Cricket Betting Tips – Amidst a host of crisis and controversies, Zimbabwe find themselves yet again trying to build a strong foundation. With Malcolm Waller also pulling out of the series, they are now left with the thinnest of second-string sides to field against Pakistan in the second ODI. Stuck between shaping youngsters and the pressure of winning games, in only his second series with Zimbabwe, head coach Lalchand Rajput would’ve realised why even all the years of experience in the role wouldn’t have prepared him for this stint.
Cricket Betting Tips Free – Never mind the challenge that Zimbabwe posed in the first ODI, Pakistan presented their best case scenario to humble the hosts with a 201-run win. Not for the first time, Pakistan have presented a case of assembling possibly their most complete line-up in more than a half a decade; better than what they had at the Champions Trophy last year, better than what they had en route to the top of the T20I rankings.
And therein lies their downfall. They promise so much, and as fabled, deliver only in bouts of surprises. Against weaker oppositions, in recent times, they have shown consistency in dominating, a matter that shouldn’t lead them to sweat much about as they face Zimbabwe on Monday to take a 2-0 lead, but they would look to see how the young players shape up because in face of bigger challenges.
Imam-ul-Haq has done well in the limited opportunities, at least enough to keep those questioning his selection, quiet for a while; and in Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, they have a reliable top order for now. What has aided Pakistan’s cause in recent times is the coming together of a range of all-rounders – batsmen who can bowl and bowlers who can bat. It has added a great deal of balance to their side. The quality of their pacers and spinners have gone unquestioned for decades now. With a decent pool to work around, their challenge would be to find their best XI
As for the context of the series and the game, it’s a mismatch – with both teams left with fixing their own problems.
When: July 16, 2018, 09:15 Local, 12:45 IST
Where: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
What to expect: Conditions are expected to be overcast. There aren’t any rain predictions though