IRE vs ZIM Dream11 Team: The third and final ODI of the series is far from an inconsequential one despite Ireland having sealed a 2-0 win.
No matter how hard they try, the Zimbabwe cricket team just can’t seem to buy a win. They’ve been at their lowest ever in the last year, seeing everything fall apart for them and this three match ODI series against Ireland has been no different.
With the government having taken over the cricketing body of the country after citing financial fraud and irregularities, the apathy of cricket in the African country is well apparent. Facing the brunt of ICC for interference from the government into their cricketing affairs, for the cricket team, this series against Ireland came at the right time. It was an opportunity to restore some semblance into the side and help put behind them what has been a treacherous run of fixtures.
However, nothing has worked for them once again this series. Losing the second ODI by 5 runs in pursuit of the 242 set up by Ireland in a closely contested match, Zimbabwe went onto lose their fifth international series out of six, now being put down by both Netherlands and Ireland in the span of a month.
Taking on Ireland once again in the culminating encounter of their series, the match might be one which won’t change the overall outcome of the series but holds far more importance to the African outfit than that. It’s a last opportunity to overturn things and reaffirm to the world that they are a far better side than the results they are doling out at the moment.
Elsewhere for Ireland, it was a jubilant time as they managed to defeat one of the oldest members of the ICC, a country who are far more well versed than them when it comes it cricketing affairs. They showed the resilience, will and valour needed to grind out gutsy results, showing composure in the end to win by 5 runs and get past the finishing line.
They are a much better batting and bowling unit than Zimbabwe at the moment and it’s this narrative which should see them win today’s match as well. The side is clearly buoyed by the favourable results and will be pushing for a complete 3-0 sweep of the series.
Wicket-Keeper for IRE vs ZIM Dream11
With his 56 run innings coming at a time when Zimbabwe threatened to bundle out his side cheaply, the knowhow of the game and awareness of the circumstances see Ireland’s Lorcan Tucker come in.
Batsmen for IRE vs ZIM Dream11
One of the finest batsmen to have graced Ireland cricket, Paul Stirling has only grown in stature over the years as he’s garnered more experience of the game. His immense repertoire of skills has seen him being held in massive reverence, considered as one of the pioneers of the game in the country.
Andy Balbirnie is paired up alongside him while from Zimbabwe we have a duo coming in as well in the form of clean hitter Craig Ervine and Solomon Mire. Mire is particular is a terrific option given the fact that he bowls as well, finishing with 4-43 in the previous match and we are certain of him getting a good haul of points once again.
All-Rounders for IRE vs ZIM Dream11
Sean Williams comes in from Zimbabwe after his 50 alongside Ervine’s and Burl’s kept Zimbabwe in the chase despite being at 17-3 at one point.
From Ireland its Mark Adair and Shane Getkate who are once again picked out by us. The two are the mainstays of their side, players who love upping the ante in every match and incurring pristine performance in both the departments of the game.
Bowling Order for IRE vs ZIM Dream11
Having compensated for the bowling picks from Ireland in the previous department, it’s the sole pick of Tim Murtagh over here from the side but a more than enough one. His 5 wicket haul was the reason his side were able to script an enormous series clinching win, getting the ball to frisk around on the surface.
From Zimbabwe we have Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara coming in given the ability to trap Ireland’s batters in a skirmish and leave them flummoxed.
Although we have doled out the same team in Fantain as well, the classification of players in different categories over here changes the overall look of the side. Mark Adair is grouped in the bowling department, taking our picks in the bowlers’ facet to four while Getkate sees himself be identified as a specialist batsman.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have opted for Paul Stirling to captain our side for this match while Getkate remains the vice-captain.
3 Match ODI Series
Match: Ireland Vs Zimbabwe Third ODI
Date And Time: 7th June, Sunday- 3:15pm IST
Venue: City Oval, Pietermaritzburg