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by Alastair Symondson Saturday 13 July 2019
With the first match being washed out due to rain and the second match won by Ireland, Zimbabwe will have to win this match at all costs in order to save the series. Ireland cannot lose the series from hereon and will make every attempt to bag it 2-0.
However, the forecast for the third match, just like the previous two, is not very good and rain might play a part. The rain was once again in action in the second match as the game had to be curtailed to 13 overs per side.
For Zimbabwe, the batters who have been in good form, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine made substantial contributions. While Ervine made a half-century, Williams got 34 to take the team to 132 from 13 overs, which was a pretty good score.
Mark Adair was the top bowler for Ireland and picked up four wickets.
In reply, Paul Stirling's sensational batting ensured that Ireland reached the total in the 11th over and took the game easily by 9 wickets. Stirling scored 83 at the strike rate of over 230 and blew away the Zimbabwe bowling line up as no one seemed to know the trick to get him out. No Zimbabwe bowler could stand out and all went for plenty.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Ireland- Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Greg Thompson, Tyrone Kane, Craig Young
Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami
Who will win the toss? - Ireland
Who will win? – Ireland
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Paul Stirling (Ireland), Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mark Adair (Ireland), Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe)
Most Sixes – James McCollum (Ireland), Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe)
Man of the Match – Paul Stirling
Team Scores Batting first – Ireland 165+, Zimbabwe 140+
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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