Ireland Vs Zimbabwe, Match Preview
Zimbabwe took the first and Ireland took the second to level a series that looks very close. With three games left the series is evenly poised and a nice finish is on offer. Both sides have bowled well too restrict each other too low scores and the batting is slowly falling in place. The first game saw Ireland fail to chase down a below par 117 while the second saw them clinch a chase of 152.
Ireland will be pleased to see Kevin O’Brien stand up and use his experience. His fifty was crucial in getting Ireland over the line in a moderate but tricky run-chase. Simi Singh has also bowled well and is continuing to impress. George Dockrell and Paul Stirling are also looking good after getting starts and playing crucial knocks in the second T20I. The side looks balanced and could have been up two-zero if they held their nerve in the first T20I.
For Zimbabwe, the bowling hasn’t been as good and the top-order has also found it tough. They struggled in the second T20 and a good performance from the lower-middle order helped Zimbabwe get a decent score on the board. The bowling saved them in the first T20I but Zimbabwe clearly have some issues to sort out.
Ireland Vs Zimbabwe, Team News
Ireland have done a fair job in both games and they may continue with the same eleven. The batting is falling in place and the bowling has been impressive.
Zimbabwe are struggling with the bat and may look to bring in someone like Brendon Taylor or Sean Williams. Sean Williams’s position is still uncertain as seems to have made a U-turn on his retirement decision. In case he comes back, the Zimbabwe batting line-up will look a bit more promising.
Ireland Vs Zimbabwe, Predicted XIs
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Ben White
Zimbabwe: Wessly Madhevere, Tadinwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva, Dion Myers, Craig Ervine, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngvara
Ireland Vs Zimbabwe, Players to Watch out for
Kevin O’Brien has been around for a long time and will be hoping to sign off with a strong World Cup performance. His experience came to the fore in the second T20 as he steered Ireland to a win in a run-chase. With O’Brien and Stirling in decent form, the top-order looks promising and could help take Ireland a long way in the Cricket calendar.
The Zimbabwe captain is one of the more experienced players in the side and is likely the one who must put his hand up to help Zimbabwe in this series. Despite the score line being even, Zimbabwe know they are behind seeing their batting performance. With Ervine batting in the middle-order he will hope to get things on track for Zimbabwe and help them look stronger in the current series.
Ireland Vs Zimbabwe, Pitch Conditions
The pitch for the first game was a little slow and assisted the spinners nicely. The same can be expected for the next game. With the pitch on the slower side and both teams having inexperienced batting line-ups batting first could be a better option.