Ireland and Zimbabwe set to lock horns in T20I series opener
Our Prediction is Ireland to win the match!
Host Ireland will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Zimbabwe in the opening game of the T20I series at Belfast on Wednesday.
The home side completed a clean sweep over Zimbabwe in the three-match one-day series played at home. Captain Gary Wilson will be hoping that side can maintain their standards with bat and ball in this T20I series.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be keen to make a strong comeback in this upcoming three-match T20I series. Captain Hamilton Masakadza will need to lead from the front and hope that the side can produce a better show in this series.
Ireland will be hoping to continue their unbeaten streak against Zimbabwe and produce a strong display with the bat and ball. Captain Gary Wilson will certainly have to lead from the front with the bat. The middle-order did not have much of a role in the three-match T20I series. Paul Stirling and James McCollum delivered good performances with the bat in the three-match one-day series. The opening pair scored a lot of runs and got the side off to a good start.
Opener Paul Stirling will be keen to produce runs for the side. He is certainly a quality player in the format and can produce a noteworthy performance with the bat. James McCollum has topped the batting charts for Ireland with 148 runs in 3 matches at an average of 49.33.
Middle-order comprising of Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and William Porterfield will be looking to put in decent scores for the side in this three-match T20I series. The experienced duo of O’Brien and Porterfield will need to deliver runs after struggling to get going in the three-match one-day series.
Lorcan Tucker and Shane Getkate will need to chip in decent scores with the bat for the side in this three-match T20I series. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Tim Murtagh, Shane Getkate and Mark Adair to produce a better display with the ball in the first T20I game. Boyd Rankin is an experienced campaigner that will be keen to make early inroads for Ireland with the new-ball.
Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield (captain), Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin
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On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be keen to make amends for their mistakes made in the recently concluded one-day series. The side led by Hamilton Masakadza will need to lead from the front and turn things around for Zimbabwe in this three-match T20I series.
Masakadza did not do much with the bat in the three-match one-day series and could only 42 runs in 3 innings at an average of 14.00. The right-hander will be keen to produce runs with the bat for the side in this T20I series.
Craig Ervine and Sean Williams are two bankable performers for Zimbabwe in the batting lineup. Ervine played exceedingly well in the one-day series and scored 156 runs in 3 matches at an average of 52.00. He will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in this T20I series.
Besides Ervine, Williams also batted well throughout the one-day series and accumulated 153 runs in 3 matches at an average of 51.00. Williams was the bright spot with the bat for Zimbabwe in the third and final game of the one-day series played at Belfast. Sikandar Raza and wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor will need to score runs for the side in this opening game of the T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Kyle Jarvis and Chris Mpofu to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Tendai Chatara and Solomon Mire are other premier options for the side in this T20I game.
Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The bowlers will get something out of the surface with the new-ball. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is expected to have light rain showers with a gentle breeze.
Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast is going to host first T20I game between Ireland and Zimbabwe. Ireland had a poor record at this venue and lost their last four games out of five players. Zimbabwe has yet to play a game at Belfast.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The quick bowlers might get some assistance off the fresh surface with the new-ball. The average score at the venue is around 120 runs.
Host Ireland will be outright favorites to win their opening T20I game against Zimbabwe. The side has shown a lot of firepower in the bowling department and will be looking to continue their standards with the ball in this three-match T20I series. Expect Ireland to register a comfortable win over Zimbabwe.