Match: Australia vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI (AUS vs ZIM)
Date: August 31, Wednesday, 5:10 AM IST
Venue: Tony Ireland Stadium
Australia will square off against Zimbabwe in the second ODI at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on August 31, Wednesday, August 31. The hosts come into this game with confidence, having won the series opener by five wickets two days ago. Cameron Green put up a sensational show with the ball, picking up five wickets while conceding only 33 runs. This helped bowl out the hosts for 200 runs, which Australia chased down comfortably. David Warner top scored with a knock of 57, followed by Steve Smith, who scored 48 runs. Down the order, Glenn Maxwell scored 32 off just nine balls at a strike rate of over 350.
For Zimbabwe, most of the batsmen were disappointing except opener Tadiwanashe Marumani (45) and number three batter Wesley Madhevere (72), who contributed significantly. The visitors now will look to bounce back in the second ODI in order to keep themselves afloat in the three-match series. Australia, meanwhile, will look to maintain their winning streak ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 which is less than two months away. This series will also help them get a better picture of what their World Cup squad will be.
Ahead of the second ODI between Australia and Zimbabwe in Townsville, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for AUS vs ZIM, 2nd ODI
The pitch in the first ODI offered plenty of turn for the spinners but the pacers also did well, as was evident from Cameron Green’s five-wicket haul. Only three ODI games have been played on this ground, all of which were won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score is 221, while the highest and lowest total is 264 for 7 and 200 for 10.
The weather in Townsville will be mostly cloudy with little chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 22 to 26 degrees Celsius.
Zimbabwe team news and predicted XI
Team news: After giving a good fight against India in their final ODI in Harare recently, Zimbabwe fielded nearly the same XI except for two changes. Opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano and southpaw Sean Williams were replaced by Tadiwanashe Marumani and Wesley Madhevere.
Squad: Regis Chakabva (C), Ryan Burl, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams.
Predicted XI: Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi
Australia team news and predicted XI
Team news: Pat Cummins has been rested for this series, while Travis Head is with family for the birth of his child. Adam Zampa, meanwhile, has returned after missing the series against Sri Lanka.
Squad: Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Adam Zampa
Head to head record
The two teams have played 31 ODI matches, of which India Australia have won 28 while Zimbabwe have two wins. Remaining one game produced no result.
Total games – 31
Zimbabwe – 2
Australia – 28
No Result – 1
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for AUS vs ZIM 2nd ODI
Sikandar Raza – batsman, Zimbabwe
Sikandar Raza is among the most experienced players in the Zimbabwe team. He picked up the crucial wicket of David Warner in the first match of the series and although he scored only five runs with the ball, his recent form warrants him a place in your fantasy team. Raza recently scored a century against India, before which he scored two centuries in series against Bangladesh. In all, Raza has played 121 ODIs, from which he has 3631 runs and 70 wickets.
Tadiwanashe Marumani – batsman, Zimbabwe
The young southpaw narrowly missed out on a half century in the first ODI and will now look to achieve the same in the second ODI. Marumani batted confidently against experienced Australian bowlers despite being relatively inexperienced. He has played just seven ODIs to date, from which he has 100 runs at an average of 14.28.
David Warner – batsman, Australia
Explosive opener David Warner scored a half century in the opening game which helped lay a solid foundation for the team. An experienced player and a proven match winner, Warner is a great pick for your fantasy team’s captaincy. Warner has an average of almost 50 in 134 ODIs.
Cameron Green – bowler, Australia
Cameron Green was the top performer for Australia in the first ODI. In nine overs, Green picked up five wickets while conceding only 33 runs. The pacer had recently done well in the series against Sri Lanka too. Green has played 8 ODIs so far for Australia, from which he has a batting average of almost 39 along with six wickets.
Glenn Maxwell – all-rounder, Australia
The hard-hitting all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 32 off just nine balls in the first ODI. His knock was laced with three boundaries and as many maximums. Maxwell is one of the best all-rounders in white-ball cricket, and a good option for your MPL team’s vice-captaincy.
MPL fantasy XI – AUS vs ZIM, 2nd ODI
AUS vs ZIM– where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Australia vs Zimbabwe ODI series will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 5.10 AM IST on August 31.
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Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.