Two matches and two massive victories for Afghanistan have settled the series in favour of the visitors. Zimbabwe has nothing much to play for except pride in this next match. It would at least hope to be more competitive than it has been so far, otherwise it is going to be very hard for Zimbabwe in the T20 series that follows.
The cricket betting sites are offering some very short odds on Afghanistan right now but that is to be expected.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI 2022. The match is going to be played at the Harare Sports Club, Harare on the 9th of June 2022.
ZIM VS AFG TEAM PREVIEWS
Zimbabwe batted first in the previous match and for a while, it seemed as if it could get to a defendable total. Most of its batters got a start including Innocent Kaia, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, and Ryan Burl. None of them could turn it into a big one, though, and that is where Zimbabwe ended up losing the match.
The batting order or the players that have been chosen for Zimbabwe seem good enough but the problem is in the execution. They all need to buckle down and find a way to get the runs on the board.
Zimbabwe’s bowling has been found out against Afghanistan in two matches in a row. Take Blessing Muzarabani away and this Zimbabwe bowling attack is quite pedestrian. Gone are the days when part-timers could come in and tie down the Afghan batters.
On surfaces that have been quite flat, Zimbabwe’s bowling is going to find it difficult to get through Afghanistan’s batting lineup.
Afghanistan has dominated every aspect of this series so far. Its bowling was always expected to be difficult for the Zimbabwe batters to face but how the Afghan batters have played is a big surprise. Rahmat Shah has shown once more why he is regarded as the best ODI batter in Afghanistan.
He scored 88 in the previous match and went about his job quietly as Ibrahim Zadran smashed a brilliant century. With Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, and even Rashid Khan in the lineup, Afghanistan have more than enough depth in the batting to fight back even if it loses a few early wickets.
Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets each in the previous match while Fareed Ahmed picked up three. The number of options available for Afghanistan is quite brilliant and we don’t see Afghanistan letting go of this advantage in the bowling department over Zimbabwe anytime soon.
Match: Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 9th June at 12:45 PM IST and 9:15 AM Local Time
ZIMBABWE VS AFGHANISTAN PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the Harare Sports Club is good for batting. The bowlers will have to be on their toes while bowling on this surface as the batters can hit through the line right from the start of their innings.
ZIMBABWE VS AFGHANISTAN WEATHER FORECAST
The temperature in Harare on Thursday is expected to range between seven and 20 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
ZIMBABWE VS AFGHANISTAN IS PROBABLE XIS
The fifties from Innocent Kaia (63) and Ryan Burl (51*) helped them finish their innings on 228 in the last match. The bowlers tried hard and only managed to pick up two wickets as they failed to defend the total.
Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Blessing Muzarabani
Fareed Ahmad finished with three wickets as they knocked over Zimbabwe on 228 in the last match. Ibrahim Zadran remained unbeaten on 120 and was well-supported by Rahmat Shah (88). The duo guided the team across the line with eight wickets in hand.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik
TOP PICKS – BATTERS
He is the leading run-scorer in this series with 181 runs in 2 innings at an average of 90.50, with a top score of 94.
The youngster has been impressive scoring 102 runs in his first 2 ODI matches of his career at an average of 51 and registered the highest score of 63.
TOP PICKS – ALL-ROUNDERS
The key player of the Zimbabwe team has garnered 107 runs in the series. His knocks in the last two fixtures are read as 40, 67. Apart from the bat, he can be handy with the ball as well.
The most experienced cricketer in the series started by picking up four wickets, and then returned with 2 wickets more to help the team in securing a series victory.
TOP PICKS – BOWLERS
The lead bowler of the Zimbabwe team has returned good in the series with 5 scalps in 2 matches at an economy of 5.52, with best figures of 4/52.
The talented leg-spinner has scalped four wickets at an economy of 4.75. He has scored 39 runs at a strike rate of 229.41.
TOP PICKS – WICKET-KEEPER
Although Gurbaz has scored only 21 runs in 2 matches, he is a proven performer in the white-ball cricket and will look to do well in this game.
ZIMBABWE VS AFGHANISTAN MATCH PREDICTION
Afghanistan has been sensational in the series so far and will be looking to carry forward the winning momentum into the final game. Zimbabwe needs to bring out their A-game to the table to finish the series on a high. By all means, this is an uphill task for the hosts.
Prediction: Afghanistan to win this encounter.