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Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI Commentary, Live Updates

IRE vs ZIM, 2021 - ODI Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
118/3 (22.2/32)
131 (34.0/38)
Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method)
That's it from this match. Ireland won the T20I series  and after a long day courtesy to the regular interruptions of rains, Ireland have managed to level the ODI series 1-1 and grab 15 points for the World Cup Super League from this series. Zimbabwe now will lock horns against Scotland for a three-match T20I series and the first one is set to begin on 15th September at 2 pm local (1 pm GMT). Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We will bring you the live coverage from that one as well and till then, good bye and take care.
The Irish captain, Andy Balbirnie says, that they bowled and fielded really well. Mentions that their spinners had great control in the game. Tells that losing Young in the warm-ups was not great. Informs that it was very kind from Zimbabwe to allow them to make a change. The spinners showed great control with the ball and is happy with the win here.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES, William Porterfield says, that since the last couple of months he has been in good touch. Mentions that it feels nice to contribute because it is tough up top to score runs. Tells that it is great playing with Stirling. Adds that they played three big games and got 10 points but is glad to have some points.
Zimbabwe skipper, Craig Ervine is up for a chat, he says, that they lost wickets at regular intervals and couldn't get enough runs on the board in the end. He adds that Ireland had a lot more pressure on their shoulders and they managed it well. Mentions that he is happy with the series on the whole and will take 1-1 even after today's disappointment. About Taylor, he says that he will be a big loss for Zimbabwe cricket and will remain an ambassador of the game.
MAN OF THE MATCH, Andy McBrine says, that they bowled well today and it was his day. Mentions that they bowled well as a unit and contributions from Simi Singh and Little also helped a lot in the middle overs. Informs that Young pulled up during warm-ups but after that he was fine.
...THE PRESENTATION...
Right then, after being put into bat, Zimbabwe never really got going and were soon in the shed with just 131 runs on the board. Rain-delays kept coming and going and in the end Ireland chased down the revised target of 118 runs with ease. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony.
Zimbabwe have a knack of not winning away series even after being ahead. This was repeated in this series as well and it was a disappointing performance from their batters early on. Blessing Muzarabani bowled outstandingly well once again for his team but one can only do so much. Richard Ngarava andv Luke Jongwe also looked good but couldn't defend the total. Ervine held back his spinners and Wellington Masakadza did get Balbirnie in the end but it was a consolation wicket. They were outclassed today and will now look to put this match behind them.
Ireland had a summer day out there in the middle even with all the rain around. Their bowlers had set up the chase nicely and Paul Stirling along with William Porterfield gave them the perfect start. The latter then got out but Stirling hit some lusty blows, taking him to 43 before getting out. The skipper, Andy Balbirnie held up one hand while Stirling was taking on the attack and then played some classy shots of his own. In the end, it was a total which was easy to chase down and Ireland had to battle more with the rain, then out in the middle. They won this game comfortably in the end.
After a day full of stop-starts, Ireland have kept their composure and have levelled the series. They breezed through the rain delays and have crucial World Cup Super League points on the board.
22.2
1
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
There it is! Floated it up, outside off. Harry Tector punches it off the back foot towards point for a single. Ireland win by 7 wickets, via the DLS method.
22.1
4
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
FOUR! Thumped! Short and on middle, Harry Tector rocks back and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
End Of The Over 22 : 113/3
4 Runs
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • 421.3
  • W21.4
  • 021.5
  • 021.6
G. Dockrell
0 (2)
H. Tector
8 (14)
W. Masakadza
2-0-9-1
21.6
0
Wellington Masakadza To George Dockrell
Outside off, Dockrell taps it to point.
21.5
0
Wellington Masakadza To George Dockrell
Full and on middle, Dockrell presses forward to block it.
Who will come in next?
21.4
W
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Loopy ball on off. Andy Balbirnie looks to go over covers but instead lifts it straight to the extra cover fielder where Craig Ervine takes a simple catch. A really soft dismissal. This won't bother Ireland though.
