Zimbabwe, New Zealand Eager to Seal ODI Series in Final ODI at Harare

August 07 00:59 2015

zimNew Delhi, Friday, August 7 – Finally the day has arrived when Zimbabwe and New Zealand will battle to register a triumph that would allow one of them win 3-match ODI series by 2-1. It was the host that excellently performed during 1st match between the two but another time, it was the turn of tourists to bounce back and let Zimbabwe collapse early.

Martin Guptill and Tom Latham alone did the job and exhibited superb play of 116 runs and 110 runs, respectively. Today’s ODI at Harare Sports Club in Harare would have been only a formality had Kiwis lost the second one at the hands of Zimbabwe on their home turf. Thanks to the unbeaten partnership between the opening duo, New Zealand managed to be at a place where they have equal chance of winning just like the men in red shirts.

The contest is to start in next to no time in the same stadium where Zimbabwe played against India and New Zealand. Familiarity with mood of pitch could be helpful for the Elton Chigumbura-led side. Whether skipper wins the toss or is invited to field or bat first, objective will be to remain on the winning side. While on the other hand, Kiwis job will be to stop them from doing so and attack rivals through excellent piece of bowling and fielding.

Given that Zimbabwe were taken by surprise after Ajinkya Rahane’s men did their bit in the best way possible and went back home with their heads held high. 3-0 whitewash made experts consider Rahane as a man with ability to lead squad and put forward up to the mark show. It is the chance for Zimbabwe to forget bad memories and perform at a time when they are a win away to seal the series. Responsibilities on the shoulders of Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Sean Williams, Chamu Chibhabha, Chris Mpofu, Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza will be huge as bowling attack got to be sharp. Aside from their show, the thing that would matter a lot in front of home support is outstanding show by the batting lineup, which is imperative to set a high or challenging total or chase the target set by the rivals.

At the same time, Grant Elliott, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill and others will have to lead the fort if motto is to gain foothold and put a psychological pressure on home team. Both playing XIs have geared up for the contest to start as a victory will allow one among them to add another trophy. The stint of Kiwis has been interesting so far for the reason that style of bouncing back in the tournament was lead by both batsmen and bowlers.

Sharing an equal spot up till now, objective of Zimbabwe and Kiwis would be to entertain audience through great performances; no matter from where it comes. The last ODI is a must watch given that uncertainty involved in cricket may turn the normal clash into a mega fight. Match between the two is to kick off soon. Toss will be crucial as a squad will win the opportunity to make a decision, expecting it to favor his men and implement strategies which could enable them taste success. Just a tad more wait to see whether it is New Zealand or Zimbabwe’s chance to log a triumph. Cricket fans of both countries are expected to turn up in good numbers to back their teams and have great time watching the action live.