Zimbabwe Women’s search for series-levelling win
Ireland Women to win
The script has played similar to what the experts had believed as Ireland Women have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. It was a clinical effort from the visitors that saw them winning the last game by 8 wickets. They have dominated with the bat in the last two games and the side would be looking to continue the same way.
Zimbabwe Women have shown their inexperience in the last two games as most of their batters have gone out playing poor shots. They would need to correct this problem ahead of this game. Ireland Women have their tales up at the moment and they would look to make it 3-1 and it remains to be seen if the hosts are able to surprise them.
Inexperience is showing for Mary-Anne Musonda’s side as they suffered the second consecutive loss of the series. Their bowling has been torn apart and the batting has also shown signs of weakness. As they go into the final game of the series, Musonda would aim to win it and level the series 2-2 which would be a good performance for the side in their debut series.
Openers Modester Mupachikwa and Chiedza Dhururu are in poor form and the side would want them to deliver a strong start in this game. In the middle order, the side would Mary-Anne Musonda to play the anchor’s role and build partnerships with Josephine Nkomo and Precious Marange. In Loren Tshuma and Audrey Mazvishaya, the side has good strength in its batting.
Josephine Nkomo has done well with the ball and she would have to grab early wickets in this game alongside Precious Marange. Esther Mbofana will also have to keep her line and length tight in the middle overs. The side would also like to see spirited bowling from the likes of Audrey Mazvishaya, Loren Tshuma, and Tasmeen Granger in this game.
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Chiedza Dhururu, Modester Mupachikwa (wk), Ashley Ndiraya, Nyasha Gwanzura, Josephine Nkomo, Precious Marange, Loren Tshuma, Tasmeen Granger, Audrey Mazvishaya, Esther Mbofana
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Ashley Ndiraya, Audrey Mazvishaya, Precious Marange, Chiedza Dururu, Nyasha Gwanzura, Esther Mbofana, Lorraine Phiri, Tasmeen Granger, Josephine Nkomo, Modester Mupachikwa, Mary Anne Musonda
Laura Delany would be extremely impressed with the way her side has played the last two games. It has been a clinical effort from their players as they have won by big margins. The side has momentum on its side and Delany would aim to make good use of it here and win the series 3-1.
Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis have made more than 300 runs in the last two games and they would aim to offer a good start here. In the middle order, the side has good experience with players like Amy Hunter, Orla Prendergast, and Laura Delany in the side. With Shauna Kavanagh and Mary Waldron down the order, the side does have good firepower in this department.
Jane Maguire and Paul have troubled the Zimbabwean side in the series so far and a similar show would be expected from them in this game. Celeste Raack impressed with her good bowling in the last game and a similar effort would be expected from her. Delany, Cara Murray, and Georgina Dempsey add variety to this attack.
Laura Delany (c), Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Orla Prendergast, Mary Waldron (wk), Georgina Dempsey, Celeste Raack, Cara Murray, Jane Maguire
Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Laura Delany, Celeste Raack, Shauna Kavanagh, Mary Waldron, Amy Hunter, Cara Murray
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|09h||19||0 mm.||5.12 k/h||From: E||78%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||4.46 k/h||From: ESE||65%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||4.54 k/h||From: ESE||93%|
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The sky of Harare would be clear on October 11 and we would have good conditions for a game of cricket. The surface is expected to be a good one to bat on and this is likely to produce a high-scoring game. The side batting first would have to put 270 runs on the board to win here.
The pitch at Harare Sports Club is slow but batters who have spent time at the crease have scored runs in the past. The outfield is large here and the wicket does offer some assistance to the fast bowlers early during the game. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here as the slow nature of the track assists them.
In the last two games, we have seen early assistance for bowlers but the conditions have eased as the game progresses allowing batters to play their natural strokes. Thus we hope to see the side winning the toss in this game to have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Zimbabwe Women would be under pressure and their inexperience has shown in the way they have approached batting in the last two games. They need to come out of the T20 mindset and play to the demands of the game. Ireland Women on their part are looking in great form and this would make them favoruites to win here.
Ireland Women to win