Zimbabwe vs Ireland: On Sunday, January 28, 2024, Zimbabwe will face Ireland in the second game of the five-match T20I series at Harare Sports Club in Harare. The first T20I of the series won by Ireland and the side will aim to replicate their performances and clinch the second game as well. Whereas Zimbabwe will be looking for ways to improve and level the series with coming back strongly.
After suffering defeat in the first T20I against Ireland, Zimbabwe are determined to bounce back and secure their first victory in the series. The opening duo of Kelis Ndhlovu and skipper Mary-Anne Musonda showcased their batting prowess in the last game, providing a powerful start for the hosts. Although the bowling department faced challenges in containing Ireland batters. The team will hope for an all-round performance to get their first win of the series.
Ireland is heading into the match with confidence, having secured victories in both the ODIs and the first T20I. Led by the power-packed opening pair of Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter, Ireland’s batting line-up poses a daunting challenge for the home side. With notable contributions from their key bowlers, Alana Dalzell and Georgina Dempsey, Ireland will aim to maintain their winning momentum.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 28 January 2024, Sunday, 04:30 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Live Streaming: There will be no live telecast of the match. However, fans can get the live-stream link for the game on the social media pages of Zimbabwe and Ireland cricket.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Pitch Report
The surface at this venue typically provides a favourable setting for the bowlers but also will assist the batters in making significant contributions. The spinners will also come into play as the pitch offers some turn, albeit not at a fast pace. An average total of 170+ will be a fightable score.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture is expected to be cloudy. The temperature is likely to be around 21-degree Celsius with 83% humidity.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Probable Playing XIs
Zimbabwe: Chiedza Dhururu(wk), Mary-Anne Musondo(c), Pellagia Mujaji, Ashley Ndiraya, Kellies Ndlovu, Nyasha Celeb Gwanzura, Loreen Tshuma, Precious Marange, Nomvelo Sibanda, Michelle Mavunga, Lindokuhle Mabhero.
Ireland: Amy Hunter(wk), Gaby Lewis, Leah Paul, Laura Delany(c), Orla Prendergast, Arlene Kelly, Rebecca Stokell, Cara Murray, Ava Canning, Jane Maguire, Georgina Dempsey.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Head-to-Head Records
Ireland is heading with a historical edge in this game, as they have dominated Zimbabwe in the shorter format of the game. Two T20I games are played between these two sides, with Ireland emerging victorious in both.
Prediction: Ireland to win the match.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Key Players
- Mary Anne-Musonda: She is the top scorer for Zimbabwe in the last two years, scoring 307 runs in 15 matches. Musonda got off to a strong start and displayed her batting prowess in the first fixture of the series. Her contribution will be significant for Zimbabwe.
- Nomvelo Sibanda: She emerged as a standout performer in the first encounter and will need to have high standards again. Sibanda has claimed 17 wickets in 8 matches and will be a crucial wicket-taking option for the home team.
- Amy Hunter: She can be the best batter in the second T20I of the ongoing series. With 447 runs in 12 matches, Hunter has been in sensational form and the team will hope that it will only continue with the upcoming matches.
- Arlene Kelly: She can be the best bowler in this game. With 16 wickets in her last nine games, Kelly has been in excellent form and her spell will be key in dismantling Zimbabwe’s batting order.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Amy Hunter(vc)
Batters: Mary-Anne Musonda, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast
All-rounders: Laura Delany(c), Arlene Kelly, Kellies Ndlovu, Georgina Dempsey
Bowlers: Precious Marange, Cara Murray, Ava Canning