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ZIM vs IRE: Cara Murray’s Six-wicket Haul Brushes Aside Zimbabwe’s Threat To Seal The Series vs Ireland

Ireland notched a commendable 81-run win against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, thereby sealing the three-match series by a margin of 2-0.

Although Ireland was dismissed for a lowly 180 in 48.1 overs, Orla Prendergast was the shining light as she contributed with a knock of 41 and Zimbabwe were clinical with the ball as Loreen Thsuma, Precious Marange and Lindokuhle Mabhero scalped two wickets.

In the run-chase that ensued, Zimbabwe was skittled for 99 in 30.5 overs as none of the batters could show any resistance to the Irish bowlers, especially Cara Murray who was at the forefront with a six-wicket haul.

Ireland was clinical with the ball. [Image: Getty]
Ireland was clinical with the ball. [Image: Getty]
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first. Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis gave a blazing start to the proceedings as the latter struck two delightful boundaries en route with her knock of 8. With her innings coming to a close early on and Amy Hunter getting out, it was Orla Prendergast who offered much-needed support to Ireland’s batting.


The 16th over saw Leah Paul perish for a knock of 27 as Kellies Ndlovu got the better of her thanks to a catch taken to perfection by wicketkeeper Dhururu. Even as Laura Delany and Prendergast were stitching a partnership, Mabhero came back to get the prized wickets of the duo which dented Ireland’s prospects.

Further, the dismissals of Arlene Kelly and Georgina Dempsey ensured that securing a big total seemed out of the cards. Ava Canning’s 15, Cara Murray’s unbeaten knock of 12 and Jane Maguire’s 10 ensured that Ireland posted a total of 180 on the board.

Zimbabwe had Precious Marange, Lindokuhle Mabhero and Loreen Tshuma amongst the wickets that ensured Ireland’s collapse.

Zimbabwe was off to a tricky start losing opener Pellagia Mujaji for 5 and with Chiedza Dhururu piling on the dots, her 43 balls stay at the crease and yielded just 11 runs which eventually came to a premature end with Arlene Kelly dismissing her.

With the established batters, skipper Mary-Anne Musonda and Ashley Ndriaya further getting dismissed by Laura Delany and Cara Murray, Zimbabwe was six wickets down and recovery seemed far from impossible.

With Cara Murray doing the rest of the honours cleaning up the lower middle order and tail, Zimbabwe slipped to 99 all out in 30.5 overs handing Ireland an 81-run win.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe vs Ireland 3rd ODI

Ireland 180 all out in 48.1 overs (Orla Prendergast 41, Leah Paul 27; Loreen Tshuma 2/27, Lindokuhle Mabhero 2/31) beat Zimbabwe 99 all out in 30.5 overs (Ashley Ndiraya 25, Mary-Anne Musonda 23; Cara Murray 6/31, Ava Canning 1/8) by 81 runs.

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