1st ODI, Harare

Zimbabwe v Ireland, 2015-16

At Harare, October 9, 2015. Zimbabwe won by two wickets. Ireland 219-8 (50 overs) (E. C. Joyce 53, G. C. Wilson 70*); ‡Zimbabwe 222-8 (49 overs) (C. R. Ervine 60, Sikandar Raza 60*). MoM: Sikandar Raza. ODI debut: W. P. Masakadza (Zimbabwe).
Zimbabwe gained revenge for their World Cup defeat at Hobart in March, although they scraped home with little to spare. When they declined to 171-7 in the 40th over, Ireland were slight favourites, but Sikandar Raza stayed cool. Like Craig Ervine, he enjoyed the Irish seamers, who went for 100 in a combined 19 overs on a slow pitch. Earlier, Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson had rebuilt diligently from 54-3 but, when Joyce's 88-ball innings ended in the 36th over, the total was only 137; some late hitting from Andy McBrine lifted it past 200. Slow left-armer Wellington Masakadza joined his brothers Hamilton and Shingirai (neither of whom played here) as an international cricketer.

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