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ZIM vs NED, 2nd ODI: Preview, Probable XI, Live Score, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

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Zimbabwe will take on Netherlands in the second ODI of the three-match series on Thursday, March 23. The important clash will take place at the Harare Sports Club in Harare

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The hosts, unfortunately lost the first match by a narrow margin of three wickets, owing to a lacklustre performance by their top-order batsmen. While Clive Madande's impressive knock of 74 and some valuable contributions from the tailenders were noteworthy, they were not enough to propel the team to a significant score.

Zimbabwe's bowlers did their utmost to stem the tide of the opposition's advances, with Wellington Masakadza emerging as the standout performer with three wickets. Despite their best efforts, the home team was unable to prevent the Dutch from clinching victory on the penultimate ball of the innings.


In contrast, the Netherlands team enjoyed a solid start to the series, courtesy of some excellent performances by their opening bowlers, Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren. Their early breakthroughs set the tone for an impressive performance that saw them ultimately bowling Zimbabwe out.

Although the Dutch top order struggled initially, the team's fortunes were revived by the brilliant half-century by Colin Ackermann and a sensational unbeaten century by Teja Nidamanuru, who scored an unbeaten 110 which ultimately paved the way for Netherlands to secure a well-deserved win.

While the hosts will look to bounce back and level the series, the visitors will look to clinch the series with a game to go.

Match Details

Date and Time: March 23, 12:45 PM IST

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Live Streaming: FanCode

Pitch Report

Based on the conditions in Harare, it appears that the pitch will initially favour the seam bowlers, with the surface expected to improve for batting as the match progresses, as was witnessed in the first ODI. Therefore, it is likely that the team winning the toss in the upcoming match will opt to field first, in the hopes of taking advantage of the early conditions and restricting their opponents to a manageable total.

Probable Playing XIs

Zimbabwe: Craig Ervine (c), Innocent Kaia, Gary Ballance, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande (wk), Brad Evans, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Tom Cooper, Max O'Dowd, Musa Ahmed, Colin Ackermann, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c and wk), Shariz Ahmad, Fred Klaassen, Paul Van Meekeren, Brandon Glover

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Scott Edwards, Clive Madande

Batters: Gary Ballance, Craig Ervine, Max O'Dowd, Tom Cooper,

All-Rounders: Colin Ackermann, Brad Evans, Sikandar Raza

Bowlers: Wellington Masakadza, Fred Klaassen

Captain: Gary Ballance

Vice Captain: Clive Madande


The high-octane clash is expected to be a close encounter and the team that bowls first will have an advantage. Zimbabwe is likely to win as the series is on the line and they also have a better understanding of the conditions being their home ground.