Zimbabwe took a 1-0 lead after winning the 1st One-day match in the 3-match ODI series, a wonderful game we witnessed in Harare. There was a rain interruption when they were behind the DLS score by 2 runs, but the ground staff tried their best to make it feasible for the home team to return to the park.
Team Ireland set a good fitting total of 288 runs with 4 wickets down in 50 overs but Raza and Burl from Zimbabwe’s side played a fantastic partnership to bring their team into the match, and although Raza was out early after the resumption, Burl decided to hit some clinical blows and took the game deep on the ground.
When only 13 runs were required in the final over, unluckily, Burl was run-out. But Evans come up and struck a much-needed six at the right spot, and then Madande hit the match-winning boundary to close the game. The centuries by Tector and Balbirnie had set up the game for Ireland, but unfortunately all in vain, while a few crucial shots by the Zimbabwean batters helped them at the end to embrace the success.