After finishing the 50 over ODI match series, South Africa and Zimbabwe went to London for playing the T20I Series on Monday.
Zimbabwe has been desperate to defeat the host in the first T20I Series after losing the ODI series against South Africa 3-0. The journey will start with the first match of the T20I in Buffalo Park on Tuesday.
The tourists are defeated by the hosts in 3 one day international match so they want to start their T20 format with strong pressure on South Africa. The failed to bat the entire 50 overs in three matches of Odia format, and that is why they will play their batting order more aggressively against South Africa.
On the other hand, South Africa has the momentum heading into the series. Riding high on the confidence of the ODI series win the hosts would want to put up another dominating show.
It was not very difficult for the South Africa team to win the ODI title. South Africa won the ODI series against Zimbabwe with the final match played on Saturday. The experienced batting lineup helps South Africa playing in the unfavourable environment.
However, with captain Faf Du Plessis has returned to lead the team in their last outing the Squad for the T20 boosts a few more of the usual suspect in the betting department as Quinton de Kock and David Miller both returns to the fold having been left out for the more extended format.
JP Duminy would feel relieved giving away the captains had as there were moments during the ODI series when he seemed all set to end up as the losing captain. DU Plessis wouldn’t want his men to take the visitors lightly especially after the kind of hiccups in the ODI series.
But it is there bowling you need which is expected to go for the Killing against the week betting site that the visitors have. Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo would be too hot to handle for the visitors and in Imran Tahir and junior Dala, they have a well-balanced attack.
On the other hand in Zimbabwe squad, Hamilton Masakadza would be both proud and frustrated at the performance of his side in the ODI series. Even though they give South Africa a tough fight but at the same time they weren’t able to convert their effort into winning a position in the first two games. Even though they came to South Africa for winning the ODI and T20 Series but they could not achieve their goal in ODI series.
Before South Africa series the lost 2-0 against Afghanistan and weren’t able to win a single game against Pakistan and Australia in recently concluded T20 Series. But skipper of Zimbabwe is satisfied in their ODI performance and he is looking forward in T20 Series that his men will deliver a satisfying performance in this short form of cricket.
In the last T20 Series, the opening combination of Solomon Mire and Chamu Chibahbah could not do much, so they need to improve their opening side in this tournament. Skipper Masakadza remains the mainstay of the batting at Number 3 and with Brendan Taylor and Shane Williams would have to hold on the innings to put big runs on the board. Middle-order batsman of Zimbabwe has to struggle more against the heavy South African bowler. Tandoori Sitara and Naveli Madziva would need to bowl well if they want to post a victory against their stronger neighbours.
Zimbabwe gives South Africa a tough fight in the ODI series but South Africa would start as overwhelming favourites to win the T20 game.
Faf du Plessis (captain), Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Robbie Frylinck, Imran Tahir, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Lungisani Ngidi, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Christopher Mpofu, Chamu Chibaba, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara.
South Africa: 1.08