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Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Zimbabwe ZIM
Ireland IRE
118/5 (18)
114 (19.2)
Zimbabwe won by 5 wkts

ZIM vs IRE Betting Tips

  • Captain Craig Ervine has centuries at Test and ODI level and has hit six fifties in IT20s. He is well worth backing as Zimbabwe’s highest run scorer against Ireland. With the ball, Richard Ngarava bowled a maiden and dismissed Hardik Pandya in his last IT20 and he is a strong choice for Zimbabwe’s top wicket taker in this match.
  • Andy Balbirnie bats at the top of the order and has struck six IT20 half-centuries. We expect him to be more attacking than normal in this series, with Paul Stirling absent, and he is our pick for Ireland’s highest run scorer against Zimbabwe. Gareth Delany, who dismissed Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips in his last IT20, to be Ireland’s top wicket taker.
  • We expect Gary Ballance to mark his return to international cricket with Zimbabwe with a determined innings. We recommend backing him to score over 21.5 runs.

ZIM vs IRE Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Zimbabwe are favorites to win

ZIM vs IRE 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Harare Sports Club is the venue for the opening IT20 between Zimbabwe and Ireland on Thursday afternoon. Both teams reached the Super 12 stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup but did not progress to the semi-finals. Zimbabwe finished bottom of Group 2 with Ireland fifth in Group 1. Read on as we preview this game. The match gets underway at 13:00 local time in Harare.

Zimbabwe had a rollercoaster of a T20 World Cup but showed that they can compete with the big nations once again. They are not at full strength for this match but should have enough to get a win in this opener.

Ireland have produced some excellent one-off results in the last decade and typically have been very successful against teams of Zimbabwe’s stature. However, without some key players, they may struggle in this match.

Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st T20 Match Live Streaming

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

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ZIM vs IRE Match Toss Prediction

Fielding first is not recommended at this ground. Teams batting first have won 69% of IT20 games at the Harare Sports Club.

ZIM vs IRE, Harare Sports Club Pitch Report

It is a consistent, if not overly fast, wicket in Harare. We expect slow turn from the pitch and a par score of no more than 165.

Harare Weather Report

The temperature will reach 26 degrees in the second half of the match and we expect strong sunshine throughout this opening IT20.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st T20 Match 2023

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Zimbabwe Team News & Playing 11

ZIM Team News

The majority of pre-series build-up has been dominated by the return to Zimbabwe of former England international Gary Ballance. He will boost the batting line-up which has been weakened by Sikandar Raza’s unavailability due to him playing for Rangpur Riders in the BPL. Blessing Muzarabani is also out through injury.

ZIM Key Players

  • Craig Ervine - The 37 year old skipper returned from the T20 World Cup and has been in excellent form. He hit scores of 153, 124 and 93 at this venue from mid-November to the end of the year.
  • Gary Ballance - with 39 international appearances and just under 1500 runs at Test level for England, there has never been any doubt about Ballance’s ability. He will enjoy batting on this wicket in Harare.
  • Richard Ngarava - The 25 year old left-arm fast medium bowler ended the T20 World Cup with wickets against Bangladesh, Netherlands and India. He is the most in-form of Zimbabwe’s bowlers ahead of this game.

ZIM Team Form

After their famous one run win over eventual T20 World Cup Runners-up Pakistan, Zimbabwe have lost three IT20s in a row.

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Zimbabwe Predicted Playing 11

Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Gary Ballance, Clive Madande (wk), Sean Williams, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Luke Jongwe, Victor Nyauchi

ZIM vs IRE Prediction
Zimbabwe vs Ireland Match Prediction

Ireland Team News & Playing 11

IRE Team News

From the team who played in the T20 World Cup, Paul Stirling and Lorcan Tucker will both be absent due to playing in the ILT20 whereas Josh Little will be playing in the SA20. Opener Stephen Doheny could make his international debut at the top of the order.

IRE Key Players

  • Andy Balbirnie - The skipper struck three sixes in Ireland’s last T20 World Cup game and, even when in poor form, has the ability to take on bowlers of any level.
  • Curtis Campher - The 23 year old all-rounder is yet to reach his full potential but already makes valuable contributions with both bat and ball. We expect his batting to be valuable on this pitch.
  • Gareth Delany - The leg-spinner often concedes runs but is a reliable wicket taking option for Andy Balbirnie. His top figures in this format are 3-16.

IRE Team Form

Although Ireland enjoyed a famous DLS win over eventual winners England in the T20 World Cup, they were then well beaten by both New Zealand and Australia.

Ireland Predicted Playing 11

Stephen Doheny, Andy Balbirnie (c), Neil Rock(wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Fionn Hand, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Ben White.

ZIM vs IRE Team Form in Last Five Matches



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Zimbabwe vs Ireland Head to Head

These two countries have been very well matched in this format with Ireland having a narrow one match lead ahead of this opening IT20. However, Zimbabwe have won the last two meetings between the sides in this format.

ZIM vs IRE Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played ZIM Won IRE Won Tie No Result
Overall 10 4 5 0 1
Last 5 5 2 3 0 0

Zimbabwe vs Ireland Betting Odds

The bookies certainly think that home advantage will play a big role in this game and have installed Zimbabwe as favourites for this IT20.

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Who will win Zimbabwe vs Ireland 1st T20 Match?

Both teams are without some of their best players and this game could be decided by the quality of the new players who are selected. We consider Zimbabwe’s fringe players to be of a higher standard.

ZIM vs IRE Top Team Batsmen

Gary Ballance, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams are our batting choices for Zimbabwe. Although there will be pressure on Ballance he has always been very level-headed and he will play his natural game. Williams will be playing in his 100th T20 game and has hit 11 half-centuries.

We recommend Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector and Gareth Delany with the bat for Ireland. Balbirnie has the top odds in the team and has scored over 1800 IT20 runs. Delany’s highest score in this format  is 89 not out and he has hit three half-centuries alongside that innings.

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ZIM vs IRE Top Team Bowlers

We are backing Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava and Luke Jongwe with the ball for Zimbabwe. Masakadza has the top odds and has best figures of 4-11 in this format. Jongwe took his 50th IT20 wicket in the World Cup game against Netherlands.

Mark Adair, Fionn Hand and Gareth Delany are our bowling tips for Ireland. Adair bowls at the top of the innings and has over 100 international wickets. Medium pacer Hand picked up the key wicket of Ben Stokes in the win over England in October.

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🏆 Zimbabwe vs Ireland Prediction

This should be a very close series and we expect this opening match to be competitive. Both teams beat the eventual World Cup finalists during last year’s competition and they are capable of brilliant performances on their day. We think that Zimbabwe have more runs in their batting line-up and are backing them to win this first IT20 over Ireland.

Posted On 12th January 2023 09:45:00 AM
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