Ireland will host Zimbabwe in the 5-match T20I series which starts from 27th August. The first T20 will take place at Castle Avenue, Dublin. According to Indian Standard Time, the match will begin at 4.30 PM.
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Ireland had a dreadful T20I series against South Africa. They were completely wiped out by the visitors by 3-0. Andrew Balbirnie will lead the Irish side in this series while Zimbabwe will be led by the experienced Craig Ervine. Ireland named separate squads for the T20I and the ODI series while Zimbabwe opted to name a combined squad of 18 players for the tour.
Zimbabwe is currently placed 11th on the ICC T20I rankings, while Ireland is standing 13th on the table. Zimbabwe had a disappointing T20I home series against Bangladesh last month. They lost the series by 2-1. With the main players back in the squad Zimbabwe is even stronger than before.
IRE vs ZIM: 1st T20: Weather Report
The temperature is expected to hover around 17°C on the match day with 70 % humidity and 11 km/hr wind speed. There are no chances of precipitation during the game.
IRE vs ZIM: 1st T20: Pitch Report
The surface is a balanced one, with decent assistance for both batters and bowlers on offer. It is expected to provide some initial help to the swing bowlers and the spinners might have to toil hard for wickets.
IRE vs ZIM: 1st T20: Probable Playing XI
Ireland: Kevin O Brien, Mark Adair, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Craig Young, Andrew Balbirnie ©
Bench: Neil Rock, William McClintock, Ben White
Zimbabwe: Timycen Maruma, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Wesley Madhevere, Brendan Taylor ©, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Tendai Chatara, Tadiwanashe Marumani
Bench: Wellington Masakadza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Miton Sumba
IRE vs ZIM: 1st T20: Dream11 Team Prediction
Dream11 Team: Paul Stirling (C), Craig Ervine, Andy Balbirnie, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere (VC), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Blessing Muzarabani, Regis Chakabva (wk), Brendan Taylor
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IRE vs ZIM: 1st T20: Match Prediction
Based on current form, Ireland will be favorites to win this game against Zimbabwe. They have a benefit of playing at their home conditions. With a string batting line up on & off papers, Ireland will be looking to score big in the first match. Zimbabwe will have to bat well to get a positive result out of this game. Ireland is expected to dominate the game completely.