IRE vs ZIM Today Match Prediction 1st ODI Cricket Betting Tips, 8th September

  • Match: Ireland vs Zimbabwe (IRE vs ZIM)
  • Date- 8th September 2021
  • Match Format- 1st ODI
  • Venue- Bready Cricket Club, Bready, Northern Ireland 
  • Time- 3:00 PM (IST)
  • Weather Forecast- Sunny with some clouds,17℃

IRE vs ZIM, 1st ODI General Online Betting Odds

Ireland – 1.50

Zimbabwe – 2.65

IRE vs ZIM Betting Odds Comparison

Betting Sites Odds For IRE vs. ZIMIRE (Odds)ZIM(Odds)
1x Bet1.502.64

IRE vs ZIM Today Match Prediction, 1st ODI, 8th September 2021

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Zimbabwe lost the T20I series 2-3 against Ireland but the last match’s win will give them a morale boost going into the ODI series. Tour now will progress into ODIs and we can expect the Zimbabwe team to perform better than the T20I series. They were comprehensively beaten in T20Is and looked miles behind the Irish team but in the longer format, the equation will be different.

Zimbabwe is an experienced team for the 50-over format and in the past have defeated giants like Pakistan at their own turf and we can expect a tight contest between Ireland and Zimbabwe now. Craig Ervine was instrumental in the last series and hopes will be high on him to continue his dream form. 

Top Batsmen from the series 

  • Craig Ervine- 160 runs at 124.03 strike rate
  • Ryan Burl- 75 runs at 105.63 strike rate
  • M Shumba- 79 runs at 98.75 strike rate

Top Bowler from the series 

  • Ryan Burl- 6 wickets at 12.66 average 
  • Masakadza 5 wickets at 20.80 average                 
  • Jongwe– 7 wickets at 19.57 average      


Ireland was clearly the better side in T20Is and demolished Zimbabweans. Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brien were scintillating at top of the order but as we progress to the ODI series, the situation will be now more different. Ireland is a strong team at home and had recently defeated full-strength South Africa in an ODI match and no way Zimbabwe could take them lightly.

Ireland will start as favorites for the ODI series but need to again perform collectively and don’t take Zimbabwe for granted. Ireland lost the T20I match against Zimbabwe and is a threat that Zimbabwe can possess in the longer format of the game. 

Top Batsmen of Ireland from series 

  • Paul Stirling- 234 runs at 138.46 strike rate
  • Kevin O Brien- 148 runs at 112.97 strike rate
  • A Balbirnie- 82 runs at 118.84 strike rate

Top Bowler of Ireland from series

  • Mark Adair- 10 wickets at 5.70 average 
  • Getkate- 8 wickets at 15.12 average 
  • Simi Singh- 3 wickets at 30.33 average 

Venue Stats:

Match Venue      Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Total matches31
Matches won batting first14
Matches won bowling first14
Average 1st Inns scores194
Average 2nd Inns scores187
The highest total recorded305/7 (50 Ov) by AFG vs IRE
The lowest total recorded96/10 (20 Ov) by IRE vs PAK
The highest score chased245/6 (49.3 Ov) by RSA vs IND
The lowest score defended148/9 (50 Ov) by IRE vs KEN

Weather Report

The weather will be very cool and sweaters will be out. Periodically clouds are expected to come but there are no significant chances of rain interfering with the match. There might be overcast conditions at the start of the match which will assist seam bowlers and give them an edge.

  • Rain: 24%
  • Humidity 90%
  • Wind speed: 8 km/h.
  • Temperature- 17 Degree Celsius

Pitch Report

Pitch in Belfast is a bowling-friendly pitch and here average score is even below 200 which is how much bowlers dominate. Early passage of play will be crucial for both bowlers and batters as the new ball can turn things around quickly. 

IRE vs ZIM, 1st ODI Match, Today Match Prediction

Let’s check out the crucial playing 11 for today’s game and the Prediction for this match.

IRE Playing XI

Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock (wk), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young

Wicket-keeper: Neil Rock (wk)

Batsmen: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector

All-rounders: George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Simi Sing, George Dockrell

Bowlers: Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young

ZIM Playing XI

Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Wicket-keeper: Regis Chakabva (wk)

Batsmen: Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Dion Myers

All-rounders: Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba

Bowlers: Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

IRE vs ZIM – Who will win the match, Today Match Prediction:

Ireland is expected to win the match against Zimbabwe

KhelTalk experts feel Ireland will win against Zimbabwe in this match. Ireland won the T20I series against Zimbabwe and was ruthless with its approach. Ireland is a strong side and has defeated the likes of South Africa in the past at their home.

Their seam bowlers are used to these conditions and can take the game away from Zimbabwe. On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be underdogs for this series after their poor run of form in T20Is. Although Zimbabwe has played way more ODI Cricket than Ireland in the last 12 months but in these conditions, Ireland will always be favorites. We expect Ireland to defeat Zimbabwe in the first ODI.

Top Batsman from Zimbabwe – Craig Ervine (5.00 odds)

Craig Ervine scored unbeaten 67 runs in the final T20I to give Zimbabwe a second win on this tour. Ervine has played more than 90 ODIs and notched 3 centuries. He was the only batsman of Zimbabwe who stood strong against Irish bowlers in T20Is. Ervine is leading this team and is the most experienced player out of this inexperienced squad. He can give you good returns and he is our pick for best batsman from Zimbabwe.

Top Batsman from Ireland – Andrew Balbirnie (3.75 odds)

Andrew Balbirnie scored a century against a fierce South African lineup in the last series. He had a silent T20I series but you can’t rule him out. He is a confident contender against Seam bowlers and plays with a straight bat. He has scored more than 2000 runs in ODI with 7 centuries and will be Ireland’s biggest hope for this match. He bats at number 3 for Ireland and is a strong contender to give good returns. He is our pick for top batsman from Ireland.

Top Bowler from Zimbabwe  – Wellington Masakadza (4.00 odds)

Wellington Masakadza is a slow left bowler and was good in the T20I series. He picked 5 wickets at a decent average of 20. He is a typical left-arm bowler and likes to bowl wicket to wicket. Surprisingly on these green pitches also, he has been successful in troubling Irish batters. Masakadza is a good economical bowler and can give you good returns. He is our pick for best bowler from Zimbabwe.

Top Bowler from Ireland – Craig Young (3.50 odds)

Craig Young didn’t play all 5 matches in T20Is but will be raring to go in this ODI series. Young is the leader of this Irish bowling lineup. The 31-year-old bowler has a wealth of experience of both playing at international and domestic levels. He is brilliant with new balls and swings both ways. His seam position is a treat to watch and can trouble Zimbabwe batters in this series in overcast conditions. He is our pick for best bowler from Ireland.