The Zimbabwe cricket team takes on Namibia in the first T20I of the five-match T20I series at Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday, May 17. The match starts at 4:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Zimbabwe vs Namibia odds for 1st T20I
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Zimbabwe vs Namibia recent form
Zimbabwe are coming off a 2-1 T20I series win against Scotland at home. After losing the opening game, the Chevrons won the next two games to clinch the series. It was the first time they won consecutive T20I matches since October 2019.
In their last outing, Zimbabwe restricted Scotland to 177/4 after bowling first. When it was their turn to bat, the Chevrons scored 180/4 in 19.1 overs with Milton Shumba hammering a 29-ball 66.
Namibia, meanwhile, are also coming off a series win. The Eagles registered a 2-1 series win against Uganda in what was their first assignment since the T20 World Cup 2021.
Namibia, who were put to bat first, scored a formidable 185/7 in 20 overs. They would go on to bowl out Uganda for 133 and seal a 52-run victory. JJ Smit put on a match-winning display as he hit a 35-ball 71 and recorded a career-best 6/10 with the ball. He also took two catches.
Zimbabwe: W, W, L, W, L
Namibia: W, L, W, L, L
Zimbabwe vs Namibia cricket head-to-head in T20Is
The upcoming Zimbabwe vs Namibia T20I will be the first 20-overs match between the teams.
Zimbabwe vs Namibia 1st T20I prediction
Zimbabwe will start as favourites on Tuesday given their overall ranking in the T20I team rankings (11).
While both teams have won and lost five of their last 10 T20I matches, Zimbabwe’s overall experience in the format gives them a slight advantage over Namibia.
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