IRE vs ZIM Prediction: Ireland and Zimbabwe are set to kick off their five-match T20I series today. In the last series, Ireland hosted South Africa and produced some outstanding performances in the ODI leg, including a stunning victory in the second ODI. However, the hosts lost four consecutive games, including the last ODI and the next three T20Is. Their bowling did admirably, but the batsmen let the team down.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, had a dismal T20I home series against Bangladesh last month, losing 2-1. Before that, they played Pakistan, again winning a solitary match. There are less than two months for the T20 World Cup, and both teams will look to finalize their plan for the big event.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I
27 August 2021, 04:30 PM IST
Clontarf Cricket Club, Dublin
IRE – 50%
Both teams are evenly balanced. Ireland’s weak link is their bowling. With a host of stars, including Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, and Craig Ervine returning, Zimbabwe is stronger than before. However, the Betting sites seem to favor the host side.
Betway: IRE: 1.6; ZIM: 2.25
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Top Bets:
Who will win? Ireland
Top Batsman – Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland), Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)
Top Bowler – Josh Little (Ireland), Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe)
Most Sixes in the match – Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Player of the Match- Mark Adair (Ireland)
Team Scores Batting first– Ireland 130+, Zimbabwe 130+
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara
Craig Ervine (C), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Dion Myers, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Donald Tiripano.
The pitch in Dublin has been historically a bowler-friendly one. However, the boundaries in the ground are on the shorter side. The average score on this pitch is 128.
If IRE bats first: 130-140
If ZIM bats first: 120-130
Clear skies are expected for the first game, and we should expect an uninterrupted match. The expected temperature on match day is a cool 16 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: B Taylor
BATSMEN: C Ervine, A Balbirnie, P Stirling
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Williams, W Madhevere, S Singh
BOWLERS: B Muzarabani, L Jongwe, M Adair, J Little
Players who are expected to perform well as per IRE vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction.
Andrew Balbirnie: He will be looking to lead the side from the front. Balbirnie has 1000 runs in the shortest format at a strike rate of 130.
Brendan Taylor: The wicketkeeper-batsman is the standout choice from the visitors. He has 934 runs and six half-centuries from 45 appearances in T20Is.
Mark Adair: He has been amongst the wickets recently. He has 32 wickets from 21 games at an economy of 7.
Blessing Muzarabani: Muzarabani will benefit from the usual Irish conditions. He had a successful T20I series against Bangladesh, taking four wickets at an outstanding economy rate of 5.66.
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