This ICC T20 tournament has been set on fire, with the tier-2 teams making their step over the Test-playing nations. First, it was Sri Lanka, and now it is the Windies, which lost their first game. Things are getting spicier day by day in this World Cup. As the tournament moves to the fourth day, the Windies faces Zimbabwe in a must-win game.
Ground: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date: October 19th 2022
Time: 1.30 PM IST / 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
The Hobart wicket is truly for the batting. The first two matches proved it with the runs the tier-2 teams were able to make. Especially with smaller square boundaries, it is considered a paradise for batting. The team which bowls extraordinarily well may breach the point to win.
Probable XI for WI v ZIM
Nicholas Pooran, Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder(c), Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph
Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva (WK), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine (C), Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Sikandar Raza, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara
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Captain – K Mayers
You can’t skip K Mayers, an Opening batter and a new ball bowler, in a big game that will define the destiny of West Indies in this tournament. He blows hot, and he blows cold. But when he blows hot, the match would be on the West Indies side.
Vice-captain – S Raza
The kind of form he is in with his bat is making him special day by day. Yet another fact that supports him is the left-handers on the WI side. With his off-spin, he can be their troublemaker, especially for Nicholas Pooran.
Wicketkeeper – R Chakabva
R Chakabva is slightly overrated here. But still, that’s the gamble we will make in this match. Picking R Chakabva over N Pooran is a tough call. The choice is yours. But remember, Chakabva has the potential to make a huge change with his new ball batting skill.
Batters – C Ervine, E Lewis, B King, R Burl
C Ervine and E Lewis can be disastrous with the new ball. Both can go for big numbers.
B King can do wonders on any given day. Hope he makes use of his form.
R Burl is a fine talent but hasn’t proved himself on international stages. His aggression can be the biggest asset if we possess him on our side.
All-rounders – J Holder, S Raza, K Mayers
J Holder is an all-time pick for us. No matter how Windies perform, this bloke never fails to show character.
Bowlers – A Joseph, B Muzarabani, O McCoy
Even though they haven’t done well enough to win the first game, we are giving one more chance for the sheer talents of A Joseph and O McCoy. Their death over bowling will reap fruitful points for us.
B Muzarabani has got a different release. He is not too fast, but the ball behaves uniquely when it comes out of his high-arm action. He should be a definite pick for his death-over skills.
Other good options for the captain slot would be: Jason Holder for being Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph for his wicket-taking ability, and E Lewis for his century-making habit.
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