Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI – 30/10/2020

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Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News, Predictions – 30/10/2020

Pakistan and Zimbabwe meet for the first of three ODI matches in Rawalpindi.

The hosts will have the benefit of playing a lot more recently following their trip to England in August.

Take a look at our free cricket tips for this clash.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI Betting Tips
Best Bet Wesley Madhevere to be Zimbabwe’s top batsman at 7.0 with 22Bet
Next Best Bet Haider Ali to be Pakistan’s top batsman at 3.75 with bet365
Value Bet Carl Mumba to be Zimbabwe’s top bowler at 4.5 with bet365

Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI – Match Preview

Pakistan are expected to record a comfortable win over Zimbabwe and even a more experimental outfit should be able to get the job done in home conditions.

Zimbabwe actually hold the record for the lowest ODI total at this ground. They managed only 104 against Sri Lanka back in 2004.

Where: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

When: Friday, 30 October 2020

Start time: 11:30 IST (07:00 GMT)

Pitch conditions: Advantage at this ground tends to fall with the team batting second. It has been a good ground for chasing totals in the one-day game.

Weather conditions: Rain is unlikely in Rawalpindi at this time of the year. Temperatures are likely to be high at around 30 degrees.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI – Latest Odds

Pakistan are made short-priced favourites to win the first ODI. They can be backed at 1.08 with 22Bet.

Zimbabwe are priced at 7.5 with the same firm to cause an upset.

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Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI – Team News

Pakistan will be captained by Babar Azam for the first time in an ODI. This will be his first time leading the team in this particular format since being handed the role.

There is no place in Pakistan’s 22 man squad for experienced trio Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir.

Shadab Khan will be vice-captain for both this and the T20I series that follows.

There is a first call-up for 20-year-old batsman Abdullah Shafique, who has impressed or Central Punjab in the recent National T20 Cup.

A young-looking squad should also mean more time for the likes of Haider Ali and Khushdil Shah.

Mohammad Rizwan continues as the first-choice wicketkeeper, with Rohail Nazir chosen as his back-up.

Zimbabwe have named Chamu Chibhabha as captain in Pakistan. Previous skipper Sean Williams remains in the squad though.

Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Elton Chigumbura are all included. There is also a return for fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani.

Zimbabwe have handed debut call-ups to all-rounders Faraz Akram and Milton Shumba but not included Tarisai Musakanda or Kyle Jarvis.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe – Squads

Pakistan Zimbabwe
Babar Azam (captain) Chamu Chibhabha (captain)
Haider Ali Faraz Akram
Abdullah Shafique Ryan Burl
Imam-ul-Haq Brian Chari
Harris Sohail Tendai Chatara
Abid Ali Elton Chigumbura
Fakhar Zaman Tendai Chisoro
Mohammad Hafeez Craig Ervine
Khushdil Shah Tinashe Kamunhukamwe
Mohammad Rizwan Wesley Madhevere
Iftikhar Ahmed Wellington Masakadza
Faheem Ashraf Carl Mumba
Imad Wasim Richmond Mutumbami
Rohail Nazir Blessing Muzarabani
Shadab Khan Richard Ngarava
Shaheen Afridi Sikandar Raza
Mohammad Hasnain Milton Shumba
Haris Rauf Brendan Taylor
Musa Khan Donald Tiripano
Wahab Riaz Sean Williams
Usman Qadar
Zafar Gohar

Pakistan v Zimbabwe 1st ODI – Betting Tips and Prediction

While Pakistan are the favourites in the outright winner market, there are plenty more odds on offer for this one.

Given their short price to start with a win, looking at these markets can be a good way to find value betting opportunities.

Haider Ali to Continue His Rise

Haider Ali is a real talent that is looking to make his mark with the Pakistan national side. This series looks the perfect opportunity for him to do that.

The 20-year-old burst through with an impressive PSL campaign and took his chance when smashing a sublime half-century in the last T20I in England.

His last three matches have been on this ground, including an 86 against Balochistan for Northern in the National T20 Cup.

It looks likely Haider will be given another chance to shine and his price of 3.75 with bet365 to be Pakistan’s top run-scorer in this clash looks a good bet.

Madhevere’s Price is Too Big

Zimbabwe may well be overpowered in their match and series but that shouldn’t put you off backing some of their players to shine.

Wesley Madhevere looks a great bet in the top batsman market for this fixture.

He was in fine form when Zimbabwe last played ODI cricket. That was against Bangladesh back in March but Madhevere’s hitting was a feature.

He smashed 35, 52 and 42 in the three ODIs and his price to show more of that talent is far too big. He can be backed at 7.0 with 22Bet.

Mumba to be Among the Wickets

Carl Mumba is another who shone during that Bangladesh series. He capped off some good bowling displays with a three-wicket haul in the final ODI. That backed up the two he bagged in the previous game.

The 25-year-old right-arm medium pacer has only played five ODIs but remains an unknown quantity and could surprise a few here.

He can be backed at 4.5 with bet365 to be Zimbabwe’s top bowler. It looks decent value given his previous form and Zimbabwe’s other bowling options.

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The first ODI will take place on October 30 in Rawalpindi. It is due to start at 11:30 IST.

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