COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: South Africa vs Zimbabwe on September 30
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South Africa will be looking to kick Start ODI series on a winning note when they face rejuvenated Zimbabwe in the opening fixture of 2018 series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberly on Sunday, September 30. Both teams have played 37 ODIs against each other with the South Africans comprehensively leading the scoreline 35-2. South Africa begin as overwhelming favourites to win this first one-day international of the three-match series. They have beaten Zimbabwe in their last 27 ODI meetings and even though some of the big names like Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock are missing from their side, they still are a lot superior in all aspects of the game. In the absence of regular skipper Faf du Plessis, who has been ruled out of the ODI series with a shoulder injury. The stand-in skipper JP Duminy will lead the side. For Zimbabwe, the return of Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine has given them a big boost ahead of South Africa tour. The trio had earlier made themselves unavailable for selection due to a prolonged pay dispute with the Zimbabwean cricket board but now are back after sorting things out.
Best economical pick – Elton Chigumbura has taken the most ODI wickets for Zimbabwe from this current squad and he is going to be their go-to men when it comes to bowling. He will be eager to make a mark against the South African side.
Top captains & vice captains – In the absence of their batting trio, South Africa's batting will depend solely on JP Duminy. He scored the most 227 runs for his side in the last ODI series against Sri Lanka and he is going to be the key man for the Proteas. While Zimbabwe received a big boost in their batting department with the return of their batting trio, they could be a little rusty from not having played at the international level for a while. Brendan Taylor is the big gun in this Zimbabwean batting line-up and will bear the responsibility to guide the team towards a big total.
Smart pick – The Proteas have had a formidable bowling attack with Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn being their go to men. Dale Steyn is the team's leading ODI wicket-taker from this squad with 180 wickets and the pacer is making a comeback after a long layoff and he will be eager to perform on the international stage.
Cautious Pick – The last Sri Lankan tour was a disaster for Aiden Markram. He failed to play spin in the test series and then in the ODI series he scored only 23 runs in 3 matches. Pick him in your team at your own risk.
My XI – JP Duminy (Captain), Brendan Taylor (Vice-Captain), Dale Steyn, Elton Chigumbura, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Peter Moor, Reeza Hendricks, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Heinrich Klaasen