ZIM VS PAK – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the first T20 of the tri-series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
Zimbabwe Team News
Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine have opted out of the series following dispute with their cricket board, while Elton Chigumbura, who has not played for Zimbabwe since November 2016 has earned his call-up alongside Hamilton Masakadza.
Squad: Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza (C), Solomon Mire, Tarisai Musakanda, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Ryan Murray, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Prince Masvaure, John Nyumbu, Ryan Burl, Brandon Mavuta, Rugare Magarira.
Pakistan Team News
Pakistan have opted for a full-strength squad for the tri-series with Sarfraz Ahmed leading the side as usual. Budding opener Sahibzada Farhan has been included with Ahmed Shehzad shown the exit door following his poor run. Asif Ali and Hussain Talat have also retained their places after a decent West Indies series.
Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan
Top Funtasy Picks
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha – The top order batsman has been among the run scorers for Zimbabwe in the shorter format, while his bowling his also a big plus.
Pakistan: Shoaib Malik – The right hander averages 66.72 in his last 24 T20I innings. In more than half of these, he has finished unbeaten.
Punt Pick: Chris Mpofu – The tall Zimbabwe bowler extracts substantial bounce and movement from the wicket. He could be a value pick for the T20I opener.