The cricketing stage is set for an enthralling encounter as Zimbabwe prepare to take on Ireland in the first One Day International (ODI) of the Ireland tour of Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Following a closely contested three-match T20I series, where Ireland emerged victorious with wins in the second and third T20Is, both teams are gearing up for a fresh challenge in the 50-over format. Ireland, buoyed by their recent success in the T20Is, will be aiming to maintain their winning momentum as they transition to the ODI series. The Irish side displayed resilience and skill in the T20 format, and they will be eager to carry that form into the longer version of the game.

On the flip side, the hosts, Zimbabwe, will be looking to turn the tables and showcase their prowess in the 50-over format. Despite facing setbacks in the T20Is, the ODI series provides them with a chance to regroup, strategize, and come back stronger.

Ireland tour of Zimbabwe 2023, 1st ODI:

  • Date and Time: December 13; 07:15 am GMT | 12:45 pm IST | 9:15 am Local
  • Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare.

Harare Sports Club Pitch report:

The pitch at Harare Sports Club has exhibited a tendency to favor batsmen initially, but as the game progresses, it is expected to transform into a more advantageous surface for spin bowlers. Consequently, winning the toss is likely to prompt the decision to bat first, with the aim of establishing a significant total on the scoreboard.

ZIM vs IRE Dream11 Prediction Picks:

  • Wicketkeepers: Lorcan Tucker, Clive Madande
  • Batters: Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector
  • All-rounders: Sikandar Raza, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Ryan Burl
  • Bowlers: Joshua Little, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani

ZIM vs IRE Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:

Choice 1: Harry Tector (c), Sikandar Raza (vc)
Choice 2: Andy Balbirnie (c), Richard Ngarava (vc)

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ZIM vs IRE Dream11 Prediction Backups:

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Paul Stirling, Mark Adair, Luke Jongwe

ZIM vs IRE Dream11 Team for today’s match (Dec 13, 07:15 am GMT):

(Screengrab: Dream11)

Squad:

Ireland: Paul Stirling (c), Harry Tector, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Neil Rock, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Craig Young, Theo van Woerkom, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Graham Hume

Zimbabwe: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza (c), Clive Madande (wk), Joylord Gumbie, Innocent Kaia, Tony Munyonga, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Tanaka Chivanga, Blessing Muzarabani, Faraz Akram

Also READ: Michael Vaughan issues big warning about ‘bazball’ ahead of England’s Test tour of India

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By David

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