High-flying Ireland ready to crush hapless Zimbabwe
Our Prediction is Ireland to win the match!
High-flying Ireland will be ready to get the better of demoralized Zimbabwe in the third and final T20I game of the series in Bready on Sunday. The home side was outright winners in the three-match one-day series.
In the second T20I game, Ireland registered a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe, courtesy splendid performances from Paul Stirling and Craig Young. Gary Wilson will be hoping that the side can clinch the T20I series on Sunday.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe will need to do something special with bat and ball in order to level the three-match T20I series. Captain Hamilton Masakadza will be hoping that the side can pull off a surprise in the third and final game of the T20I series.
In the second T20I game, the home side managed to produce a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets via (Duckworth-Lewis Method). With this result, Ireland has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
Captain Gary Wilson will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball to clinch the T20I series against Zimbabwe. In the batting department, the team will be depending on in-form players Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien to produce the bulk of the runs in the third and final T20I game.
Opening batsman Paul Stirling was the standout performer with the bat for Ireland in the previous game. He produced a match-winning 83 not out in just 36 balls with the help of six fours and seven sixes. Stirling produced breathtaking innings to steer Ireland register a comfortable victory over Zimbabwe in a rain-curtailed game. Kevin O’Brien provided ideal support to Paul Stirling as the duo added 58 runs to see Ireland get off to flying start in the chase. He scored 19 off 13 balls with the help of four boundaries. O’Brien will be keen to get a big score for the side in this game.
Andrew Balbirnie also chipped in with decent score for Ireland in the previous game of the T20I series. He produced 28 off 17 balls with the help of four boundaries. Balbirnie has been a prolific run-scorer for the side in the 50-over format and would be keen to put in a decent performance with the bat in the final game of the T20I series. In the bowling department, the team will be heavily relying on new-ball pair of Craig Young, Mark Adair, and Tyrone Kane to make the inroads. Gareth Delaney and Shane Getkate also bowled well for Ireland in the previous game of the T20I series.
Gary Wilson (captain & wk), Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’ Brien, Shane Getkate, Andrew Balbirnie, Tyron Kane, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Gareth Delaney, Greg Thompson.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be depending on the experienced trio of wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor, middle-order batsman Craig Ervine and captain Hamilton Masakadza to do the bulk of scoring in this game.
The experienced duo of Taylor and Masakadza failed to deliver runs with the bat in the previous T20I game. Zimbabwe will be hoping that they can put in notable scores in this final game. In-form middle-order batsman Craig Ervine was the standout performer with the bat in the previous game. He scored a splendid half-century to help Zimbabwe post a competitive score of 132 runs in 13 overs. Ervine scored 55 off 32 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Sean Williams, who chipped in with a quick-fire 12-ball 34 runs. The duo added 67 runs to help Zimbabwe keeping the scoreboard ticking at a brisk rate.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on the likes of Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu and Tendai Chatara to provide crucial breakthroughs for the side. The bowling trio leaked a lot of runs with the new-ball and will need to come with an improved performance in this final T20I game.
Hamilton Masakadza (Captain), Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sikandar Raza, Chris Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami
The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout.
Bready Cricket Club in Northern Ireland is going to host the third and final game between Ireland and Zimbabwe. Ireland will be confident as they comfortably brushed aside Zimbabwe in a previous T20I game played at this venue
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and post a competitive total on the board. The average score at the venue is around 140 runs.
Based on current form, Ireland will be outright favorites to win their third and final game against Zimbabwe. With the likes Paul Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien showing excellent form with the bat in the previous game, Ireland will fancy chances of winning the T20I series against Zimbabwe. Expect Ireland to clinch T20I series against Zimbabwe on Sunday.