Zimbabwe and Afghanistan will go head to head in the first ODI of their series on Friday. Get the latest Zimbabwe v Afghanistan 1st ODI betting tips, odds & predictions below.
Zimbabwe won by eight wickets to go 1-0 up.
The countries will also face each other in two T20Is following the conclusion of the ODI series.
Afghanistan previously made a tour to the Southern African country in 2014, when they played four ODIs, which were shared two wins apiece, and two four day fixtures which also saw both sides win one game each.
Zimbabwe are certainly sticking to their commitment of playing more international cricket, of the limited overs variety at least, Having already played home series against New Zealand, India and the recently concluded series against Ireland, since returning from the 50-over World Cup in Australasia in February/March.
While the recent series have been played out at the Harare Sports Club, all seven matches against Afghanistan are scheduled to be played at Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo.
The Ireland series ended in a 2-1 series success for the home side, a first win for two years, that allowed the home team to climb above the tourists in the ICC’s ODI rankings.
Afghanistan had played no international cricket since the World Cup until their arrival in Africa. They have had three 50-over warm up matches against the Zimbabwe Chairman’s XI, the first two of which they won, before losing the final game before the ODI series commences, by 34 runs.
Despite losing the final match of the Ireland series, the series gave the Zimbabwe batsmen a chance to restore some much needed confidence after the trials and tribulations they suffered against the spin bowlers of Pakistan.
The trio of Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, and Sikandar Raza all scored well against the Irish, and if they can show the same level of form against Afghanistan, they should see their side kick on to secure a second successive series success.
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan ODIs head to head:
They have played each other four times and both sides have won twice apiece. Will it be Zimbabwe to go one up or will Afghanistan rock the boat?
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan 1st ODI betting tips:
Zimbabwe to win
Match starts at 9.30 am local time (0730 hrs GMT) on October 16.