Zimbabwe look favourites to get the better of Scotland in the fifth match of the Group ‘B’ qualifiers of the World T20 at Nagpur on Thursday. For Scotland, it’s a must-win match after losing to Afghanistan by a narrow margin of 14 runs in their opening game. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, is coming off a win against Hong Kong by the same margin of 14 runs.
Zimbabwe, who has had the experience of playing higher-ranked teams frequently, would once again rely on their batting to take them home. Zimbabwe skipper H Masakadza, who is the second highest run-getter in this calendar year at the moment, would like to come good against Scotland after a rare failure in their first game. His opener partner V Sibanda struck a half-ton in the game against Hong Kong and would like to carry his good form ahead.
Scotland, on the other hand needs to handle key moments better. They lost the match against Afghanistan after being set on a good platform at 95/3 in 10 overs chasing 171 for a win. Their bowlers also need stop leaking runs in the death overs.
Overall, it should be a good contest between the two teams.
Statistics: Zimbabwe will be playing Scotland for the first time in T20Is.
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (C), Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami (WK), Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chisoro, Neville Madziva, Malcolm Waller, Vusi Sibanda, Graeme Cremer; Donald Tiripano.
Scotland: Preston Mommsen (C), Kyle Coetzer, Alasdair Evans, Calum MacLeod, Con de Lange, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Josh Davey, Mark Watt, Matt Machan, Matthew Cross, Michael Leask, Richie Berrington, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif.