Our Prediction is Ireland to win and seal the ODI series!
Zimbabwe team is struggling to end their losing streak this 2019 season. They have now lost 4 out 5 limited over matches in the UK with one match won by them in a super over eliminator. Craig Ervine continued his good form and scored a brilliant century in their first match against Ireland. Ryan Burl blazed a few good shots to the boundary and scored 49* off 42 balls to end their innings on a high. The rest of the batsmen kept failing on the other end and they finished with just 254 runs on board. Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara bowled well and took 5 wickets between them. All the other bowlers gave away runs at a high economy rate and did not contribute in the wickets column. They had a combined match figures tally of 30-0-178-0 whereas the opening bowlers had combined figures of 18.3-1-79-5.
Ireland team would be delighted after their victory in the first match and have a rare chance to seal the series in the second match itself. Andrew Balbirnie scored a valiant century to lead the chase and unlucky to be dismissed run-out on 101. Paul Stirling continued his good form and scored his fifth consecutive 50+ score in the international matches. Shane Getkate and Mark Adair played crucial cameos to help their team to cross the line in the chase. They shared an unbeaten partnership of 29 runs in just 19 balls in a tense finish. Mark Adair was the star with the ball and took 4 wickets in his quota of 10 overs. Shane Getkate, Tim Murtagh, and Andy McBrine bowled economical spells and kept chipping away with vital wickets in the middle overs. Ireland will go in with an unchanged XI in this match.
Paul Stirling – Paul Stirling is continuing is good form and scored 57 runs in the last match. He shared a 105-run with Andrew Babirnie for the second wicket. He also took an important wicket of Zimbabwe`s centurion Craig Ervine last match.
Shane Getkate – Shane Getkate had good match figures of 7-1-33-2 dismissing Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams. He also contributed a crucial 13-ball 16 runs to complete the chase for Ireland.
Andrew Balbirnie -101 runs (112 balls) 9x4s, 2x6s
Mark Adair - bowling figures of 10-1-73-4
William Porterfield (c), Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, Tim Murtagh, Andrew Balbirnie, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, Andy McBrine, James McCollum
|M Richard Adair||10.0||1||73||4||7.3|
|M Richard Adair||10.0||1||73||4||7.3|
James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Andy McBrine, WTS Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, WB Rankin, Tim Murtagh, Lorcan Tucker, Andy Balbirnie
Craig Ervine – Craig Ervine continued his good form with the bat and scored a century in the first ODI match. Craig Ervine is on a purple patch and is scoring runs consistently in the recent ODIs.
Tendai Chatara – Chatara had bowling figures of 9-0-36-3 in the last match. He took 3 wickets in a space of 5 overs in the middle overs after a brisk start by Ireland in the chase. He was the best bowler of Zimbabwe team in the last match.
Craig Ervine -105 runs (115 balls) 13X4s
Kyle Jarvis - bowling figures of 9.3-1-43-2
Hamilton Masakadza (c), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara
Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams
Belfast pitch provides good assistance to the pace bowlers and the new ball is expected to swing and seam in these conditions. We can expect average scores in the range of 250-270 runs. The weather forecast looks bright and clear with just 10% chances of rain on the match day.
The last two matches in the venue have been won by the teams batting first. The pitch is good for batting early in the match and both captains will look to utilize the favorable conditions.
Zimbabwe Cricket is in turmoil and it is reflecting on their performance on the field. They need some good performance to lift the team spirit. On the other hand, Ireland is playing a good brand of cricket and is improving as a team in every passing match.
We expect Ireland to win this match too.