Pakistan vs Zimbabwe – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Pakistan vs Zimbabwe taking place? Friday, 30th October, 2020 – 07:00 (UK)

Where is Pakistan vs Zimbabwe taking place? Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Pakistan vs Zimbabwe? 28c sunny

What channel is Pakistan vs Zimbabwe on? The match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Pakistan vs Zimbabwe? The match will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Pakistan vs Zimbabwe? This match will be played without spectators

LAST MEETING
Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 131 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan return to 50-over action and will play their first matches in this format of the game for the first time in over a year as they welcome Zimbabwe to the country against whom they have won their last six ODI matches.
  • They have made some changes to their squad and are clearly looking to the future as none of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir have been selected for this series and talented 20-year-old Abdullah Shafique is one player to come into the fold to potentially make his debut after some superb form in the National T20 Cup.
  • They still possess plenty of quality and experience with the likes of Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz, while they will continue to blood the likes of Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain and Haider Ali so expect a strong line-up despite a few notable absentees.

ZIMBABWE

  • Zimbabwe landed safely in Pakistan but will be without their head coach Lalchand Rajput for this tour after he was restricted by travel restrictions so bowling coach Douglas Hondo will lead the team for this white-ball tour.
  • They have been given a major boost by the return of 6 foot 6 fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani who had signed a Kolpak deal with Northamptonshire in England but has since been released and he has been named in the squad for this tour.
  • They are without experienced pace bowler Kyle Jarvis however as he has a stress fracture so Muzarabani’s inclusion offsets that to a degree while they will be led by Chamu Chibhabh for this series after he was officially appointed as their full-time skipper.

THE PREDICTION

Pakistan welcome Zimbabwe to Rawalpindi and will once again be delighted to be playing cricket at home after such a long spell without playing on home turf. They have an impressive squad at their disposal for this series and while both sides will likely have some degree of rust, the Pakistan squad have been playing domestic cricket. While they have decided to leave out some of their veterans, they have some exciting youngsters in their squad and plenty of world class talent to call upon. The likes of Babar Azam will be highly motivated to score plenty of runs in this series and it is hard to see how Zimbabwe compete with them. In 59 previous meetings between the two in one-day internationals, Pakistan have won 52 of those matches, Zimbabwe have won four, with two no results and one tie. All the signs point towards a comprehensive Pakistan victory and a series whitewash could be worth considering also.

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