The second One-Day International (ODI) between Ireland and Zimbabwe was rained off, which ensures Zimbabwe cannot lose the series. It won the first match with a highly professional effort and now has the opportunity to go for a rare ODI series win without fear of losing.
The timing of the weather in the previous encounter would have disappointed Ireland. It had scored 282 points and would have liked to protect it. It must now repeat the process in order to avoid a home ODI series defeat to Zimbabwe.
On September 13, 2021, the match will be held at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.
Match Details to Note
Match: Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI
Date: September 13, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 03:00 pm IST
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Team Previews
Ireland’s batting performance in the previous match was far superior. They actually began carefully and did not begin to assault until the 35th over. Because this strategy has shown to be effective for them, you may expect the same in this upcoming match. You may wager the ‘Under’ in betting markets such as Total Runs Ireland 1-10 Overs or oven 1-15 Overs.
The fact that virtually all of Ireland’s batters scored runs was a plus. Ireland hit five sixes and 24 fours throughout the inning.
Andrew Balbirnie seemed in terrific form when scoring 40 points but was unable to continue. Harry Tector was Ireland’s only 50-run batsman.
We saw no bowling from Ireland in the last match, but we feel Mark Adair is the obvious pick for Top Bowler in this forthcoming encounter. With Joshua Little, Craig Young, and Simi Singh in the squad, we believe Ireland has more than enough bowling resources to defeat Zimbabwe.
Ireland ODI Squad
William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy, Graham Kennedy, Neil Rock, Curtis Campher
Ireland, in desperate need of a turnaround, will rely on its best players to provide impactful performances and lead their team to victory. The focus will be on William Porterfield and Harry Tector to do the most of the scoring, while their bowlers will be expected to bowl considerably better.
Predicted XI: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Top 3 Picks of Team Ireland
Paul Stirling: Stirling has scored 4939 ODI runs at an average of 38.88 and taken 43 wickets. In the T20I series, he scored 234 runs at 58.50.
Mark Adair: Adair has 20 ODI wickets to his name, while he has 10 T20I wickets in three games.
Joshua Little: Little has 24 ODI wickets in just 14 games, with an economy rate of 5.78.
Zimbabwe did not get the opportunity to chase down 282 in the second match, but we believe they would have given it their all. They did got 266 in the first game and batted pretty well against Ireland’s bowlers.
In the game, two of their batters reached 50, while another was caught on 49. Zimbabwe only struck three sixes (the same as Ireland in the first match) and a total of 27 fours.
With Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, and Sikandar Raza all in the starting order, Zimbabwe has a rather good batting lineup.
Blessing After his outstanding performance in the first match, Muzarabani has to be the major name in the bowling attack. Sean Williams and he each bowled one maiden over in the second match.
Richard Ngarava took three wickets, while Sikandar Raza bowled well as well.
Zimbabwe ODI Squad
Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva(w), Craig Ervine(c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Ryan Burl, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Dion Myers, Tadiwanashe Marumani
After establishing a 1-0 lead, the visitors will be looking for the trophy. Zimbabwe may be concerned with how they leaked runs in the second ODI. The bowlers failed to take early wickets, allowing Ireland to get off to a strong start. They will be hoping for the best from Muzarabani, Sean Williams, and Luke Jongwe.
Predicted XI: Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Sikander Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava.
Top 3 Picks of Team Zimbabwe
Sean Williams: Williams has 3991 ODI runs to his name and 75 wickets to his name.
Sikandar Raza: Raza has scored 3002 ODI runs at an average of 34.90 and taken 62 wickets.
Craig Ervine: Ervine has 2680 ODI runs at an average of 32.28 and three hundreds to his name.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will almost certainly want to bat first. Zimbabwe won the first match by batting first, while Ireland also put up a strong total in the second match.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The track has enough to offer batsmen, and the first 300+ score in this series will not be shocking. There is also some assistance for fast bowlers, and the pacers will be aiming to make an impression. The team batting first will aim for a total of about 280-290 runs.
In Belfast, the situation does not appear to be encouraging. Temperatures will be approximately 12 degrees Celsius and will climb somewhat as the game proceeds. However, there will be significant humidity and a good probability of precipitation. There’s a chance we’ll have another rain-soaked battle.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction
We’re going to wager on Ireland to win this game and tie the series. It has a stronger bowling attack, and while we did not see it at its best in the first match, we believe it will be able to keep Zimbabwe’s batting in check.
Ireland is the favourite to win this match.