criket.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team will be hoping to avoid a series whitewash when they lock horns in a 3rd One-day International dead rubber at Queens Sports Club this Tuesday.

 

After crashing to a 9-wicket defeat and a 4-wicket loss to New Zealand in the first and second ODI’s at Harare Sports Club, Tuesday will be an opportunity for the hosts to play for pride and avoid a series whitewash.

After posting 231 and 259 runs in the two of 3 ODI’s at Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe is expected to put more runs on the board.

Apart from Brendan Taylor who scored back to back centuries, the rest of Zimbabwe’s batting line-up has flattered to deceive with senior players such as Vusimuzi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu and Elton Chigumbura all failing to put decent runs on the board.

With Keegan Meth Zimbabwe’s leading wicket taker in the ODI series having taken only two wickets, Zimbabwe’s bowling attack will have to bowl a more consistent decent line if Allan Butcher’s charges are to challenge the Kiwis at Queens on Tuesday.

With the 3rd ODI a dead rubber leg break spinner, Natsai Mushangwe is expected to be given a chance and drafted into the team.

Defeat against the Kiwis would see the hosts crashing to yet another series whitewash having lost 3-nil in Pakistan’s recent tour of the country.