Zimbabwe and Ireland face off against each other in a ZIM vs IRE three-match T20I series. The first T20I will be played on December 7 in Harare. The T20I series is followed by a three-match ODI series.
Zimbabwe will be led by Sikandar Raza with Craig Ervine returning to the side after playing the first game in the Africa Qualifier, due to a groin injury. Regular veterans Sean Williams, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, and Ryan Burl are part of the side as well.
Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2024 was a huge blip in their recent cricketing history. They were beaten by Uganda in the Africa Region Qualifier. The next T20 World Cup in 2024 is a 20-team event and Zimbabwe has failed to get an entry.
Ireland, on the other hand, have ensured qualification for the T20 World Cup next year besides teams like Canada, Nepal, USA, and Uganda. They will be led by Paul Stirling who took over white-ball captaincy from Andrew Balbirnie.
With senior players back in the side, skipper Sikandar Raza has a perfect opportunity to beat the Irish at home. This series is expected to be a closely contested one with specialist T20 players on both sides.
Recent Venue Records (Harare Sports Club, Harare)
STATS – T20
Total matches 39
Matches won batting first 24
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 155
Average 2nd Inns scores 136
Highest total recorded 229/2 (20 Ov) by AUS vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 99/10 (19.5 Ov) by PAK vs ZIM
Highest score chased 194/5 (19.2 Ov) by BAN vs ZIM
Lowest score defended 118/9 (20 Ov) by ZIM vs PAK
Who Will Score Most Runs For Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza / Craig Ervine
Who Will Take Most Wickets For Zimbabwe: Blessing Muzarabani / Richard Ngarava
Who Will Score Most Runs For Ireland: Paul Stirling / Harry Tector
Who Will Take Most Wickets For Ireland: Joah Little / Mark Adair
ZIM vs IRE Today Cricket Match Prediction- Who Will Win Today’s T20I Match? 1st T20I, 2023
Zimbabwe at home in known playing conditions is expected to win the first T20I and lead the three-match series.