They managed to eke out a one-wicket win in their final warm-up game against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association XI – a team made up almost entirely of inexperienced youngsters. Things haven’t gone well for the side in 2016, though, they’ve played five warm-up T20 internationals since the turn of the year nad have only managed to win once.
The Zimbabwean camp have been rocked by injuries in the lead up to the tournament. Graeme Cremer, Luke Jongwe and Neville Madziva have all been ruled out of the tournament following injuries picked up at their training camp in the UAE. The news of Cremer’s absence will have come as a massive blow. The leg-spinner was in excellent form and looked as though he’d be as dangerous as anyone with ball in hand on the Sub-Continent.
Despite their injury woes, the Southern Africans will still come into the qualifying round of the tournament confident of securing a place in the Super 10 phase. They will be further buoyed by their most recent drawn series in Bangladesh where they came from 2-0 down to claim a share of the spoils with some excellent batting displays.