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Pitch Report for Zimbabwe vs India
First innings average score: 230
Second innings average: 195
Nature: Initial help for seamers. Gets better for batting as the game progresses.
Time: August 22, 12.45 PM IST
Probable XIs for Zimbabwe & India
Probable XI for Zimbabwe: Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Milton Shumba/Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Brad Evans, Luke Jongwe, Tanaka Chivanga, Victor Nyauchi
Probable XI for India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan/Mohammed Siraj
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Fantasy Power Picks
Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill didn’t open in the second ODI. Their opening partnerships , however, in the last four innings read 119, 48, 113, and 192*. Regardless of where they bat, the duo has been scoring the bulk of the runs for India.
Smart Fantasy Picks
Mohammad Siraj has been striking regularly with the new ball. He has picked up the most wickets (13 in 9 games) for India in the powerplay in 2022.
After scoring only 1 in the first ODI, Sean Williams made amends with a vital innings. Once again he demonstrated his ability to milk the bowlers comfortably by adding 41. If Zimbabwe bowl first, he is more likely to be amongst the wickets.
Likewise, Sikandar Raza too should occupy a spot in your fantasy teams, given his dual ability. The Indians have bowled smartly, thereby not allowing him to break free. That said, he remains Zimbabwe’s biggest hope.
Shardul Thakur may not necessarily bowl wicket-taking deliveries, but his wickets column rarely remains dry. He has bagged 10 wickets in his last 4 ODIs, including the best figures of 3 for 38 in the last game.
Luke Jongwe made a big difference in the fantasy leagues with the dismissals of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan. Given his steady line and length, he is best placed to pick wickets for Zimbabwe.
After his fighting knock of 35 in the opening game, Regis Chakabva could only manage 2 in the second. However, we must not forget the fact that he got a peach of a delivery from Prasidh Krishna.
Sanju Samson got the Player of the Match award for his 43* (3 fours and 4 sixes) and 3 catches behind the stumps. He had also pouched 2 with the gloves in the first game. If India bat first, he could be asked to play the finisher’s role.
Zimbabwe have found Axar Patel’s wicket-to-wicket bowling hard to contend with. His flatter deliveries have got him consecutive two-wicket hauls in this series.
Deepak Chahar might have been rested in the second match, but if he takes the field in for the final game, he is linely to rattle the Zimbabwean top-order yet again with his seam and swing. His three-wicket haul in the first ODI helped several fantasy players race ahead.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
The Indian seamers have been causing a lot of problems for the Zimbabwean batters. Regardless of who comes in or goes out, drafting them all in should stand you in good stead.