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As it happened: World T20 Qualifiers, Ireland vs Zimbabwe


Cricketnext Staff
Mar 17, 2014 at 07:38pm IST

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Toss: Ireland won the toss and have opted to bowl against Zimbabwe.

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As it happened: World T20 Qualifiers, Ireland vs Zimbabwe

Chasing 164 to win, Ireland reached the target on the last ball of the match with Paul Stirling being the top-scorer with 60.

Ireland: Porterfield, K O'Brien, Sorensen, Cusack, Stirling, Joyce, Wilson, Dockrell, Thompson, McBrine, Poynter

Zimbabwe: Taylor, Masakadza, Sibanda, Chigumbura, Maruma, Raza, Utseya, Panyangara, Williams, Chatara, Kamungozi

Commentary (Ireland 1st Innings)

Paul Stirling gets the Man of the Match for his scintillating batting. Says that he is glad that they got over the line in the end. That's all we have from this match. Cheers!!!

Tinashe Panyangara was hot and cold with his performance. On one hand he went for plenty of runs and on the other hand picked wickets too to keep his side interested. He finished with a four-wicket haul and the other bowler who impressed the most was Tendai Chatara with bowling figures of 4-0-20-1. Zimbabwe fought hard till the end and would be crestfallen after the defeat.

Phew! What a terrific game we just witnessed! Zimbabwe were never in the contest after a brisk start provided by Stirling and Porterfield but the African side made a resounding comeback. They picked wickets at vital juncture and kept themselves in hunt but the little cameo played by Kevin O'Brien hurt them the most. Ireland will be relieved after the win as it makes their path to main tournament a bit smooth with Netherlands and U.A.E. left to play.

19.6 T Panyangara to A Cusack, IRELAND WIN BY 3 WICKETS! Oh, Brendan Taylor! Had you hit the stumps, that would have been a Super Over! Fullish ball outside off, Cusack fails to put bat on ball and they attempt for a bye. Taylor aims at the stumps at his end but fails to hit. Oh dear, Zimbabwean players are standing in the middle dejected! What a game it was! 164/7

Field is up now!!

19.5 T Panyangara to S Thompson, Digs out a yorker off the outside edge to third man and takes a single. Scores are tied. Super Over? 163/7

Alex Cusack is the new batsman.

19.4 T Panyangara to Max Sorensen, OUT! Run out! Hello, what is happening here for Ireland?? That's suicide! Low full toss on off, Sorensen drives it straight to mid off and sets off for a risky single. Williams climbs onto the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. Sorensen is not even in the picture. 162/7

Max Sorensen is the new batsman.

19.3 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, OUT! Timber! A terrific yorker, pitching on the leg stump line, hint of swing in the air as well, Joyce fails to keep it out and the stumps are disturbed. Now then, is there any twist in the tail? 2 needed off 3! 162/6

19.2 T Panyangara to S Thompson, A low full toss outside off, Thompson forces it through covers and Sibanda does well from mid off to stop the ball from racing away. A single. 162/5

19.1 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, A very full delivery on the pads, Joyce flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 161/5

Tinashe Panyangara to bowl the last over. 4 runs needed!

18.6 T Chatara to S Thompson, Quicker delivery on leg, Thompson fails to flick it. He looks for a leg bye but Joyce sends him back. Fine spell by Chatara, 4-0-20-1! 160/5

18.5 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, Slower short delivery outside off, Joyce drags it through square leg for a single. 160/5

18.4 T Chatara to S Thompson, Slower length delivery outside off, Joyce is deceives a bit but does well to tap it down to point for a brisk single. 5 needed off 8! 159/5

18.3 T Chatara to S Thompson, Play and a miss! Fullish ball again, angling away from the batsman, Joyce swings his blade blindly and misses. 158/5

18.2 T Chatara to S Thompson, Pushes a full ball to covers. Dot ball. 158/5

18.1 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, Full length delivery angling away from the batsman, Joyce caresses it through covers for a single. 158/5

Stuart Thompson is the new batsman.

17.6 T Panyangara to K O'Brien, OUT! Kevin O'Brien perishes for the cause after a lovely cameo! Panyangara bowls it very full on middle and off, O'Brien once again tries to go big over long off but fails to get enough distance behind it. Williams manning the long off region takes the catch safely. 157/5

17.5 T Panyangara to K O'Brien, FOUR! Edgy! A low full toss on middle, O'Brien aims to heave it across the line but it catches the inside edge and screams past the short fine leg fielder. 157/4

17.4 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, Fullish ball on off, Joyce drives it through mid off for a single. 153/4

17.3 T Panyangara to K O'Brien, Hits a full ball firmly down to long on for one. 152/4

17.2 T Panyangara to K O'Brien, FOUR! K O'Brien is motoring! A very full ball on off, Kevin holds his ground and smacks it over extra cover for a cracking boundary. 151/4

17.1 T Panyangara to K O'Brien, SIX! Go fetch that! Just a touch short in length on off, Kevin goes back to make some room and launches it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 147/4

Tinashe Panyangara comes into the attack.

16.6 S Williams to Ed Joyce, Little short in length on off, Joyce hops back and punches it through covers for a couple. 23 needed off 18 balls! 141/4

16.5 S Williams to Ed Joyce, Joyce has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 139/4

16.4 S Williams to K O'Brien, Goes down on on knee for the sweep shot but misses and is hit on the pads. They take a leg bye. 139/4

16.3 S Williams to K O'Brien, Goes deep inside the crease and hits it through the off side. Fails to beat the cover fielder though. 138/4

16.2 S Williams to K O'Brien, Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds mid-wicket. 138/4

16.1 S Williams to Ed Joyce, Chance of a run out missed! Flatter full ball fired on middle and leg, Joyce comes down the track to heave it over mid-wicket but misses and it comes off his pads. The ball rolls to covers and O'Brien calls him through for a quick run. The throw at the bowler's end is wide and Joyce makes it to the crease with a full length dive. 138/4

Bit of a delay as Brendan Taylor is having a chat with Tinashe Panyangara. There is the bowling change now. Sean Williams comes back into the attack. Big gamble!

