ZIM vs IRE Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 09, 2023
As a part of their tour of Zimbabwe, Ireland will take on the hosts in the second T20 international to be played at the Harare Sports Club venue in Harare, Zimbabwe. The first game of the series was played at the same venue yesterday. Zimbabwe defeated Ireland in a keenly contested affair by a slender margin of one wicket on the lost ball of the game.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland Head-To-Head
The teams of Ireland and Zimbabwe have played against each other in 13 matches so far. Zimbabwe has surged ahead in the head-to-head with a 7-6 record after the win earlier in the series against the visitors.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland Live Streaming and Broadcast
This second contest between Ireland and Zimbabwe is unavailable on television for Indian cricket enthusiasts. However, cricket fans can view the match live on the FanCode website and app.
ZIM vs IRE Team Previews
The first T20I between Zimbabwe and Ireland was a night game and a closely fought affair that went right down the wire. Batting first, Ireland scored 147 runs for the loss of eight wickets. The Zimbabwe team made heavy weather of this target but got there in the end for the loss of no wickets and on the last ball of the game. Sikandar Raza again was the top performer with the bat, with a superb 65 from 42 balls. He also was the leading bowler with a haul of three wickets for 28 runs.
The Ireland batting line-up made an excellent start to their innings, with most top-order batters contributing to the score. Sikandar Raza was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe, picking up three wickets for 28 runs from his stipulated four overs. The opening ball bowlers, Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani, also picked up two wickets each. The Zimbabwe innings revolved around the efforts of their skipper Sikandar Raza. He scored a quick 65 from 42 balls with two sixes. He was supported well by the wicketkeeper-batsman Clive Madande.
Zimbabwe Playing 11
Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande, Luke Jongwe, Brain Bennett, Trevor Gwandu, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani.
The Zimbabwe team edged the Ireland team on the match’s last ball. Just two runs were required on the final ball of the game. Still, Muzarabani succeeded in edging the last delivery that went wide of the wicketkeeper and handed over a narrow one-wicket win to Zimbabwe. This was the first-ever international game played under the light at this venue. Sikandar Raza was magnificent in this game and led the Zimbabweans to a win, registering a 1-0 series lead against Ireland.
The Irish players did well in the powerplays with both bat and ball. But the Zim skipper denied a win to the Irishmen. Andy Balbirnie got the Irish team off to a flyer, hitting Ngarava for three-four in the first over of the inning. Then he took on Muzarabani, hitting him for a four and a six. The Zimbabwean Muzarabani was rewarded for his patience when he trapped Paul Stirling with a low full toss. But Sikandar Raza was not to be denied. He attacked when the powerplay was over to knock out Andy Balbirnie. Irishmen struggled to keep up the momentum after this wicket.
Ireland Playing 11
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young, Joshua Little.
ZIM vs IRE Toss Prediction
It is tough to chase big scores at this venue. The surface slows down after a while and affords turn to the spinners. It might be a good idea to bat first here after winning the toss.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The track on offer at the Harare Sports Club is usually slow. The at-par score at this venue will be 160 runs. The track slows down in the second half of the innings, and it is tough to chase big totals. Most of the matches played on this track have been won by the teams batting first.
The weather for this match will be bright and sunny. You can expect temperatures during the contest in the region of 34 degrees. There is no chance of getting showers during this encounter. The humidity levels will be on the lower side, indicating dry conditions.
ZIM vs IRE Betting Tips
The series' first game was a hard-fought affair and went right to the match's last ball. The second game will also be played at the same venue. The Zimbabwe team is playing at home, which is always an advantage. We will bet with Zimbabwe to win this contest and take an unassailable lead in the T20I series.
Bonus Cricket Bets
The Zimbabwe team has an excellent top-order line-up. You can expect it to score big runs in their first innings.
Sikandar Raza was in sublime touch in the series’ first game. You can bet on him to score over 24 runs in this contest.
Andy Balbirnie and other Irish top-order batters were in good nick in the first over of their innings. You can bet on them to get off to a flyer.