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16-Mar-2018 14:54:00 GMT
Zim v Ire, CWCQ Super Sixes, Harare

Sikandar Raza, spinners maintain Zimbabwe unbeaten run

Harare: Ireland won the toss and elected to field first against Zimbabwe in the ICC World Cup Qualifier Super Sixes 2018.

They bowled tight line and kept taking wickets as the host ended up 211 for 9 on board in the first innings.

Zimbabwe, however with their bowling attack winded up the Irish innings on 104 and claimed a comprehensive win.

Tendai Chisoro trapped Ireland’s batting line up in his spin web reducing them to 34 for 4 under 12 overs.

Graeme Cremer who failed with the bat struck gold with ball cleaning up the tail with figures 3 for 18 in his 8.2 overs.

Every Zimbabwean bowler bowled with an economy under 4 as they allowed only two players to enter double digit figure.

Paul Stirling was the lone warrior for Ireland before getting run-out in the 27th over. He scored 41 runs which included 5 fours.

Brief scores:
Zimbabwe 211 for 9 (Sikandar Raza 69*, Murtagh 3-36, McBrine 2-42) beat Ireland 104 (Stirling 41, Cremer 3-18, Chisoro 3-22) by 107 runs

Earlier, Sikandar Raza' unbeaten 69 and 42-run stand for the eighth wicket with Tendai Chisoro rescued the home side after a super show by the Ireland bowlers.

All-rounder lifted a sagging Zimbabwe innings from No.7 to take it to a position of respectability.

Asked to bat by William Porterfield, Zimbabwe looked in danger of finishing up around the 150 mark at one stage, but courtesy Raza’s battling 83-ball 69* and his 42-run stand with Tendai Chisoro for the eighth wicket, the hosts managed to put up 211/9, setting Ireland a challenging target.

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