In this edition of my T20 world cup betting tips, I consider a group B qualifier game between Ireland vs Zimbabwe. This is a crucial match that could help the winning team to play in a Super 12 group at the world cup.
The head-to-head record of the teams is currently in Ireland’s favour. However, Zimbabwe have been resurgent in recent months on the back of Sikandar Raza’s brilliant form. I predict that their superior international experience will help Zimbabwe to beat Ireland.
|Match||Ireland vs Zimbabwe (World Cup Qualifier, Group B)|
|Where||Bellerive Oval, Hobart|
|When||17 October 2022|
|Start Time||19:00 (Local Time)|
The odds will be available during the event
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Prediction & Tips
I begin my Ireland vs Zimbabwe t20 world cup predictions and tips by predicting the probable playing elevens for the upcoming game. I consider the head-to-head record of the teams and take a close look at their last meeting. I go on to make several other forecasts, beginning with the highest run-making batter and the highest wicket taking bowler.
I also name the most economical bowler, the hitter of the most sixes, and the taker of most catches. These Ireland vs Zimbabwe betting tips will help readers place bets at the best T20 world cup betting sites.
Ireland Team Review
Continuing my Ireland vs Zimbabwe predictions, I name the best possible Ireland eleven for the game versus Zimbabwe. The wicketkeeper’s slot is likely to go to Lorcan Tucker. Two of Ireland’s best batters, Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, will open the batting.
George Dockrell and Harry Tector will be the other top-order batters. All-rounders Campher and Delany will play finishers’ roles in the lower middle order. The bowling spots will go to Barry McCarthy, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair and Josh Little.
Zimbabwe Team Review
In the next segment of my Ireland vs Zimbabwe predictions, I look at the players who could represent Zimbabwe. Chakabva is the first-choice wicketkeeper. Craig Ervine, M Shumba and R Buri are the best batters in the squad. Fortunately for Zimbabwe, they have a trio of all-rounders in S Williams, S Raza, and W Madhevere. Specialist bowlers J Masara, V Nyauchi, B Evans and L Jongwe complete the eleven.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Head-to-Head
I turn my Ireland vs Zimbabwe predictions to analysing the head-to-head comparison between the teams. The two sides have met in 8 T20 internationals in the past. While Ireland have won 5, Zimbabwe have emerged victorious in the other 3.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Last Meeting
The last T20I between the sides happened on 4 September 2021 during Zimbabwe’s tour of Ireland. It was the final game of a five-match series, played at Bready. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first. They were soon in trouble, losing two wickets with only 3 runs on the board.
Just as Zimbabwe appeared to be recovering, Wessly Madhevere lost his wicket. With the scorecard reading 3/34 in 7 overs, things appeared bleak. However, a 57-run stand between Craig Ervine and Dion Myers revived hope in the Zimbabwe dug out.
However, Zimbabwe failed to capitalise. From a relatively comfortable 91 for 4 in 15.2 overs, they were only able to reach a score of 124/4 in their allotted overs. Ervine top scored with an unbeaten 67 in 57 balls. For Ireland, Mark Adair impressed with the ball, taking 3/23.
Chasing a modest 125 to win, Ireland were reduced to 4/30 in 5.2 overs. An absence of partnerships hurt the hosts’ cause, who lost wickets at regular intervals. However, at 5/87 in the 13th over, an Irish win seemed probable. The loss of two more wickets within the next 4 runs brought Zimbabwe back on top.
When Mark Adair departed on the first ball of the 19th over, with the scorecard reading 106/9, it was all but over. However, Craig Young had other ideas. On the back of his brief cameo, Ireland found themselves on 119/9, with two balls left to be bowled. Needing six to win, Young failed to make contact on the penultimate delivery.
On the last ball, the batters ran for a non-existent single. Josh Little was run out, to give Zimbabwe a thrilling 5-run victory.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Players to look out for
In my Ireland vs Zimbabwe betting tips, I consider the players most likely to impress. Among Zimbabwe players, I must first mention Sikandar Raza, who has been in the form of his life in 2022. Craig Ervine, who has served the side since 2010 is probably playing his last world cup. I expect Ervine to give it his best shot. Another player who has been in the news for his all-round ability, recently, is W Madhevere.
As ever, the tireless Paul Stirling will be the go-to man for the Irish. (Paul Stirling was the hero of the game that Ireland won against West Indies in January 2020. His 95 off 47 balls with 6 fours and 8 sixes helped his side to a score of 208/7. Ireland won the match by four runs in a thrilling finish.) Lorcan Tucker’s big-hitting ability in the top order could be just what the doctor ordered.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Toss Prediction
Continuing Ireland vs Zimbabwe betting tips, I now predict the toss winner. In my view, the law of averages will not favour Zimbabwe, who have won 6 tosses in a row. Therefore, I predict that Ireland will win the toss.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Highest Scorer
In the next part of Ireland vs Zimbabwe betting tips, I predict who will be the highest scorer of the game. I predict that Zimbabwe’s star all-rounder Sikandar Raza will make the most runs in his side’s game against Ireland.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Highest Wicket Taker
I will now use my world cup betting tips 2022 to tell readers who will take the most wickets. I predict that Ireland’s seam bowler Mark Adair will become the highest wicket taker of this game.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Highest Sixer Hitter
It’s time to turn my world cup betting tips 2022 to naming who will hit the most sixes. I predict that Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza will record the most six-hits in the game.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Most Economical Bowler
Who, as per my world cup betting tips 2022, will be the most economical bowler? I predict that Zimbabwe’s slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Sean Williams, will concede the fewest runs in his quota of overs.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Most Catches
I will now use my statistical world cup betting tips 2022 to name the player likely to take the most catches. I believe that Zimbabwe’s pace-oriented bowling will result in catches behind the wicket. I predict that Zimbabwe’s keeper Regis Chakabva will take the most catches in the game.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Dream 11 Predictions
In the final part of my world cup betting tips 2022, I have listed the players in my Dream 11. My Dream 11 fantasy cricket squad for the upcoming t20 world cup match is as under. I have included 5 players from Zimbabwe and 6 from Ireland. Note: My Dream 11 could change during the world cup event.
- Wicket keepers: Regis Chakabva, Lorcan Tucker
- Batters: Craig Ervine, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie
- All-rounders: Sikander Raza, Campher, Wessly Madhevere
- Bowlers: Brad Evans, Josh Little, Mark Adair
The captain of my Ireland vs Zimbabwe Dream 11 is Sikander Raza. I nominate Wessly Madhevere as the vice-captain.
You can also check out my dream 11 predictions for UAE vs Netherlands for T20 world cup tips.