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Zim-Ireland share spoils

Story by Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

THE One Day International Series between Zimbabwe and Ireland ended in a one-all draw after the decider was washed out at Harare Sports Club.

With the series evenly poised at one all, the weather was the deciding factor after the final day was washed out.

Only 13 overs were possible in the final ODI with Zimbabwe batting first and getting 55 runs before the players were ordered off the pitch by umpires.

The two teams were looking for a win with the Chevrons winning the first match before the visitors rallied back to win the second.

Zimbabwe and Ireland were taking advantage of the series to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers slated for later in the year.

Meanwhile, Chevrons all-rounder Sikandar Raza has made it into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20I Team of the Year.

Raza had a stellar year with the bat for Zimbabwe top scoring with 735 runs.

He also led the wickets charts with 25 scalps at an excellent economy rate of 6.13.

The effervescent Raza, was the Player of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in July and carried his form into the World Cup winning the Player of the Match thrice, including in Zimbabwe’s epic win over Pakistan.

The other 10 players are Jos Buttler, Mohammad Rizwan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Glen Phillips, Hardik Pandya, Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, Haris Rauf and Josh Little.

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