As predicted in our match 2 preview, rain fell over Civil Service Cricket Club Belfast, unfortunately leading to an abandonment of match 2 in the three-match ODI series between Ireland and Zimbabwe. Heading into the third and final match of the series, Zimbabwe still hold a 1-0 lead.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI 2021
All was not lost for Ireland as, despite the rain, they were able to bat their 50 overs, scoring 282 runs for the loss of eight wickets. It allowed all of Ireland’s top 5 batsmen the opportunity to score vital runs as the T20 World Cup preliminary stage looms large on the horizon.
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
Zimbabwe will have some mixed emotions following match 2’s abandonment. They will be disappointed that the opportunity to clinch the series victory never materialised, whilst also knowing that the abandonment now means they can’t lose the series from this point. Looking to score as many 2023 World Cup qualifying points as possible, Zimbabwe will be doing everything they can to clinch victory in match 3 and, with it, the ODI series.
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 Sunday looks ok with the rain hopefully staying away. Heavy cloud cover is expected across the entire match; therefore, the conditions could benefit 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 3rd ODI 2021
Match Result Prediction
Despite now not being able to win the series, Ireland are still the heavy favourites going into the third and final match of the ODI series and can be backed at 1.57. Ireland will be looking to end their summer with a bang after some spirited displays against South Africa and winning the T20 series against Zimbabwe.
Winner: Ireland (1.57 from Bet365)
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William Porterfield to be Ireland’s leading batsman
Porterfield missed the T20 series, instead choosing to focus on the ODI format of the game. He has had a great series so far, scoring 75 in match 1, which was followed by a 67 in match 2. Porterfield often flies under the radar due to his batting partner Paul Stirling earning most of the plaudits, but Porterfield is clearly a man in form, and he can be backed at 4.33 to be Ireland’s leading batsman, which we think represents some great value.
William Porterfield to be Ireland's leading run-scorer (4.33 from Bet365)
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Most 4s hit in the match
As you would expect in a contest between two evenly matched teams, the betting market for who will hit the most 4s is very close, with Ireland priced at 1.75 and Zimbabwe at 2.2. With Ireland playing in conditions they are comfortable in and being able to spend some time in the middle in match 2, we are backing them to edge the race to hit the most 4s.
Ireland to hit the most 4s (1.75 from Betway)
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Zimbabwe to lose their first wicket for under 22.5 runs
With plenty at stake in the third and final match of the series, expect Ireland to come out firing, looking to take early wickets. With Zimbabwe not being able to spend any time in the middle in match 2, there could be a vulnerability to their batting, and at odds of 1.83 to lose their first wicket when the team has scored less than 22.5 runs, could be the way to bet.
Zimbabwe to lose their first wicket for under 22.5 runs: Yes (1.83 from Betway)
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