World T20 - 3rd match, First Round Group B

Ireland v Zimbabwe

Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Sikandar Raza has come out to open, with Hamilton Masakadza. Spin to open, Paul Stirling

Clear skies in Sylhet. Jonty Rhodes had a look at the pitch. It's dry and hard, slow and likely to turn a bit. Like a typical Bangladesh pitch.

A few grounds came up in the country before the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. This is the first ICC tournament in the country following that, and we have Sylhet as the latest entrant. Cox's Bazar was supposed to host a few games but unfortunately, due to delays, they couldn't get it match ready on time. That's something to look forward to in the future.

Anurag: "So Ireland have left out their best and most experienced pace bowler, Tim Murtagh? Strange tactics I must say."

bijoyshankar: "yesterday we saw another of these kind of stuff between a struggling full member and a rising associate...but i hope today ireland will stand tall and make a mini upset today..."

Toss, 3pm: Ireland have won the toss and they are bowling first.

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

The two line-ups are above.

Happy St Patrick's Day to all the Ireland fans here! Remember this same day, seven years ago, in Kingston.

2.45pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the first qualifying match of the day, between Ireland and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh introduces its newest venue to international cricket, Sylhet, situated in the country's North East.

This is a clash between a struggling Full Member and a rising Associate. Read the preview here.

0.1

Stirling to Masakadza, 1 run, comes round the wicket, drops it short, goes slowly to the batsman and whipped to deep midwicket, protection there

0.2

Stirling to Sikandar Raza, no run, tossed down the leg side, should have swept that away, mistimed to the leg side

0.3

Stirling to Sikandar Raza, no run, tossed up and he comes forward to defend

0.4

Stirling to Sikandar Raza, 1 bye, beaten on the drive and it beats the keeper as well

0.5

Stirling to Masakadza, no run, quicker one and he gets forward to defend

0.6

Stirling to Masakadza, 2 runs, this one skidded though and neatly punched through the gap at cover and point

Nduru: "Why do we always have to play Ireland on St Patrick's Day? It gives them an immediate feeling of confidence and does not auger well for Zimbabwe! " You can guess which country he's from

End of over 1 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
H Masakadza    3* (3b)      PR Stirling    1-0-3-0
Sikandar Raza    0* (3b)     

Alex Cusack to bowl

1.1

Cusack to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, the first of the match and at Sylhet! Juicy half volley wide outside off and moving away, driven firmly wide of cover

1.2

Cusack to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, not very convincing though, this was pitched up and he was looking to drive straighter, ended up chipping it over cover and the outfield was quick enough for it to reach the rope

1.3

Cusack to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs, this was hit harder but mistimed, looked to carve it over mid-off but miscued and it lands bear deep cover and doesn't make the rope

1.4

Cusack to Sikandar Raza, no run, he looked to whack this to the on side but played too early, missed and he drags his back foot back

1.5

Cusack to Sikandar Raza, OUT, poor shot! Raza looked to repeat the shot from the previous ball, he may have played this too early and the ball came on a bit slower, pulled straight to mid-on where Sorensen hops and takes it over his head

Sikandar Raza c Sorensen b Cusack 10 (7m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

1.6

Cusack to Taylor, 2 runs, full on the pads and worked to the leg side

End of over 2 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 16/1 (RR: 8.00)
BRM Taylor    2* (1b)      AR Cusack    1-0-12-1
H Masakadza    3* (3b)      PR Stirling    1-0-3-0

2.1

Stirling to Masakadza, no run, full on the pads and worked towards the bowler

2.2

Stirling to Masakadza, no run, beaten on the drive again, skidded through

2.3

Stirling to Masakadza, 1 run, down the track and he drills it down the ground to long-on

2.4

Stirling to Taylor, FOUR, down the leg side and swept fine, short fine leg was in place and Taylor did well to sweep it wide of him

2.5

Stirling to Taylor, 1 leg bye, he gets away with this one, down the leg side again but the sweep finds the fielder

2.6

Stirling to Masakadza, 1 run, punched towards mid-off and they set off quickly, fumble by the fielder but it doesn't cost another run

End of over 3 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 23/1 (RR: 7.66)
H Masakadza    5* (7b)      PR Stirling    2-0-9-0
BRM Taylor    6* (3b 1x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-12-1

3.1

Sorensen to Masakadza, no run, good length outside the off stump and he chops it straight to backward point

3.2

Sorensen to Masakadza, FOUR, well played! This was drifting down the leg side, short fine leg was in place, Masakadza moved across his stumps and mowed that over the fielder

3.3

Sorensen to Masakadza, FOUR, smashed that down the ground, pitched up outside off and Masakadza gets under the bounce and slams it over mid-off

