Sikandar Raza  © Getty Images
Sikandar Raza © Getty Images

Ireland won the toss and elected to field first against Zimbabwe in the ICC World Cup Qualifier  Super Sixes 2018. They bowled to a tight line and kept taking wickets as the hosts ended up 211 for 9. However, with an some excellent bowling led by their spinners, Zimbabwe winded up the Irish innings for 104 and claimed a comprehensive win. Tendai Chisoro (3 for 22) trapped Ireland in his web, reducing them to 34 for 4 under 12 overs. Graeme Cremer had failed with bat, but cleaned up the tail with 3 for 18 in 8.2 overs. Every Zimbabwe bowler conceded under 4 an over.

Only two Irishmen — Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson — were allowed to enter double digits. Stirling was run out in the 27th over, for 41. His innings included 5 fours.

Earlier in the match, Ireland had done a competent job of restricting Zimbabwe. Tim Murtagh led with 3 for 36. Then Sikandar Raza stepped in and scored a responsible 69 not out with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Unfortunately, he kept losing partners at the other end but played his shots and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Raza also took the wicket of Boyd Rankin, and was named Man of the Match.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 211 for 9 (Sikandar Raza 69; Tim Murtagh 3 for 36) beat Ireland 104 (Paul Stirling 41; Tendai Chisoro 34 for 4, Graeme Cremer 3 for 18) by 107 runs.

Man of the Match: Sikandar Raza.