Former England batter Gary Ballance contributed 30 runs on his worldwide debut for Zimbabwe because it beat Eire by 5 wickets on Thursday to win the opening Twenty20 Worldwide of their three-match collection.
Ballance’s runs got here off 29 balls as Zimbabwe scored 118 for 5 because it initially made heavy climate of chasing down Eire’s modest complete of 114 all out however ultimately gained with two overs to spare on the Harare Sports activities Membership.
The 33-year-old left-handed batter final month signed a two-year contract to play home and worldwide cricket within the nation of his beginning following his launch from county cricket facet Yorkshire.
Ballance performed 23 Checks for England between 2014 and 2017, scoring 1,498 runs, together with 4 centuries, at a median of 37.45. He additionally appeared in 16 One-Day Internationals however has been allowed to modify his worldwide allegiance.
The Harare-born participant has spent the final yr on the sidelines whereas coping with psychological well being points after he admitted to utilizing racist language in opposition to former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq.
Yorkshire, who launched Ballance two years early from his contract as per the participant’s needs, have made sweeping modifications following Rafiq’s explosive allegations of institutional racism on the membership. Ballance has apologised to Rafiq in particular person.