We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Barring the opening game, the last three matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo have been won by the teams chasing. Interestingly, the average scores for both first and second innings in this series read 140.
Probable XI for Zimbabwe: Wesley Madhevere, Innocent Kaia, Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Tony Munyonga, Richmond Mutumbami, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Tendai Chatara
Probable XI for Namibia: Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
With scores of 50 and 73* in his last two innings, Wesley Madhevere has become the leading run-getter in this series. Zimbabwe would be hoping for a grand finish from their opener.
By scoring an unbeaten 59 in the last game, Gerhard Erasmus not only steered his team to victory but also won the Player of the Match Award.
Sikander Raza might have scored only 63 runs and picked 4 wickets in this series, but he has enough experience to make it count in big matches.
Barring a three-wicket haul in the second match, David Wiese hasn’t contributed much. With the bat too, he has added only 43 runs in four innings. That said, given his match-winning ability, he remains a hot pick in fantasy leagues.
Tendai Chatara has been amongst the wickets in every game. His spell of 3 for 28 in the third game was instrumental in helping Zimbabwe restrict Namibia to a low score of 128.
Bernard Scholtz will be brimming with confidence after his spell of 3 for 25 in the last game. He has bagged 6 wickets for the series.
After scoring a match-winning 55* in the opening match, Craig Ervine hasn’t been able to keep the momentum going. However, he will remain the biggest hope for the hosts in the decider.
A better script could not have been written for what’s been a captivating series between Zimbabwe and Namibia. Ahead of the final game, both teams look evenly matched, with match-winners galore on both sides. Expect a cracking finish to the series decider.
Time: 24 May, 4.30 PM IST