Zimbabwe lose thriller but edge Ireland 2-1 in three-match series

Ireland needed a late burst of runs from Tim Murtagh to clinch this consolation victory.

By: AFP | Harare | Published:October 14, 2015 10:34 am
Zimbabwe Ireland, Ireland Zimbabwe, Ireland vs Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe vs Ireland , ZimvsIre, IrevsZim, Cricket News, Cricket Rookie bowler Taurai Muzarabani was smashed for 18 runs with his first six balls but the early dominance was cut short by a neat catch from Sikandar Raza to dismiss Ireland captain William Porterfield. (Source: AP)

An early 48-run partnership between Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie set Ireland on their way to a two-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the third and final One day International.

Ireland, who lost the three-match series 2-1, needed a late burst of runs from Tim Murtagh to clinch this consolation victory after Zimbabwe had collapsed from 159 for four to 187 all out.

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A stubborn stand by the home team only emerged after the tourists had stormed past the 100 mark with the loss of just three wickets after 28 overs.

Rookie bowler Taurai Muzarabani was smashed for 18 runs with his first six balls but the early dominance was cut short by a neat catch from Sikandar Raza to dismiss Ireland captain William Porterfield.

Stirling, who made 50, and Balbirnie (24) then reset the pace before Zimbabwe’s spin bowlers started to make inroads as Ireland slipped to 160 for eight before Murtagh’s runs in the final overs secured a welcome win.

Result:

Zimbabwe: 187 in 49.2 overs (Sean Williams 51, Sikandar Raza 50, Tim Murtagh 4-32) v Ireland 189 for 8 in 46.5 overs (Paul Stirling 50).

Series: Zimbabwe won the three-match series 2-1.

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