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Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI Predictions & Tips - Ireland tipped to return to winning ways
- Ireland vs Zimbabwe predictions for Friday’s ODI cricket match
- The fixture will be played in Belfast at 10:30 BST
- Blessing Muzarabani has been one of the world’s standout bowlers in 2021
- Can Ireland bounce back to level the series?
- Tips, stats, team news & preview
Paul Stirling has shown fine run scoring form in recent matches (Getty Images)
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Predictions
Paul Stirling enjoyed a fine T20 series against Zimbabwe and looked good in the 1st ODI. He is backed to score over 23.5 runs and be Ireland’s best batsman.
- Ireland vs Zimbabwe Predictions
- Head to Head
- Ireland Form
- Ireland Injuries & Team News
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- Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News
- Ireland vs Zimbabwe Live Stream FAQ
- Ireland’s Paul Stirling has scored 115, 39, 19 & 32 runs in his last 4 matches.
- Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor scored 49 runs in his last match.
- Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor has scored 24+ runs in his last 4 matches.
Head to Head
Zimbabwe hold a narrow 7-6 lead in 14 matches against Ireland. There has been one tie.
In the 1st ODI of this series Zimbabwe won by 38 runs in Belfast.
Ireland were full of confidence after managing to get a 1-1 draw in their last 50-over series against South Africa. They followed that up with a T20 series win against Zimbabwe, but much like the T20 series began with defeat, so did the ODI series.
On a dry surface in Belfast, Zimbabwe batted first, scoring 266 runs. Simi Singh took 1-22 in 10 overs. Ireland had six bowlers and they all took one wicket.
It was always going to be a tough chase as the wicket slowed down. Scoring was difficult as proven by William Porterfield. He scored 75 runs but that came at a strike rate of under 70. Harry Tector scored 50 runs but no other batsman managed to stay in support as Ireland fell 38 runs short.
Ireland Injuries & Team News
Ireland shuffled their batting order around a bit. With William Porterfield and Paul Stirling both fit, Andy Balbirnie should continue to bat at three.
Ireland may also opt for another spin bowlers should pitch conditions be similar to the 1st ODI.
Zimbabwe made a magnificent start to the ODI series, winning the 1st ODI in Belfast by 38 runs. Brendan Taylor provided the impetus up front, scoring 49 off 45 balls.
Craig Ervine anchored the innings with 64 runs while a late blitz by Skandar Raza (59) saw Zimbabwe post 266 for seven in their 50 overs.
That good batting display was backed up by the bowlers, particularly star man, Blessing Muzarabani. Muzarabani took 4-29 to continue his brilliant year. The other bowlers all contributed with no one going at more than six to the over.
In the end Zimbabwe bowled Ireland out to win by 38 runs.
Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News
The return of Blessing Muzarabani is big for Zimbabwe, as proven in the opening fixture. They shouldn’t change too much from the winning side.
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Live Stream FAQ
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These two sides look very evenly matched. We are backing Paul Stirling to score over 24.5 runs as the best bet and for him to top score for the hosts.
Brendan Taylor has returned to some for in recent matches. He can be looked at in Zimbabwe's top batsman market.
Best Bet: Stirling Over 24.5 Run Over/Under Runs $1.83 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Best Ireland Batsman Tip: Paul Stirling Best Ireland Batsman $3.50 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best Zimbabwe Batsman Tip: Brendan Taylor Best Zimbabwe Batsman $3.50 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit