T20 World Cup: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Match Prediction, Predicted playing XI

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SA Vs ZIM Match Prediction

At the T20 World Cup, South Africa will play Zimbabwe in the first game. South Africa enters the game against India following a respectable performance. They seem to be a cohesive group, making them one of the underdogs in the competition.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, wants to ruin some big teams’ parties despite not being one of the tournament’s strongest teams. They are returning after a successful group stage where they won two of their three games. For the Zimbabweans, Sikandar Raza has been the star performer.


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Match: 18th Match of T20 World Cup.
Date & Time: 24 October (Monday), 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

Pitch Report

The Bellerive Oval in Hobart offers favorable conditions for batters. On a surface that moves at a consistent rate, the ball comes onto the bat, and the batters enjoy themselves. There is something, though, that the bowlers can also take advantage of.

The authenticity of the outcomes has been the best aspect of the surface. The number of victories by the teams batting first and second has been tied after six games of the world cup. Around 160–170 runs are predicted to be the par score.

Predicted Playing Eleven

South Africa: Temba Bavuma(C), Quinton de Kock(wk), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.

Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva(wk), Craig Ervine(C), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarva, Blessing Muzarabani, and Tendai Chatara.


Since both teams’ starting lineups feature powerful hitters, both teams will want to build on their early-game success by scoring a significant number of runs over the extra innings. As they try to score 50 to 55 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay, South Africa may lose one or two wickets. On the other side, Zimbabwe might score 35–40 runs.


Because both teams have powerful, destructive hitters who may change the course of the game at any point, death overs are not an issue for either team. South Africa may score 45 to 50 runs throughout the final few overs. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, could score 35 runs in the final few overs.

Who Will Win The Match

Zimbabwe’s recent group-stages victory would give them a lot of confidence. Out of their last five games, both teams have won three. Five Twenty20 international matches between South Africa and Zimbabwe have taken place, with the South Africans winning each match.

On paper, South Africa appears to be more powerful than Ireland but be prepared for surprises. South Africa is considerably stronger than the other team, and will probably win this game given their recent performance, previous head-to-head record, and quality level.

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