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Belfast News Letter – Ireland held off a spirited Zimbabwe fightback to win their second one-day international by five runs, clinching the series in the process.

Summary

  • Ireland held off a spirited Zimbabwe fightback to win their second one-day international by five runs, clinching the series in the process.
  • Having reached 242 for nine from their 50 overs, with the help of a 111-run opening partnership between James McCollum (73) and Paul Stirling (52), Ireland made quick work of Zimbabwe’s top order.
  • Tim Murtagh, who ended the match with impressive figures of five for 21, reduced Zimbabwe to 14 for three with his first three wickets in the opening five overs of the response.
  • With three balls remaining, Zimbabwe required only eight runs for the win, but Mark Adair finished with a dot ball, the wicket of Burl and the concession of a single to see his side over the line.
  • Zimbabwe finished on 237-9, giving Ireland the win and clinching the series 2-0 with one to play.


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