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WT20 2016 First Round Preview – Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe preview for 2016 WT20

From 1990 to early 2000, Zimbabwe was known as “Giant Killer” in international cricket but after that, their performances have been disappointing and now they are struggling even against weaker teams.

But after the arrival of Dav Whatmore as the head coach of the national team, Zimbabwe is looking much positive in the international cricket. However, they do not have much success to brag about in international cricket, but they put the fight in every match until the end.

Talking about recent performances, Zimbabwe levelled the 4-match T20I series 2-2 against Bangladesh in Bangladesh after suffering defeat in the first 2 matches of that series. Recently, Zimbabwe beat Ireland in a T20 warm-up game just ahead of WT20 2016.

In the WT20 2016, Zimbabwe is in Group B in the group stage round (round 1) along with Hong Kong, Scotland and Afghanistan. Only the winner of the group will advance to the next round which is known as Super 10. The winner of the group will advance in Group 1 where they will face against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and England.

Except Afghanistan, Zimbabwe has never played against the other teams in T20I. On the other hand, Zimbabwe has suffered defeats in all the T20Is against Afghanistan (4 out of 4). So, that means Zimbabwe have to do a lot of work to do to qualify for the second round.

Before the WT20 tournament, injury has hit Zimbabwe squad, as three cricketers have been ruled out from the tournament. The team mostly depends on their skipper Hamilton Masakadza who is recently in destructive form. Yet there are some players have to give to support him but inconsistency is the main issue for them.

All the important information of Zimbabwe cricket in T20Is is given below:

Fixtures of Zimbabwe in 2016 WT20:

Group B

8th March – Zimbabwe vs Hong Kong

10th March – Zimbabwe vs Scotland

12th March – Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan

Zimbabwe’s 15-man squad for 2016 WT20: –Hamilton Masakadza (c), Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Wellington Masakadza, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza Butt, Donald Tiripano, Richmond Mutumbami, Tendai Chisoro, Malcolm Waller, Vusumuzi Sibanda.

Zimbabwe’s performance history in the WT20 (against 2016 WT20’s Group B teams)

Opposition Matches Won Lost Tie/No Result
Hong Kong
Scotland
Afghanistan

 

Zimbabwe’s performance history in T20I (against 2016 WT20’s Group B teams)

Opposition Matches Won Lost Tie/No Result
Hong Kong
Scotland
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0/0

 

Zimbabwe’s performance in the previous World T20s:

Year Host Nation Finishing Position
2007 South Africa Group Stage (Round 1)
2009 England Do not qualify
2010 West Indies Group Stage (Round 1)
2012 Sri Lanka Group Stage (Round 1)
2014 Bangladesh Group Stage (Round 1)

 

 

 

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