Ireland Out To Build On Batting Promise In Their Upcoming ZIM Vs. IRE 2021 Matches

The last time Ireland played Zimbabwe was back in July of 2019 where Ireland emerged victorious in the 3-match ODI. Now the two are set to clash again almost 2 years after they last met. The ZIM vs. IRE ODI match series set for August 2021 will see both teams coming into the match ready to give it their all, with Ireland looking to build on their batting promise. Ireland is coming in from a game series against South Africa, and even though they lost, the pressure they put on the South African team shows. The Wolves’ attack had the Proteas 58 for 5 at the halfway stage of their innings and were clearly in control of the first quarter of the match. 

Ireland’s amazing batting sequence in ODI is what they are looking to duplicate as they head into the game series with the Zimbabweans. These teams have clashed 14 times in the past 12 years, with both teams having 6 wins and 6 losses. One game was tied, and another was abandoned due to political upheaval in the host country. Their last matchup in 2019 was held in Ireland, and the hosts won the first game by 4 wickets, the second game by 5 runs, and the last one by 6 wickets. 

The Irish team going into this match include:

George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Paul Stirling, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Benjamin White, Andrew Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, Craig Young, Lorcan Tucker, William McClintock, Barry McCarthy, Stephen Doheny, Kevin O’Brien, and Joshua Little

The Zimbabwe Team

Richard Ngarava, Dion Myers, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, and Regis Chakabva

It’s still early to say if the Irish are ready to bench O’Brien for his dismal performance recently. Having earned a duck in each of his last 3 internationals and a lack of runs, Kevin seems to be on thin ice and should be eager to change things up. Luckily he won’t have to handle everything by himself as he has other incredible teammates by his side, such as Mark Adair, who had a promising outing in the second T20I vs. South Africa. 

The 8 matches, 3 ODIs, and 5 T20Is will be played as follows:

ZIM vs. IRE ODI series to be played at Stormont, Belfast

  • 1st ODI on 6 August 2021 at 10:45
  • 2nd ODI on 8 August 2021 at 10:45
  • 3rd ODI on 11 August 2021 at 10:45
  • T20I series to be played at Bready Cricket Club Ground, Magheramason
  • 1st T20I on 15 August 2021 at 16:00 (D/N)
  • 2nd T20I on 17 August 2021 at 16:00 (D/N)
  • 3rd T20I on 20 August 2021 at 16:00 (D/N)
  • 4th T20I on 22 August 2021 at 16:00 (D/N) to be played at Stormont, Belfast
  • 5th T20I on 24 August 2021 at 16:00 (D/N) to be played at Stormont, Belfast 

With ODI World Cup super League points up for grabs, there’s a lot for both teams to gain going into this series. That’s why Ireland is desperate to build on their batting promise and clinch the win over the Zimbabwe team.  Stay tuned with us  for more latest and exciting updates for sports news

Resource Reference: 

  1. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/south-africa-tour-of-ireland-2021-1251938/ireland-vs-south-africa-3rd-t20i-1251955/match-preview
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_Wolves_cricket_team
  3. https://stats.espncricinfo.com/zimbabwe-v-ireland-2015-16/engine/records/team/match_results.html?class=2;id=29;id=9;type=headtohead
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwean_cricket_team_in_Ireland_in_2021
  5. https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118165/ireland-out-to-build-on-batting-promise
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