21.3
4
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie
EDGED AND FOUR! Loopy ball, on middle. Andy Balbirnie gets low and tries to sweep. The ball goes off the top edge towards fine leg for a boundary. Just 5 needed now.
21.2
0
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie
Short and on middle, Balbirnie taps it to point.
21.1
0
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie
On off, pushed towards covers.
End Of The Over 21 : 109/2
0 Runs
  • 020.1
  • 020.2
  • 020.3
  • 020.4
  • 020.5
  • 020.6
H. Tector
8 (14)
A. Balbirnie
30 (39)
R. Burl
2-1-9-0
20.6
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
A maiden! Loopy ball, outside off. Harry Tector pushes it to cover.
20.5
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Short again, on middle and leg. Tector tucks it on the leg side.
20.4
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Outside off, Harry Tector swings but misses.
20.3
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Short and on middle, tucked to mid-wicket.
20.2
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
20.1
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
DROPPED! Full and on off, Harry Tector presses forward and drives it straight to the extra cover fielder. Wellington Masakadza dives to his right but spills down an easy catch.
End Of The Over 20 : 109/2
5 Runs
  • 019.1
  • 119.2
  • 119.3
  • 119.4
  • 119.5
  • 119.6
H. Tector
8 (8)
A. Balbirnie
30 (39)
W. Masakadza
1-0-5-0
19.6
1
Wellington Masakadza To Harry Tector
Full and on off, pushed to long off for a single. 9 runs needed now.
19.5
1
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie
Floated it up, outside off. Andy Balbirnie works it through point for a single.
19.4
1
Wellington Masakadza To Harry Tector
On off, tapped to cover for a quick single. The fielder throws the ball to the keeper who whips the bails off but Andy Balbirnie is well in.
19.3
1
Wellington Masakadza To Andy Balbirnie
Loopy ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie eases it down to long off for a single.
19.2
1
Wellington Masakadza To Harry Tector
Tossed up on off, Tector drives it towards covers for one.
19.1
0
Wellington Masakadza To Harry Tector
Full and on off, Tector pushes it to mid off.
Bowling change.
End Of The Over 19 : 104/2
9 Runs
  • 018.1
  • 118.2
  • 418.3
  • 118.4
  • 318.5
  • 018.6
A. Balbirnie
28 (37)
H. Tector
5 (4)
R. Burl
1-0-9-0
18.6
0
Ryan Burl To Andy Balbirnie
On off, pushed towards covers.
18.5
3
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Flighted ball on off, Harry Tector rocks back and clips it through mid-wicket. The fielder gives it a chase and cuts it off right before the ball crosses the cushions. Three runs taken.
18.4
1
Ryan Burl To Andy Balbirnie
Loopy ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie drives it through covers for a single this time.
18.3
4
Ryan Burl To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Cracking shot! Short and outside off, Andy Balbirnie rocks back and cuts it late past backward point to collect a boundary. 100 up for Ireland.
18.2
1
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Floated it up, on middle. Harry Tector punches it off the back foot towards covers for a single.
18.1
0
Ryan Burl To Harry Tector
Full and on off, driven to cover.
Bowling change.
End Of The Over 18 : 95/2
10 Runs
  • 417.1
  • W17.2
  • 017.3
  • 417.4
  • 117.5
  • 117.6
H. Tector
1 (1)
A. Balbirnie
23 (34)
R. Ngarava
6-0-33-1
17.6
1
Richard Ngarava To Harry Tector
On a length, on off. Harry Tector guides it to third man. The fielder there does well to dive to his left and stop the ball. Only a single. 23 needed now from 84 balls.
17.5
1
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
Outside off, tapped to cover-point for a tight single.
17.4
4
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Nicely played! Short of a length, on leg. Andy Balbirnie tickles it to fine leg for a boundary.
17.3
0
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball on off, Andy Balbirnie drives it to cover.
Who will come in at number 4?
17.2
W
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Back of a length, on off. Paul Stirling looks to pull but miscues it big time. The ball goes off the top edge and skies up high in the air. It takes a lot of time for the ball to come down. Blessing Muzarabani keeps his eyes and completes the catch at mid-wicket.
