Oct 24, 2022, 09:19 IST

2022 T20 World Cup: Super 12 stage South Africa vs Zimbabwe preview


South Africa kick off their 2022 T20 World Cup against Zimbabwe a contest which on paper should be a cakewalk. The Zimbabweans though have shown a resurgence of sorts as they have qualified for the Super 12 stage for the first time ever. South Africa will come into the tournament with a series loss under their belt against India. The South African team will enjoy playing their 1st game at Hobart as they would love the pace, swing and seam that the ground may have to offer during the late evening.

Venue – Bellerive Oval

Time – 1:30 PM IST

Likely Pitch Conditions – Hobart could witness few spells of showers through the course of late evening. The temperature is already cold and the pace bowlers could enjoy the swing that is in the air. The team winning the toss would love to bowl first and make use of the likely dew factor while chasing.

Likely South Africa XI –

Q. De. Kock (WK), T. Bavuma (Captain), R. Rossouw, A. Markram, D. Miller, H. Klassen, W. Parnell, K. Rabada, A. Nortje, L. Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj

Likely Zimbabwe XI –

R. Chakabva, C. Ervine, W. Madhevere, S. Williams, S. Raza, M. Shumba, R. Burl, L. Jongwe, B. Musarabani, T. Chatara and R. Ngarva

Head to head record –

Games played – 5

Games won by South Africa – 5

Bellerive Oval T20I record –

Matches Played – 10

Matches won by home team – 3

Matches won by others – 7

Wins after 1st batting – 5

Wins after 2nd batting – 5

Wins after winning toss – 4

Wins after losing toss – 6

Highest Score at the venue – Glenn maxwell -103 vs England

Best bowling at the venue – Alzarri Joseph -4/16 vs Zimbabwe

(Record until – Sri Lanka vs Ireland game played on 23rd October 2022)

Approaching milestones

·This is Kagiso Rabada’s 50th T20I match for South Africa

·Sikandar Raza needs 6 more sixes to reach the 50 sixes mark in T20I cricket

·Luke Jongwe needs 2 more wickets to reach 50 wicket mark in T20I cricket