Spinners bowl Zimbabwe to 107-run win over Ireland

Sikandar Raza celebrating the wicket of Boyd Rankin
Sikandar Raza celebrating the wicket of Boyd Rankin
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Zimbabwe 211-9 (Raza 69no) beat
Ireland 104 (Cremer 3-18) by 107 runs
3rd game, Super Sixes, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare
Scorecard

Sikandar Raza remained the only player to cross the half-century mark while Tendai Chisoro and Graeme Cremer picked three wickets apiece as Zimbabwe completed a 107-run victory over Ireland in the third game of the Super Sixes in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Harare.

Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first. Cephas Zhuwawo (20) hit two sixes and a boundary in the first three overs but his onslaught was ended by Barry McCarthy (1-59). Solomon Mire (11) and Hamilton Masakadza (18) consolidated a bit but both fell in the final two overs of the powerplay as Zimbabwe were reduced to 51 for three.

The innings sunk further when Tim Murtagh (3-36) had Sean Williams (9) caught at mid-wicket while Andy McBrine (2-42) trapped the tournament leading run-getter Brendan Taylor (25) LBW.

As the hosts were reeling at 87 for five, Raza (69 not out) played the decisive knock and was supported briefly by Craig Ervine (20) and Chisoro (21) to help them recover a bit and post 211 for nine in the 50 overs. Murtagh (3-36) was the pick of the Ireland bowlers with three wickets while McBrine had two.

In the chase, Ireland were handed blows by Tendai Chisoro (3-22), who snared William Porterfield (7), Ed Joyce (0) and Niall O Brien (8) while Andrew Balbirnie (2) and Kevin O Brien (7) also departed early.

Only Paul Stirling (41) showed some resilience but the Irish batsmen struggled to cope up with the spin attack of Zimbabwe as they were bowled out for 104 in the 35th over. Chisoro and Graeme Cremer (3-18) were the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers with three wickets apiece.

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