Zimbabwe hammer sorry Ireland in ICC World Cup qualifiers

Ruben Hill
March 17, 2018

Sikandar Raza's all-round effort helped Zimbabwe maintain their unbeaten run in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 with a brilliant 107-run win over Ireland in the Super Six stage in Harare on Friday (March 16).

On a slow pitch, runs were hard to come by for the hosts as they fell to 87 for 5 by the 21st over and when the prize wicket of Brendan Taylor fell LBW to Andy McBrine, Zimbabwe were in real trouble at 112 for 6. But for long periods early in yesterday's match, it seemed as if Monday's contest would be a matter of do-or-die for the hosts as Ireland came off the blocks firing from all cylinders. Skipper Cremer picked up three for 18 runs with his leg spin while left arm spinner Chisoro had the same number at the expense of 22 runs with the Irish shot out for in 34.2 overs with their highest individual score being.

Every Zimbabwe bowler conceded under 4 an over.

But William Porterfield's side have only themselves to blame. There's always a big rivalry any time we face Ireland and this will be another tense game. Nothing was any surprise, we just didn't play well enough.

"We still haven't put a full game together so let's hope we do in our next two games".

Raza struck four fours and three sixes, including two in the last over, bowled by Barry McCarthy. Stirling was run out in the 27th over, for 41. "He's definitely my man of the match today".

West Indies are in third place with four points and a win by Zimbabwe will see them on seven points, three ahead of the Caribbean Islanders heading into the last match which carries a maximum of two points.

Cremer suggested that the chance to claim a spot at the World Cup was a huge motivator for his side.

Cremer said the belief is there that they can defend any score and praised the team for the brilliance they showed when they looked like they would be bowled out for less than 200 runs. "Where we're sitting on the table now, we're so close".

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