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ICC World Cup Qualifier, Zimbabwe vs Ireland, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 16, 2018, 8:36 PM IST

CONCLUDED

IRE vs ZIM Cricket Scorecard (ODI)

Super Sixes - Match 3 ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare, 16 March, 2018

Zimbabwe

211/9

(50.0) RR 4.22

v/s
Ireland

104/10

(34.2) RR 3.02

Zimbabwe beat Ireland by 107 runs
ICC World Cup Qualifier, Zimbabwe vs Ireland, Highlights: As It Happened

Preview: Both Zimbabwe and Ireland will be hoping to make the most of the momentum gained during what was largely smooth sailing in the group stage, as they get ready for their ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 Super Sixes game. Zimbabwe, the tournament hosts, finished atop Group B on seven points after winning three of their four games – their final match, against Scotland, ended in a thrilling tie. Ireland head in on the back of similarly impressive performances, their only defeat so far coming against favourites Windies. A lot that Zimbabwe have tried so far has come off. Their top-order batsmen have repeatedly provided decent starts, something that the likes of Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza in the middle-order have capitalised on – the two senior statesmen have scored nearly 46 per cent of Zimbabwe’s total runs so far in the tournament. Taylor, in fact, leads the tournament run charts, with 279 at an average of 69.75. Raza isn’t far behind, with 194 at 48.50. Raza has shone with the ball as well. His 10 wickets in four matches have come at an economy rate of just 3.85 and he has proved a handful one way or the other for all of Zimbabwe’s opponents so far. With the likes of Graeme Cremer, Tendai Chisoro and Blessing Muzarabani all chipping in with wickets too, Zimbabwe’s bowlers have proved a potent force. That said, what could work in Ireland’s favour is the fact that Zimbabwe are yet to chase in this tournament. If the visitors win the toss and decide to bat first, they will have a chance to pile up the runs and put the hosts under the pump with scoreboard pressure. Ireland’s muscle in the batting department certainly makes that a likely scenario. William Porterfield had been doing much of their run scoring at the top so far, but in their final league outing against United Arab Emirates, his opening partner Paul Stirling came good, scoring a belligerent 117-ball 126. With the ball, the likes of Tim Murtagh (nine wickets in four), Boyd Rankin (eight wickets in four) and Andy McBrine (five wickets in three) have all impressed. If both departments click in tandem, Ireland can realistically hope to inflict on Zimbabwe their first loss of the tournament.

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