India will be facing Zimbabwe in their final Super 12 Group 2 match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday in Melbourne. After winning their first two games versus Pakistan and Netherlands, respectively. India suffered a defeat versus South Africa in Perth. Post that, they returned to winning ways versus Bangladesh, as controversies were raised regarding fake fielding and a wet outfield. India have a crucial job in hand versus the Zimbabweans. A win will help them reach the semis as the table toppers. A defeat could be costly if SA and Pakistan win their games. NRR could be forced between India and Pakistan thereafter. We look at the player battles ahead of a massive contest between the two sides.
Blessing Muzarabani vs Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has yet to be able to leave a mark so far in the ongoing World Cup. Besides his 53 versus the Netherlands, Rohit has struggled in all three matches. Someone like a Muzarabani can be effective in keeping Rohit quiet. In the PP overs Blessing Muzarabani has claimed 12 scalps in his career at 25.75. Blessing will look to make an impact with his short ball on a pacy MCG wicket.
Luke Jongwe vs Suryakumar Yadav
Luke is Zimbabwe’s second-highest wicket-taker in the 20-over format. He has 50 scalps under his belt. Luke has returned with one wicket each in the two matches he has bowled so far. He could be crucial against India’s Suryakumar, who is aiming to be the first player in 2022 to surpass 1000 runs in the format. Suryakumar is enjoying a good spell with the bat and will want to be a step above the ZIM bowlers. Jongwe will hope to use his experience and set up someone like Suryakumar.
Arshdeep Singh vs Craig Ervine
Left-arm Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh was India’s best performer with the ball versus Bangladesh. His two wickets in an over changed the match in India’s favor. Arshdeep, who is equally effective across phases, will want to get the early scalp of Craig Ervine. Arshdeep will rely on his slower cutters and fuller deliveries. He will look to test Ervine with the balls moving away. Ervine doesn’t have a good record versus left-arm pacers. He averages 27.40, having been dismissed on five counts.
Axar Patel vs Sean Williams
Axar Patel will want to make Zimbabwe batters work for the runs, given the dimensions of the field will help spinners. Axar’s left-arm spin will be crucial against someone as experienced as Sean Williams. Axar has done an able job so far, claiming 33 scalps in the format at 23.78. Meanwhile, Sean is Zimbabwe’s second-highest scorer with over 1400 runs. As per ESPNcricinfo, Sean has managed 201 runs at 50.25 versus left-arm spinners. He has been dismissed on four counts.
Sikandar Raza vs Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli surpassed Mahela Jayawardene’s mark in the global event regarding overall runs. Hammering his 3rd fifty in the tournament, Kohli showcased his credentials once again to help India post a challenging score. Kohli will be wary of Sikandar Raza, who had earlier won the game for his side versus Pakistan by claiming three scalps. Raza is not much of a turner of the ball, but he is mean with his line and length. So far, Kohli has scored a whopping 917 runs against right-arm spinners at 57.31. However, he has also been dismissed 16 times by right-arm spinners.