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Porterfield seals ten-wicket win for Ireland in ICC World T20 2016 warm-up

Zimbabwe goes down by seven wickets against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in preparatory game in Dharamsala

03 March 2016 23:48

Zimbabwe's preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 started off on a disappointing note, with the Hamilton Masakadza-led side going down by seven wickets against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association XI in a practice game in Dharamsala on Thursday (March 3).

Choosing to bat first, Zimbabwe lost Vusi Sibanda and Masakadza early, but a half century from Richmond Mutumbami, who remained resilient despite regular fall of wickets at the other end, helped the side set the local team a target of 113.

Mutumbami was unbeaten on 50 off 51 balls, having hit three fours and a six, with Sreshth Nirmohi returning best figures of 2 for 11 in four overs.

Prashant Chopra scored a quick-fire 41 off 25 balls to give the home side a great start, and though Donald Tiripano picked up two wickets, it cruised to the target in just 14 overs.

Meanwhile, in the second match at the same venue, Ireland beat Hong Kong by ten wickets, with William Porterfield smacking 75 off 36 balls in a 121-run chase.

Choosing to bat, Hong Kong faltered, with only three of its batsmen reaching double-figure scores. If it hadn't been for Mark Chapman's 53-ball 64, Hong Kong would have struggled to post the total of 120 for 7 in 20 overs.

Tim Murtagh, with figures of 2 for 21, was Ireland's best bowler, while Max Sorensen, Andy Mcbrine and Boyd Rankin bagged one wicket each.

In reply, Ireland, riding on a solid opening stand between Porterfield and Andy Balbirnie, romped to the target in just 12.2 overs.

For the full scorecard for Hong Kong v Ireland, please click here.

For the full scorecard for Zimbabwe v HPCA XI, please click here.