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Ireland take seven wicket victory over DLS to draw 1-1 with Zimbabwe in ODI series; Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor scores seven points in his country’s 284th and final appearance; The 35-year-old scored 9,938 points and 17 hundreds in all formats

Last update: 09/14/21 10:49 am

Josh Little took three wickets as Ireland beat Zimbabwe in third ODI at Stormont

Ireland drew 1-1 after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets on DLS in a rain-disrupted third ODI at Stormont as Brendan Taylor retired from international cricket with a loss.

Ireland eliminated Zimbabwe for 131 in 34 overs, with Taylor – who announced on Sunday he was ending his international career – played by Josh Little (3-33) for just seven in his 284th and final appearance.

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine (57 on 65 balls) was the only batsman to pass 16, with spinner Andy McBrine (3-26) matching crimper Little taking three wickets in an inning which had been reduced to 42 overs then 38 due to rain

Ireland got a revised 118 out of 32 after more rain but needed only 22.2 thanks to major contributions from Paul Stirling (43 of 40) and skipper Andy Balbirnie (34 of 43).

Former skipper William Porterfield hit 16, while Harry Tector (13th) guided Ireland home alongside George Dockrell (0 no).

Zimbabwe had won the opening match of the series before the second fell in rain.

The African team will now start a three-game T20 series against Scotland on Wednesday.

They will however be deprived of Taylor, who ends his career in Zimbabwe with 9,938 points and 17 hundreds in all formats.

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