Zimbabwe v Ireland, 2nd ODI, Harare September 28, 2010

Taylor and Chigumbura seal series win

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Zimbabwe 239 for 7 (Taylor 71, Taibu 41, K O'Brien 2-33) beat Ireland 238 for 9 (K O'Brien 73*, Stirling 52, Utseya 2-37) by three wickets
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Elton Chigumbura guided his side to a three-wicket victory and condemned Ireland to a series loss in a fluctuating tussle at the Harare Sports Club. His unbeaten 32 ensured Brendan Taylor's classy 71 did not go unrewarded as Zimbabwe survived a flurry of late wickets to sneak over the winning line.

Though hardly overawing, the target Ireland set could have been more straightforward for Zimbabwe had Kevin O'Brien not rescued the innings from 107 for 6 with a patient 73 not out that carried the score to 238.

Hard as Ireland scrapped, first with the bat and then again later with the ball, they could not withstand the a Zimbabwe side comfortable in home conditions. Chigumbura again asked Ireland to bat first and was rewarded in the second over when Ireland captain William Porterfield fell to Ed Rainsford for 9.

Paul Stirling responded by taking 18 - including a six and three fours - off Rainsford's next over on his way to a fluent half-century and while he and Andre Botha were together Ireland looked to be building a meaningful total. Instead, they lost four wickets for 15 runs as Botha, Stirling, Gary Wilson and Andrew White fell in quick succession.

Kevin O'Brien could only watch helplessly at the procession until he found support first from John Mooney (16) and then in a 55-run stand with Trent Johnston (30). Having picked off singles diligently O'Brien finished the innings with a bang, smiting 29 off his final eight deliveries, including 24 off Rainsford's last over to take the total to 238.

O'Brien then rode the momentum to remove Hamilton Masakadza early in Zimbabwe's chase before Taylor and Sean Williams steadied the innings. Much was expected of George Dockrell, who is already turning into the linchpin of the attack, but his first contribution was in the field, running out Williams to revive Ireland's hopes.

Taylor found a fluent partner in Tatenda Taibu and the pair laid the platform for the successful run chase with an 80-run stand in 16.2 overs before Dockrell broke through by rattling Taibu's stumps. At 137 for 3 it looked too late for Ireland to come back and Taylor passed his fifty from 72 balls. Having worked his way to 71 he was trapped in front by Johnson to give keep Ireland interested before Craig Ervine and Charles Coventry then fell in quick succession to set up a tense finish.

Zimbabwe needed 64 from 70 balls with four wickets in hand but Chigumbura held his nerve to guide towards the target. Prosper Utseya was run out with 47 still needed but Chigumbura, together with Graeme Cremer, sealed the result with seven balls to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Indeed why are we not allowed comment on the 3rd ODI??? Great series I have to see, just a pity it was not televised. I for one would like to see Zimbabwe in Ireland next summer, I think it would be great for Zim to get experience in seaming conditions

  • andrew on October 1, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Agree with you eire! Why no comments on the 3rd match bulletin? 3 nail biting close games, a fantastic series and shows there is little difference between Zimbabwe and Ireland. I can only hope for more matches in future (there are reports that Ireland may be back in Zimbabwe before the World Cup)

  • james on September 30, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    zimbo fans i think the 3rd game prooved my point ireland and zimbabwe are at an equal level...i am annoyed enough i cant leave a comment on todays bulletin as i was enjoying the friendly banter!!!!Grt close series

  • james on September 29, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    @taku89 wot did ur 2nd team do to us,play out a dull draw on a rly flat pitch?? All ill say is that u have not rly beaten us by much and the games have been tight,while we r also playing away...I no the rankings r misleading but thy r not based on on our games gainst assocs wid d xception of holland, u can look it up...U forget two things bout ireland we never get a chance to play full member teams, every time we have played one we have beaten them or came within inches, u can look it up if u want, the stats dont lie.Also we went 17ODIs unbeaten against other assocs. How many games have zim played gainst full member sides over the last 15months,ireland has played 7 including the last two ODIs against zim. Also u beat sri lanka n india at home when thy had a team bereft of stars n lost d west indies series 4-1. I no zim has players missin but i was only mentioning we do too....Also i do want zim to get bak to their best,d more truly competitive teams in world cricket the better!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Never ever ignore Charles 194* Coventry. He is a class act and will remain so.

  • Takura on September 29, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    @eire...you seem to be insuating that Ireland would beat zimbabwe if they had the 3 players you keep mentioning...firstly you ignore the fact that Zim is also missing players...Ray Price who is ranked in the top 3 ODI bowlers didnt play, we could go on bout other players too like Sean Ervine who is currently bogged by his kolpak contract...only losers refer to "if only this and that" after losing a game. you should remember Ireland has never beaten Zimbabwe in over 5 ODI's now...lets not even talk about what our second team did to you in the inter-con cup. Also Irelands ranking was largely misleading as all their points were amassed by beating associates with the exception of the 2 victories or so u had over Bangladesh. Zimbabwe's points have been ammassed from beating full members this year...Windies, India, Sri Lanka and we hardly play associate teams like you

  • Mo on September 29, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    The last 2 overs were costly for Zim, Rainsford & Mpofu shouls get assistance from Allan Donald & Jason Gillespie for improvements on their line & length. Heath Streak did this well previously. Its also time to give Charles Coventry a break as he is underperforming and keep him to bat on the Queens wicket where he bats well. Chamu Chibaba should come in for Coventry. Hamilton is class and will come right, Elton is needed for his bowling as well and perhaps his confidence is lacking after taking over the captaincy.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Whitewash for the taking. Has Zim developed killer instinct yet? Couple guys need to pull up their socks or ship out. Otherwise an improving showing!

  • james on September 29, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    @gerry mazhawidza why wud ireland not have wanted to come to zim cos we have narrowly lost 2 ODIs n in 1 of those a blatantly bad umpirin decision cost us the match. or was it cos the team got their bags robbed??

  • james on September 29, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    jus readin the zimbo fans comments....ye have scrambled to 2 wins gainst us,the way ye r going on about the games,u would think u hammered us.Remember these r alien conditions to us n we shud have won the 1st game if there were tvs present as by all reports rainsford was clearly runout on the punultimate ball.It is obvious ireland r on the same level as zim when it comes to ODI cricket, as we r wid bangledesh,remember arguably our 2 best players r missing n another plays for a diff country!!!

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