Ireland's search for a series-leveling win in 2nd ODI
Zimbabwe Women to win
Zimbabwe Women team made a perfect start to their ODI career winning their maiden game by 4 wickets to take a 1-0 lead against visitors Ireland Women. The competition in the first game was closer than the scoreboard would suggest. The hosts led from the front by their skipper held on to their nerves in the game to win a high-scoring game with more than six overs to spare.
Irish Women looked complacent at times during the game and expected the Zimbabweans to commit mistakes rather than playing aggressive cricket. They would have to put that behind and do well here. Both the sides seem to match each other well and this is expected to make the game even more interesting.
Mary-Anne Musonda couldn’t have expected a better show from her side in their maiden game. Musonda played a captain’s knock to take her side to victory in the game. Having got under the skin of their opponents the Zimbabwean skipper shall aim to carry this momentum forward and win the next game.
Modester Mupachikwa and Chiedza Dhururu must provide a good start after their poor performance in the last game. Mary-Anne Musonda would be confident after her hundred in the last game and aim to build partnerships with Ashley Ndiraya and Pellagia Mujaji. Precious Marange and Josephine Nkomo did well down the order and the same would be expected from them here.
Josephine Nkomo and Nomvelo Sibanda did well with the new ball and the side would be expected from them in this game. Precious Marange showed her experience and needs to bowl similar spells with Loren Tshuma in the middle overs of the game. Esther Mbofana and Loryn Phiri add variety to this attack.
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Modester Mupachikwa (wk), Chiedza Dhururu, Ashley Ndiraya, Josephine Nkomo, Precious Marange, Pellagia Mujaji, Loryn Phiri, Esther Mbofana, Loren Tshuma, Nomvelo Sibanda
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Josephine Nkomo, Ashley Ndiraya, Loren Tshuma, Mary Anne Musonda, Precious Marange, Chiedza Dururu, Esther Mbofana, Pelagia Mujaji, Sibanda Nomvelo, Modester Mupachikwa, Lorraine Phiri
Laura Delany would be upset to have lost the first game of the 4-match series. It was all a game about lost opportunities as the ide fell 15-20 runs short of what should have been a good score in this venue. Their bowlers too failed to make use of the conditions in the last game. Delany would like to see a better show from her side and level the series in this game.
Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis would have to convert their starts after throwing their wickets in the last game. Rebecca Stokell will have to work on her scoring rate as her innings slowed down the innings for the side Delany and Shauna Kavanagh looked good and they would aim to set up a platform for Amy Hunter and Orla Prendergast to play the big shots towards the end.
Sophie MacMahon did well with the new ball, but she will need Georgina Dempsey to bowl tight lines from the other end. Cara Murray and Leah Paul must keep the scoring rate under control in the middle overs. The side would also like to see tight spells from Delany and Celeste Raack.
Laura Delany (c), Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Amy Hunter, Georgina Dempsey, Shauna Kavanagh (wk), Sophie MacMahon, Cara Murray, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Rebecca Stokell
Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Laura Delany, Celeste Raack, Shauna Kavanagh, Mary Waldron, Leah Paul, Amy Hunter, Cara Murray
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|03h||15||0 mm.||2.87 k/h||From: NE||28%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: ENE||32%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||3.5 k/h||From: E||27%|
|12h||31||0 mm.||4.76 k/h||From: SE||27%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||5.55 k/h||From: ENE||82%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||5.59 k/h||From: ENE||85%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||4.14 k/h||From: NE||5%|
There would be clear skies over Harare on October 07. The wicket is expected to be slow, and the batters would have to adjust to the bounce and pace on the surface before playing their strokes. The side batting first in this game would be happy to reach a score of 240 runs or more.
The pitch at Harare Sports Club is slow and this requires batters to play the waiting game well. The large outfield also poses a challenge and batters need to rotate the strike in this game. There is early assistance for the fast bowlers and spinners have also done with the old ball taking turn.
We have seen the surface to be slow here in the early part of the game and the conditions ease as the game progresses. Zimbabweans looked more comfortable in the 2nd innings in the last game. Hence the side winning the toss here would have little hesitation in deciding to bowl first.
Ireland Women would be under pressure to perform in this game having lost the earlier game with poor bowling and slow batting rate. The side would need to regain its confidence after the shocking defeat in the last game. Zimbabwe Women have momentum on their side and better knowledge of the conditions, and this would put them slightly ahead in the contest.
Zimbabwe Women to win