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Ireland vs Zimbabwe, IRE vs ZIM, Today Match Prediction

Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Toss Winner - Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first

Zimbabwe beat Ireland by 38 runs

Host Ireland eye a strong start against Zimbabwe 

  • Ireland completed a T20I series win over Zimbabwe.
  • Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine have been standout performers with the bat for Ireland in the limited-overs format.
  • Blessing Muzarabani, Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine have shown decent form for Zimbabwe in the ODI format.

Expect Ireland to beat Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI played at Belfast.

Tournament: Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland | Toss: To Bat

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Host Ireland will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they face Zimbabwe in the opening game of the T20I series played at Civil Service Club in Belfast on Wednesday.

The home side managed to beat Zimbabwe in the recently concluded T20I series. Captain Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that the side can continue their decent form in the three-match ODI series.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be hoping to turn things around in the limited-overs series. Captain Craig Ervine will be hoping that the side can put in a decent show with bat and ball.

Based on overall record, Zimbabwe and Ireland have won six games apiece. The one game has ended in a tie.

Ireland Preview

The home side will assess the pitch conditions and select their best XI for this opening fixture. Skipper Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that the side can show discipline in all three departments.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on opener Paul Stirling, captain Andrew Balbirnie, middle-order trio of Simi Singh, Harry Tector and Curtis Campher to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Since 2020, Pugnacious opener Paul Stirling was the standout performer with the bat. In 11 matches played, Stirling has accumulated 597 runs at an average of 59.70 with three centuries and two half-centuries.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Craig Young, Joshua Little, Simi Singh and Andy McBrine to provide timely breakthroughs.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Willem Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Neil Rock ,Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Joshua Little.

Ireland Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
N Rock
22
21
2
0
104.76
P Stirling
19
13
2
1
146.15
S Getkate
15
21
0
1
71.43
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
M Adair
4.0
0
23
3
5.75
J Little
4.0
1
16
1
4
C Young
4.0
0
23
0
5.75

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, George Dockrell, William Porterfield, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie

Zimbabwe Preview

The visitors will be looking to bring in experienced players like Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza into the playing XI for the opening game of the ODI series.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Captain Craig Ervine showed excellent form with the bat in the recently concluded T20I series against Ireland. Left-hander will be looking to deliver notable score for Zimbabwe in this opening contest.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Blessing Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava and Donald Tiripano to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XI:

Sean Williams Wesley Madhevere, Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano/Sikandar Raza , Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Zimbabwe Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
C Ervine
67
57
7
1
117.54
D Myers
26
23
1
1
113.04
M Shumba
14
15
2
0
93.33
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
L Jongwe
4.0
0
29
3
7.25
D Tiripano
4.0
0
31
3
7.75
R Ngarava
4.0
0
14
1
3.5

Zimbabwe Actual Playing XI:

Richard Ngarava, Dion Myers, Craig Ervine, Wellington Masakadza, Regis Chakabva, Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, BRM Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Luke Jongwe

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
1.41 k/h
From: ESE
33%
03h
14
0 mm.
1.97 k/h
From: E
47%
06h
14
0 mm.
2.06 k/h
From: ENE
68%
09h
17
0 mm.
2.58 k/h
From: E
94%
12h
21
0 mm.
3.13 k/h
From: ESE
97%
15h
20
0 mm.
3.63 k/h
From: SE
99%
18h
18
0 mm.
1.35 k/h
From: SE
99%
21h
16
0.15 mm.
0.32 k/h
From: E
100%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the game will be good for batting. The weather forecast for the game will be expected to be fair.

Venue Details

Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast is going to host the opening game of the one-day series between Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Ireland will take heart from the fact that they have both their matches against Zimbabwe.

Toss: To Bat

Both the sides will be looking to win the toss, bat first and post a competitive score on the board. Average first innings for Belfast is around 200 runs.

Based on current form, Ireland will be favorites to win their opening game against Zimbabwe. With likes of Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine in excellent form with the bat this season, Ireland will be looking to post a mammoth score on the board.

Expect Ireland to beat Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI played at Belfast.

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