Last Update on: October 19th, 2022 at 04:57 pm
West Indies will lock horns with Zimbabwe in the 8th match of the T20 World Cup at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Zimbabwe needs to be at their best if they need to beat West Indies, who will be itching to get back into the winning ways. The Craig Ervine-led side will have to be ready, as Windies will come out all guns blazing today.
Sikandar Raza was brilliant in the last game, once again, took the attack to the bowlers, lifting the side from 37/3 and taking them to a formidable score. Raza played a fantastic knock of 82 runs.
The all-rounder has been in fantastic form throughout the year and will continue with the same in this tournament as well. he was a bit dehydrated in the first game, hopefully, he will be fit to make it in the playing XI today.
Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara broke the back of Ireland’s batting lineup as Zimbabwe registered a 31 runs victory, they are second on the point table with 2 points.
West Indies on the other hand are at the bottom of the points table due to their low net run rate. To go into the next round, or at least to keep their hopes alive, they need to win this game.
Scotland defeated West Indies in their first match. The Men in Maroon didn’t turn up on occasion, they were outplayed in all 3 departments.
Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder bowled well to restrict Scotland to a score of 160/5 but the West Indian batters failed to stay long in the crease, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually lost the match by a margin of 42 runs.
The batting need to stand up, backed by the bowlers and fielders in today’s encounter for the two-time T20 World Champions to stay alive in this tournament.
West Indies vs Zimbabwe Pitch Report
Bellerive Oval in Hobart is a batting-friendly pitch, but once the ball gets old, the spinner will come into the game. The boundaries are comparatively short compared to the other grounds. The captain winning the toss will look to bowl first and later chase the target down, as there is some dew expected in the latter half of the second innings today.
West Indies vs Zimbabwe Squads
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (c and wk), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.
Zimbabwe: Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wk), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza.