Eire 294 for 7 (Doheny 84, Tector 75, Chatara 3-51, Evans 2-66) beat Zimbabwe 248 (Ballance 52, Kaia 51, Burl 41, Little 4-38) by 46 runs
Eire have been requested to bat first, and so they kickstarted their innings with a century stand between openers Paul Stirling and Doheny. That set the tone for a inflexible batting efficiency. Tector walked in within the twenty seventh over, and regardless that Doheny fell quickly after, he rallied on to crunch seven fours and a six in his 61-ball innings at a strike fee of 122.95. Tendai Chatara’s three wickets within the slog overs ensured Eire didn’t have the momentum to cross 300, ending on 294 for 7 in 50 overs.
Left-arm swing bowler Little then struck early within the chase, eradicating Tadiwanashe Marumani for a duck, however the 89-run second-wicket partnership between Kaia and Chibhabha resurrected the hosts’ innings. Nevertheless, each fell within the area of 19 balls to permit Eire to start their comeback. Mark Adair then eliminated Sikandar Raza for 25 to dent the hosts additional.
However Burl and Ballance seemed to take Zimbabwe over the road with a half-century partnership for the fifth wicket.The stand, nevertheless, ended on 67 simply when it seemed like the sport’s steadiness would tilt within the hosts’ favour. Burl was run-out within the forty first over, after which Little struck two extra occasions to complete with 4 for 38.
Though Ballance notched up his maiden ODI fifty for Zimbabwe – which included solely two fours – the lack of wickets on the different finish meant it was an excessive amount of for him to do. Ballance fell for 52 within the forty seventh over, the second scalp for Graham Hume on the day, and with solely Nos. 10 and 11 left, the equation of 53 in 21 balls was nigh unimaginable. Finally, the guests closed out the sport to take the collection to the ultimate day on Monday in a winner-takes-all contest.