Stephen Doheny emphasized his lack of international experience to top score 84 as Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 46 runs on Saturday to level the series one day international.
After losing the toss and being bowled, Ireland cruised to 294-7 at the Harare Sports Club with Doheny and Harry Tector (75) the main contributors.
In return, Zimbabwe never matched the tourists’ pace and despite half-centuries from former England all-rounder Gary Ballance (52) and Innocent Kaia (51), they fell.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 248 in 47.3 overs, with the final set to be played in the Zimbabwean capital on Monday.
The result reversed the trend as the team that won the toss and chose to win the second had won their previous four tour matches – three in the Twenty20 series winning 2-1 against Zimbabwe and the first ODI.
The 24-year-old Doheny made his ODI debut in the series opener and conceded just three runs as Zimbabwe won by three wickets.
But it was a different story in the second game as he hit four sixes and seven before Ballance caught him in the middle of the over.
Opening partner Paul Stirling, deputizing as captain for the injured Andy Balbirnie, set a fine example with 45 runs, including two sixes and fours, before Ballance caught him in the good foot.
Tector followed up his hundred three days ago with a blistering 75 off 61 deliveries, including sixes and seven fours, before Ryan Burl caught him at deep mid-wicket.
Tendai Chatara (3-51) and Burl (2-66) were the top bowlers for Zimbabwe.
Josh Little caught Ballance facing 67 balls and hitting four.
Stirling caught Kaia, who scored a four and a four, at extra cover off a short delivery by Little (4-38), Ireland’s most successful bowler.
Gujarat Titans hired Little for the Indian Premier League season, making him the first Irish international to get an IPL contract.