Ireland have secured a 1-1 series draw after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets in their rain-disrupted third one-day international in Belfast.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Ireland bowled their opponents out for 131 in 34 overs, with the tourists – for whom captain Craig Ervine top-scored with 57 – reaching 2-72 before collapsing.

Josh Little (3-33) and Andy McBrine (3-26) were the chief destroyers for the hosts with the ball.

Ireland’s subsequent chase was delayed and interrupted by rain, leaving them with a revised target of 118.

They reached it in 22.2 overs, for the loss of three wickets, after contributions of 43 from Paul Stirling, 34 from skipper Andrew Balbirnie and 16 from William Porterfield.

The second match in the series was abandoned because of persistent rain.

Stirling and Balbirnie lead Ireland to win
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