Tri-Series, 1st T20I, Preview: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe at Harare
June 30 (CRICKETNMORE) - Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in the opening match of T20I of tri-series also featuring Australia. The match will be played at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
In the latest ICC Twenty20 International Rankings, Pakistan are on top, while Zimbabwe are way behind on No.12.
Pakistan's strength is in their bowling attack, which will be led by Mohammad Amir, and leg-spinner Shadab Khan, the No.2 bowler in the format. Their batting is also strong with the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Tala at the top, and the experience of captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the middle.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe, under new coach Lalchand Rajput will be aiming for a good show. They have experienced players like Hamilton Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis and Chamu Chibhabha, and big-hitters like Cephas Zhuwao, Tarisai Musakanda, Brian Chari and Blessing Muzarabani.
Squads, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Elton Chigumbura, Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Mpofu, Ryan Burl, Solomon Mire, Ryan Murray, Wellington Masakadza.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.