Zimbabwe vs Pakistan – 2nd Test Betting Tips

Host Zimbabwe will face an uphill battle to avoid a whitewash when they take on Pakistan in the second Test played at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

For Zimbabwe, the inexperienced batting line up failed to adjust to the conditions and suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Pakistan. Captain Sean Williams, who missed the series opener, will be available for the final Test against Pakistan.

On the other hand, Pakistan put in an excellent performance to register a comprehensive win over Zimbabwe. The team management will be hoping that the side can maintain their focus and completed a clean sweep in the Test series.

With this two-match series being a part of the inaugural ICC Test Championship, Pakistan is leading the series by 1-0. Harare Sports Club hosted the first Test where Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs.

Zimbabwe Form and Team News

With the likes of Craig Ervine and Sean Williams not available, the inexperienced batting lineup failed to put in decent scores against Pakistan’s strong bowling unit.

For this final game, the home side will be relying on the likes of Tarisai Musakanda, Roy Kaia, and Sean Williams to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Making his comeback for Zimbabwe in Test cricket, Brendan Taylor put in scores of 5 and 29 in the series opener played against Pakistan. The team management will be hoping that Brendan Taylor can deliver big scores in this final Test.

Besides Brendan Taylor, the responsibility will be on Sean Williams to stay at the crease and deliver good scores with the bat in this series finale. In recent times, Williams has been a premier batsman for the side in the five-day format.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, and Donald Tiripano to make crucial breakthroughs. The home side might be tempted to bring in Luke Jongwe in place of Richard Ngarava.

Pakistan Form and Team News

The visitors managed to register a comprehensive win over Zimbabwe, courtesy excellent performances from Fawad Alam and Hasan Ali.

The big positive from the first Test was the opening pair of Abid Ali and Imran Butt showing excellent form with the bat for Pakistan.

Rookie opener Imran Butt scored 91 runs off 236 balls with the help of seven boundaries, whereas Abid Ali chipped in with 60 runs off 140 balls with the help of ten fours.

Captain Babar Azam’s lean run continued in red-ball cricket as he perished for a first-ball duck. The premier batsman will be desperate to spend time at the crease and score some runs in this series finale.

For Pakistan, Fawad Alam was the standout player with the bat and notched up his fourth century in Test cricket. Left-hander showed a lot of patience and composure to score 140 runs off 204 balls with the help of twenty boundaries. He was well supported by the likes of Mohammad Rizwan and Hasan Ali, who chipped in with scores of 45 and 30 respectively.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Nauman Ali to make crucial breakthroughs.

Pacer Hasan Ali was the standout bowler on display for Pakistan in the first Test and claimed nine wickets, whereas Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed four wickets in the first innings.

Nauman Ali bowled well as the premier spinner and claimed three wickets in the first Test.

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Odds by Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, Pakistan will be favorites to win this second game of the series to be played at Harare Sports Club. For the series finale, Pakistan are placed at 1.13 odds, while Zimbabwe at 13.00 odds.

Our Tipsters Angle

With Fawad Alam, Imran Butt, and Abid Ali showing excellent form with the bat, Pakistan will be looking to put in another excellent batting performance against Zimbabwe.

The tourists have the edge with the new ball through Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali. The slow bowlers are not carrying the same threat and conditions will certainly favor the visitors in this series finale.

Therefore, the prediction is for Pakistan to register a comfortable win in the series finale.

Tip 1- Babar Azam to end his run drought in Test cricket.

Pakistan’s premier batsman has struggled to make big scores so far this season. In three matches played this year, Babar Azam has scored 122 runs at an average of 24.40 with one half-century to his name.

Despite his noticeable struggles in red-ball cricket, Babar Azam has enough talent and skills to deliver big scores in this series finale.

With an overall average of 43.34 in Test cricket, we expect Babar Azam to score 50 runs or more in this series [email protected]

Tip 2- Sean Williams to continue his merry ways with the bat 

Sean Williams missed the first Test due to injury and will be available for the final game of the series. The experienced middle-order batsman has shown excellent form for Zimbabwe in the five-day format.

Since Jan 2020, Sean Williams has topped the batting charts for Zimbabwe in Test cricket. In four Test matches played, Williams has accumulated 481 runs at an average of 96.20 with three centuries and one half-century to his name.

Given his rich vein of form in Test cricket, we can expect Sean Williams to score 40 runs or more in this [email protected]

Conclusion

Expect Pakistan to register a thumping win over Zimbabwe and complete a 2-0 whitewash in the Test series.

  1. Babar Azam to score 50 runs or more in this series finale- [email protected]
  1. Sean Williams to score 40 runs or more in this contest- [email protected]

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