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Toss Winner - Zimbabwe Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Zimbabwe Women beat Ireland Women by 4 wickets
Zimbabwe Women’s attempt to win on ODI debut
Ireland Women to win
Tournament: Ireland Women tour of Zimbabwe 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe | Toss: To BatBet Now
It will be a historic day for Zimbabwean cricket as their women’s team makes their debut in this format of the game. They would be up against a strong Irish side that has good experience of playing in this format. It will be an interesting contest as the two sides match up well in terms of their relative strengths though the Irish side with their experience in the format would find themselves ahead.
Zimbabwe Women would be under pressure as ODI cricket is a different ball game and their record in T20 cricket too hasn’t been great either. It will be interesting to see if the side has the temperament to do well in this format of the game. For the Irish side, it would be an opportunity to get over their poor record as they come here with 13 losses in a row.
Mary-Anne Musonda would have a big challenge on her hand. She will have to ensure that the historic occasion doesn’t get into the minds of her players. They need to put up a professional show here and shall aim to do well on debut. It will be a big occasion and Musonda would look to get the best out of her players.
Mary-Anne Musonda and Chipo Tiripano would need to get the side off to a good start being the most experienced batsmen. In the middle order the Modester Mupachikwa, Precious Marange and Sharne Mayers would look to build partnerships and set up a good platform for the likes of Loryn Phiri and Christabel Chatonzwa to do the big-hitting towards the end.
Esther Mbofana and Nomvelo Sibanda would have to grab early wickets as the Irish side have an unsettled opening pair. They would look to exploit this opportunity. Josephine Nkomo will need to bowl tight spells in the middle overs as one of the shining prospects of the country. They would also expect tight spells from the likes of Loryn Phiri and Christabel Chatonzwa
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Loryn Phiri, Modester Mupachikwa (wk), Christabel Chatonzwa, Esther Mbofana, Nomvelo Sibanda, Chipo Tiripano, Precious Marange, Josephine Nkomo, Loryn Phiri, Sharne Mayers
Ashley Ndiraya, Precious Marange, Chiedza Dururu, Esther Mbofana, Lorraine Phiri, Pelagia Mujaji, Josephine Nkomo, Loren Tshuma, Sibanda Nomvelo, Modester Mupachikwa, Mary Anne Musonda
Laura Delany’s side would be taking the field in an ODI after almost three years, and they would be eager for success. The side has lost the last 13 games it has played and shall aim to break this poor run. Their opponents would be under pressure and Delany would like to exploit this and like to take an early lead in the series.
The side would like to see a good start in the game from Amy Hunter and Mary Waldron in this game and the new pair would have to deliver in the game. Their middle order is formidable with the experienced trio of Gaby Lewis, Laura Delany, and Shauna Kavanagh. In the lower middle order, the side would expect runs from the bat of Zara Craig, Orla Prendergast, and Georgina Dempsey as both these batters have their range of strokes.
They have a good bowling attack and early wickets would be expected in this game from Celeste Raack and Rebecca Stokell in this game. Laura Delany brings in a lot of experience to this attack and she would have an important role to play in this game. With Cara Murray and Sophie MacMohan in the attack, Ireland has got all bases covered.
Laura Delany (c), Mary Waldron (wk), Gaby Lewis, Shauna Kavanagh, Cara Murray, Celeste Raack, Rebecca Stokell, Orla Prendergast, Georgina Dempsey, Sophie MacMahon, Zara Craig
Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Sophie MacMahon, Rebecca Stokell, Laura Delany, Georgina Dempsey, Celeste Raack, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Hunter, Cara Murray
There would be clear skies over Harare on October 05. The pitch is expected to be a tough one to bat on in the early overs but would ease as the game progresses. Batters need to be cautious in their approach and play with patience. Any score over 200 runs would be a fighting total on this track.
The pitch at Harare Sports Club is slow and hence batters must approach the game with caution. The large outfield is also a challenge and doesn’t allow too many boundaries to be scored. There is early assistance for the fast bowlers and spinners have done well as there is good turn on offer.
This is a large ground and hence run chases are never easy. Teams need to plan out their inning on this surface and pace it well. In the past, we have seen most teams prefer to bat first on this surface after winning the toss. We expect this trend to continue and the side winning the toss would have no hesitation in batting first.
Zimbabwe Women would be under pressure to perform in this game and take an early lead in the series. Their players would have to pace their innings well as this format is new to them and they are up against a side that has played it for long. Ireland Women have experience of playing this format and this is likely to add to their advantage. It will be a close game, but Ireland Women shall start favorites here.
Ireland Women to win
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