COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: South Africa vs Zimbabwe on October 9
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Although South Africa clean swept Zimbabwe 3-0 it in ODI series, the win wasn’t as convincing. Once, one of the most dominant sides in limited-overs cricketers, the Proteas have a lot of problems to address ahead of the World Cup 2019. However, brushing aside all the wounds and woes, they will be squaring off against Zimbabwe for a 3-match T20I series. Many of the players who featured in the ODI series will be playing the T20I series as well. But, the return of Faf du Plessis at the helm and Quinton de Kock behind the stumps is expected to give the side a major boost. As far as Zimbabwe is concerned, it is with the willow where they are falling short. The batsmen need to pull up their sleeves and get the runs to put pressure on the opposition. Although the bowlers have fared very well in the ODI series, the batters let them down. It will be crucial to get a get total on the board if they are fancy a chance of winning the game.
Best economical pick – Elton Chigumbura with 16 wickets in 23 T20I innings will be the biggest threat for the South African batsmen. While Tendai Chatara was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers in the ODI series with six wickets and will be expected to get some quick wickets in the T20Is as well.
Top captains & vice captains – Imran Tahir: The leg-spinner, who has a bowling average of 15.85 in the shortest format of the game, will be the vital cog in the bowling wheel. He was immensely effective throughout the ODI series and should carry his form in the T20Is. Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe's highest-ranked batsman, will be their best chance of putting up a fight against the hosts. He will look to capitalise on the inexperienced bowling in the opposition camp and be the pivot around which the big-hitters revolve.
Smart pick – After being rested for the ODI series, Quinton de Kock is back in the T20I squad. With him playing professional cricket after a while, all eyes will be set firm on him. He is an important part of South Africa’s World Cup plans next year and runs under his belt in this series will boost his morale.
Cautious Pick – One of the most experienced players in the Zimbabwe lineup, Brendan Taylor doesn’t have the best of records in T20Is. He scored only 537 runs in 27 games at an average of 23 and strike rate of 115.
My XI – Imran Tahir (Captain), Hamilton Masakadza (Vice-Captain), Elton Chigumbura, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen, Sean Williams, Brandon Mavuta