Sunday 29th August sees Ireland and Zimbabwe meet at the Clontarf Cricket Ground for the second of five T20 International matchups. Zimbabwe edged a tightly contested first match by three runs.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2nd T20 2021
Coming into the series against Zimbabwe, Ireland were in desperate need of a victory, and although they lost the opening match by 3 runs, they will be pleased that key players such as Kevin O'Brien found some much-needed form. After losing the first match so narrowly, expect a similar side to take the field in match 2.
Likely playing 11 of Ireland
Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker
Zimbabwe recovered well to win the first match. Sitting at 5-2, the Zimbabweans looked to be in all sorts of trouble, but a quick-fire 47 runs off just 28 balls by Regis Chakabva saw them post a score of 117. With the Irish needing six to win off the final over, Richard Ngarava held his nerve, restricting the Irish to just two runs to secure a memorable victory.
Likely playing 11 of Zimbabwe
Brendan Taylor, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Luke Jongwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Blessing Muzarabani, Dion Myers, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Just like in match one, the weather will remain dry and cool at around 18 degrees. The pitch will offer plenty for both batters and bowlers, with everything set up for an exciting second fixture.
Betting Predictions for Ireland vs Zimbabwe 1st T20 2021
Match Result Prediction
Ireland had the game at their mercy in match 1 and somehow couldn't get the job done. Despite being 1-0 down, they have odds of 1.6 to level the series at 1-1.
Winner: Ireland (1.6 from Bet365)
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Highest Irish run-scorer
Paul Stirling looked somewhat back to his best in the series's opening fixture, scoring 24 runs off 19 balls. When Stirling gets it right, he can be a match-winner and can play a pivotal part in Ireland levelling the series.
Highest Irish run-scorer: Paul Stirling (3.2 from Bet365)
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Most Match Sixes
Game 1 in the series was very much won by the bowlers, with only three sixes being hit in the whole match. With Ireland looking to bounce back in the series and both Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien finding some form, Ireland can be backed at 1.87 to hit the most sixes.
Ireland to hit the most sixes: Yes (1.87 from Bet365)
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Highest Zimbabwe run-scorer
Regis Chakabva was the game's best batsman in the opening match. Despite his heroics, he lies third in the betting order to be Zimbabwe's highest run-scorer. For a man clearly in form, odds of 3.6 could be too big.
Highest Zimbabwe run-scorer: Regis Chakabva (3.6 from Dafabet)
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Top Irish wicket-taker
Craig Young was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland, finishing with figures of 2-15 across his four overs. Zimbabwe didn't really have any answers for him. Ireland will need Young to repeat his performance from the previous game if they are to level the series. Young is priced at 3.0 to finish as Ireland's leading wicket-taker in match 2.
Highest Irish wicket-taker: Craig Young (3.0 from Casumo)
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Wesley Madhevere to score over 2.5 fours
Coming into this series Wesley Madhevere was Zimbabwe's in-form batsman – only managing to score 1 run in the opening match has seen Madhevere drift in a few markets. One such market is for Madhevere to score over two fours. Priced at 2.1, that could be the bet of the match.
Wesley Madhevere to score over 2.5 fours: Yes (2.1 from Bet365)
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