Kyle Coetzer of Scotland (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)
Kyle Coetzer of Scotland (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Prediction- 1st T20I. The first T20 international of the upcoming three-match series between Scotland and Zimbabwe is scheduled to be played at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

As far as the head-to-head record between these two sides in T20 international is concerned, Zimbabwe are leading 1-0. The only T20 international took place between these two teams during ICC 2015-16 T20 World Cup. Zimbabwe won that game by 11 runs.

Ahead of the T20 World Cup, the upcoming series will be great preparation for both sides and also an opportunity to finalize their best possible 11. Zimbabwe are coming into the series on the back of a 3-2 T20I series defeat at the hands of Ireland. The ODI series, though, ended in a 1-1 draw.

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In the recent five-match T20 series between Zimbabwe and Ireland, the former took the early lead after winning the first game by 3 runs but went on to lose the next three. Zimbabwe had the better of Ireland in the last match of the series but eventually lost the series by a 2-3 margin.

Among the key batsmen for the upcoming three-match T20 series, Craig Erwine has to be at the top. He will be the most important batsman for Zimbabwe, especially the kind of form he is in at the moment.

He scored the most runs for Zimbabwe in both T20s and ODIs against Ireland. Besides, the likes of Ryan Burl, Milton Shumba, and Regis Chakabva are going to be key to the team’s fortunes.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Luke Jongwe, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, and Blessing Muzarabani to pick the bulk of the wickets. Jongwe took 7 wickets in the last five T20 internationals against Ireland. Burl and Masakadza picked 6 and 5 respectively.

Scotland Cricket Team. Photo Credit: Ian Jacobs/Live Alamy News
Scotland Cricket Team. Photo Credit: Ian Jacobs/Live Alamy News

Facing them are Scotland, who last played a T20 international during the ICC 2019-20 Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. They finished at fourth position on the table after the end of the league stage matches. In 6 games, they managed to win 3.

As far as the key batsmen for Scotland in the upcoming T20 series is concerned, George Munsey finds himself right at the top. A lot will be expected from him as he has been the standout batsman for the team.

In 8 matches during the aforementioned tournament, Munsey scored 234 runs and finished as the team’s highest run-scorer. The Scottish cricketer has close to 1000 runs in T20 internationals.

Apart from him, the likes of Calum MacLeod, Kyle Coetzer, MH Cross, and RD Berrington are other notable names in the batting lineup. Given that they haven’t played a T20 international for a long time, it will be interesting to see how they perform in the first match on Wednesday.

As far as bowling goes, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Josh Davey, and Safyaan Mohammed Sharif are some of the prominent names to watch out for. Safyaan Mohammed Sharif has 49 wickets to his name in T20 internationals.

He was also the highest wicket-taker for Scotland in the 2019-20 Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers. Mark Watt, another experienced bowler in the squad, has 45 wickets in 35 T20 internationals.

Scotland vs Zimbabwe Prediction- 1st T20I

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Zimbabwe vs Scotland: Head to Head in T20Is

Stats Matches Zimbabwe Won Scotland Won NR
Overall 1 1 0 0
R Premadasa Stadium 4 1 3 0
In the last five matches 1 0 5 0

Venue records (Records at Grange Cricket Club)

Total matches 8
Matches won batting first 5
Matches won bowling first 3
Average 1st Inns scores 165
Average 2nd Inns scores 137
Highest total recorded 210/5 (20 Ov) by AFG vs SCO
Lowest total recorded 82/10 (14.4 Ov) by SCO vs PAK
Highest score chased 168/2 (17.2 Ov) by AFG vs UAE
Lowest score defended 162/7 (20 Ov) by AFG vs NED

Toss Prediction for Match 1:

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.

Predicted Scores for Match 1:

Team 1st Batting 2nd Batting
Zimbabwe 140-160 130-140
Scotland 150-170 140-150

(Teams’ forms) – Oldest to Latest

Zimbabwe: WLLLW

Scotland: LWLWW

(Players’ form):

Zimbabwe:  

Following are the scores of the batsmen in Zimbabwe’s last T20 series:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Craig Ervine 5 160 40.00
Ryan Burl 3 75 37.50
Milton Shumba 5 79 26.33
Regis Chakabva 5 75 15.00
Dion Myers 5 55 11
Wesley Madhevere 5 50 10.00

Who will score the most runs for Zimbabwe in the match: Craig Ervine or Wesley Madhevere

  • Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Luke Jongwe 5 7 19.57
Ryan Burl 3 6 12.67
Wellington Masakadza 5 5 20.80
Richard Ngarava 5 3 38.67
Donald Tripano 2 3 23.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Zimbabwe in the match: Luke Jongwe or Ryan Burl

Scotland:

Following are the scores of the batsmen in Scotland’s last T20 series:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
George Munsey 8 234 29.25
Calum MacLeod 8 228 28.50
MH Cross 8 189 47.25
RD Berrington 8 186 26.57

Who will score the most runs for Scotland in the match: George Munsey 

  • Bowling
Players Matches Wickets Average
SM Sharif 7 13 15.61
MJ Watt 7 12 13.66
JH Davey 7 10 18.80
Hamza Tahir 5 7 17.28
AC Evans 5 7 24.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Scotland in the match: SM Sharif