Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: August 18th, at 12:45 PM IST and 9:15 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network
Zimbabwe will host India in the 3 matches ODI series which gets underway on Thursday. Zimbabwe had put some fine performances in the recent series against Bangladesh where they won by a 2-1 margin. Sikandar Raza played a massive role in the success, scoring a couple of centuries and even delivering well with the ball. Their batting department looks settled and they are expecting much improved performances from their bowlers. Their head-to-head record against Men in Blue isn’t that great as they have lost their previous 3 home series without winning a single game. They are on a right track considering their current form and are hopeful of upsetting India in this series.
India on the other hand, will be without their key players as they are gearing up the upcoming Asia Cup which is to be held in UAE starting later this month. Although they have Lokesh Rahul who got picked up lately for this series after clearing fit and will captain the side as well. Shikhar Dhawan, the initial captain for this series, will now serve as a deputy for Rahul. Rahul Tripathi earns his maiden India call-up and it will be interesting if gets an opportunity to play. Shubman Gill who had an excellent series against West Indies keeps his place in the squad and with the return of Lokesh Rahul, he might be pushed down the order. Pacer Deepak Chahar makes his comeback into the side and he has a point to prove.
What is the pitch report for ZIM vs IND, 1st ODI?
It’s an out-and-out batting-friendly wicket with a little help for the bowlers. The wicket doesn’t change much and bowling first is always a good option here.
Washington Sundar has been ruled out of this series with a shoulder injury and Shahbaz Ahmed will replace him in the squad.
What is the expected, Probable Playing XIs for ZIM vs IND, 1st ODI?
Tadiwanashe Marumani, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Innocent Kaia, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Tanaka Chivanga
Lokesh Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj
What are the Top Picks, players for Dream11, My11circle and MPL for ZIM vs IND, 1st ODI?
Top Pick – Batter
Shubman Gill is making every opportunity count. He was the player of the series against West Indies for his splendid batting performances where he collected 205 runs in 3 matches with the highest score of 98*.
Top Pick – All-Rounder
Sikandar Raza will be the key man in the Zimbabwe line-up. He will get more recognition if performs well against India in this series. The 36-year-old all-rounder has scored 3483 runs in 117 ODIs at an average of 37.05 and picked up 68 wickets with the best figures of 3 for 21.
Top Pick – Bowler
Shardul Thakur is the most experienced seamer in the current Indian bowling-up and he can add crucial runs down the order as well. In 22 ODIs, he has scalped 32 wickets with the best figures of 4 for 52 and struck 215 runs at an average of 30.71.
Top Pick – Wicketkeeper
It will be a crucial series for Sanju Samson to prove his potential. He has just played ODIs to date and managed to score 118 runs at an average of 39.33 with a sole half-century.
Lokesh Rahul has fond memories here at Harare Sports Club as he made his ODI and T20 debuts back in 2016. His performances will be closely monitored in this series. He is likely to open alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
What are the fantasy suggested teams for ZIM vs IND, 1st ODI?
1. Regis Chakabva, Sanju Samson, Lokesh Rahul, Ryan Burl, Shubman Gill (c), Innocent Kaia (vc), Sikandar Raza, Deepak Hooda, Luke Jongwe, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna
2. Regis Chakabva, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Axar Patel, Sikandar Raza (c), Deepak Hooda (vc), Deepak Chahar, Luke Jongwe, Mohammed Siraj
ZIM vs IND, 1st ODI Probable Winners:
India are expected to win this match.