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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Ireland v Zimbabwe 1st T20I

Ireland v Zimbabwe 1st T20I

The first T20I of the three-match T20I series between Ireland and Zimbabwe will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.

Ireland will be high on confidence as they are coming off a 3-0 clean sweep against Zimbabwe. The home conditions will also favour them. After successive losses in three ODIs, it is high time that Zimbabwe adjust quickly.

Ireland have gone about their business in a very consistent manner with Paul Stirling and James McCollum standing out with the bat. The openers have given the team consistent starts which is the main reason of Ireland's success in the ODI series.

In the middle order, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O'Brien and William Porterfield have also been good. The bowling would be shouldered by Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, not to forget the experience of Boyd Rankin, which will come in handy.

Zimbabwe's batting has been disappointing on the tour till now, except Craig Ervine and Sean Williams, both of whom have been the only spark of hope amid the team's back to back losses. Both batsmen have an average in excess of 50 in the ODI series and will be crucial for Zimbabwe's fortunes.

Among the bowlers, Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis will lead Zimbabwe's bowling attack, and will be assisted by Solomon Mire and Tendai Chatara.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Ireland- Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield (c), Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin

Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza (c), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbami, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Zimbabwe

Who will win? – Ireland

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –  Paul Stirling (Ireland), Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tim Murtagh (Ireland), Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe)

Most Sixes –  James McCollum (Ireland),  Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe)

Man of the Match –  Paul Stirling

Team Scores Batting first –  Ireland 160+, Zimbabwe 130+

Match Handicap Ireland


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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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