Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first
ZIM vs WIN Betting Tips
Zimbabwe's difficult challenge following an 18-month absence
1. Seven of the 11 Test matches Zimbabwe has played against the West Indies have ended in defeat, and Zimbabwe has never won one.
2. Zimbabwe has only won three games in the past ten years and has lost eight of their last ten games.
3. Brathwaite, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, and Jermaine Blackwood make up the West Indies' strong batting lineup.
ZIM VS WIN MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
Zimbabwe plays in the whites following a 18-month hole, and the new-look side will anticipate a positive show against the West Indies. The team has a number of new players, and they will want to do well at home. After a disappointing tour of Australia, the West Indies are excited to begin the series here.
Zimbabwe's record against the West Indies is poor. The fact that the young team has not yet defeated them in a Test match will be a burden. The team's three test victories in the past decade do not inspire confidence. Given that the visitors are well-known for their inconsistent play, it remains to be seen how Zimbabweans approach this match.
Craig Ervine is the new captain, and he has a big job ahead of him because they won't be able to use some of their best players. The team has new players who haven't played in the longer format before, so facing an established team will be difficult. The young team will need Ervine to use his experience to win.
Their batting prospects get a boost from Gary Balance's arrival, and he needs to score runs at the top with Tanunurwa Makoni, a young player. In this game, Ervine needs to make good use of his experience and form alliances with Milton Shumba and Joylord Gumbie. During the game, Brad Evans, Innocent Kala, and Chamu Chibhabha must also contribute.
Because West Indies have two of their best players at the top, Richard Ngarava and Wellington Masakadza will need to take early wickets. Donald Tripano has honed his skills, and he will play a crucial role in this game. The team will also hope that Evans and Chamu Chibhabha will play well with the ball.
Zimbabwe Team Playing:
Chamu Chibhabha, Victor Nyauchi, Craig Ervine, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Garry Ballance, Tanunurwa Makoni, Tafadzwa Tsiga, Brad Evans, Innocent Kaia, Richard Ngarava
West Indies Preview
After suffering a humiliating defeat in the two-match series against the Australians, Kraigg Brathwaite's team enters this series. With a victory here, the captain of the West Indies will attempt to overcome that. Brathwaite wants his players to perform to their full potential because they are stronger than the hosts.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul performed well in Australia, and he will try to continue this trend in the future and get off to a strong start alongside captain Brathwaite. At No. 1, Jermaine Blackwood must score runs. 3 and strengthen his position in the team. In the middle order, he needs to form alliances with Devon Thomas and Jason Holder. Roston Chase and Joshua Da Silva's runs down the field will also be welcome by the team.
Kemar Roach joins the team and wants to use his experience to help Alzarri Joseph get early wickets. Along with Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, a champion bowler, will try to trouble the Zimbabweans. Gudakesh Motie and Roston Chase will try to trouble the hosts by using the surface's slowness.
West Team Playing:
Kemar Roach, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Jason Holder, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva, Raymon Reifer, Gudakesh Motie, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, and Kraigg Brathwaite
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Beginning on February 4, Bulawayo will experience overcast conditions that will be favorable to fast bowlers. From Day 3 on, spinners are expected to take advantage of the conditions. In the first two days, the pitch is expected to be difficult to bat on. 350 runs scored in the first innings will please the first-innings team.
The Queens Sports Club's fast-paced pitch in Bulawayo provides quick bowlers with early assistance. Spending time on the crease is essential to success, so batsmen who become accustomed to these conditions have performed well. At this venue, spinners perform well as the pitch begins to wear down.
Toss: To Bowl
On the first two days of the game, rain and overcast skies are predicted. On this surface, batting will be difficult due to it. The batting conditions would improve by Day 3. In this game, the team that won the toss will want to invite the opposition to bowl first.
Zimbabweans arrive after a lengthy absence, and winning a 5-Day game is difficult. Except for a few players, the batting is lacking in experience. To win this game, the hosts need to perform above their weight. The West Indies have skilled fast bowlers and a strong batting lineup. They will prefer the cloudy weather to the hosts. We'll back the home team to win this game.
West Indies will win over Zimbabwe.