Zimbabwe is all set to play host to a T20I triangular series involving Australia, Pakistan and themselves. The series is set to kick off with a match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.

The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM PST or 10:00 AM CAT.

About the series: There will be two rounds of teams facing each other, followed by the finale on July 8, 2018. All the matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. All the matches will begin at 10:00 AM local time, which is, 1:00 PM PST or 6:00 PM AEDT.

Tv telecast and online streaming

All the matches of the tri-series will be broadcast live on the PTV Sports in Pakistan, while Sony Six and Sony Six HD channels will broadcast the matches live in India. PTV Sports will also stream the match live on their website for viewers in Pakistan starting from 1 PM PST onwards.

Fox Sports will be telecasting the matches live in Australia. The highlights and live streaming will also be available on SonyLIV app and website.

Cricket fans in Bangladesh can watch matches live broadcast on Gazi TV (GTV).

Team news

Zimbabwe will be led by Hamilton Masakadza. The team will be playing this tri-series in the absence of its star players like Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams, Cricbuzz noted. The players pulled out of the squad due to the pay disputes with Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

They will be under tremendous pressure and it will be interesting to see which players get an opportunity in the XI.

Pakistan, on the other hand, has come into this series with a full-strength side. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has hinted that he is likely to continue batting at no. 4 after the success he found in Scotland. Rest of side will pretty similar to the one which appeared in Scotland.

Pakistan have a flawless record against Zimbabwe in T20Is to date, having won all nine matches against the African nation.

With Zimbabwe and Australia being out of shape building up to this series, it is safe to assume that Pakistan is the favorite to win this tri-nation series.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at the Harare sports club has been known to assist the batsman well during the second half of the game. Well, other than this there is very little to assume as the pitches have not been used a lot recently. The weather will be very pleasant as the temperatures are not expected to cross 24°C during the day.

There are no chances of rain.

Pakistan will play Australia in the 2nd match of the series on Monday. Australia was completely whitewashed 6-0 by England in their recently concluded tour. England also scored the world record score of 481 runs in 50 overs in the series against Australia.