Zimbabwe is poised to go on tour to Ireland to play a three-match ODI fixture followed by a five-match T20I series. The three ODI matches will be held in Belfast, Ireland, on 6th, 8th, and 11th August. The first three T20Is will be played at Bready Cricket club on the 15th, 17th, and 20th, while the remaining two games will revert to Belfast on the 22nd and 24th of August 2021.
The much-anticipated Ireland vs. Zimbabwe clash will be part of the busy summer schedule before the world shifts its attention to the ICC T20 World Cup in October. Zimbabwe is looking to get back to winning ways after being humiliated at home in a whitewash (0-3) by Bangladesh. Bangladesh gave the team captained by Brendan Taylor a walloping in the first ODI, which Bangladesh won by 155 runs.
However, Zimbabwe managed to salvage its dignity losing the remaining two fixtures with a more respectable scoreline of three wickets and five wickets. Brendan Taylor played his 200th ODI during the first ODI match. Marumani Tadiwanashe and Myers Dion both made their ODI debuts for Zimbabwe.
Ireland is faring much better as they were spared the blushes at home. They drew 1-1 with South Africa at the Village grounds in Malahide, Ireland. The first ODI did not yield a result as the match was abandoned due to rain. The home team won the second, which was played on the 13th July fixture by 43 runs. The visiting team, South Africa, managed a comeback in the third match, winning it by 70 runs.
These fixtures were part of the inaugural 2022-2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. This draw means that Ireland and South Africa shared five points apiece. A notable milestone achieved during the third ODI is South African Quinton De Kock scoring his 10,000th run as wicket-keeper in international cricket.
As these scheduled Ireland vs. Zimbabwe ODI series 2021 fixtures loom, both teams will continue to observe all COVID precautions and enhanced bio-secure bubbles. The organizers are yet to confirm whether they will allow cricket fans to view the event live at the venue. Ireland and Zimbabwe have met on thirteen occasions in ODI format, and they have proven to be evenly matched. Ireland has won six times and lost six, with one match ending in a tie. The only draw in these encounters was in their inaugural meeting on 15th March 2007 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, where they ended all square with 221 runs each.
Looking deeper into these Ireland vs. Zimbabwe stats, momentum favors Ireland, who won their last three matches against Zimbabwe.
Ireland is yet to lose to Zimbabwe on home ground, so they approach these matches with a clear advantage. Looking at ZIM vs IRE record, Ireland has won four of the last five ODI matches, meaning it could be the bookmaker’s pick.
There are no changes expected in the lineups of both teams as Ireland will be captained by Andrew Balbirnie while Zimbabwe will have Brendan Taylor as the skipper.
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