All to play for in series decider

HARARE - The Zimbabwe women’s cricket team is still hopeful of a series victory with another upset of Ireland in the third and final One Day International match at St George’s College this morning.

The locals put themselves under pressure after going down by 12 runs in the second ODI at Country Club on Saturday after failing to chase down 207 runs.

Zimbabwe had earlier eased to a comfortable seven-wicket win after Duckworth Lewis method in a rain-interrupted first match at the same venue but the visitors levelled the series with a confidence-boosting victory in the second match.

Last year, Zimbabwe beat Ireland 2-1 in South Africa and they will be hoping for a repeat of that against their Irish counterparts.

Head coach Adam Chifo was a disappointed man following the defeat to the tourists but believes his side will be able to haul themselves out of the mess they put themselves in with an uninspiring display in the second match.

“We put ourselves in this position by giving away the last game so we are going to be careful on how we go about our business but we will try and maintain the pressure on Ireland like we have done in the last games,” Chifo told the Daily News yesterday.

“We failed to take advantage once we were in control, I don’t mean to disrespect Ireland but we are a better side in this encounter.”

Zimbabwe’s batting line-up will further be exposed with the absence of Marry-Anne Musonda who has returned to her South African university to sit for exams.

“Obviously it affects our batting plan but we have equally good players who can fill up that gap and contribute as much as Mary,” Chifo said.

 

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