Zimbabwe vs Ireland: On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Zimbabwe will take on Ireland in the 3rd clash of the three-match ODI series at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. Having won the first match by ten wickets, and the 2nd fixture finished on a draw, the Ireland team will look to secure another win and seal the series. On the other hand, the hosts will be eager to make a comeback and end the contest on level terms.
Zimbabwe lost the first game of the three-match ODI series against Ireland. The second ODI between these two sides ended in a draw. While batting first Zimbabwe put on a total of 227 in their 50 overs credit to a few good batting performances from Chiedza Dhururu, Ashley Ndiraya and Mary Anne Musonda. The bowling department had a decent day with Kellies Ndlovu claiming a three-wicket haul. Zimbabwe displayed a tough fight and will look to continue their form to end the series 1-1.
On the other hand, Ireland will be happy as they won the first match with complete dominance over Zimbabwe. In the second game, Ireland’s innings got interrupted by rain and hence they got a target of 203 in 43 overs by DLS method. The Irish team showed complete effort and managed to draw the match. Gaby Lewis again showed her batting prowess with a 42-run knock. The visitors will aim to keep their dominance on the home side by winning the series 2-0.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Match Details
Date and Time: 23 January 2024, Tuesday, 12:45 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, 3rd ODI – Pitch Report
The surface at this venue typically provides a favourable setting for batters during the initial phases of the game. The pitch is also expected to be an advantage for the pacers. Team winning the toss might prefer to chase on this surface, adding an extra layer of strategic planning.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture is expected to be cloudy with rain chances during the game. The temperature is likely to be around 26-degree-celsius with 49% humidity. There is moderate rain expected which may interrupt the match and may affect the playing conditions.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Probable Playing XIs
Zimbabwe: Chiedza Dhururu(wk), Mary Musondo(c), Pellagia Mujaji, Ashley Ndiraya, Kellies Ndlovu, Nyasha Celeb Gwanzura, Loreen Tshuma, Precious Marange, Nomvelo Sibanda, Francesca Chipare, 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, Freya Sargent.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Head-to-Head Records
Ireland is heading with a historical edge in this game, having dominated in recent years with a head-to-head record of 4-1 against Zimbabwe while one game got drawn. In the first ODI between these two sides, Ireland emerged victorious by a convincing margin and the second game ended in a draw.
Prediction: Ireland to win the match.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Key Players
- Mary Anne-Musonda: She is the second leading run scorer for Zimbabwe. As a skipper, she will be looking for a good start and will aim to contribute to the team by leading from the front. In the second ODI, Musondo contributed 41 runs with the bat taking her team to a fightable total.
- Kellies Ndlovu: Ndlovu’s dual skills as a batter and bowler make her a versatile player. She has an impressive tally of 13 wickets in ODI matches. She is Zimbabwe’s leading wicket-taker. Ndlovu bowled brilliantly in the last game claiming three wickets. Her role will be very crucial in this match.
- Gaby Lewis: She stands out as a prolific top-order batter. Lewis has smashed a brilliant 65 runs in the first ODI and 42 runs in the second fixture. Her ability to anchor the innings and consistent performance makes her a key player for Ireland.
- Laura Delany: Her experience and all-round abilities add depth to the team. She begged one wicket in the previous game. Delany is a crucial component of Ireland’s squad and is an important player to watch out for against Zimbabwe in the final ODI.
Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 3rd ODI – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Amy Hunter (vc)
Batters: Mary-Anne Musonda, Gaby Lewis (c), Leah Paul, Ashley Ndiraya
All-rounders: Laura Delany, Arlene Kelly, Kellies Ndlovu
Bowlers: Precious Marange, Cara Murray, Ava Canning