17.1
4
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
FOUR! Slapped away! Good-length ball, outside off. Paul Stirling throws his hands to it and slashes it through cover-point for a boundary.
End Of The Over 17 : 85/1
6 Runs
  • 416.1
  • 1 WD16.2
  • 016.2
  • 116.3
  • 016.4
  • 016.5
  • 016.6
A. Balbirnie
18 (31)
P. Stirling
39 (38)
L. Jongwe
5-0-40-0
16.6
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie stabs it to cover.
16.5
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Absolute jaffa! Good-length ball on middle and leg, jagging in. Andy Balbirnie is caught at the crease and looks to defend with a full face of the bat but misses. The ball whizzes past the outside edge and carries through to the keeper.
16.4
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball on middle. Andy Balbirnie defends it back to the bowler.
16.3
1
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Back of a length, on middle. Paul Stirling hops and pushes it to covers for a single.
16.2
0
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
A full toss on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
16.2
wd
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Short and outside off, Paul Stirling leaves it alone. Wide called for height.
16.1
4
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
FOUR! Beauty! Full and on leg, Paul Stirling makes room for himself and plays an inside-out shot. He lifts it over covers for a boundary.
End Of The Over 16 : 79/1
8 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 4 LB15.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 415.6
A. Balbirnie
18 (28)
P. Stirling
34 (35)
R. Ngarava
5-0-23-0
15.6
4
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! Nicely done! Full again, outside off. Andy Balbirnie steers it through covers. The fielder from the deep dives to his right to stop the ball but in vain. The ball wins the race to the boundary.
15.5
0
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
Full and on off, driven towards mid off.
15.4
0
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
On off, Balbirnie pushes it to cover.
15.3
0
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
Good-length ball, angling in, on leg. Andy Balbirnie looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. That hurt him but he is fine and is up on his feet.
oncussion check.
Bowling Change. Ngarava is back into the attack.
15.2
lb
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR LEG BYES! Short ball on middle, Andy Balbirnie looks to pull but misses. He gets hit on the helmet. The ball goes off the helmet towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
15.1
0
Richard Ngarava To Andy Balbirnie
Good-length ball, outside off, angling away. Andy Balbirnie slashes and misses.
End Of The Over 15 : 71/1
6 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 114.2
  • 014.3
  • 314.4
  • 014.5
  • 214.6
P. Stirling
34 (35)
A. Balbirnie
14 (22)
L. Jongwe
4-0-34-0
14.6
2
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Full and on off, Stirling whips it through mid-wicket. Huge gap on the leg side and an easy two.
14.5
0
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Fuller in length, on off. Paul Stirling blocks it out.
14.4
3
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
On the pads, Andy Balbirnie clips it off his hips through mid-wicket. The fielder gives it a chase and keeps it down to three runs.
14.3
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
On a length, on off. Andy Balbirnie taps it to point.
14.2
1
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Short of a length, on off. Paul Stirling comes down the track and works it to mid-wicket for a single.
Paul Stirling has decided to take the review for an LBW decision.
Review taken by Stirling here!!!
14.1
0
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
NOT OUT! Fuller in length, angling in, on middle and leg. Paul Stirling looks to play across the line but misses. He gets hit on the front pad. Luke Jongwe puts up a loud appeal for an LBW and the umpire raises his finger. Paul Stirling immediately goes for a review. UltraEdge shows there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows wickets missing. Ireland retain their review and the on-field decision will be overturned.
End Of The Over 14 : 65/1
3 Runs
  • 013.1
  • 113.2
  • 013.3
  • 013.4
  • 213.5
  • 013.6
A. Balbirnie
11 (20)
P. Stirling
31 (31)
B. Muzarabani
7-2-13-1
13.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Outside off, left alone by Balbirnie.
13.5
2
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Fuller in length, on middle. Andy Balbirnie drives it straight down the ground. The fielder from mid on cuts it off inside the ropes. Keeps it down to two runs.
13.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Good-length ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie lets it sail through.
