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Scotland vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction & Betting Tips

20 Oct 2022
Cricket Betting Prediction

Hearts will be shattered come close of play, but for which side? Check out our full Scotland vs Zimbabwe betting tips ahead the first ball - we attempt to untangle all the odds in our full match betting preview below. 

The Scots were brought down by a fast Irish resurgence on Wednesday, after seemingly having control of the game. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, were disappointing in defeat to the West Indies, failing to convert some very good 2022 form into a qualification-sealing result. 

Looking to refine your online cricket betting strategy? You have come to the right place! We analyse the team news, need-to-know stats, latest quotes, and much more ahead of the clash, which gets underway from 1.30 pm IST on Friday 21st November at the Blundstone Arena. 

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Scotland vs Zimbabwe Betting Tips

The Chevrons are the favourites - justifiably so, given their recent win record in the Twenty20 internationals. However, the Scots will pose a danger! Check out our Scotland vs Zimbabwe betting tips to see why we think Richie Berrington’s side can get the job done at a big price!

You can bet on Zimbabwe at odds of 1.63, while Scotland are clear outsiders at 2.24. We think the latter are too big to ignore at that price. They were totally dominant against the West Indies and ran into an inspired Curtis Campher against Ireland - his knock was the only reason they lost. 

Our match winner cricket predictions are tentative ones, however, and made with a respectful nod to the form of Zimbabwe. The Chevrons have won eight of their last Twenty20 internationals - including a creditable series win over Bangladesh. 

If you’re looking for better returns and want a bigger-priced punt, go and check the individual player betting markets. From a Scottish view, the eye is immediately drawn to opener Michael Jones, who hit 86 runs from 55 balls in a magnificent innings against Ireland. His memorable knock follows a solid 20 against the West Indies, meaning he’s already passed the 100-run mark for the tournament. He has only played three T20Is for his country, but he looks set to stay for the long haul. He is available at odds of 

For Zimbabwe, there’s no point looking past the irrepressible Sikandar Raza, who has probably played his way into a contract with a global franchise - possibly in the Big Bash League or the Indian Premier League. He hit a phenomenal 82 against Ireland, before taking 3/19 against the West Indies. He is the consummate all-rounder - you can get odds of 5.1 on Sikandar to take the most wickets for his team against Scotland, while he is 4.9 to make the most runs. 

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Scotland Preview

Vice captain Matthew Cross is banking on an inspiration to carry them through to the Super 12s for a much-anticipated clash with arch rivals England.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Cross said: “It's the last game of the group so there will be a lot on the line, which will hopefully bring the best out of us. Before the tournament if you'd had given us one game to win to go through then we'd have taken that. We just have to win - there will be no net run-rate. This is the exact same position we were in at the World Cup 12 months ago, so we have that experience to draw on.”

Despite their lowlyT20I ranking - 15th in the world according to the latest International Cricket Council - Cross believes Scotland have overperformed, no matter what happens in this crucial clash. 

“We've been blessed with a pretty tough set of games so I expect another tough game. They have to win as well, so I'm sure they'll be right up for it. We got the tough end of the draw and I think to get through this group would be an exceptional effort. I firmly believe we deserve the opportunity to play in the next round already based on what we've done, but that means nothing if we don't turn up on Friday. We can walk away with our heads held high.”

Team management has a clean bill of health to choose from!

Predicted Playing XI

George Munsey, Michael Jones, Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington (c), Calum McLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Hamza Tahir, Brad Wheal, Josh Davey.

Zimbabwe Preview

Such was the level of performance against Ireland in the opener, many had Zimbabwe as dark horses to condemn the West Indies to an early tournament exit. However, a stunning performance from Alzari Joseph meant they were never in the game when chasing 154 for victory - collapsing to 79/6 before staggering to 122 all out from 18.2 overs. 

Skipper Ervine Williams acknowledged his batting unit didn’t protect their wickets well enough. He told reporters in the aftermath: “"Having a positive approach is the way we want to play. We have had quite a few victories by playing that way. If we want to play competitive T20 cricket, we would rather be bowled out for 70 than take it deep. But on the wickets side, we lost too many quite early even though the asking rate was in the sevens. It was going to be very difficult with a non-batter on one side. There were lots of lessons to be learned, even if it's not nice to lose. It was one of those games where when [Sikandar] Raza was out we needed sevens or eights [per over]. We could have gone about it in a better way, but our coach has been telling us to play positive cricket, and it just didn't come through today. Dave has been trying to make us play our best cricket rather than being in our shells. It just didn't work today."

Rain is forecast for Friday evening in Australia - if the game were to be washed out but there was a completed game between Ireland and the West Indies, Zimbabwe would be knocked out. It would be a devastating way to go out, given their start to the tournament. 

Coach Dave Houghton has a fully fit line-up to choose from. 

Predicted Playing XI

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

Venue & Weather Forecast

Bad weather is due to set in as the evening draws in in Hobart! Three of the opening four T20 World Cup games at the Blundstone Arena have been won by the team batting first. 

Conclusion

We think Scotland have momentum, the better form (just), and could be ripe for causing an upset!


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