3rd T20I: Whirlwind Burl knock wins series for Zimbabwe over Ireland | Cricket News



HARARE: An undefeated whirlwind 30 par ryan burlbetter known as a leg player than a snappy batsman, carried Zimbabwe to a 2-1 Twenty20 Series win over Ireland in Harare on Sunday.
Ireland were put at bat and made it 141-9 with Harry Tector best score of 47 as they looked to buck a trend in this series from the team that took the first win.
Captain Craig Ervine scored 54 to put Zimbabwe at 116-5 with three overs remaining and Burl then became the unlikely hero, hammering two sixes and three fours from 11 deliveries.
Another bowler, Luke Jongwe, won the match and the series, hitting a four on the penultimate last ball to put Zimbabwe at 144-6, and a four-wicket triumph.
It was a dramatic end to a run that began with a five-wicket win for Zimbabwe on Thursday followed by a six-wicket victory for the Tourists two days later.
After the cheap loss of fly-half Tadiwanashe Marumani (5), Ervine took charge, with his 65-minute stand including six fours.
His shot ended when he was caught by Chris Campher trying to cover a short ball from Marc Adair.
Spinner Ben White (2-26) and fast middle pace Barry McCarthy (2-32) have been Ireland’s most successful bowlers.
At bat at No. 4, Tector saved the Tourists, who had fallen to 19-3 after facing just 23 deliveries.
He chained 70 points before being separated from Campher, Ireland’s second top scorer with 27, including two through four.
Tector went on then, adding six more points before his central stump was uprooted by a spinner off Wesley MadhevereZimbabwe’s most successful bowler with two wickets for eight carries.
The batter faced 38 deliveries and hit three fours.
Mark Adair was the only lower-order Irish batsman to hit double figures with his 14-from-10 balls contributing to a seventh-wicket stand of 31 runs.



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