13.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Good-length ball, on middle. Andy Balbirnie shoulders arms to that one.
13.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
On middle, Stirling pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
13.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Good-length ball, angling in on off. Paul Stirling looks to work it on the leg side but misses.
End Of The Over 13 : 62/1
8 Runs
  • 012.1
  • 212.2
  • 012.3
  • 012.4
  • 212.5
  • 412.6
A. Balbirnie
9 (16)
P. Stirling
30 (29)
L. Jongwe
3-0-28-0
12.6
4
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
FOUR! This time Andy Balbirnie gets it through. On off and a glorious cover drive from the skipper for a boundary.
12.5
2
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Pitched up, on off and Andy Balbirnie drives it on the up. The fielder at cover makes a half-stop and they race back for the second.
12.4
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
On a length outside off and this one jags back in a long way. Andy Balbirnie makes an assured leave.
12.3
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Full and straight again. Balbirnie digs it out to the bowler.
12.2
2
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball, on the hips. Andy Balbirnie tucks it behind the corner on the leg side and picks up a couple.
12.1
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler who makes a great stop.
End Of The Over 12 : 54/1
2 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 111.3
  • 011.4
  • 011.5
  • 1 LB11.6
A. Balbirnie
1 (10)
P. Stirling
30 (29)
B. Muzarabani
6-2-10-1
11.6
lb
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Sliding down the leg side, Balbirnie looks to flick but misses. The ball takes the pads and the keeper dives to his left but can't reach it. They get a leg bye down to fine leg.
11.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
This is a great delivery from Blessing Muzarabani. A quick ball, around off and takes off from a length. Andy Balbirnie is bamboozled by it.
11.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Length again, on off and nipping back in. Andy Balbirnie gets caught on the crease and gets rapped on the pads. An appeal for LBW is turned down.
11.3
1
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Length ball, outside off and slashed away to deep point for a run.
Paul Stirling has taken the review for an LBW decision.
11.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
NOT OUT! Muzarabani bowls a length ball angling in on middle and leg. Paul Stirling wlaks right across in front of the stumps and misses the ball completely. The ball hits the pads and up goes the finger. Stirling reviews it straightaway and the ball was indeed missing leg stump.
11.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Pitched up, around off and Stirling looks to defend. He gets beaten again and Blessing Muzarabani has bowled magnificently well today.
End Of The Over 11 : 52/1
4 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 010.2
  • 010.3
  • 110.4
  • 010.5
  • 1 WD10.6
  • 110.6
P. Stirling
29 (26)
A. Balbirnie
1 (7)
L. Jongwe
2-0-20-0
10.6
1
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Good-length ball, outside off. Paul Stirling punches it off the back foot through point for a single.
10.6
wd
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
WIDE! Length ball, angling down leg. Paul Stirling walks right across the stumps to flick it but misses. Wide called.
10.5
0
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Outside off and Stirling looks to drive. The ball beats him at the outside edge.
10.4
1
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Edged and safe. Full and wide, Balbirnie thrashes at it and gets an outside edge. The ball flies past backward point and they take a single. Fifty is up for Ireland.
10.3
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Length again, on off and nipping back in sharply. Andy Balbirnie gets rapped on the pads and Luke Jongwe with a huge appeal. The umpire shakes his head.
10.2
0
Luke Jongwe To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball, around off stump. Andy Balbirnie looks a bit twitchy as he gets beaten once again.
10.1
1
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Stirling steps out of the crease and nudges the length ball to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Bowling change.
End Of The Over 10 : 48/1
0 Runs
  • 09.1
  • W9.2
  • 09.3
  • 09.4
  • 09.5
  • 09.6
A. Balbirnie
0 (4)
P. Stirling
27 (23)
B. Muzarabani
5-2-9-1
9.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Length again, on off. Andy Balbirnie defends this one out. A wicket-maiden over from Blessing Muzarabani.
9.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Nicely bowled again, on a driving length outside off and nipping in off the surface. Balbirnie looks to drive on the up but gets beaten.
