Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EC Joyce
112(103) 9x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 15 1 0 4
BRM Taylor
121(91) 11x4 - 4x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 0 5 0 11 1

Best performances - Bowlers

AR Cusack
O9.3
M2
R32
W4
Eco3.36
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TL Chatara
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

10.45pm That's it from all of us. Thrilling game with a bit of controversy. That's what we want, right? We hope the World Cup will keep throwing up this sort of match, and that you'll keep joining us for our coverage. Until next time, goodbye!

Okay then. Here are the captains. First, it's Brendan Taylor: "It's pretty frustrating to be in a winning situation again, and throw it away a little bit. Ireland were a little bit more hungry, they deserved to win. It hasn't been clever cricket from us, at crucial periods. It's a tough one to follow. The bowling was poor, really. We weren't hungry in the field, our energy levels were poor. We need to pull our socks up for the next game. I hit it nicely, but I got out at the wrong time, new batter coming in in the Powerplay, those things add up. You've got to take [Mooney's] word for [the catch], but they zoomed in, and I thought it was pretty clear. But you've got to take the fielder's word."

William Porterfield: "Thought it was a very good score, knew it was a very good wicket, but we knew it was going to be difficult, especially with the short square boundaries. For Cusack to come in and perform like that it was great. It's very hard to tell on the line. It was great skill anyway. I haven't seen it so I don't know. Still in our hands, we'll just go game by game, two points up for grabs, that's it."

Mr.G: "Time for Zing ropes to be introduced?"

Arihant Karnawa: "And the not given SIX (given OUT) is the difference between victory for Zimbabwe today." -- And the thing about it is, I still can't say if his foot touched his rope or not. Could have gone either way, and, as you say, Ireland won by five runs. A six would have won it for Zimbabwe.

Ed Joyce is the man of the match "Thought it was a good toss to win for them," he says. "It was really hard to defend, but the boys pulled it off in the end. Alex Cusack has a cold heart, no, a cool head, and I'm glad he was the one bowling that last over, and I'm glad William Porterfield was under the catch. I had a lot of luck early on before I got to 30 or 40, and I needed that. They bowled well initially, back of a length, it was difficult to get away. Andrew Balbirnie was brilliant too."

10.30pm I've said it before, I'll say it again. What a match. Zimbabwe were four down and sinking, and Taylor and Williams dragged them back with an absolutely magical partnership. Williams kept them going, but when he was out, in controversial circumstances, Zimbabwe looked out of it again. Mupariwa hit 4, 4, 6 off successive balls to bring it down to seven from the final over, but Alex Cusack, fittingly, won it in the last over. He was Ireland's best bowler, and his slower ball kept dragging Ireland back into the game whenever they looked like slipping away.

49.3
W
Cusack to Mupariwa, OUT, and he's gone. Ireland have won this. Goes for the big hit over the bowler's head, this was another slower ball, I think, and he didn't get hold of it at all. Got more elevation than distance, and Porterfield, running in from long-on, took it calmly, a captain's catch. Ireland are still in with a definite chance of making the quarterfinals.
49.2
1
Cusack to Chatara, 1 run, full outside off, comes in a bit. Looks to poke it into the off side for a single, inside-edges it towards backward square leg

Tendai Chatara. No. 11. Zimbabwe need seven to win. Five balls to go.

49.1
W
Cusack to Chakabva, OUT, and he strikes! Chakabva gets on one knee and looks to swipe across the line from outside off. It's the offcutter, and he inside-edges that into his off stump

Seven to win, six balls. Two wickets in hand. The 4048 in the stadium are making the noise of 40,480. Cusack to bowl.

Sudhakar: "What a match and what a resemblance...one batsman scored ton and another out for 90+ in both the teams..but yet the result is moving to final over...what a match.."

END OF OVER:
49 | 19 Runs | ZIM: 325/8

  • T Mupariwa18 (6b)
  • RW Chakabva17 (15b)
  • KJ O'Brien10-0-90-2
  • JF Mooney10-0-58-2
48.6
2
O'Brien to Mupariwa, 2 runs, full on middle stump, swiped down the ground to long-on
48.5
6
O'Brien to Mupariwa, SIX runs, and now he's swung him away for six! It's short, angling into the body, there's a man at deep square leg, but Mupariwa simply clubs him away over that fielder

Slightly redundant, but what a game!

48.4
4
O'Brien to Mupariwa, FOUR runs, and another. Full and wide again, even more width this time, and this time he slices it up over point, but the result is the same

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EC Joyce
112(103) 9x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 15 1 0 4
BRM Taylor
121(91) 11x4 - 4x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 0 5 0 11 1

Best performances - Bowlers

AR Cusack
O9.3
M2
R32
W4
Eco3.36
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TL Chatara
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Centurions

3

No. of Ireland batsmen to hit a World Cup ton before Ed Joyce in this game - Jeremy Bray, Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling.

the 500 club

3

No. of associate-member players to 500 World Cup runs before Ed Joyce. Includes the 152 runs Joyce scored for England.

best at 20

79/1

Ireland's best score against Zimbabwe at the end of the 20th over in ODIs.

stingy, at first

3.2

Zimbabwe's economy in the mandatory Powerplays - the best in this World Cup.

First

0

Number of ODIs Ed Joyce had played against Zimbabwe before today. This is his first game against them in 49 ODIs.

History

1

No. of World Cup games between Ireland and Zimbabwe, which ended in a tie. Zimbabwe have a 3-1 record otherwise.

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039