Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo is ready to host first match of two-match test series between Zimbabwe and New Zealand starting 28 July (Thursday). Zimbabwe are currently tenth while visitors are at fifth position in ICC Test Ranking so a great chance for host to climb up the ranking table.
Fixture: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 1st Test/ ZIM vs NZ
Time/Date: 01:30 PM IST/ 08:00 AM GMT/ 10:00 AM LOCAL/ 28 July – 01 Aug
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe faced clean sweep in three-match One-Day International series while they lost Twenty20 series 2-1 against India recently. Graeme Cremer will lead the host side coached by former African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini who has taken over as new coach of Zimbabwe.
Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine will be the key players for the hosts if batting department is concern while they will definitely miss pace-bowler Tendai Chatara who has been ruled out due to an ankle injury. Donald Tiripano is expected to take responsibiity who performed well during Twenty20 series against India.
New Zealand will be led by new test captain Kane Williamson taking over from star player Brendon MacCullum. It has been couple of months since Kiwis took field however players have been playing in other tournaments like Indian Premier League and ongoing NatWest T20 Blast and Caribbean Premier League 2016.
Last time Kiwis played was against Australia in February where they managed to win One-Day International sereis 2-1 but they were white-washed in two match test series. Brendon McCullum was only batsman from from New Zealand in top five leading run-scorer.
Meanwhile, Visitors have players like Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Martin Guptill who are individually match winners. It is useless to say New Zealand will go into this test as favorite.
Zimbabwe Playing XI: Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva(w), Graeme Cremer(c), Donald Tiripano, Michael Chinouya
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling(w), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Prediction: New Zealand to win
Where to watch Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 1st Test Live?
TV Channels: Live Coverage of this match will be available on Willow TV
Online Streaming: Willow.tv
Live Score: Cricbuzz.com and ESPNCricinfo.com
What is the full squad of Zimbabwe and New Zealand?
Zimbabwe Squad: Graeme Cremer (C), Regis Chakabva (WK), Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Michael Chinouya, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Njabulo Ncube, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (C), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (WK).
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