After completing a historic clean sweep against the visitors, Ireland is all set to take on Zimbabwe for the 1st T20I in Belfast. A clinical performance with the ball where Tim Murtagh took three wickets for the team and the top five batsmen helped them register their first ever whitewash over Zimbabwe. Paul Stirling and James McCollum scored 60 runs for the opening stand. Although Zimbabwe managed to take a few wickets after that but McCollum and William Porterfield helped the team chase down the target of 191 in 41.2 overs.
Zimbabwe would hope to bury the burden of their ODI series humiliation and would want to start afresh against the hosts. Zimbabwe sit on the 14th spot in the ICC Men’s T20I rankings while Ireland sit on the 15th spot in the T20I rankings. Both the teams are slated to play a three-match T20I series and both the teams meet each other, while Ireland would hope for a dominating start, Zimbabwe would hope to get revenge for their ODI series loss.
Match Details When and Where
Gary Wilson (Captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Greg Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young
Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brendan Taylor, Peter Moor, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Ainsley Ndlovu, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Peter Moor, T Kamunhukamwe/Solomon Mire, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano. (Doubt: C Mpofu)
Ireland: Garry Wilson, Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Mark Adair, Shane Getkate/G Delany, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, C Young