India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 1st T20I at Harare: ZIM likely XI


The top order is all set to start with the opening pair of Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha, who have been a set opening pair, and have given Zimbabwe a fair start in most of the matches. They would be followed by the veteran Vusi Sibanda, who is again one of the finest T20 player in Zimbabwe and can play good T20 shots, as well as give Zimbabwe an edge in the batting order. IND aim for domination against ZIM in 1st T20I.

The middle order would eventually start with Peter Moor, who is a reliable middle order batsman and a power hitter, as he has the ability to play both steady as well as explosive innings, and can prove to be a pillar to the middle order, as he is most certain to be followed by Sikandar Raza, who is a genuine T20 player, with the ability to hit hard and steer the innings fast, regardless the bowler he faces. At number six, it should certainly be Elton Chugumbura, who is again one of the finest T20 players in Zimbabwe and can again act as a pillar to the middle order. The order should ideally end with Richmond Mutumbani, who again has the ability to play big shots and can well be termed as a proper T20 player. 1st T20I, Preview: Rampant India eye Zimbabwe rout.

The bowling attack is definitely to start with the skipper and spinner Cremer, who is a perfect fit at number eight, followed by Tendai Chatara, who can certainly lead the fast-bowling attack as one of the experienced bowlers in the side, as he should be followed by Donald Tripano and Neville Madziva, who are new to the side, but have a fair record in the domestic circuit, and can act as good bowlers in the shortest format of the game as they could indeed trouble most of the batsmen in the world with their variations.

Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Vusi Sibanda, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chugumbura, Richmond Mutumbani (wk), Graeme Cremer (c), Tendai Chatara, Donald Tripano, Neville Madziva.

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