ZIM-W vs IRE-W: Ireland’s big win against Zimbabwe

The three-match ODI series between the women’s teams of Zimbabwe and Ireland (ZIM-W vs IRE-W) started in Harare from Thursday, in the first match of which the Irish team won by 10 wickets with the help of DLS. Playing first, Zimbabwe were all out for 170 in 42.5 overs, in reply Ireland chased down the revised target of 110 and won in 13.1 overs without losing any wicket. Ireland’s Gabby Lewis (41 balls 65*) was chosen as the player of the match.

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After losing the toss and coming to bat first, Zimbabwe had a bad start and captain Mary-Anne Musonda, who came to open, scored 2 runs and remained at 4 in the third over. The second opener Chiedza Dhururu contributed 16 runs and was out on the score of 39 in the 13th over. In the very next over, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano was also out on a personal score of 22.

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Andiraya missed the half-century

From here Ashley Andiraya and Kelis Andlovu took the score beyond 80. Andlovu returned to the pavilion with a score of 86 after scoring 10 runs. Nyasha Gwanjura could not do anything special and she also remained as the fifth wicket at the score of 93 after scoring 4 runs. Andiraya played a good innings but missed the half-century and was out after scoring 47 runs.

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Precious Marange contributed 29 runs from the lower order. Whereas, Lorin Tshuma and Novello Sibanda contributed 14 and 12 runs respectively. In this way the team managed to reach a respectable score. For Ireland, Freya Sargent and Cara Murray took three wickets each.

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Due to rain, Ireland’s innings started late and they got the target of 110 in 21 overs. However, the Irish side looked impressive while chasing the target. Gabby Lewis, along with Amy Hunter, attacked the Zimbabwean bowlers and easily gave their team victory in the 14th over. Gabby scored a half-century and remained unbeaten after scoring 65 runs in 41 balls. Whereas, his partner Amy scored unbeaten 36 runs in 39 balls.

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