Zimbabwe selectors have chopped and changed the batting line up in a bid to field a side that can finally transform competitive displays into wins in the first of two T-20 internationals against touring India at Harare Sports Club Friday afternoon.
The hosts suffered a three-nil series defeat to India in the ODI format, but have themselves a better chance in this version where they also played well against Pakistan in their last outing despite defeat.
Charles Coventry returns to the squad and his ability to clear the boundary should come in handy, as is Craig Ervine’s power with bat in hand.
Ervine missed the ODI series through injury and should slot straight into the starting line-up as Zimbabwe searches for a confidence boosting win.
Vusi Sibanda has not been included in the 15-man squad for the series while spinner John Nyumbu has been recalled.
Zimbabwe will be without Sean Williams and Tinashe Panyangara, both sidelined through injury, but uncapped Taurai Muzarabani is in line for a debut.
Batsman Hamilton Masakadza said Zimbabwe will be looking to put themselves in winning positions and hopefully capitalise this time.
“I think the main thing is to keep being competitive and get ourselves into those winning positions,” said Masakadza. “The more we get there the easier it will be to learn how to get over the line.
“Hopefully the gap (between the two teams) won’t be too big like it was in the last two ODIs, and if we keep getting into good positions we’ll work out how to pull off victories.”
E Chigumbura, H Masakadza, C Coventry, S Raza Butt, C Ervine, P Utseya, M Waller, N Madziva, B Vitori, C Mpofu, C Chibhabha, T Muzarabani, D Tiripano, J Nyumbu and G Cremer.