Tim Murtagh leads Ireland to victory against Zimbabwe
Published 13/10/2015 | 16:56
Tim Murtagh shone with bat and ball as Ireland secured a consolation win in the third one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare.
After losing the previous two games in the three-match series, Ireland pulled the score back to 2-1 with a nervy two-wicket win with Andy McBrine edging the winning runs.
It appeared to be a straightforward chase for the tourists after Murtagh took a career-best four for 32 with the ball to dismiss Zimbabwe for just 187 - Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza both making half-centuries - but they were made to work hard with the bat.
After losing early partners, Middlesex all-rounder Paul Stirling looked to be taking Ireland to a comfortable win but he fell for 50, before Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien also followed cheaply.
However, after falling to 160 for eight, Murtagh came in with a couple of lusty blows to take Ireland over the line alongside McBrine to round off the series.