The Zimbabwe Women (ZM-W) are ready to be at odds with Ireland Women (IR-W) in the 1st T20I match of Ireland Women Tour of Zimbabwe at the beautiful Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Ireland Women won the 3 matches ODI series against Zimbabwe Women by 2-0 and now will be looking to win the T20I series too.
Zimbabwe Women, on the other hand, has a series of ups and downs in the ODI series but is definitely considered a strong team when it comes to T20Is. So, this will be a good battle to watch out for.
ZM-W vs IR-W Match details
- Match – ZM-W vs IR-W, 1st T20I Match
- Format – 20 overs
- Venue – Harare Sports Club, Harare
- Date – January 26, 2024
- Time – 4:30 PM
ZM-W vs IR-W Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at Harare Sports Club in Harare is a well-balanced one where there are equal opportunities for both batters and bowlers. All-rounders therefore become very crucial on this pitch. The three ODI matches were played on the same pitch, so it has started to spin a lot. The temperature is expected to be around 26°C with almost no chances of rain.
ZM-W vs IR-W Head-to-Head Records
These two teams have played a total of 2 T20I matches, out of which Ireland Women have won both the matches. Zimbabwe Women haven’t shown that domination in the head-to-head matches.
ZM-W vs IR-W Toss Prediction
Ireland Women are expected to win the toss in ZM-W vs IR-W’s 1st T20I match.
ZM-W vs IR-W Predicted Playing XI
Zimbabwe Women: Chiedza Dhururu (wk), Mary Musondo, Ashley Ndiraya, Chipo Tiripano, Nyasha Gwanzura, Kellies Ndlovu, Loren Tshuma, Precious Marange, Francesca Chipare, Audrey Mazvishaya, Nomvelo Sibanda
Ireland Women: Amy Hunter (wk), Gaby Lewis, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Laura Delany, Arlene Kelly, Georgina Dempsey, Cara Murray, Ava Canning, Jane Maguire, Freya Sargent
ZM-W vs IR-W Probable Best Performers
Top Batsman: Gaby Lewis (IR-W)
Gaby Lewis has been the standout performer from Ireland Women in the ODI series. Her ability to anchor the innings from one end makes her the best batter pick for today’s ZM-W vs IR-W match.
She is an aggressive T20I on the contrary and can make the best use of powerplay overs.
Top Bowler: Cara Murray (IR-W)
Cara Murray has been a bowler pick which has impressed both the fans and selectors in the ODI series. She is not only taking wickets, but also bowling economical overs.
She has taken a total of 10 wickets in the three ODI matches. She is also an exceptional T20I bowler and can take the best advantage of the used pitch.
Top All-Rounder: Arlene Kelly (IR-W)
With so many good all-rounder picks in this match, choosing one is very difficult. But if one has to choose, then it should be Arlene Kelly.
Arlene Kelly is the key bowler for Ireland Women who will complete her quota of overs and also bat sensibly in the upper-middle order.
Laura Delany and Kellies Ndlovu are other good all-rounders for today’s match.
ZM-W vs IR-W Best Betting Odds Comparison
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ZM-W vs IR-W Who will win?
Ireland Women to win the 1st T20I match since they have a better head-to-head record and current form. They are likely to crush Zimbabwe Women who played well in the ODI series but are overall a weak team on paper.