Ireland Women bounced back to beat Zimbabwe Women by 80 runs to level the series at 1-1.

Their 150th ODI was a successful one, set up by an opening stand of 135 between Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis.

The pair both scored half centuries, with Paul looking destined to be Ireland's fourth ODI centurion, before the Merrion left-hander was caught down the leg side having made 95 from 118 balls (8 fours).

Leah Paul made 95: Pic Zimbabwe Cricket

Lewis had also been fluent in her 65 from 74 balls (7 fours) and despite the loss of Amy Hunter for just a single, the Girls In Green kept the momentum going with a solid middle order batting display.

Laura Delany (35), Shauna Kavanagh (34) and Orla Prendergast (23) were all in the runs as they ran up 286 for 7 - their second highest total in ODI's.

Ireland's bowlers had been clearly rusty in their opening loss, bit were much more on their game today, with debutant Jane Maguire (1-34) impressing.

The leg-spinning duo of Celeste Raack (2-23) and Cara Murray (3-56) ripped through the middle order, with Murray claiming the prize scalp of Tuesday's centurion Mary-Anne Musonda.

Josephine Nkomo (70*) ensured the hosts batted out their overs, but the result was a long foregone conclusion, as Ireland won by 80 runs.

The teams meet on Saturday in the third ODI, with the fourth and final game on Monday.