur will be India’s key bowler in the absence of regular and experienced bowlers. Shardul Thakur will be keen to prove his worth after missing out on the squad for the 2022 Asia Cup. The right-arm pacer picked seven wickets in just three matches against West Indies in the recent series. Thakur has picked up 32 wickets in just 22 ODI matches at an economy rate of 6.58 so far in his career and he is expected to be the star for India with the bowl.

India Vs Zimbabwe Probable Best All-Rounder Of The Match

Sikandar Raza

The Zimbabwean star all-rounder Sikandar Raza has been in the form of his life. He smashed two back-to-back match-winning hundreds against Bangladesh to help his side win the series. The veteran all-rounder also scalped five wickets in the series as well. Raza scored 135 runs off just 109 deliveries in the first game while 117 runs and a brilliant three-wicket spell in the second game of that series. He will be looking to continue his form and deliver with both bat and bowl against India.

India Vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction Who Will Win

Zimbabwe played well against Bangladesh to win the series but they failed badly in the 3rd game and now their opposition is also much stronger. Zimbabwe will miss their key players in this important series.

Meanwhile, India will be the favorite to win this match despite playing with their B team. India has a much stronger batting lineup and they are much better compared to the hosts.

Hence, we predict that India will beat Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI of this series.

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