Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 2019: 3rd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Paul Stirling and Craig Ervine scored half-centuries during the 2nd T20I.
Published - Jul 14, 2019 5:25 am | Updated - Oct 18, 2019 4:39 pm
Zimbabwe’s miserable tour of Netherlands and Ireland will finally conclude on Sunday when they take on the latter in the last game of the 3-match T20I series. The first T20I got abandoned while the hosts came out victorious in the 2nd game which was shortened due to rain. Zimbabwe were 40/2 in five overs before the rain interval. The game was reduced to 13 overs-a-side and soon Zimbabwe came out all guns blazing.
They added 47 runs in the 17 deliveries after the resumption. The visitors finished with 132 after scoring only 26 from the last three overs when they had seven wickets in hand. DLS revised target for Ireland read 134 but hardly made any difference. Paul Stirling hit an unbeaten 83 from only 36 balls with six fours and seven maximums. His knock helped Ireland chase down the target with 13 balls and nine wickets to spare.
The 3rd and final game of the 3-match T20I series between Ireland and Zimbabwe will be hosted by the Bready Cricket Club in Northern Ireland.
The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 PM GMT) (8:30 PM IST). The game will be streamed live on Ireland Cricket Website.
Last five completed T20I matches:
Ireland: W, L, L, L, W.
Zimbabwe: L, T (W), L, L, L.
The Bready Cricket Club ground could well witness a high-scoring game on Sunday given how the batsmen found the conditions to bat at the venue. The boundaries are shorter in various angles which will give the batsmen the chance to exploit and put on big totals.
Average first innings score: 160 (Completed T20Is)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, Gary Wilson (C & WK), Mark Adair, Tyrone Kane/George Dockrell, Craig Young.
Bench – Joshua Little, Greg Thompson, Boyd Rankin.
Hamilton Masakadza (C), Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor/Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara.
Bench – Ainsley Ndlovu, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Elton Chigumbura.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Sean Williams has become a proper all-rounder with equal contributions with the bat and ball for his team. Across 12 International games in 2019, he scored 367 runs at an average of 36.7. At the same time, Williams also took 14 wickets at an average of 25.78. Williams either scored at least 25 runs or took at least one wicket in the last 10 International games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Craig Ervine and Paul Stirling have touched the peak in batting this year and could be the top players in what could be a high-scoring game. Among the all-rounders Shane Getake, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza will be crucial. Mark Adair has been moved into bowlers’ category after his 4-wicket haul. He could well be Ireland’s MVP if he gets to bowl his four overs. On their day, Andrew Balbirnie and Brendan Taylor can make a difference with the bat.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brendon Taylor
Batters – Craig Ervine (VC), Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie
All-Rounders – Sean Williams, Shane Getkate, Ryan Burl
Bowlers – Mark Adair, Craig Young, Kyle Jarvis
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lorcan Tucker
Batters – Paul Stirling, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Andrew Balbirnie
All-Rounders – Sean Williams (C), Shane Getkate, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers – Mark Adair (VC), Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis
Ireland fielded with an interesting bowling line-up in the 2nd T20I. They left out the senior bowlers George Dockrell and Boyd Rankin. The players who took their spot ended up conceding way too many runs. It will be interesting to see what Ireland will come up with this time.
Ireland will be favourites after the destruction they did with the bat in the previous T20I.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.