Player of the Match
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302dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Ireland hold on for last-gasp win

Ireland prevailed over Zimbabwe in a tense win on St Patrick's Day, after a middle-order stutter left them needing two off the last two balls

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

PR Stirling
60(34) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 4 13 8 5 1 6 18
BRM Taylor
59(46) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 25 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
1 4 7 0 3 6 24 14

Best performances - Bowlers

T Panyangara
O4
M1
R37
W4
Eco9.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GH Dockrell
O4
M0
R18
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Series

Toss

Ireland , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match days

17 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Ireland 2, Zimbabwe 0

Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran

END OF OVER:
20 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | IRE: 164/7 | RR: 8.20

  • AR Cusack0 (1b)
  • SR Thompson3 (6b)
  • T Panyangara4-1-37-4
  • TL Chatara4-0-20-1

The players looked a little bewildered for a few seconds, especially Thompson after the collision. Taylor knew all he had to do was hit the target as Thompson was still miles away.

A nerve-wracking game but Ireland will know they should never have got it this close. Some of those shots will be revisited. But credit to Panyangara for coming back after getting pasted in his first over. Stirling is the Man of the Match: Just glad we got over the line. We have played all over Bangladesh in the recent past. Wasn't really looking towards the final stages of the match.

Porterfield: "All credit to the way Zimbabwe bowled in the last few overs. There might have been a bit more for the seamers under the lights. We have to regroup and make it two from two."

Taylor: "Our batters didn't carry on after their starts, about 20 runs short. Proud of the way the boys fought. The ball started swinging and it made it a bit difficult for them. I decided to stay back to Panyangara for the last ball because I knew he was a good death bowler. Full and straight was the way to go. These things happen."

So two simultaneous matches going down to the last over. Pakistan edging past New Zealand in Mirpur. The matches continue today. Netherlands and UAE will battle it out at Sylhet in a short while from now. Do stay on for that.

Shenzy, Dublin: ""The Luck of the irish" - Happy St. Patricks Day to all from Dublin. The party has just begun :-)"

Thanks for your company for this one. We will see you soon.

19.6
1b
Panyangara to Cusack, 1 bye, they scramble through with a bye and Taylor fails to hit the target! Alex Cusack tries to force away a yorker outside off, he missed and so did Taylor with his under-arm throw to the striker's end, Thompson collided with a fielder as he completed the bye and by then Cusack was safe at the other end
19.5
1
Panyangara to Thompson, 1 run, it's a low full toss and he makes room and gets an outside edge to third man, good sliding stop restricts it to a single
19.4
W
Panyangara to Sorensen, OUT, and we have a run out in the middle of all this would you believe this! Sorensen digs out a yorker to mid-off and risks the single, the throw from Williams was accurate and Sorensen was miles short, he collided with the bowler but Panyanagara wasn't complaining

MC Sorensen run out (Williams) 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.3
W
Panyangara to Joyce, OUT, and a magnificent inswinging yorker from Panyangara makes things interesting again! Joyce made a bit of room and exposed his stumps, he failed to get his bat down to dig it out, the ball just kissed the leg stump and knocked down the leg bail

EC Joyce b Panyangara 22 (50m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

19.2
1
Panyangara to Thompson, 1 run, this was full and wide and he makes room and almost pierces the gap at mid-off, they take a single

Azeem: "Ireland turned a mountain into a molehill and now theyre trying to make it into a mountain again."

19.1
1
Panyangara to Joyce, 1 run, pitched up on the pads and Joyce flicks this one over midwicket, fumble by Raza but only a single

So 4 needed off 6. Zimbabwe have done well to drag this to the last over. Panyangara to bowl the final over

Half-century count

5

No. of fifties for Stirling in T20s, which is same as the all other Ireland batsmen put together

Tall order

156

Ireland's best score in the second innings to win a match. The highest they have scored in second innings is 172, against Canada, but they lost the match

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.9
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.54
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017