Zimbabwe Domestic T20 2019, Final: Matabeleland Tuskers vs Mountaineers: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Craig Ervine has scored more than 70 during three of his previous four matches.
Published - Mar 17, 2019 2:30 am | Updated - Mar 17, 2019 2:30 am
The Zimbabwe Domestic T20 tournament will conclude with the Matabeleland Tuskers taking on the Mountaineers in the final. The Tuskers finished on the top of the table with three wins from the 16 points they got. Their last round-robin game was also slated to be played against the Mountaineers which was washed out. The Mountaineers finished 2nd with help of 13 points that includes four points from washed out games.
The Mountaineers had their share of luck for reaching the Zimbabwe T20 tournament final. They had the same number of wins as the Mashonaland Eagles and even got a worse NRR than that of Eagles. However, one of their two victories yielded them a bonus point while the Eagles didn’t gain any of those. This meant the Eagles finished with 12 points; and ended only one point behind the Mountaineers.
The final game of the Zimbabwe Domestic T20 between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mountaineers will be hosted by the Harare Sports Club.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (5:30 PM IST) (12:00 PM GMT).
The overcast conditions could fasten the pitch at the Harare Sports Club for the afternoon game. The pitch usually gets dried and slows down as the day progresses, which won’t be a case during the final day of the tournament.
Average first innings score: 143.6 (Last five afternoon T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4
The chances of a complete 20-over Final are too less due to the Harare Weather. The forecast indicates thunderstorms after 12 PM which meant the chances of the final taking place it self are too less.
Probable Playing XIs:
BB Chari, ST Handirisi (WK), CR Ervine, SC Williams, TP Maruma, C Kunje, A Ndlovu (C), CB Mpofu, M Shumba, SSF Musekwa, J Nyumbu, CK Tshuma.
Bench: TM Mboyi, N Mpofu, C Ncube, E Masuku.
KT Kasuza, I Kaia, T Maruma, R Kaia, F Mutizwa (WK), SW Masakadza, DT Tiripano (C), N M’shangwe, WT Mashinge, WP Masakadza, TL Chatara.
Bench: TE Tsiga.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Craig Ervine had pretty average numbers in the Twenty20 format as he scored 726 runs from 50 matches with two fifties. However, in the last four games, Ervine scored 70+ on three occasions and has 273 runs in the competition from five matches. Coming into this tournament, Ervine scored 422 runs during the Pro50 Championship with help of two centuries and a fifty across five innings.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Craig Ervine’s rich form and Sean Williams will be certain as captain and vice-captain. Brian Chari and the Masakadzas – Shingi and Wellington are dependable for the multiplier roles.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – F Mutizwa
Batsmen – BB Chari, CR Ervine (C), I Kaia, C Kunje
All-Rounders – SC Williams (VC), R Kaia, SW Masakadza
Bowlers – WP Masakadza, TL Chatara, CK Tshuma
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – ST Handirisi
Batsmen – BB Chari (VC), CR Ervine, KT Kasuza, I Kaia
All-Rounders – SC Williams, SW Masakadza (C)
Bowlers – WP Masakadza, CK Tshuma, DT Tiripano, M Shumba
The likes of I Kaia, C Kunje and F Mutizwa of eight credits are needed to be picked as the big names Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Brian Chari collectively cost 30.5 credits.
The Matabeleland Tuskers are expected to lift the title by defeating the Mountaineers in final if the weather permits.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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