Ireland v Zimbabwe, World Twenty20 warm-up, Colombo September 13, 2012

Ireland win by sizeable margin

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Ireland 181 for 5 (Niall O'Brien 62*, Mpofu 3-39) beat Zimbabwe 127 for 8 (Masakadza 44, Dockrell 3-28, Cusack 3-6) by 54 runs
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A half-century from Niall O'Brien and three wickets each from spinner George Dockrell and medium-pacer Alex Cusack helped Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs in a warm-up match in Colombo.

Ireland were sent in to bat and made a quick start before losing their openers in successive overs. Niall O'Brien and Ed Joyce steadied the innings with a 83-run stand, and Niall O'Brien carried on to score 62 off 49 balls. Kevin O'Brien provided the finishing touches by smacking 30 off 14 balls to lead Ireland to 181.

Boyd Rankin gave the defence the perfect start by trapping Vusi Sibanda lbw first ball, before Hamilton Masakadza's aggressive 44 off 27 balls powered Zimbabwe to 74 for 2 in the ninth over. Dockrell made the breakthrough by dismissing Masakadza and then got rid of Stuart Matsikenyeri the next ball. Cusack's double strike in the 10th over reduced Zimbabwe to 75 for 6 and they did not recover. Zimbabwe slipped to 83 for 8 before the ninth-wicket partnership led them to 127.

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  • on September 14, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    I wonder why Kevin O'Brien is not in the radar of a neighboring country. One Kevin for another Kevin?

  • Nduru on September 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Well done to Ireland, but I would not read too much into this. The Irish guys have just had a full summer of international and county matches to get them into shape. Zimbabwe, on the other hand have not played cricket since June (our season is yet to start) since beating a nearly full strength South Africa twice in T20s then. On another day, Zim would win. But I do think Ireland can beat bigger teams in the tournament and do deserve full member status.

  • Schumann78 on September 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    zim seem a lil outa touch here .. i know they are a very good bunch of cricketers..juss the rustiness due to lack of match in last few months might have caused this and to be honest Ireland are getting more matches than any other associate have ever got.. so thay should stop whining about being a full member ..keep playing n u'll be there some day ...but before that have some good infrastructure and crowd. Sympathy n goodluck to Zim from bangladesh

  • on September 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    At this format of the game Zimbabwe are good competitors and so are the Irish ! Not to be taken light! But these warm up matches are important to have a good mind set up before the WC ! But having said that can't think why most of the Indian fans think these warm up matches are not important! They've been backing up the lost Windies against Sri Lankans in the other warm up match! Very Amusing!

  • on September 13, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan Will Play better Cricket

  • on September 13, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    And they say Ireland is not good enough for Test status....Pray they beat the big guys ....

  • yoogi on September 13, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats Ireland, this calls for ranking system improvement in T20 to progress in ODI and only top 9 nations in ODIs can qualify to play tests. and all teams should be forced to play teams -4 in their level, ie forcing WI, Ban, Zim, Nz to play against Ireland and Afghanistan, atleast 3 matches every year in one dayers.That will help Ireland play 12-20 ODI matches and should they improve next step will be Test matches.

  • vamsicool on September 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    as one of d most famous commentator's said go ireland go! u hav shown d way to do it .....................simply u rock ireland if i'm not wrong irishmen will push d formless aussies to wall aussies get ready for some action on 19th..................

  • on September 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Kevin O Brien is back with a bang.

  • CricketingStargazer on September 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good win for Ireland, who have shown that they won't be makeweights. However, a warm-up is a warm-up. What counts is to do it when the real action starts. And Ireland desperately need to show that they can get close to Australia to gain credibility for their ranking

  • on September 14, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    I wonder why Kevin O'Brien is not in the radar of a neighboring country. One Kevin for another Kevin?

  • Nduru on September 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Well done to Ireland, but I would not read too much into this. The Irish guys have just had a full summer of international and county matches to get them into shape. Zimbabwe, on the other hand have not played cricket since June (our season is yet to start) since beating a nearly full strength South Africa twice in T20s then. On another day, Zim would win. But I do think Ireland can beat bigger teams in the tournament and do deserve full member status.

  • Schumann78 on September 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    zim seem a lil outa touch here .. i know they are a very good bunch of cricketers..juss the rustiness due to lack of match in last few months might have caused this and to be honest Ireland are getting more matches than any other associate have ever got.. so thay should stop whining about being a full member ..keep playing n u'll be there some day ...but before that have some good infrastructure and crowd. Sympathy n goodluck to Zim from bangladesh

  • on September 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    At this format of the game Zimbabwe are good competitors and so are the Irish ! Not to be taken light! But these warm up matches are important to have a good mind set up before the WC ! But having said that can't think why most of the Indian fans think these warm up matches are not important! They've been backing up the lost Windies against Sri Lankans in the other warm up match! Very Amusing!

  • on September 13, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan Will Play better Cricket

  • on September 13, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    And they say Ireland is not good enough for Test status....Pray they beat the big guys ....

  • yoogi on September 13, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats Ireland, this calls for ranking system improvement in T20 to progress in ODI and only top 9 nations in ODIs can qualify to play tests. and all teams should be forced to play teams -4 in their level, ie forcing WI, Ban, Zim, Nz to play against Ireland and Afghanistan, atleast 3 matches every year in one dayers.That will help Ireland play 12-20 ODI matches and should they improve next step will be Test matches.

  • vamsicool on September 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    as one of d most famous commentator's said go ireland go! u hav shown d way to do it .....................simply u rock ireland if i'm not wrong irishmen will push d formless aussies to wall aussies get ready for some action on 19th..................

