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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Betting Tips 23/04/2021

Teams Status

Pakistan: The tourists were expected to brush aside in the opening T20I due to the difference in talent of both the sides as well as their recent morale boosting win in South Africa. But instead they were the second-best side for a vast majority of the game, and could have easily left, had Zimbabwe kept control of the nerves.

Granted that the Harare pitch was double-paced but still Pakistan were expected to do better with the bat. Had it not been for a number of dropped catches, including player-of-the-match Mohammad Rizwan’s, Pakistan could have finished with even smaller total than the 149 they eventually managed.

The two youngsters picked for the opener, Danish Aziz and Haider Ali, both failed. If the team management, having learnt from the 1st match’s experience, would want to bolster that youthful middle-order, they might replace one of Danish and Haider, although it could be a tad unfair.

Considering the difficulty of the opening match, they could also bring in Shaheen Afridi, who was rested in the opener on account of load management.

Zimbabwe: Even in defeat, there were plenty of positives to take for the home team in the first T20I, to go with the obvious negative: their naiveté. They surrendered their position of advantage at the first indication of pressure. Pakistan bowlers did not even have to do anything exceptional except lay the most basic of traps and their generous hosts kept on falling in it.

Among the positives were Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s solid batting at the top, which was on the slower side but featured some pretty strokes. Like Jongwe also demonstrated his hitting ability down the order. Meanwhile, almost the entire Zimbabwe bowling unit, with the exception of Richard Ngrava, impressed.

The job of Lalchand Rajput will now be to somehow prevent meltdowns and push his team to capitalize on the positives of the previous game.

What do the Sportsbook Say

Pakistan are massive favourites despite their struggles in the 1st T20I. Oddsmakers probably believe that having survived the hiccups, Babar Azam’s men will be much more careful in the rest of the series. 22Bet has a Pakistan win priced at 1.13 and Zimbabwe at 5.95; Bet365 has Pakistan at 1.12 and Zimbabwe at 6.0; and lastly, LeoVegas has Pakistan at 1.11 and Zimbabwe at 6.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Babar Azam to score 50 runs – Yes @ 2.5

Babar Azam is the world’s top-ranked batsman in ODIs, is number two in T20Is and number six in Test cricket. He averages an insane 47.36 in T20I cricket. Considering the fact that he was out for just two runs in the first match, he will be kicking himself at the missed opportunity and be desperate to atone for that rarest of rare failures. If he opens the innings, there is a high chance of him getting to 50 at the very least.

Tip: Best bowler on Team Zimbabwe – Blessing Muzarabani @ 3

If you know Pakistan you’d know that their batters always have problem playing the rising delivery. The specific reason why they do poorly in Australia and New Zealand is because of the extra bounce. Blessing Muzarabani, who is at the very least 6’8, gets more than his share of bounce, no matter what the wicket. He was excellent in the first match, troubling the Pakistani batsmen off the surface. He only picked up one wicket but gave away just 22 runs in his quota of overs. It won’t be surprising if he finds more wickets tomorrow and stands out as the best of the lot.

Conclusion

Pakistan were woeful in the first match but they should still whitewash their hosts. Anything but a dominant Pakistan victory will still be a surprise.

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