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Zimbabwe lose to Ireland, Series level at 1-1

Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 46 runs after a route by Stephen Doheny (84) and Harry Tector (75) who proved a handful for the Zimbabwe bowling attack.

Ireland posted a 294 which proved a handful for the Zimbabwe batsmen.

It was not all doom as returning batsman Chamu Chibhabha posted a decent 40 runs before he got caught by Hume trying to clear the boundary.

Sikandar Raza Butt had an abrupt stay on the crease after scoring 25 off 21 balls before giving away his wicket.

It was Ryan Burl (41) and Zimbabwe debutant Gary Balance (52) who tried to revive the Zimbabwe innings but both fell on the wayside as Zimbabwe eventually suffered a four-wicket defeat.

Tadiwanashe Marumani again failed to deliver on the top order spot although he had been preferred over fellow struggling batsman Wessley Madhevere.

Ireland was buoyed by Josh Little’s four wickets and the aforementioned batters’ efforts.

Zimbabwe won the toss and asked Ireland to bat first.

Zimbabwe had won against Ireland in the first ODI after a similar toss result.

What would be Zimbabwe’s struggles started with a century first wicket stand between Paul Stirling and Doheny.

Harry Tector (75) entered slightly after the half of the innings had been played and hit the massive score off just 61 balls.

Stephen Doheny’s seven fours and a six were also crucial in Ireland’s win.

Perennial death bowler Tendai Chatara’s three wickets in the last overs prevented the visitors from scoring 300.

Zimbabwe has a chance to close the series on Monday which will make the host victors in both the T20I and ODI Series.

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