9.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
BEAUTY! Length again, angled in around off and straightens in the end. Andy Balbirnie does well not to edge that one.
9.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Andy Balbirnie
Length ball, outside off and left alone by Andy Balbirnie.
Who will come in at number 3?
9.2
W
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Blessing Muzarabani has provided the breakthrough for Zimbabwe. Good-length ball, on off and angling away from the left-hander. William Porterfield has a poke at it and the extra bounce does the trick. The ball takes the outside edge of the bat of Porterfield and Regis Chakabva takes a simple catch behind the stumps.
9.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Good-length ball, on middle and angling away. Porterfield opens the face of the bat and plays it to the right of backward point, where Ryan Burl makes a good stop.
End Of The Over 9 : 48/0
12 Runs
  • 08.1
  • 18.2
  • 08.3
  • 68.4
  • 1 WD8.5
  • 08.5
  • 48.6
P. Stirling
27 (23)
W. Porterfield
16 (31)
R. Ngarava
4-0-19-0
8.6
4
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
FOUR! Striling slashes and slashes hard. Short and wide and hit over point for a boundary.
8.5
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Back of a length, on off. Stirling hops on the back foot to defend.
8.5
wd
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
WIDE! Short ball, way down the leg side. Stirling looks to pull but misses. Wided.
8.4
6
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
SIX! THUMPED! Pitched up, on off. Paul Stirling just frees his arms and lifts it over the bowler's head for a maximum. He wants to finish this off as soon as possible.
8.3
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Ngarava hits the deck hard on middle stump. Paul Stirling defends it out.
8.2
1
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Full and straight, pushed down the ground for a single.
8.1
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Full and swinging in on middle and leg. This one cannons into the pads as William Porterfield misses the flick. An appeal from the bowler but turned down.
Richard Ngarava is brought back into the attack.
End Of The Over 8 : 36/0
0 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 07.3
  • 07.4
  • 07.5
  • 07.6
P. Stirling
17 (19)
W. Porterfield
15 (29)
B. Muzarabani
4-1-9-0
7.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Back of a length, around off, this one whizzes past the bat of Stirling. Maiden over from Blessing Muzarabani.
7.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
This one is short and wide, Paul Stirling misses out on that one as he hits hit straight to point.
7.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Full and straight, kept out by Stirling.
Update 5.25 pm local (4.25 pm GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped and the covers are soon to come off as well. The play should resume shortly after that. Stay tuned. The umpires are back on the pitch and the play will start right away. Hope that this was the last rain delay of the day and the match gets completed. Blessing Muzarabani to continue with his over.
The rain is getting a bit heavier out there and the umpires are having a discussion about it. They decide that the play can't continue and the players are coming off yet again. The covers are quickly being brought back on.
7.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Banged into the deck, on off and Paul Stirling gets right on top of the bounce to keep it out.
7.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Good-length ball, on off. Stirling defends it under his eyeline.
7.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Back of a length, on off and angling into the body. Stirling is unable to get out of the way off that and gets hit on the arms.
Bowling change.
End Of The Over 7 : 36/0
16 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 46.2
  • 46.3
  • 06.4
  • 66.5
  • 16.6
P. Stirling
17 (13)
W. Porterfield
15 (29)
L. Jongwe
1-0-16-0
6.6
1
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
Pitched up, on off and Stirling looks to cover drive. He gets an inside edge past the stumps and towards fine leg. They get one and Ireland are 36/0 at the end of the Powerplay.
6.5
6
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
SIX! WOW! In the slot once again from Jongwe and Paul Stirling doesn't let it go unpunished. Stirling leans into the shot and swings his arms freely. He hits it back over the bowler's head and way back over the fence.
6.4
0
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
CLOSE! Fullish ball, on middle and nipping back in. Paul Stirling doesn't move his feet and gets caught on the crease. The ball raps him on the pads and there's a huge appeal from the visitors. The umpire shakes his head.
6.3
4
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
FOUR! That went like a tracer bullet. Short and wide, Stirling slaps it past point and into the fence once again.
