The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022 will continue to provide high-quality entertainment. This week, we look at the 7th and 8th matches of the tournament, Scotland vs. Ireland and West Indies vs. Zimbabwe.
The best of the action is highlighted below.
Scotland versus Ireland
The first stage of the tournament has begun, and we now have an exciting match in Scotland against Ireland, as both teams compete for a spot in the next round of the tournament, the Super 12s.
The two teams come into this match with very different results, with Scotland having defeated the two-time champions West Indies and the Ireland squad licking their wounds after defeat to Zimbabwe.
Despite their stunning victory last weekend, Scotland will start as 13/10 underdogs. George Munsey scored a half-century in their win over the West Indies and will be full of confidence heading into Wednesday’s action. Mark Watt was the team’s best bowler, taking three wickets for 12 runs in four overs.
Ireland are the 8/13 betting favorites and will understand how important this game is for their Super 12s chances. To have any chance of progressing to the next round, they will need to make full use of their top-class players, such as Paul Stirling and Lorcan Tucker, who has been boosted to 5/1 to be the top Irish run scorer.
This is shaping up to be an extremely tense match as both teams consider the significance of the outcome of this game. However, with sun forecast and little chance of rain, it should be a good day to be a spectator.
William Hill has all of the most recent betting odds.
Zimbabwe vs. West Indies
Following their shock loss to Scotland in their previous game, West Indies know that this is a make-or-break game that could see them exit the competition early. During their previous match, both the batsmen and bowlers let the team down, with only four batsmen scoring in double figures.
Significant improvements are clearly required, but despite last week’s blunder, they are the 1/3 favourites for this match. Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles, both of whom can be explosive run scorers and are 3/1 joint-favorites to become the top West Indies run scorer, are among the possible saving graces for the team.
Prior to this match, Zimbabwe had only faced the West Indies team three times, and had only won one of those matches. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, can clearly upset the odds, as their victory over Ireland last weekend demonstrated.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder commented on the situation, saying that “Zimbabwe appear to be on a nice winning streak” ahead of the action on Wednesday. Zimbabwe is the underdog at 12/5, but they will be looking to build on their confidence-boosting win over Ireland on Monday.
On that occasion, Sikander Raza stood out as the team’s star, playing a critical role in their victory. Raza is a 10/1 joint favourite with Craig Ervine to be Zimbabwe’s leading run scorer in this must-win game.
So, will Zimbabwe defy the odds and tie their series with the West Indies at 2-2? We’ll have to wait and see, but whatever happens, this is a game you don’t want to miss!
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