Saturday, 5th September, sees the culmination of the five-match T20 series between Ireland and Zimbabwe. The Irish have an unassailable 3-1 lead going into the final match of the series and will be looking to finish with a flourish. The fifth and final match will take place at Bready Cricket Club in Northern Ireland.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe 5th T20 2021
Despite a poor result in the opening fixture, Ireland were able to find the winning touch, winning the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th matches convincingly. The 4th match in the series was a rout, with the Irish winning convincingly by a margin of 64 runs. Bowlers Craig Young and Mark Adair causing the damage, picking up five wickets between them.
Likely playing 11 of Ireland
Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Mark Adair, Ben White, Craig Young
Zimbabwe have now lost three in a row, and with it, the series. In recent matches, they have really struggled to handle the conditions. Zimbabwe have struggled with the bat, with captain Craig Ervine having now top-scored for Zimbabwe in matches 3 and 4. Zimbabwe will be looking to gain some momentum ahead of the ODI series that is due to start next week.
Likely playing 11 of Zimbabwe
Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Luke Jongwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Blessing Muzarabani, Dion Myers, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather for the final match of the series is set to remain dry, but with cloud cover all day, making temperatures feel slightly cold. Expect conditions that could make the ball swing, which could really aid the fast bowlers.
Betting Predictions for Ireland vs Zimbabwe 5th T20 2021
Match Result Prediction
With the series done and dusted, this could be an opportunity for both teams to give some players a rest and give those yet to play a chance. Despite the potential chopping and changing, Ireland will need to treat this game importantly, as this will be one of the final T20 games they could play before their T20 World Cup campaign starts. Ireland have looked a class apart from Zimbabwe over the last three matches, and despite the smaller price, it’s hard to look beyond the Irish to chalk up another win.
Winner: Ireland (1.40 from Bet365)
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Paul Stirling to score over 2.5 fours
After scoring a maiden T20 century for his country in match 3 of the series, Paul Stirling backed that promising innings up with another 39 runs, which included four 4s. Bet365 is offering 1.67 for Stirling to score over 2.5 fours, and with Stirling being in such impressive form, it could be a bet to consider.
Paul Stirling to score over 2.5 fours: Yes (1.67 from Bet365)
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Craig Ervine to be Zimbabwe’s top batsman
Zimbabwe have really struggled with the conditions, with none of their top order being able to surpass double figures in each of the last two games. The glue that has held the batting lineup together has been captain Craig Ervine, the Zimbabwe top scorer in matches 3 and 4. Surprisingly, his odds are fairly large for this final match as he can be backed at 4.5.
Craig Ervine to be the top-scoring Zimbabwe batsman: Yes (4.5 from Dafabet)
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A century to be scored in the match
As it’s the final match of the series, we thought we would include a bet that provides great value and that being whether a century will be scored in the match. Paul Stirling has already achieved it in match 3, and other players have come close with scores posted in the eighties. For a century to be scored in the match, Betway is offering odds of 9.00, and that could be a good bet to end the series with.
A century to be scored in the match: Yes (9.00 from Betway)
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