6.2
4
Luke Jongwe To Paul Stirling
FOUR! Up and over from Paul Stirling. In the slot and Stirling muscles it over extra cover and into the fence.
6.1
1
Luke Jongwe To William Porterfield
Length ball, outside off. Porterfield lashes at it and the ball goes through gully towards third man. They get a run.
Bowling change.
End Of The Over 6 : 20/0
3 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 05.2
  • 15.3
  • 05.4
  • 25.5
  • 05.6
P. Stirling
2 (8)
W. Porterfield
14 (28)
R. Ngarava
3-0-7-0
5.6
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Ngarava puts in a bit of extra effort and bangs it in around off stump. Paul Stirling looks to carve it over point but the ball just whizzes past.
5.5
2
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Shortish ball, on middle. Paul Stirling comes up with a short-arm jab over square leg for a couple of runs.
5.4
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Around off and Stirling taps it on the off side. He is yet to get off the mark.
5.3
1
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
On a length and on off. William Porterfield punches it off the back foot to the cover region for a run.
5.2
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Back of a length and jags back in at middle and leg. William Porterfield defends it off the back foot.
5.1
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Good-length ball, on off. Porterfield taps it back onto the deck.
Sean Williams seems to have hurt himself while cutting off the ball in the last over. His right shoulder looks to be in some discomfort. The physio comes in and Williams is going off for the moment.
End Of The Over 5 : 17/0
7 Runs
  • 24.1
  • 04.2
  • 24.3
  • 04.4
  • 34.5
  • 04.6
P. Stirling
0 (5)
W. Porterfield
13 (25)
B. Muzarabani
3-0-9-0
4.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Right on the money. Length ball, on middle. Paul Stirling defends it out.
4.5
3
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length again, outside off and crunched through covers. The ball seems to be heading into the fence but Sean Williams dives in to cut it off. The batters get three in the end.
4.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Banged in on middle stump. William Porterfield looks to pull it hard but gets it off the toe end of the bat and the ball goes nowhere.
4.3
2
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length ball, on middle. Porterfiled works it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
4.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length ball on off and angling away. Left alone by Porterfield.
4.1
2
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Here comes the release shot from William Porterfield. Pitched up and lifted over mid on for a couple.
End Of The Over 4 : 10/0
1 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 03.2
  • 03.3
  • 03.4
  • 13.5
  • 03.6
P. Stirling
0 (4)
W. Porterfield
6 (20)
R. Ngarava
2-0-4-0
3.6
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Pitched up, on leg stump and that one jags back in. Paul Stirling looks to flick but gets caught on the crease and the ball hits him on the pads.
3.5
1
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Short ball, on middle. Porterfield pulls it away to fine leg and gets off strike.
3.4
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
On a good length and on off. William Porterfield defends it out. The Zimbabwe bowlers are putting pressure on William Porterfield and not allowing him to rotate the strike.
3.3
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
BEAUTY! An efoort ball from Ngarava, around off stump. That one bounced a bit more and went through to the keeper in a flash. William Porterfield had no idea about it.
3.2
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Length ball, angled in on middle and leg, cramps Porterfield for romm as he looks to tuck it away.
3.1
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Slightly pitched up, on off and hurrying onto the batter. Porterfield keeps it out on the off side.
End Of The Over 3 : 9/0
1 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 02.2
  • 02.3
  • 02.4
  • 02.5
  • 12.6
W. Porterfield
5 (15)
P. Stirling
0 (3)
B. Muzarabani
2-0-2-0
2.6
1
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length ball, around off. Porterfield nudges it down to third man for a single. Just the one of the over.
2.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Around off and tapped to cover-point.
2.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length again, on leg stump this time. Porterfield looks to flick but misses and the ball hits him high on the pads.
2.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Nicely bowled again from Muzarabani. Good-length ball, around off and this one straightens a bit. William Porterfield leaves it alone.
2.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Back of a length, on off. Porterfield taps it to point off the back foot.
2.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Pitched up, around off and moving away. Porterfield doesn't play at it.
