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Toss Winner - India won the toss and chose to bat first
India beat Zimbabwe by 71 runs
India look to finish as table toppers in Group 2
Our prediction is for India to win the match
Tournament: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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A win here would confirm India’s spot in the semi-finals as the men in blue would finish as table toppers in Group 2. The opposition hasn’t been in good shape with back-to-back losses in recent games.
For the 2007 champions who are coming here on the back of a win against Bangladesh, it would be an opportunity to set things right before the semis.
Even if Zimbabwe beat India, they cannot make it to the semi-final. The maximum number of points Zimbabwe can add to their tally is 5. Whereas, India already had 6 points and either Bangladesh or Pakistan would also finish with 6 points.
It is only about time that Zimbabwe will be eliminated irrespective of the result of this game. This match seems more of a practice for India ahead of the business end of this tournament.
There are some good bowlers in the Zimbabwe team who can put up a fight but their inconsistent and out-of-form batting lineup has no chance against India.
India have been entertaining in their outings so far. Whether it was the comeback from batters against Pakistan or the tight finish from the bowlers against a raging Bangladesh, India have produced some exciting cricket in this World cup.
The consistency of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav is commendable and a huge positive for India at this point. KL Rahul’s knock in the last game against Bangladesh has reignited the belief in one of India’s finest openers.
India will be coming back to Melbourne where it all started. 3 of the last 5 matches at this venue were abandoned due to rain. Batting at this ground wasn’t easy. India, Pakistan, and England have all struggled to score runs here.
The venue could add some excitement to this contest. There are some quality bowlers in the opposition and if they bowl first, with some help from the pitch in the early overs, the Indian top order could be tested.
India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh would likely find success in the powerplay with their swing at this ground. The two have been impressive and along with Hardik Pandya who can deliver breakthroughs in the middle overs, India is all set to finish the Super 12 stage with a win.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Lokesh Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Rohit Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Zimbabwe definitely carried the momentum from their win over Pakistan as the bowlers delivered an impressive performance in the next game. Restricting the opposition to 150 runs, bowling first was half the job. Chasing 151 shouldn’t have been a big ask for Zimbabwe or any other team in this tournament.
The team lost 4 wickets in the powerplay for just 35 runs and while Sean Williams led the fight for the team from thereon, Zimbabwe ended up losing by 3 runs.
These batting troubles continued in the next game as well. Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 177 runs with Sikandar Raza finishing as the top scorer with 40 off 24 balls.
If Zimbabwe couldn’t score well against the Netherlands and Bangladesh, we don’t think they'd have any chance against the world-class bowling attack of India.
The only hope for Zimbabwe is with their bowling attack which has been consistent and promising. The bowlers can give them a fighting chance and keep them alive in the game, but without a decent batting effort, beating India looks like a distant dream.
Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, and Ryan Burl are the key batters in this lineup. Whereas, with the ball, Ngarava, Muzarabani, and Raza hold the key to success for Zimbabwe.
Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani
Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Tony Munyonga, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Wellington Masakadza, Wesley Madhevere, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Sean Williams
The pitch offers a fine balance between bat and ball. The pacers get help from the pitch with the new ball and as the match progresses, it becomes easier to play strokes. Spinners can be expensive here as they don’t find much help from the MCG pitch. The weather is expected to be clear with periodic clouds and a high of 13 degrees Celsius.
MCG is one of the most popular and iconic cricket grounds in the world. It hosted the opening game of India where the men in blue staged a victory over Pakistan in a thriller. The boundaries are quite long and scoring sixes isn’t easy at the MCG. The average 1st innings score in the domestic T20s at this venue is 160 runs.
Teams batting second have won 10 of the 16 T20Is and 32 of the 60 domestic T20 matches. Since the conditions get better for batting as the match progresses, chasing a target is ideal for teams playing at the MCG.
India is clearly ahead of Zimbabwe in this contest. Whether it’s the batting or bowling, Craig Ervine’s men don’t match up to the abilities and form of their Indian counterparts. A consistent bowling attack, an in-form Kohli, a reliable Surya, and a back-in-form KL make India a clear favourite in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for India to win the match
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