  • on September 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Kevin O Brien is back with a bang.

  • CricketingStargazer on September 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good win for Ireland, who have shown that they won't be makeweights. However, a warm-up is a warm-up. What counts is to do it when the real action starts. And Ireland desperately need to show that they can get close to Australia to gain credibility for their ranking

  • TrickDaddy on September 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Don't read much into this, humiliating as this was for Zim you have to feel for them: try have not played int cricket in over 6 months going against county players. They might have underestimated Ireland as well but Ireland is improving, well played Ireland we will see when the real games start..

  • on September 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    This was a warm up game but still, had Ireland lost the knives would have been out for us. We had nothing to gain from the fixture, but the victory was still very good.

    I think the return to form of the O'Brien brothers and Joyce is vital.

    We have a side who bats solidly to 7 even 8. Not insulting 9-10-11, they can still certainly bat and bat well.

    I just hope we can upset Bangladesh then qualify for the next stage of the world cup, with victories in the group stages vs Australia and the Windies :)...

  • on September 13, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I always said Ireland were more deserving than Zimbabwe.

  • on September 13, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Go Zim the Criceting powers that be may not want to see your rise but we believe in you boys and we know you will make us proud. Just replicate the effort you put against SA and you will shock many and the Editors and Media will eat HMBLE PIE

  • colombo_SL on September 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I think, Sri Lankan team should not take their first game with ZIM easily. In a big competion, every team is a big challenge n ZIM can bounce back strongly.

  • on September 13, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    C'mon Ireland!! The minnows take yet another FULL MEMBER scalp. Please excuse me if that sounds sarcastic - just reminding people that Ireland do this stuff on a playing field which is slanted heavily against them. Our boys have to fight 'the system' AS WELL AS the teams they meet on the field. Brilliant work lads. Good luck next week.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Good solid win by the mighty Irish, I would love to see an upset or two from the Irish, but being a Aussie fan, i wish you were in a different group.

  • colombo_SL on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Congratulation Ireland. I feel your team can make a big upset in this tournament. Red signal to WI & Aus.

  • Irelandcricketfan on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    No disrespect to Zimbabwe (I've been there- lovely country, lovely people), but that was a routine, comfortable win. Our guys knew they were better, and delivered. Can someone tell me honestly why Zim are Full Members and we aren't? (Note, I say Full Member, not Test status). My only niggle is Murtagh. The fact that he (with such a fantastic County record) isn't peforming (yet) on the same level as the other Irish bowlers underlines how good (and under-rated) the likes of Cusack, Sorensen and Johnston have been over the years. Far sterner tests to come, but good work, lads. Keep her lit.

  • Dylan Keith on September 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    First international action for Zimbabwe since June, so not too surprised by their inadequecies in this game. Really think it is unacceptable that a full member nation has so little international exposure. ICC really needs to do more for these countries like giving better nations incentive to tour them, rather than just rely on their altruism.

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  • Dylan Keith on September 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    First international action for Zimbabwe since June, so not too surprised by their inadequecies in this game. Really think it is unacceptable that a full member nation has so little international exposure. ICC really needs to do more for these countries like giving better nations incentive to tour them, rather than just rely on their altruism.

  • Irelandcricketfan on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    No disrespect to Zimbabwe (I've been there- lovely country, lovely people), but that was a routine, comfortable win. Our guys knew they were better, and delivered. Can someone tell me honestly why Zim are Full Members and we aren't? (Note, I say Full Member, not Test status). My only niggle is Murtagh. The fact that he (with such a fantastic County record) isn't peforming (yet) on the same level as the other Irish bowlers underlines how good (and under-rated) the likes of Cusack, Sorensen and Johnston have been over the years. Far sterner tests to come, but good work, lads. Keep her lit.

  • colombo_SL on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Congratulation Ireland. I feel your team can make a big upset in this tournament. Red signal to WI & Aus.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 13, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Good solid win by the mighty Irish, I would love to see an upset or two from the Irish, but being a Aussie fan, i wish you were in a different group.

  • on September 13, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    C'mon Ireland!! The minnows take yet another FULL MEMBER scalp. Please excuse me if that sounds sarcastic - just reminding people that Ireland do this stuff on a playing field which is slanted heavily against them. Our boys have to fight 'the system' AS WELL AS the teams they meet on the field. Brilliant work lads. Good luck next week.

  • colombo_SL on September 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I think, Sri Lankan team should not take their first game with ZIM easily. In a big competion, every team is a big challenge n ZIM can bounce back strongly.

  • on September 13, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Go Zim the Criceting powers that be may not want to see your rise but we believe in you boys and we know you will make us proud. Just replicate the effort you put against SA and you will shock many and the Editors and Media will eat HMBLE PIE

  • on September 13, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I always said Ireland were more deserving than Zimbabwe.

  • on September 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    This was a warm up game but still, had Ireland lost the knives would have been out for us. We had nothing to gain from the fixture, but the victory was still very good.

    I think the return to form of the O'Brien brothers and Joyce is vital.

    We have a side who bats solidly to 7 even 8. Not insulting 9-10-11, they can still certainly bat and bat well.

    I just hope we can upset Bangladesh then qualify for the next stage of the world cup, with victories in the group stages vs Australia and the Windies :)...

  • TrickDaddy on September 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Don't read much into this, humiliating as this was for Zim you have to feel for them: try have not played int cricket in over 6 months going against county players. They might have underestimated Ireland as well but Ireland is improving, well played Ireland we will see when the real games start..