Ireland ensured a brilliant win over Team Zimbabwe on the second day of a one-day international in ICC Cricket World Cup. It was Ireland’s first series played at home against a full-member country, and they won by five runs. This was also the first home series win they had against a side since 2014.
Tim Murtagh was the chief architect of the win in that Zimbabwe vs Ireland Series. This was his first five-wicket score, i.e., in international cricket in the 57th ODI. When chasing a score of 242, Zimbabwe was down to 14/3 in less than five overs, and Ireland had to thank the amazing skills of Murtagh.
Ireland lost the toss and went out to bat. Their opening pair of James McCollum and Paul Stirling played really well and got a 111-run opening stand to lay a strong foundation. Both of these openers had fifty runs. For McCollum, this was his first in an ODI, and for Stirling, this was the sixth consecutive fifty. Also, Stirling was the first batsman from Ireland to move past the 4000-run mark in an ODI.
The middle-order of Zimbabwe had managed to stabilize the innings because Ryan Burl, Sean Williams, and Craig Ervine all got half-centuries and took their team close to the required runs. Soloman Mire showed brilliant skills as a bowler for Zimbabwe and finished with 4 for 43. Sikandar Raza and his spin attack got him 2 for 28.
Finally, there were three balls left, and Zimbabwe needed eight runs for a victory. At this point, Mark Adair bowled a dot, dismissed Burl, and gave only a single run on the final ball to ensure victory for his side. Read the complete sports news ans stay updated yourself on Pure Win News.