Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Ireland v Zimbabwe 2nd T20I
Zimbabwe will face Ireland for the second match of the three-match T20I Series at the Bready Cricket Club, Co Tyrone in Ireland.
The first match of the series had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, but play is expected this time around.
Ireland and Zimbabwe have faced each other only one time, excluding the last T20I which was washed out. Ireland won that match played in the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh where Ireland got the better of Zimbabwe by three wickets in a close encounter.
Ireland have lost three and won one of their last five matches, while Zimbabwe have not won even a single game in not only their last five games, but are yet to taste victory in their last 12 T20Is. Zimbabwe have never played a match at this venue. On the other hand, out of the five T20Is that Ireland have played here, they have lost all five of them.
The onus will be once again on Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine who have been the leading run-scorers for Zimbabwe over the last few years. Sean Williams also showed sparks of brilliance in the ODI series against Bangladesh with a half-century in the final match and would like to continue his form.
Among the bowlers, Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis will be key. The two are also the team's highest wicket-takers in this format.
Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien will open the batting for Ireland and remain two of their senior and most bankable batsmen. Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin will be the leading Ireland bowlers.
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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