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

Ireland win by sizeable margin

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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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  • Dummy4 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?

  • Andrew 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.

  • Schumann 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan Will Play better Cricket

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2012, 17:52 GMT

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

  • Tony 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.

  • vamsi 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..................

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Kevin O Brien is back with a bang.

  • Mark 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

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