Man of the Match: Paul Stirling
Can Zimbabwe end their losing streak?
Our prediction is Ireland will win the match!
Zimbabwe team is going through a rough patch both off and on the field. Their players need to lift their spirits and try to put a good show in the T20I series after losing the ODI series. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams scored more than 150 runs in the ODI series. Ryan Burl was the only other batsmen who added some crucial runs in the middle.
Skipper Hamilton Masakadza, Sikander Raza, and Brendon Taylor failed miserably with the bat and are struggling for form and momentum. Solomon Mire and Tendai Chatara bowled some vital spells and were amongst the wickets. Kyle Jarvis and Sikander Raza bowled economically but were not able to get wickets. Zimbabwe ended up taking just 19 wickets in three matches and failed to bowl out Ireland even once in the ODI series.
Ireland team is in great form and momentum and has won all the three ODIs against Zimbabwe recently. They would look to show their dominance in the T20Is too. Paul Stirling continued his good form and scored 141 runs in the three ODIs with two fifties. Lorcan Tucker and Kevin O Brian were not amongst the top run-getters but played some important cameos that provided impetus in their innings.
Shane Getkate and Mark Adair also were amongst the wickets taking 6 wickets each in the ODIs. George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, and Joshue Little need to put their hand up with the ball in the T20Is in the absence of Tim Murtagh. Ireland team looks like a well-settled unit and their batsmen and bowlers are putting up a good performance in unison.
Paul Stirling – Paul Stirling continued his good form from the last series and scored 57, 52 & 32 runs in the three ODI matches respectively. He would hope to take his good form to the T20Is too.
Shane Getkate – Shane Getkate had a good series with the ball taking 6 wickets at 4.44 RPO. He failed to put a good show with the bat and will expect to prove his all-round credentials in the T20Is.
Kevin O Brien, Shane Getkate, Gary Wilson (C & wk), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, Mark Adair, Kevin O Brien, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane
Greg Thompson, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, CA Young, GC Wilson, Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, Lorcan Tucker, Tyrone Kane, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie
Brendon Taylor – Taylor was in awful form in the Odis scoring just 16 runs in the three outings. Taylor is a senior player and he needs to stand up for the team`s cause at the crisis situation.
Sean Williams – Williams had a good ODI series personally with 153 runs and 3 wickets in the three-match series. He scored two half-centuries with 58 & 67 runs in the last two ODI matches.
Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Chris Mpofu, Sean Williams, Kyle Jarvis, Craig Ervine, Tendai Chatara, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Solomon Mire
Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, Tendai Chatara, Peter Moor, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams
Bready pitch has a good balance between the bat and ball and we can expect average scores in the range of 150-160 runs here. The weather forecast looks cloudy and it has 60% chances of rain on match day. Rain may play spoilsport in the match and also bring DL equation into consideration.
Teams batting first have won 60% of matches played here. And the rain threat may bring DL equation into the match. Teams will expect to bat first and put a big score on board.
Zimbabwe team is in a dire situation and is going through a rough patch. Their team is failing to put a good score on board and is yet to win in this Irish tour after 4 matches. Ireland will be excited after their ODI series and will look to continue their good form and momentum. We expect Ireland to lead the series 1-0 after this match if the rain stays away.