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India v Zimbabwe - Cricket World Cup Preview and Tips

Suneer Chowdhary 13 Mar 2015
  • India face Zimbabwe in their final pool match
  • India are guaranteed to finish top of the standings
  • Zimbabwe are already eliminated from the tournament
India's Rohit Sharma

India and Zimbabwe conclude their Cricket World Cup Pool B campaign when they meet in Auckland on Saturday.

India are expected to head into the quarter-finals in winning fashion when they play the already-eliminated Zimbabwe.

The game gets underway at 12.00pm AEDT (2.00pm local time) and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia. Coverage will also be available online.



Preview

This is bit of an inconsequential game with the Indians already guaranteed to top the group - they will face Bangladesh in the quarter-finals - and Zimbabwe already knocked out of the competition. 

Zimbabwe haven't had the best of the tournaments. They started off well in their warm-up matches, ran South Africa ragged in their World Cup opener only to lose before defeating UAE in their second encounter. At that stage it looked like they could be the team to watch out.

But since they have lost three in a row including one to Ireland and are expected to get knocked out with just that one victory.

Indian captain MS Dhoni has sounded out there might not be any changes to the side unless, but if changes are to be made then Stuart Binny could get a game in place of R Jadeja while Bhuvneshwar Kumar might also be given his second shot in place of one the seamers based on their workload.



Zimbabwe could also give some of their bench a chance but the biggest news coming out of their stable is that this will be Brendan Taylor's final game for them. Taylor decided to retire from international cricket to take up a Kolpak contract in England.

The overall record is heavily skewed in favour of India, with Zimbabwe having won just 10 out of their 56 matches. 

Predictions

‚ÄčIndia to win
Rohit Sharma to top-score for India
Hamilton Masakadza to top-score for Zimbabwe


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