Zim v Ire, 2nd ODI, Harare October 11, 2015

Raza's best, and Ervine's winning tons

Statistical highlights from the second ODI between Zimbabwe and Ireland in Harare

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By The Numbers - A rare series win for Zimbabwe

0 Batsmen to hit two hundreds in successful chases for Zimbabwe before Craig Ervine. Six other batsmen have hit one hundred each in successful chases for them. Ervine had hit an unbeaten 130 against New Zealand at the same venue in August.

269 Target chased by Zimbabwe in this match, the third-highest total they have chased successfully in ODIs at the Harare Sports Club. Their highest successful chase had also come this year - against New Zealand last month when they had chased 304.

8 Number of times before this match that Zimbabwe had taken an unassailable lead without losing a match in a bilateral series involving three or more games. The last such instance came against Bangladesh in 2011 when Zimbabwe took a 3-0 lead. This series is also the second such instance against Ireland - Zimbabwe had led them 2-0 in a three-match series in 2010. Overall, this was Zimbabwe's 14th series-win in a bilateral series involving three or more games.

111.66 Ervine's average batting at No. 3 for Zimbabwe in ODIs. He has made 335 runs in five innings at No. 3, including two unbeaten hundreds and one fifty. Ervine has hit 494 runs this year at an average of 54.88 from 11 innings - the most he has hit a year in ODIs.

1 Number of instances of three or more Ireland batsman scoring fifty-plus runs in an ODI against a Test team before this match. Paul Stirling, Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson got fifties in this match. In the earlier instance, Stirling, O' Brien and Ed Joyce had hit fifties against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup.

3/49 Sikandar Raza's bowling returns in this match, his best in ODIs and only the second time he has taken a three-wicket haul. He had taken 3 for 59 against Pakistan in Lahore earlier this year which was his previous best.

72 Runs scored by Paul Stirling, the second highest by an Ireland opener against Zimbabwe in ODIs. Jeremy Bray's 115 not out in the 2007 World Cup is the highest and the only century.

8 Number of times Ireland have posted a total of 250-plus against a Test team in ODIs including their 268 for 7 in this match. Four of these totals have come in 2015.

18 Runs Niall O'Brien had scored against Zimbabwe in six ODI innnigs before this match. His fifty in this match was O'Brien's first score in double-digits against them. Including this game, he has made 68 runs at an average of 9.71 in ODIs against Zimbabwe.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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