Mugeri guides Zim to victory

HARARE - Captain Chipo Mugeri scored a career best 64 to lead Zimbabwe’s rout against Ireland women in the opening match of the ODI series here yesterday.

The local women stunned the Irish by seven wickets Duckworth Lewis victory in a rain-interrupted match that saw the overs reduced to 33 and a target of 140 runs after the visitors were restricted to 173/8 in their 50 overs after winning the toss.

Opener Modester Mupachikwa fell 10 runs short of a deserved half century after working tirelessly to lay the foundation up the order.

“The bowlers bowled well to give us a chaseable score and credit to the batsman for making the chase look so easy as well,” Mugeri told the Daily News after the match.

“It’s also every batsman’s wish and dream to score runs for the team and I’m excited for recording a new high score after the 53 which I scored last year. This however, wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my teammates.”

Zimbabwe now lead the three-match ODI series 1-0 heading into the second match on Saturday at the same venue.

The third and final ODI match is set for St George’s College in Harare on Monday.

Zimbabwe coach Adam Chifo is looking forward to wrapping up the series tomorrow.

“It’s a good victory although there are still some areas where we need to be a bit clinical. We were a bit sloppy in the field and also failed to finish off their batsmen when we were on top. Batting wise I also feel we gave away some of wickets cheaply which is something we are going to work on during this short break,” Chifo said.

Allrounder Shauna Kavanagh led Ireland’s fightback, scoring 79 runs off 118 balls with five fours and five sixes as the Irish women scored 53 runs in the last 10 overs without losing a wicket to reach 173 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.

Kavanagh was ably supported by skipper Mary Waldron and Amy Kenealy who chipped in with 22 and 20 runs respectively while debutant Cara Murray also contributed 14 runs.


 

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