Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-scorer for India in ODIs this year.
ZIM vs IND Team Preview:
Zimbabwe and India will face each other again in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series on Saturday (August 20) at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. India won the first game by a huge margin of 10 wickets and will be hoping to seal the series in this game only. In the first game, KL Rahul returned as the captain of the side and won the toss. He elected to bowl and the Indian bowlers proved the skipper’s decision right by dismissing Zimbabwe for just 189 runs. Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill won the game for the team by 10 wickets.
Zimbabwe have had a historical series against Bangladesh before this series. They won both the ODI as well as T20I series on the back of some serious performances. However, they were not able to bring their A game against India in the first game and were doomed from the start of the match. Zimbabwe are still not out of the series and collective performance in this next game might even help them overpower the Indian team.
ZIM vs IND Match Details:
Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 20th August at 12:45 PM IST and 9:15 AM Local Time
Live Streaming: SonyLIV
ZIM vs IND, 2nd ODI, Pitch Report:
The pitch had something for both the batters and the bowlers in the first game and the same might happen in this game as well. The average first innings score in the last 5 ODIs has been 235 runs. Pacers might again rule this game.
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ZIM vs IND, 2nd ODI, Probable Playing XIs:
Tadiwanashe Marumani, Innocent Kaia, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Richard Ngarava
Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Lokesh Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj
Top Picks for ZIM vs IND Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
He has been in terrific form this year in ODIs. In 11 innings, the left-handed batter has made 5 half-centuries, which is the most that he has made in a year since 2017. He is the leading run-scorer for India in ODIs this year with 469 runs at an average of 52.11 and a strike rate of 75.52.
He had a great IPL season both as the batter and the captain. He scored 616 runs in just 15 matches at an average of 51.33 and a strike rate of 135.38 and led the Lucknow Super Giants to the Play-offs round. However, an injury forced him to remain out of the team since the completion of IPL. He had to miss several important matches including the rescheduled 5th Test against England. He didn’t get a chance to bat as Dhawan and Gill opened the innings for India in the first game. Zimbabwe is a special place for him as he made his limited overs debut here only, hence, he will be eager to showcase his batting skills in this game.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
He returned with a figure of 3 for 24 in the first game in 7.3 overs and completed 50 wickets in ODIs as well. While he has been a regular in the Indian side in Test matches and T20Is, the same was not the case with ODIs. Before playing an ODI this year, he last featured in this format for India back in 2017. In 4 matches this year, Patel has picked 5 wickets and has scored 85 runs including his maiden half-century against West Indies last month.
He has established himself as the force to reckon with this year with his batting performance. On August 5, Raza hit a century in the first ODI against Bangladesh and helped the team win the game by 5 wickets. This was his first international century after a gap of exact 7 years as he last scored a century on August 4 in 2015. He followed that up with another century in the next game and sealed the series for the team. Raza is the leading run-scorer for Zimbabwe in ODIs this year and he has made 484 runs in 10 matches at an average of 60.50. This is only the third time in his career that he has scored over 400 ODI runs in a year.
Top Picks – Bowlers
He scripted a beautiful comeback story in the first ODI. Chahar last played an international game in February this year and was sidelined since that time due to a quadriceps injury and a back injury. During this time, he became the most expensive Indian bowler in the IPL of all time as CSK paid INR 14 crores to get him in the squad. However, he couldn’t even take part in the IPL as well. After missing several limited overs series, Chahar was picked for this series. In the very first game, he picked 3 wickets for just 27 runs and won the Player of the Match award.
His ODI career is a little more than a year old as he made his ODI debut in March last year. The 26-years-old pacer has not been tested in other formats and has played ODIs only for India as of now. In 2021, Prasidh has picked 18 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 22, an economy of 4.88, and a strike rate of 27. He is the second-highest wicket-taker for India in this format this year.
He is the most important bowler for Zimbabwe in the absence of Blessing Muzarabani. Ngarava has picked 7 wickets in 6 ODIs this year at an average of 42.14, an economy of 5.36, and a strike rate of 47.1. Ngarava is second among the leading wicket-takers for Zimbabwe in ODIs this year.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
The wicketkeeper-batter is leading the side in the absence of Craig Ervine. He did a superb job against Bangladesh in the last series and helped the team win the series. Chakabva hit his maiden century in the second ODI of the series. In 9 ODIs this year, he has made 275 runs at an average of 30.55.
ZIM vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ZIM vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Regis Chakabva, Sanju Samson, Shikhar Dhawan (C), Lokesh Rahul (VC), Ryan Burl, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Sikandar Raza, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Richard Ngarva
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ZIM vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Regis Chakabva, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ryan Burl, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel (C), Sikandar Raza (VC), Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Richard Ngarava
ZIM vs IND Risky Captaincy Choice:
The last ODI was only the second for Kuldeep Yadav this year and he failed to pick a wicket. He might play a key role for India in this game, however, he might not be the suitable candidate to be the captain of your fantasy team.
He made a half-century in the third T20I against Bangladesh at the start of this month and won the Player of the Match award for that performance. The middle-order batter has made 96 runs this year in 5 ODIs at an average of 32.
Player you should avoid:
He made his ODI debut this year against Afghanistan and has scored 249 runs in 7 matches at an average of 35.57. He could make only 4 runs in the first ODI and can be avoided in the fantasy team for this match.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.