Zimbabwe Tour of Ireland 2021: Zimbabwe Won 1st T20 Against Ireland by 3 runs After a Thrilling Match
Zimbabwe got a thrilling win by 3 runs in the 1st T20 match of the series against Ireland. Craig Irwin’s team Sterling scored 117 runs and O’Brien was stopped at 114. Zimbabwe started the series with a 3-run victory in the last over.
Ireland decided to bowl before winning the toss in Dublin. Craig Young made a great start with the ball. In the first over of the match, Wesley Madhever (1) fell victim to Young. Young hit again in his second over, this time opener Marumani, who scored 1 off 10 balls.
After that, Regis Chakava took the lead of Zimbabwe by playing a stormy inning. Diane Myers (10) could not make the innings big. Chakava could not get past fifty. Before being bowled by Simi Singh, he made 46 off 26 balls with 4 fours and 1 six.
17 runs came from the bat of the new captain Craig Irwin. Burl was run out for 12 runs. In the end, Wellington Masakadza remained unbeaten on 19 runs. Visiting Zimbabwe could not collect more than 116 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
The Irish two openers got off to a great start by playing on an easy target of 117 runs. However, the opening pair broke up after the departure of 26 Paul Sterling (24). Kevin O’Brien returned to the pavilion for 25 runs. Besides, only Simi Singh remained unbeaten on 26 runs. And no one could reach the double-digit house. Ireland needed 6 runs to win the last over. But Richard Engarbar lost 2 wickets in Daputa bowling and the Irish scored only 2 runs. Zimbabwe won by 3 runs.