ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018: Zimbabwe thrash Ireland to move step closer to 2019 mega event

Zimbabwe battled hard to make 211 for 9 batting first in Harare, before bowling out Ireland for just 104 to move top of the Super Sixes table.

AFP, Mar 17, 2018 15:03:08 IST

Harare: Tendai Chisoro and Graeme Cremer took three wickets each as Zimbabwe secured a resounding 107-run victory over Ireland on Friday to move a step closer to the 2019 World Cup.

ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018: Zimbabwe thrash Ireland to move step closer to 2019 mega event

Zimbabwe cricketer Tendai Chisoro scalped three wickets against Ireland on Friday. AFP

The hosts of the qualifying tournament battled hard to make 211 for 9 batting first in Harare, before bowling out the Irish for just 104 to move top of the Super Sixes table.

Zimbabwe were indebted to the in-form Sikandar Raza's unbeaten 69 as the all-rounder helped them recover from 139 for 7, with Chisoro adding a valuable 21 at number nine.

Ireland lost early wickets in reply, and when Paul Stirling was run out for 41 to leave them 86 for 6, their hopes of an important win were over.

Opening bowler Chisoro finished with figures of 3 for 22, while spinner Cremer claimed 3 for 8 as he mopped up the tail.

William Porterfield's side now need to win their last two matches against Afghanistan and Scotland to stand any chance of taking one of the last two spots for next year's World Cup in England and Wales.

Zimbabwe top the table on net run rate from Scotland, and are next in action against two-time World Cup winners West Indies on Monday.

Updated Date: Mar 17, 2018 15:03:08 IST






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