Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Botha leads Ireland to victory

Andre Botha

Andre Botha's half-century ensured a four-wicket win for Ireland against Zimbabwe in their World Cup warm-up game at Nagpur.

Batting first, Zimbabwe clawed their way back from a top-order collapse to finish at 244 for eight, with captain Elton Chigumbura's 103 not out off 81 balls leading the way.

Ireland's chase was highlighted by key innings from Botha (79), Alex Cusack (47), and Kevin O'Brien (62 not out), but Zimbabwe bowled well to ensure the match went down to the final over as victory for the Irish came with three balls to spare.

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