Zimbabwe vs Ireland
Ireland win by 3 wickets
Ireland started very well, going at almost 10 per over at the start and then lost a few big wickets, but regular strikes from O'Brien and Stirling made sure they kept the required rate in check. Good chase from Ireland, it will give them a lot of confidence.
Over 20 - Ire 164/7 (Cusack 0, Thompson 3)
Final over, Ireland need 4 runs from it. Panyangara to bowl the last over, Joyce hits it to deep midwicket for a single. Another single, and then Panyangara strikes. WICKET! bowled him, Panyangara bowls Joyce, the yorker does the trick, important wicket with Ireland needing only 2 runs. Zimbabwe have done well to stretch it this far. WICKET! And now there is a run out, Ireland panic with only 2 runs required. Sorensen digs out the yorker and wants the single, Williams hits the stumps. Sorensen comes and goes, Cusack is the new man in. A single and the scores are level. They scramble through for a bye and win the match. Zimbabwe lose a well fought battle, but Ireland chase down a good score on a slow pitch.
Over 19 - Ire 160/5 (Joyce 21, Thompson 1)
Chatara comes back into the attack, Joyce takes a single to cover. A couple of dots and then another single, a dot to end the over.
Over 18 - Ire 157/5 (Joyce 19)
Panyangara returns and Kevin O'Brien starts the over with a six, he pulls it over deep midwicket and clears the ropes. Four, 10 runs from the first two balls, O'Brien lofts it over mid-off for four. A couple of singles and then O'Brien hits anther boundary, and WICKET! Panyangara gets the wicket, O'Brien hits it straight to Williams who takes the catch. Ireland need 7 from 12 balls.
Over 17 - Ire 141/4 (O'Brien 2, Joyce 18)
Williams to bowl his last over, a leg bye to start the over and then a couple of dots. A couple of runs to end the over. Good over to finish Williams' spell.
Over 16 - Ire 137/4 (O'Brien 2, Joyce 16)
O'Brien walks out to bat, he is a good striker of the ball. Utseya bowls it Joyce who takes a single from the first ball, 34 needed from 29 balls. A wide down the leg side from Utseya. A couple of singles and Kevin is off the mark. Another single and then Joyce gets a couple of runs as he cuts it through point. End of the over, 27 more needed from 24 balls.
Over 15 - Ire 129/4 ( Joyce 11)
Panyangara comes back into the attack, after an expensive first over. There is an appeal for a catch at midwicket, but it could be a bump ball. The umpires call for the third umpire. WICKET! Zimbabwe strike at a crucial time. Chigumbura falls forward and takes a good catch, Poynter tried to hit it past him at midwicket. Good catch and wicket for Zimbabwe. WICKET! Panyangara answers the captain's call, strikes twice in one over, Wilson, the keeper hits the second ball to Masakadza and Zimbabwe claim another wicket.
Over 14 - Ire 120/2 (Poynter 17, Joyce 9)
44 needed from 42 balls, can Ireland win this? Poynter takes a single from the first ball to give the strike to Joyce. Three singles and then Poynter ends the over with a boundary, 8 from the over.
Over 13 - Ire 120/2 (Poynter 17, Joyce 9)
Kamungozi starts his second over, Poynter takes a couple of runs to deep point and then a couple of singles to follow. Four, Poynter hits it through backward point for four, good shot from him. A single to end the over and Ireland are 120 for 2.
Over 12 - Ire 111/2 (Poynter 9, Joyce 8)
Poynter hits it to deep midwicket for a couple of runs, the throw hits the umpire who takes a blow on his shoulder. Four, Poynter looks to keep the acceleration going, hits it through the gap at deep square leg for four. Three singles to end the over.
Over 11 - Ire 102/2 (Poynter 1, Joyce 7)
WICKET! Chatara gets the big wicket of Stirling, Raza takes a very well judged catch, Stirling hits it in the air straight down the ground and Ireland lose their second wicket. Poynter walks out to bat. Good over from Chatara.
Over 10 - Ire 99/1 (Stirling 60, Joyce 5)
Utseya to bowl the 10th over, Stirling starts the over with a boundary, three singles and then a couple more runs to Joyce. 10 runs from the over, Ireland going at almost 10 runs per over.
Over 9 - Ire 89/1 (Stirling 54, Joyce 1)
WICKET! Williams gets the first wicket for Zimbabwe, Porterfield hits it straight to Maruma at deep midwicket. The captain falls for 31, Joyce walks out to bat. A couple of singles and then Stirling hits a six to get to his 50, he is in good form. Ireland 89 for 1.
Over 8 - Ire 79/0 (Stirling 45, Proterfield 31)
Stirling attack Masakadza in his first over, a couple of boundaries, the first one goes through third man and the next one through deep square leg. A couple more for Stirling who looks like he is hitting the ball well.
Over 7 - Ire 67/0 (Stirling 34, Proterfield 30)
Six singles from the over, this will keep Ireland going, 67 for no loss.
Over 6 - Ire 61/0 (Stirling 32, Proterfield 27)
Four fours from Stirling, big over for Ireland and Panyangara is put under pressure at the start of his spell. Stirling ends the over with a couple of runs. 18 runs from the over.
Over 5 - Ire 43/0 (Stirling 14, Proterfield 27)
Chatara continues, Stirling joins the action hitting the first ball for four through square leg. Three singles follow. A wide and then Porterfield ends the over with a four through fine leg. 12 runs from the over.
Over 4 - Ire 31/0 (Stirling 9, Proterfield 22)
Porterfield starts the over with a four. A couple of singles and then the captain hits a six, Utseya hit over deep midwicket.
Over 3 - Ire 19/0 (Stirling 8, Proterfield 11)
Chatara comes into the attack, Porterfield pushes it into the leg side and gets a couple of runs. Three runs from the over, the required rate now 8.4.
Over 2 - Ire 16/0 (Stirling 8, Proterfield 8)
A single from Stirling and then Porterfield hits his first boundary of the innings. Three singles to end the over, 8 from it again.
- 17th Mar 2014
- Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Sylhet Stadium
- M Erasmus, S J Davis
- TV Umpire
- B N J Oxenford
- Match Referee
- D C Boon
- Reserve Umpire
- B F Bowden
ireland BATTING CARD
|W.T.S. Porterfield||c Maruma b Williams||31|
|P.R. Stirling||c Butt b Chatara||60|
|E.C. Joyce||b Panyangara||22|
|A.D. Poynter||c Chigumbura b Panyangara||23|
|G.C. Wilson||c Masakadza b Panyangara||0|
|K.J. O'Brien||c Williams b Panyangara||17|
|S.R. Thompson||Not out||3|
|M.C. Sorensen||run out (Williams)||0|
|A.R. Cusack||Not out||0|
|Extras||3w, 1b, 4lb||8|
|Total||20.0 Overs||164 - 7|