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Ireland assemble historic first ODI series win



Ireland assemble historic first ODI series win

Ireland recorded a historic one day international series win against Zimbabwe, their first ever against a full member of ICC.

A dominant all-round performance from the Irishmen led them to seal the final one day international match by six wicket in Belfast on Sunday.

The 3-0 sweep in the GS Holding Inc ODI Series is, however, Ireland’s first home series triumph against any side since 2014.

After losing the toss in the beginning of the process, Ireland opted to field first.

To justify the decision, Tim Murtagh and Mark Adair rambled the Zimbabwean innings taking first 3 wickets within 31 runs by the 9th over of the innings.

Captain Hamilton Masakadza (23) and Sean Williams (67) tied to restore the innings but in a wicket quite favorable for the seamers, Irish captain William Porterfield wisely used his fast bowlers to unstable the opposition quite successfully.

By that time, Zimbabwe were thrown out of the contest in the midst as Shane Getkate scalped two wickets with Adair claimed another one making Zimbabwe reeling at 88 for 6.

Getkate, Rankin and Adair all picked up two wickets each in the bowling line up that was led by Tim Murtagh taking 3 for 39.

In reply, Ireland openers Paul Stirling and James McCollum provided a good start with a 60-run stand.

After Stirling and Balbirnie departed in quick succession, McCollum bonded with skipper William Porterfield for a 43-run stand.

The opener brought up his second ODI fifty before Solomon Mire dismissed him for 54. Porterfield unfortunately fall a single run short of a half century on the way where O’Brien took Ireland to the side of victory with an unbeaten 35 runs.

The teams will next play three Twenty20 Internationals on 10, 12 and 14 July.

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