The Australian cricket team will go up against Zimbabwe in the first of the three-match ODI series on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at the Riverway Stadium in Townsville. The match will begin at 5.10 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Australia come into this series after losing 3-2 to Sri Lanka in June away from home. Glenn Maxwell was the leading run-scorer for Aussies with 160 runs in five games while Pat Cummins picked eight wickets. Following the defeat in the 50-over format, Australia drew 1-1 in the Test Series.

However, Australia have been a superior side against Zimbabwe having won 27 out of their 30 ODIs against them. The Aussies are currently fifth on ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings and are favourites in the upcoming series.

On the other hand, the Zimbabwean cricket team lost 3-0 to India in their recently concluded series at home. Before losing to India, the Chevrons beat Bangladesh 2-1 in both the ODI and T20I series. Zimbabwe’s star allrounder Sikandar Raza has scored three centuries in his last six ODIs and will be the player to watch out for. 

Zimbabwe beat Australia by three wickets in their last encounter in 2014 but will need to step up big time against the five-time world champions in their own backyard.

Bet of the day: Sunday, August 28, 2022 - odds

Australia winning odds: 1.00

Zimbabwe winning odds: 15.38