Earlier this week, Ireland and Zimbabwe kicked off their three-match ODI series at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Needing to win to enhance their 2023 World Cup qualifying credentials, Zimbabwe emerged victorious in match 1, winning by 38 runs. Zimbabwe will now be looking to secure a vital win to clinch the series.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2021
Looking to carry on the momentum following their T20 series victory, Ireland will be disappointed to have lost the first match of the series. Limiting the visitors to a reasonably low total of 266, Ireland lost wickets at vital times, eventually falling short by 38 runs and being bowled out for 228. The Irish will be looking to level the series and take it into a decider.
Likely playing 11 of Ireland
Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Andy McBrine
Victory in match one of the series was a momentous moment for Zimbabwe as they tasted success in ODIs for the first time since 2019. With Zimbabwe's leading all-time run-scorer Brendan Taylor back in the line-up, it was perhaps no surprise to see a Zimbabwe batting lineup that looked stronger than at any point in the recently completed T20 series. The match was won thanks to the brilliance of Sikander Raza, who scored an unbeaten 59 before Blessing Muzarabani steamrolled through the Irish batsmen claiming 4 wickets for just 29 runs.
Likely playing 11 of Zimbabwe
Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Sikander Raza, Regis Chakabva, Dion Myers, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sean Williams
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather on Friday looks indifferent, with rain certain to play a part in proceedings. There is the possibility that the game could be reduced in overs. With heavy cloud cover across the entire match, expect batting to be tricky and conditions that should suit the bowlers. Look for the team who wins the toss to bat first, as chasing in the second innings will be a real challenge.
Betting Predictions for Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI 2021
Match Result Prediction
Despite losing match one of the three-match ODI series, Ireland are still the favourites for match two and can be backed at 1.57. Zimbabwe, who will be looking to clinch the series with a victory, can be backed at odds of 2.38. In what looks to be a close contest between two evenly matched teams, we will stick with the Irish to emerge victorious in this must-win match. They came from 1-0 down in the T20 series, and the Irish supporters will be hoping for something similar in the ODIs.
Winner: Ireland (1.57 from Bet365)
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Brendan Taylor to be Zimbabwe's leading batsman
Many in the Zimbabwean press were questioning the continued absence of Brendan Taylor, the country's all-time leading run-scorer across white-ball formats, in the T20 series. It is now clear that Taylor was being saved for these ODI matches with World Cup qualification points on the line. Despite very little time in the middle, Taylor scored an assured 49 off just 45 balls. Expecting him to have more rhythm and timing for this second match, Taylor can be backed at 4.33 to be his team's leading scorer.
Brendan Taylor to be Zimbabwe's leading run-scorer: Yes (4.33 from Bet365)
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Blessing Muzarabani to be Zimbabwe's leading wicket-taker
Despite having one of the friendliest names in all of world cricket, Blessing Muzarabani's spell of bowling in the first ODI was far too much for the Irish batsmen to handle. Claiming four wickets for just 29 runs, Muzarbani ensured that Zimbabwe's reasonably low total was never in danger of being reached. With conditions set to be similar to those in match 1, expect Muzarbani to continue where he left off.
Blessing Muzarabani to be Zimbabwe's leading wicket-taker: Yes (1.83 from Betway)
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Craig Ervine to score over 22.5 runs
Without any shadow of a doubt, the form batsman for the visitors has been their captain Craig Ervine. Ervine was Zimbabwe's top run-scorer in three of the five T20 matches and continued where he left off in the first ODI, scoring a composed 64. Casumo is offering odds of 1.75 for Ervine to score over 22.5 runs. With him being clearly in form, this could be one of the best bets of the match.
Craig Ervine to score over 22.5 runs: Yes (1.75 from Casumo)
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