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Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Zimbabwe ZIM
Ireland IRE
177/5 (34)
288/4 (50)
Zimbabwe need 37 runs in 18 balls - Match reduced to 37 ovs due to rain, target 214

ZIM vs IRE Betting Tips

  • Craig Ervine scored 54 on Sunday and has hit three centuries in this format. The captain is our tip for Zimbabwe’s highest run scorer against Ireland. Ryan Burl has been in fantastic form in Harare and took 5-10 in Zimbabwe’s last ODI. The leg-spinner is well worth backing as Zimbabwe’s top wicket taker in this match.
  • Paul Stirling only knows one way to play cricket and that is to attack the opposition bowlers. He has 13 ODI hundreds and is our pick for Ireland’s highest run scorer in this game. Josh Little has 95 international wickets and had an impressive 2022. The 23 year old quick bowler is a strong choice for Ireland’s top wicket taker on Wednesday.
  • Ryan Burl was the leading wicket taker during the IT2-0 series and, although it is a different format, he has had plenty of success in ODIs. We recommend backing him to take over 1.5 wickets in this clash.

ZIM vs IRE Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Zimbabwe are favorites to win

ZIM vs IRE 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

After a closely contested IT20 series concluded on Sunday, Zimbabwe and Ireland begin a three-match ODI series on Wednesday morning in Harare. Zimbabwe won their last ODI, against Australia in September, with Ireland losing to New Zealand by one run in their last game in this format. Read on as we preview this opening game. The match gets underway at 09:15 local time at the Harare Sports Club.

Although Zimbabwe will not be at full strength again in this series, they have enough talented players to continually be a force in home conditions. They will come into this game expecting to go 1-0 up.

Ireland have some of their best players returning in this game and will certainly be competitive. They have impressed in this format for more than the last decade.

Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st ODI Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This match will be shown live on Sky Cricket, FoxTel and the Sony Network.

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on Sky Go, FoxTel and Sony Liv.

ZIM vs IRE Match Toss Prediction

The teams chose to field first when they won the toss in the IT20s and, with wet weather expected before play starts, we predict that the captains will want to bowl first in this game.

ZIM vs IRE, Harare Sports Club Pitch Report

We expect the pitch to behave in a very similar manner to what we saw during the shorter-format series. Both teams should be aiming for a total over 320 on a surface which will turn.

Harare Weather Report

There will be a constant threat of thunderstorms in the second half of this game although there is a chance that they will pass Harare by. It will be cloudy and humid throughout.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st ODI Match 2023

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Zimbabwe Team News & Playing 11

ZIM Team News

As with the IT20 series, Sikandar Raza will miss the ODIs due to playing in the ILT20 and Blessing Muzarabani continues to be unavailable through injury. Sean Williams missed the final IT20 and is expected to also sit this game out as he recovers from an injury.

ZIM Key Players

  • Craig Ervine - The captain missed the tour of Australia but was in strong form at this venue during the IT20s. He hit 96 runs, including a half-century on Sunday, in his last two innings.
  • Gary Ballance - The former England international missed the last two IT20s with mild concussion but is expected back for this match. He has scored two half-centuries in ODI cricket.
  • Ryan Burl - The all-rounder was the pick of Zimbabwe’s bowlers during the IT20 series. He will be looking forward to bowling more overs in this format after taking seven wickets across the three IT20s.

ZIM Team Form

Zimbabwe secured a famous victory over a full-strength Australia team in their last ODI but had lost their previous six games in this format.

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Zimbabwe Predicted Playing 11

Craig Ervine (c), Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wesley Madhevere, Gary Ballance, Regis Chakabva (wk), Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatarai, Victor Nyauchi

ZIM vs IRE Prediction
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Ireland Team News & Playing 11

IRE Team News

Paul Stirling, Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker are all scheduled to be available after completing short stints in the SA20 and ILT20 which meant they missed the IT20 leg of this tour. All three are integral members of the team and will take them up to a higher level.

IRE Key Players

  • Paul Stirling - the right-handed opener hit a 103-ball 120 in his last ODI against New Zealand. He is in good form ahead of this match after scoring 54 runs from 38 balls in an ILT20 match.
  • Harry Tector - 23 year old batting all-rounder has an excellent ODI batting record and has been strong form with the ball on this tour. He already has five wickets at the Harare Sports Club.
  • Josh Little - the left-arm pace bowler is aggressive and often concedes more runs than most in this format. However, he is a regular wicket taker with best figures of 4-39 in ODIs.

IRE Team Form

Although Ireland lost their last three ODIs to New Zealand, two of those defeats were by margins of one run and one wicket. They have become a reliable team in this format.

Ireland Predicted Playing 11

Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Graham Hune, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little

ZIM vs IRE Team Form in Last Five Matches



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Zimbabwe vs Ireland Head to Head

The two teams have a very close record when it comes to ODIs against each other. Ireland have had the better of the most recent meetings but overall the sides are level at 7-7.

ZIM vs IRE Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played ZIM Won IRE Won Tie No Result
Overall 16 7 7 1 1
Last 5 5 1 3 0 1

Zimbabwe vs Ireland Betting Odds

After winning the IT20 series 2-1, the bookies are backing Zimbabwe to take an early lead in the ODI series and have them as favourites ahead of this match.

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Who will win Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st ODI Match?

The Ireland line-up for this first ODI, particularly their batting, looks a lot stronger than in their final IT20. However, we think that Zimbabwe have the better team for these conditions in Harare.

🏆 Zimbabwe vs Ireland Prediction

The IT20 series was very entertaining with the result still not confirmed until the final over of the final game. We expect an equally close set of games in these ODIs and both teams have players capable of spending large periods of time at the crease and making big scores. We are predicting a high scoring game to start the series and expect Zimbabwe, with home advantage, to win the first ODI.

Posted On 17th January 2023 09:59:53 AM
Posted by Kavin

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