The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE will look to avoid being whitewashed by Ireland in the One Day International cricket series when the two teams clash in the third as well as final ODI at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast today.
Ireland have already sealed a historic series win over Zimbabwe, having beaten the Chevrons in the opening two matches of the contest. The
Irish won the first ODI by three wickets and then last Thursday, they overpowered Zimbabwe by five runs to win their first home series against a full-member nation.
It was also their first home series win against any side since 2014.
Zimbabwe have shown great improvement in the two matches played so far and have to show that kind of fight if they are to avoid being clean swept for the first time in an ODI series by Ireland.
There are concerns, however, over the form of skipper Hamilton Masakadza who has scored a combined 21 runs in the two ODIs against Ireland.
His deputy, Peter Moor was left out of the team for the second ODI for his struggles with the bat and it is yet to be seen if the selectors will be courageous enough to drop the skipper for today’s clash.
Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza are the players who have been consistent with the bat for the Chevrons while veteran Brendan Taylor fell for a fist ball duck in the second ODI, having made 12 in the first.
Solomon Mire, despite struggling with the ball showed his all round value to the team with four wickets in the second ODI, on a day spinners, Raza and Williams had two apiece.
Another player who showed that he can contribute with the bat and ball is Donald Tiripano, the scorer of 33 runs, which almost saw Zimbabwe win the match.