End Of The Over 2 : 8/0
3 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 01.4
  • 31.5
  • 01.6
P. Stirling
0 (3)
W. Porterfield
4 (9)
R. Ngarava
1-0-3-0
1.6
0
Richard Ngarava To Paul Stirling
Good-length ball on middle. Paul Stirling negotiates it well.
1.5
3
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Back of a length and this is punched off the back foot nicely. Porterfield gets it through point but the ball is slowing down due to the wet outfield. They do get three runs.
1.4
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Length ball, around off and angling in. William Porterfield with an assured leave.
1.3
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Short of a length, around off. William Porterfield looks to pull but gets an inside edge back onto the pads. A missed opportunity he'll feel.
1.2
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Back of a length, well outside off. Easy leave for William Porterfield.
1.1
0
Richard Ngarava To William Porterfield
Ngarava starts off with a good-length ball, in that corridor of uncertainty. Porterfield looks to have a poke at it but gets beaten.
Who will bowl from the other end?
End Of The Over 1 : 5/0
5 Runs
  • 4 LB0.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 10.4
  • 00.5
  • 00.6
P. Stirling
0 (2)
W. Porterfield
1 (4)
B. Muzarabani
1-0-1-0
0.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Good-length ball, around off and whizzing past the outside edge of Paul Stirling's bat.
0.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani To Paul Stirling
Length ball, around off and shaping in a bit. Well left by Stirling.
0.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Pitched up this time, on off. Porterfield bunts it towards mid off for a quick single.
0.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Length ball, on middle. Porterfield blocks it out.
0.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
Banged hard into the pitch, around off and going away from the left-hander. Too good for William Porterfield to play at that.
0.1
lb
Blessing Muzarabani To William Porterfield
FOUR LEG BYES! Muzarabani starts with a loosener down leg, William Porterfield looks to tuck but misses. The ball goes off the thigh pad and runs away into the fine leg fence. Ireland are up and running.
Match Info
  • Venue Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
  • Weather Overcast
  • Toss Irelandwon the toss and elected to field
  • Result Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method)
  • Player of the Match Andy McBrine
  • Player of the Series William Porterfield
  • Umpire Alan Neill (IRE), Paul Reynolds (IRE) and Roly Black (IRE)
  • Referee Kevin Gallagher (IRE)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Zimbabwe 131/10 in 34.0 overs
  • Referral 3 (29.2 ovs): Ireland against B Muzarabani (Caught) Successful (IRE: 2, ZIM: 2)
  • Referral 2 (28.2 ovs): Ireland against L Jongwe (LBW) Successful (IRE: 2, ZIM: 2)
  • Rain Stoppage: Zimbabwe 103/5 in 24.4 overs
  • Zimbabwe 100/5 in 24.3 overs
  • Referral 1 (24.1 ovs): Ireland against C Ervine (Caught) Successful (IRE: 2, ZIM: 2)
  • C Ervine 17th ODI fifty: 51 runs in 51 balls (7x4) (1x6)
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe 75/3 in 17.0 overs
  • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 54 balls between C Ervine (35) and W Madhevere (13)
  • Zimbabwe 50/2 in 12.3 overs
  • Powerplay 1 (1-9): Zimbabwe 27/2
  • Ireland 100/2 in 18.3 overs
  • Referral 2 (14.1 ovs): P Stirling against Zimbabwe (LBW) Successful (IRE: 2, ZIM: 2)
  • Referral 1 (11.2 ovs): P Stirling against Zimbabwe (LBW) Successful (IRE: 2, ZIM: 2)
  • Ireland 50/1 in 10.4 overs
  • Mandatory Powerplay (1-7): Ireland 36/0
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Stats
PlayerRunsAvg.
William Porterfield IRE15852.66
Craig Ervine ZIM12160.50
Harry Tector IRE11859.00
Paul Stirling IRE10836.00
Andy Balbirnie IRE8628.66
PlayerWicketsEco.
Blessing Muzarabani ZIM63.77
Andy McBrine IRE42.88
Richard Ngarava ZIM45.27
Josh Little IRE46.52
Simi Singh IRE33.16