Harare: Openers Gabby Lewis and Leah Paul put together a hundred-run stand as Ireland chased down 179 runs to beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets with 11 overs to spare and take a 2-1 lead in the four-match ODI series. Took it Also Read – IRE vs ZIM Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Tips Ireland vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI: Captain, Vice-Captain – Ireland vs Zimbabwe, Playing 11s for today’s ODI at Civil Services Club at 3 PM IST 10 September Friday
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Zimbabwe were all out for 178 runs in 47 overs. In reply, Ireland scored 179/2 in 39 overs, Gabby Lewis scored 96 off 129 balls and Leah Paul scored 63 runs in 83. Also Read – Ireland Name Squad for White-Ball Series Against Zimbabwe
Chasing 179 for victory, openers Leah Paul and Gabby Lewis continued where they left off in the previous game where they scored a half-century in Ireland’s 80-run victory. He ensured that Ireland did not lose early wickets and put up a solid partnership to take the team to 37/0 in 10 overs. Also read- Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Raput will not accompany the team for Pakistan tour
Leah and Gabby soon reached their respective fifties for the second game in a row as well as opening 100s for the second time in a row.
Zimbabwe finally got the breakthrough and broke the opening stand of 145 runs. Tasmin Granger dismissed Leah for 63. Four overs later, Amy Hunter was Granger’s next victim as she fell for 4.
Gaby and Orla Prendergast then led Ireland to victory with 11 overs to spare, with the former left stranded on four runs short of his maiden ODI century.
Earlier, opener Chiedja Dhururu and modster Mupachikwa gave Zimbabwe a steady start with a 39-run stand. The decision to introduce spin and bring Cara Murray into the attack proved to be a brilliant one as he removed the openers in successive overs.
Mary-Anne Musonda’s counter-innings of 26 off 22 balls helped Zimbabwe keep the scoreboard afloat, but her wicket triggered a mini-collapse. The hosts lost three for five in the span of four overs, with Leah Paul taking two as she lost her half for 81.
Lorraine Schuma and Precious Marange revived Zimbabwe’s innings with a 34-run partnership but Celeste Raack broke the lower order with three wickets. The tail did not offer much resistance as Zimbabwe were bundled out for 178.
Both the teams will meet in the final ODI on Monday.