After a spectacular one-sided T20I series for Afghanistan, the Asian side won the ODI series as well on Friday by beating Zimbabwe by 10 wickets. Now, the 5th ODI on Monday is a mere formality where Zimbabwe would be looking to end up the series on a high note. Let’s discuss the strengths of both the sides:
Shahzad back in form – Mohammad Shahzad’s superb knock in the previous match is a big boost for Afghanistan. He would like to continue his fine form in the 5th ODI too. The right-hander opener scored a magnificent 75* in the 4th ODI.
Dominance of Nabi & Rashid – Watching both of these spinners taking wickets is now a habit for every cricket lover. They are in terrific form and would love to create records in the future. Their exceptional performance is a big plus for their IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Taylor’s batting a key for success – If Zimbabwe want to finish things off in style, then this batsman has to fire in the final ODI. Brendan Taylor scored a splendid century in the 2nd ODI in front of the quality bowling line-up. His another fine performance can help Zimbabweans make some memories from the ODI series.
Sikandar Raza: A Saviour – Apart from Taylor, Sikandar Raza played a superb knock in the 2nd ODI that helped the African side reach 333 runs in 50 overs. If Raza can show another fine performance in the 5th ODI, Zimbabwe can win the final encounter with ease.
Cricwizz Prediction – If Taylor and Raza can fire, Zimbabwe can win this One-Day International. On the other hand, if Zimbabwe would continue their silly mistakes, then 4-1 is on the cards.
Who will win the 5th ODI?
- Afghanistan (57%, 25 Votes)
- Zimbabwe (43%, 19 Votes)
Total Voters: 44