Botha, Kevin O' Brien star in Ireland's win
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 6:05 PM
Elton Chigumbura's knock went in vain
Ireland sent out a strong warning on Tuesday when it beat Zimbabwe by four wickets with three balls to spare in its second and final warm-up game before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 gets underway on 19 February.
At the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, Zimbabwe opted to bat first and made 244 for 8 in its 50 overs. In its reply, Ireland held its nerves to win in the final over of the game.
Earlier Zimbabwe recovered from 12 for 3 and then 100 for 5 thanks to skipper Elton Chigumbura's 103 off 112 balls with eight boundaries and three sixes. Only other notable contributor was Tatenda Taibu with 45 off 78 balls with two boundaries.
For Ireland, Trent Johnston with a spell of 2 for nine from his five overs starred with the ball.
Andre Botha (79: 101b, 5x4) led the charge alongwith Alex Cusack (47: 67b, 5x4) for Ireland. Later Kevin O'Brien joined Botha as the pair added 99 runs for the fifth wicket. Kevin O'Brien then held the lower middle-order together to guide Ireland to a well deserved four wicket win.