Zimbabwe Vs India – 1st ODI Full Preview: KL Rahul-led Men in Blue will face off Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series with the first ODI scheduled on Thursday, August 18 from 12:45 PM IST onwards at the Harare.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma is rested for the series along with Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan will open with KL and BCCI-appointed VVS Laxman as head coach for the Zimbabwe tour.
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Zimbabwe vs India: 1st ODI Match Preview
Match: Zimbabwe vs India – 1st ODI
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare.
Date & Time: August 18, 2022 at 12:45 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Sony Sports Network and SonyLIV.
Pitch Report: Zimbabwe vs India: 1st ODI Preview
All three ODIs will be played in Harare. The pitch out here is good for batting and offers batters value for their shots. Chasing teams have had the advantage in recent times.
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Head to Head Stats:
Matches Played: 63
Won by Zimbabwe: 10
Won by India: 51
Tied/No Result: 2
India all-rounder Washington Sundar is ruled out of the series owing to an injury. However, Sundar’s replacement hasn’t been announced till by BCCI.
Team News: 1st ODI
Zimbabwe will host team India in the three-match ODI series, with all the matches scheduled at Harare Sports Club. The hosts announced their squad just two days back with Regis Chakava named as captain of the team.
However, the current form of the home side is quite impressive as they recently defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in ODIs at their home and will give a tough fight to the visitors here at Harare Sports Club. Sikandar Raza, the Zimbabwean all-rounder is in fine touch since the Bangladesh series and will definitely pose a threat to the Indian side.
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For India, all eyes will be on captain KL Rahul, who is making a comeback to the Indian setup after his injury and Covid scare since IPL 2022. He was named as the captain for the tour while Dhawan was named as his deputy. VVS Laxman will be coaching the side as BCCI gives rest to India head coach Rahul Dravid for the Asia Cup 2022. The bowling unit will be tested on this tour as Krisna, Avesh, and Siraj as pacers on the side, and Bishnoi, and Axar are the two main spinners for the tour.
Zimbabwe vs India: 1st ODI: Possible Playing XI
Regis Chakabva (C & wk)
Shikhar Dhawan (C)
Sanju Samson (wk)
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