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O’Brien, Balbirnie, Adair Secure Series Victory

Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 64 runs in the fourth T20I in Bready, thanks to their batting prowess and Mark Adair’s four-wicket haul. With that win, the hosts also took control of the series, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Following Ireland’s introduction, Kevin O’Brien (47 off 39) and Paul Stirling (39 off 33) added 89 for the first wicket in 10.1 overs to lay the foundation. Andy Balbirnie then smashed a 22-ball 36, and Ireland were looking at a total of over 180 at one point. The Zimbabwe bowlers, on the other hand, bowled well in the death overs to restrict them to 174 for 4 in the final overs.

Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 64 runs in the fourth T20I in Bready, thanks to their batting prowess and Mark Adair’s four-wicket haul. With that win, the hosts also took control of the series, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Following Ireland’s introduction, Kevin O’Brien (47 off 39) and Paul Stirling (39 off 33) added 89 for the first wicket in 10.1 overs to lay the foundation. Andy Balbirnie then smashed a 22-ball 36, and Ireland was looking at a total of over 180 at one point. The Zimbabwe bowlers, on the other hand, bowled well in the death overs to restrict them to 174 for 4 in the final overs.

Stirling and O’Brien have a good time

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine chose to bowl after winning the toss on a drizzly afternoon. When Ireland could only muster 19 runs in the first three overs, his decision appeared to be paying off.
The fourth over, on the other hand, set the stage for the rest of the game. Before the seamer sent down three wides and a beamer, O’Brien launched Donald Tiripano’s second ball over long-on for a six.

Stirling hit two fours against Richard Ngarava on the other end. Blessing Muzarabani, who had returned to the battlefield, was also not spared. As Ireland finished the powerplay with 57, O’Brien pulled and cut him for three straight fours. It didn’t help that Ervine used his bowlers in one-over spells for the first half of the innings. The bowlers struggled with their lines and lengths and couldn’t get into a rhythm. Not only did this result in scoring opportunities, but it also resulted in extras down the leg side. Those gifts were not missed by O’Brien and Stirling.

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