Who Will Win Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20?
The first T20 international between Ireland and Zimbabwe at Belfast was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. The two teams will now head off to Northern Ireland for the second T20I which will be played at the Bready Cricket Club on July 12. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 PM local time.
IRE vs ZIM, 2nd T20: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: There will be no live telecast of this match.
Live Streaming: Bet365, Cricket Ireland YouTube channel
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20...
Ireland Team News & Playing 11
The probable opening pair of Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien along with Andrew Balbirnie and Gary Wilson will hold the key to Ireland's batting. O’Brien is one of the leading run-getters at this ground in T20Is - 107 runs in 5 innings - while Stirling was one of the team's most impressive batsmen in the recently concluded ODI series. Balbirnie seems to be in good nick and skipper Wilson will be Ireland's biggest hope in the middle order. With the ball, the hosts will rely mainly on Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell to do the job for them. Adair was the pick of the bowlers in the 50-over series with six wickets while Rankin returned impressive figures of 2-39 from 10 overs in the third ODI. The onus will be on these two pacers to pick up early wickets in the powerplay.
Ireland Predicted Playing 11
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, Gary Wilson (c/wk), Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin
Zimbabwe Team News & Playing 11
Hamilton Masakadza has scored the most runs for Zimbabwe in T20Is and has hit 10 half-centuries in the format. The visitors will need the opening batsman to fire and take them off to a brisk start on Friday. They will also have their hopes pinned on Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine who have been two of their most consistent batsmen over the years. Sean Williams struck a fifty in the third ODI and he is the team's key man when it comes to middle-order batting. Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis and Donald Tiripano will be Zimbabwe's best bets in terms of bowling. Jarvis has 19 T20I wickets to his name in 16 matches while Chatara has 15 in 14 matches. The latter is coming off a good ODI series and it will be mainly up to him to provide the early breakthroughs.
Zimbabwe Predicted Playing 11
Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IRE : NR L L L W
ZIM : NR T L L L
IRE vs ZIM Head to Head
Prior to Wednesday’s opening match of the ongoing T20I series which ended in a wash out, Ireland and Zimbabwe have met only once in the game's shortest format – in a tight contest at the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh where the former emerged victorious by three wickets.
|Matches Played||IRE Won||ZIM Won||Tie||No Result|
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Betting Odds
Ireland begin as favorites to win this second T20 international at 1.61 with Bet365 and 1.55 with Betrally while Zimbabwe find themselves as the underdogs amongst the bookmakers. The visitors are currently priced at 2.30 on Bet365 and 2.20 on Betrally.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Prediction
Ireland emerged as the dominant side in the ODI series and they will be taking a lot of confidence and momentum with them from that series win. However, they will be wary of the fact that they have never been able to win a T20I game at Bready - they have played five completed matches here till date and have lost all five of those - which is something that will inject some optimism into the Zimbabwean camp. But since the visitors themselves have not been up to the mark in the 20-over format, we are backing Ireland to go 1-0 up on Friday.
Back Ireland to beat Zimbabwe at 1.61 with Bet365 and 1.55 with Betrally.
IRE vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction
Ireland's Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling have both been in good touch lately and could make healthy contributions with the bat in this match. Craig Ervine has batted well for Zimbabwe on this trip and is definitely worth picking. Hamilton Masakadza is another batsman we have included in our Dream11 team.
Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara are likely to open the bowling for Zimbabwe and could make a few early strikes with the new ball. Boyd Rankin is expected to take wickets upfront for Ireland which is why he is featuring in our line-up. We have also included George Dockrell in our team.
We have picked Shane Getkate and Sean Williams as the all-rounders in our Dream11 team. While the former has been outstanding with the ball so far, the latter has been amongst the runs on this tour in addition to making decent contributions with the ball.
We prefer Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor to Ireland's Gary Wilson for the wicketkeeper slot. Although Taylor could not hit form in the ODI series, he is a vastly experienced campaigner and is expected to make an impact with the bat in the shorter format.
We have picked the in-form Paul Stirling as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine as the vice-captain of our team.
IRE vs ZIM 2nd T20 Dream11 Team
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|Paul Stirling (c)||Shane Getkate||Brendan Taylor||George Dockrell|
|Andrew Balbirnie||Sean Williams||Boyd Rankin|
|Hamilton Masakadza||Kyle Jarvis|
|Craig Ervine (vc)||Tendai Chatara|