The third ODI was the series decider, with the previous two matches resulting in a 1-1 stalemate. It was a golden chance for both the teams to clinch the series, but unfortunately, the final game was abandoned due to a wet outfield in Harare.There was a continuous rain shower overnight which delayed a start at the Harare South Country Club, and the rain drizzle continued on and off throughout the match day. So, finally, after four separate pitch inspections, the decision was taken to call off the match without a bowl bowled.
Until the match was washout, teams had given a tough competition to each other, as both were of equal caliber; with Zimbabwe being ranked 10th, and Ireland 12th.The hosts won the first match with the D/L method, with Zimbabwe reaching 140/3 in 26 overs, in reply to Ireland’s 173/7 from their 50 overs. Kavanagh was the stand-out for the Irish team scoring 79, but Mupachikwa ’s (40) and Mugeri ’s (64*) propelled Zimbabwe to reach the revised target with time to spare.
In the second ODI however, Ireland made it 1-1, as Rachel Delaney (68) and Isobel Joyce (91*) put on 171 runs together to take them to 207/5, from their 50 overs. In response, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 195, with Delaney picking up 3/33.
The two sides will now go onto play a five-match T20 series which will be a part of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers. The first game will be played on Thursday, 8 February with the remaining matches being played on 10,11,13 and 14th Feb. The upcoming ICC T20 World cup 2018 will be hosted by West Indies from 9-24 November.