Zimbabwe beat Ireland by 3 runs in the first T20 International. In this match that lasted till the last ball, fast bowler Richard Ngarwa was the hero of Zimbabwe’s victory. He spent just 2 runs in the last over, while Ireland needed only 6 runs to win. Two wickets also fell in this over. Batting first, Zimbabwe had scored 117 for 7 in the match, while Ireland could only manage 115 for 9 in the match.
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Ireland needed 6 runs in 6 balls to win. Simi Singh and McCarthy were at the crease. Simi Singh did not score runs on the first and second balls of Nagarwa, while stealing a single off the third ball. On the fourth ball, Nagarwa bowled McCarthy, while Young was run out on the 5th ball. 3 runs were needed to win off the sixth ball, but Simi Singh could only score one run.
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In this match played in Dublin, Ireland won the toss and decided to field first. His bowlers also got off to a good start, taking two wickets for 5 runs, but Chakabwa scored 47 runs in 28 balls with four fours and a six, while the other batsmen at the other end continued to play small but important innings. The result was that Zimbabwe reached 117 runs for 7 wickets. Craig Young and Simi Singh took two wickets each.
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In reply, Ireland got off to a good start by openers Paul Stirling (24) and Kevin O’Brien (25), but after that none of the batsmen could touch the double figures except Simi Singh (28). Ryan Burle top-scored with 3, while Masakadza and Luke took two wickets each.
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