Unbeaten Andy Balbirnie stars as Ireland win Zimbabwe ODI series – Times of India

Unbeaten Andy Balbirnie stars as Ireland win Zimbabwe ODI series - Times of India

Harare: Andy Balberney Ireland beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets to win the one-day international series 2-0 in Harare on Sunday.
201 runs needed to win the match after reducing one side of 40 overs due to rain, the tourists lost their captain. Paul Sterling With only 12 on the scoreboard.
But Balberney shook off recent indifferent form to forge a partnership of 70. Curtis Kaempfer (40) and with 63 Harry Tector (33) Taking away the match from the hosts.
Balberney patiently built his innings, which included a six and four fours off 102 balls.
The right-hander said, “I think if you stick to your timing you will get some luck.
“It was good to finally get out on a tough wicket. I knew if I prepared myself for the back end I would do well.”
The match-winning runs, a four from wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker, came from 13 balls as Ireland reached 204-3 at the Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe scored 197 runs thanks to Jewelward Gumbi (72) and back-in-form Sikandar Raza (37), while Graham Hume and Kempfer took four wickets each for Ireland.
Ireland missed Josh Little, the star of their six-wicket win on Friday, with an injury.
The tour marked an impressive start to Sterling’s captaincy as Ireland also won the three-match T20I series. The first ODI was canceled due to rain.
“I think we saved our best for the last match. I’m really happy for the boys. We’ve worked hard recently and it was good to be rewarded,” said the skipper.
Ireland came to South Africa having never won a series there — then twice in the space of eight days.
Short score
Zimbabwe 197 in 40 overs (J Gumby 72, S Raza 37, W Masakdza 24; G Hume 4-34, C Kaempfer 4-37) v Ireland 204-3 in 37.5 overs (A Balburnie 82 not out) Kaempfer 40, H Tector 33, L Tucker 29 not out)
Ireland won by seven wickets on the DLS method.

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