Melbourne: India captain Rohit Sharma has chosen to bat first after winning the toss against Zimbabwe in the last game of the Super 12 of T20 World Cup 2022.
All four semi-finalists of the tournament have already been decided but this game will help deciding the opponent of the India in the semi-finals.
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Rishabh Pant gets chance – Rohit Sharma
In this game, Rohit Sharma has chosen to give Rishabh Pant instead of Dinesh Karthik as ‘he is the only one who didn’t get chance to play.’
After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma siad, We will bat. It’s the preference of the team to bat first, nothing to do with the pitch. We just want to bat first and give a chance to our bowlers to defend.”
Talking about the Rishabh Pant, he said, “One change, Rishabh Pant plays instead of DK, he is the only guy who hasn’t played a single game on this tour including the warm-up games, we wanted to give him a game. Nothing changes, we need to do well as a team.”
After losing the game, Zimbabwe captain said, “We were looking to bowl first. The ball might skid through in the evening under lights. A couple of changes, Wellington and Munyonga are in, Milton has struggled a bit and we wanted to give Tony a chance. Luke Jongwe has an injury and we wanted the spin of Wellington Masakadza.”
India vs Zimbabwe Playing XI
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine(c), Regis Chakabva(w), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh