- Match: Ireland vs Zimbabwe
- Date: August 27, 2021
- Start Time: 11:00am
- Stadium: Clontarf Cricket Club Ground
- Tournament: Twenty20 International – 2021 – 1st T20I
- Format: T20I
Zimbabwe won by 3 runs
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Stats and Trends
Ireland v Zimbabwe is a 5 match T20 series taking place in Dublin, Ireland. This is the first match of the series, we will look at the recent form of the teams and international standings. It is followed by a 3 match ODI series
Irelands last T20 series was against South Africa and was a 3-0 loss. There was a gulf in class between the two teams, Zimbabawe should be a more competitive opponent for them. Ireland did manage a win in the ODI series with South Africa which was an excelent perfromance from them.
Ireland Top Batters
Andrew Balbirine is one of the stand-out player in the Ireland batting lineup. He is currently ranked 38th in the world for T20 cricket In their last win against South Africa, he got 102 from 117 balls in an ODI match. Harry Tector is a player to watch too, he looks to have some quality and this T20 series will suit him well.
Paul Sterling is the highest ranked Irish player at number 24 in th world, just behind Glenn Maxwell.
Ireland Top Bowlers
Mark Adair is the top-ranked bowler at number 39th in the world. Simi Singh comes in at 73 and Gareth Delany at 85. These are the only 3 bowlers in the top 100 at T20 level.
Ireland Last Match vs South Africa
South Africa won by 49 runs
Zimbabwe is ranked 11th in the world and sits 2 places and 6 points above Ireland in the rankings.
Zimbabwe has 3 batters in the top 100 in the world, the highest is ranked at 65. This is below Irelands rankings who have 3 players above 65.
They have 2 bowlers in the top 100
Sean Williams is ranked 10th in the world for all-rounders with Ryan Burl at 15th. These rankings and the classifications of all-rounders seem out to us on the ICC world rankings and need a re-classification.
Zimbabwe Top Batters
The above data is recent matches for this year.
Wesley Madhevere is the top batter and is ranked at 65 in the world with 418 points.
Seam Williams is in at 74th and Ryan Burl at 88th. The points are tight around this position so either player could move up considerably with a good series across the 5 T20s.
Zimbabwe Top Bowlers
Blessing Muzarabani is the stand out bowler for Zimbabwe and can be the man to lead the attack. He is the highest-rated bowler on the side and has a little more about him than the other bowlers. Irelands batters will try and see out his 4 overs and attack the other bowlers in the lineup.
Zimbabwe Last Match vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe lost this series 2-1. This match was a great game with Zimbabwe setting 194 to win. Bangladesh did manage to chase it down with 4 balls to spare and 5 wickets remaining but there were good performances all round.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction
These 2 teams are relatively evenly balanced and this should be a good series. The Cricketics team feels that Ireland at home will have too much for Zimbabwe. We would predict a series result of 3-2 or 4-1 in Ireland’s favor.
Predicted result: Ireland win
Predicted scores if batting first
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Balbirnie was the top batsman which is a regular occurrence. He is always a good selection for the top-team batsman or Dream 11 team captain. His performances are consistent and he has some class at the international level. He is our pick for the top Ireland batsman in this match.
South Africa won the toss in this match and choose to bat, they set a reasonable target of 190 to win. Ireland never looked like making such a total. When Tucker went at 75/4 it was clear the match was all over. McCarty and Young made the score respectable putting on 33 for the ninth wicket.