Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 2019: 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Craig Ervine is averaging 83.2 with the bat in the Twenty20s he played in 2019.
Published - Jul 11, 2019 4:47 pm
Updated - Oct 18, 2019 6:43 pm
The first game of the 3-match T20I series between Ireland and Zimbabwe got abandoned due to continuous rain at the Bready Cricket Club. Zimbabwe will be hoping to put a break to their struggles on the tour of Europe. Zimbabwe went down 0-2 and 0-3 respectively against Netherlands and Ireland in ODI series. They managed to draw the 2-match T20I series against the Dutch thanks to the win in the Super Over.
Civil Service Cricket Club couldn’t host the first game as the rain never allowed the ground staff to do their job. The second T20I will be played at the Bready Cricket Club which has a poor history with rain. As many as ten T20Is have been scheduled to be hosted by this venue but only five ended with a result. Four of the remaining five were abandoned without a toss while another game got called off without a toss.
The 2nd 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: L, L, L, W, L.
Zimbabwe: T (W), L, L, L, L.
The Bready Cricket Club ground has hosted five completed T20Is thus far out of which the teams batting first posted 160+ on four instances. Three times they ended up on the winning side while once the target wasn’t enough. The game between Ireland and Zimbabwe could also see 160+ scores.
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, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin.
Bench – Tyrone Kane, Greg Thompson, Craig Young.
Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza (C), Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara.
Bench – Chris Mpofu, Ainsley Ndlovu, Richmond Mutumbami, Elton Chigumbura.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Craig Ervine’s impact with the bat changed in the T20 format since the turn of the year. In 2019, the left-hander scored 416 runs from 8 T20s at an average of 83.20 with the help of five fifties and a strike rate of 150. Across 50 Twenty20s Ervine played till 2018, he scored only two fifties. He would like to continue his form having scored a good amount of runs in ODIs as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
This tour has been all about the all-rounders with the likes of Mark Adair, Shane Getake, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza excelling in all departments. Craig Ervine and Paul Stirling are in the form of their life while Andrew Balbirnie and Brendan Taylor are trustable top-order batsmen.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lorcan Tucker
Batters – Craig Ervine (VC), Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien
All-Rounders – Sean Williams, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers – George Dockrell, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Brendan Taylor (VC)
Batters – Paul Stirling, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Andrew Balbirnie
All-Rounders – Mark Adair, Sean Williams (C), Ryan Burl
Bowlers – Donald Tiripano, Boyd Rankin, George Dockrell
Zimbabwe might make some tough decisions. Even something to the extent of dropping Hamilton Masakadza can’t be ruled out given his poor show across the tours of Netherlands and Ireland.
Ireland will have an edge on recent form in this game despite struggling in T20Is.
*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.