15.6 P Utseya to Ed Joyce, Lovely footwork to come down the track and Joyce forces it through mid on for a run. 137/4

15.5 P Utseya to Ed Joyce, Utseya is on the shorter side outside off, Joyce goes back and cuts it through point for a couple of runs. 136/4

15.4 P Utseya to K O'Brien, Flighted off-spinner on off, Kevin ticks it through mid-wicket for one. 134/4

15.3 P Utseya to Ed Joyce, Walks forward with a flick shot and places it through mid-wicket for a run. 133/4

15.2 P Utseya to K O'Brien, Goes down on one knee and sweeps it with the spin through square leg for a single. 132/4

15.2 P Utseya to K O'Brien, Wide! Spinning down the leg side. 131/4

15.1 P Utseya to Ed Joyce, Touch short in length outside off, cut through point for a single. 130/4

Kevin O'Brien arrives in the middle.

14.6 T Panyangara to G Wilson, OUT! Another one bites the dust! This is getting interesting now. Panyangara bowls a full ball outside off, hint of away movement again, Wilson tries to force it through the line but edges it behind. The ball goes quickly to first slip where Masakadza takes a sharp catch. 129/4

14.5 T Panyangara to G Wilson, Little bit of seam movement outside off, Wilson pushes inside the line and misses. 129/3

Gary Wilson is the new batsman.

14.4 T Panyangara to A Poynter, OUT! Gone! A very full ball on off, Poynter closes the face of the bat and flicks it uppishly towards mid-wicket where Chigumbura dives forward to snap the catch inches above the surface. There was some doubt whether it was a bump ball or not but it wasn't and the catch was also clean. Good little knock by Poynter comes to an end. 35 needed off 32! 129/3

Doubt over a catch! The umpires are having a chat and now they are referring it to the third umpire.

14.3 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, Full and following the batsman down the leg side, Joyce fails to flick it and it comes off his pads. They cross for a leg bye. 129/2

14.2 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, Slower delivery this time, on a length and outside off, Joyce flashes and misses. 128/2

14.1 T Panyangara to Ed Joyce, Play and a miss! Full and zipping away from the left-hander, Joyce tries to drive it but misses. 128/2

Tinashe Panyangara is brought back into the attack.

13.6 H Masakadza to A Poynter, FOUR! What a shot! Terrific use of the bottom hand. Touch short in length on middle and leg, Poynter gets back a bit and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 128/2

13.5 H Masakadza to Ed Joyce, Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, Joyce opens the face of the bat and taps it down to short third man for one. 124/2

13.4 H Masakadza to A Poynter, Angles in a full ball on middle, Poynter forces it down to long on for one. 123/2

13.3 H Masakadza to Ed Joyce, Driven through covers for a single. 122/2

13.2 H Masakadza to Ed Joyce, Puts it on a fuller length outside off, Joyce was looking to hit it through covers but ends up mishitting it back to the bowler. 121/2

13.1 H Masakadza to A Poynter, Full length delivery on off, stroked through covers for an easy single. 121/2

Hamilton Masakadza is back on.

12.6 T Kamungozi to A Poynter, Quicker delivery on middle and off, skidding on, Poynter hops back and punches it through covers for a run. 120/2

12.5 T Kamungozi to A Poynter, FOUR! Rubbish delivery, short and wide, there to be hit, Poynter latches onto it and slaps it over cover-point for a boundary. 119/2

12.4 T Kamungozi to Ed Joyce, Touch short in length and on off, Joyce makes some room and places it through covers for a run. 115/2

12.3 T Kamungozi to A Poynter, Full and on middle, chipped over mid on for a run. 114/2

12.2 T Kamungozi to A Poynter, Little short in length again, on off, Poynter slashes it through covers for a couple of runs. Good running! 113/2

12.1 T Kamungozi to A Poynter, Touch short in length on off, cut straight to point. 111/2

Tafadzwa Kamungozi is back into the attack.

11.6 S Williams to A Poynter, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 53 needed off 48! 111/2

11.5 S Williams to Ed Joyce, Tapped to mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 110/2

11.4 S Williams to A Poynter, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 109/2

11.3 S Williams to A Poynter, FOUR! Boom! Tossed up delivery on middle, Poynter goes down on one knee and sweeps it firmly over square leg and in the gap for a boundary. 108/2

11.2 S Williams to A Poynter, Floated full ball on middle and leg, Poynter gets down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs. The throw from the deep hits umpire Steve Davis. Nothing serious and there are smiles all around. 104/2

11.1 S Williams to A Poynter, Sliding down the leg side, Poynter fails to flick it off his pads. 102/2

10.6 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run. 102/2

10.5 T Chatara to A Poynter, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single. 102/2

10.4 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single. 101/2

Andrew Poynter walks in next.

10.3 T Chatara to P Stirling, OUT! Massive breakthrough for Zimbabwe, Stirling departs for a 34-ball 60! But is it too late for the African side? Another slower delivery by Chatara, full and around off, Stirling tries to heave it across the line but gets a top edge towards mid on. Raza moves swiftly to his left from mid-wicket and dives to take a nice catch. 100/2

10.2 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, Touch short in length on middle, slower in pace, turned through mid-wicket for a run. 100/1

10.1 T Chatara to Ed Joyce, Looks to work it across the line but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 99/1

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