3.4

Sorensen to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, a bit too straight and he plays it off his pads to the on side

3.5

Sorensen to Taylor, 1 run, he chops this to the off side for a single

3.6

Sorensen to Masakadza, 2 runs, it's a let-off for Masakadza! Pitched up and he looks to loft it over the on side, miscued, it wasmiles in the air and the fielder Cusack back pedals at midwicket and fails to judge it

End of over 4 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 35/1 (RR: 8.75)
H Masakadza    15* (12b 2x4)      MC Sorensen    1-0-11-0
BRM Taylor    7* (4b 1x4)      PR Stirling    2-0-9-0

4.1

Dockrell to Taylor, no run, tossed up and he gets forward to defend

4.2

Dockrell to Taylor, no run, he makes a bit of room and punches it with the turn to cover

4.3

Dockrell to Taylor, no run, gets forward and knocks it to the on side

4.4

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 run, full on the pads and he works it to the on side

4.5

Dockrell to Masakadza, 1 run

4.6

Dockrell to Taylor, FOUR, punishes a low full toss, juicy delivery drifting on the pads, Taylor gets on his knee and slams it wide of short fine leg

End of over 5 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 41/1 (RR: 8.20)
BRM Taylor    12* (9b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-6-0
H Masakadza    16* (13b 2x4)      MC Sorensen    1-0-11-0

Keeper up to the stumps

5.1

Cusack to Masakadza, FOUR, this was too full and wide outside off, gets across and caresses it wide of mid-off and cover

5.2

Cusack to Masakadza, 1 run, a bit too straight and he clips it to the on side

5.3

Cusack to Taylor, SIX, the first one in Sylhet! Pitched up on middle, Taylor stays at the crease, bends and slams it over the bowler and down to the sight screen

5.4

Cusack to Taylor, no run, length ball and no room to free his arms, defends this

5.5

Cusack to Taylor, no run, tries to run this wide of third man but can't beat the fielder

5.6

Cusack to Taylor, FOUR, it you pitch it up you will get slammed, it was wide outside off and he gets underneath it and scoops it over deep extra cover, it lands just before the rope

End of over 6 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 56/1 (RR: 9.33)
BRM Taylor    22* (13b 3x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    2-0-27-1
H Masakadza    21* (15b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-6-0

6.1

McBrine to Masakadza, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

6.2

McBrine to Masakadza, OUT, another wicket off a poor shot! Masakadza went down the track but changed his shot and half heartedly chipped this straight to short midwicket, he was let off earlier but failed to make full use of the chance

H Masakadza c Porterfield b McBrine 21 (23m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 123.52

Brian Tsekwende: "Back home not many have given this Zimbabwean side a chance of progressing, after the well documented impasse wit the board of money...the late start to the domestic season and the cancellation of the T20 championship, the failure against a minnow(Hong Kong) last week. The side however has the necessary experience to see them through. Past performances against Pakistan, and Bangladesh at home, participation of Zim player in the BPL should see them in good stead."

6.3

McBrine to Williams, 2 runs, almost a third wicket! Tossed up and Williams gets forward and gets a leading edge that lobs over cover

6.4

McBrine to Williams, SIX, that's more like it, tossed up and Williams gets on his knee and connects the slog sweep very well and clears deep square leg

6.5

McBrine to Williams, 1 run, and that's followed by another leading edge! Ball stopped on him and this time it only just cleared the bowler

6.6

McBrine to Taylor, 1 run

End of over 7 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 66/2 (RR: 9.42)
BRM Taylor    23* (14b 3x4 1x6)      AR McBrine    1-0-10-1
SC Williams    9* (3b 1x6)      AR Cusack    2-0-27-1

7.1

Dockrell to Taylor, 2 runs, he stays back at the crease and knocks it to the on side

7.2

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 run, quicker one and he pushes it to the off side for a single

7.3

Dockrell to Williams, 1 run, tossed up and he clips it to the on side for a single

7.4

Dockrell to Taylor, no run, quicker one and he drives back to the bowler

7.5

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 run, too full and straight and clipped to the leg side

7.6

Dockrell to Williams, 1 run, plays the reverse sweep this time but he ends up placing it straight to short third man, quick single

Mpolastic: "Taylor should change roles now and anchor, Sean and Vusi play in a hurry, give Elton 4-5 overs to smack it around 180+ possible"

End of over 8 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 72/2 (RR: 9.00)
SC Williams    11* (5b 1x6)      GH Dockrell    2-0-12-0
BRM Taylor    27* (18b 3x4 1x6)      AR McBrine    1-0-10-1

8.1

McBrine to Williams, no run, flatter delivery and he gets well forward and defends

8.2

McBrine to Williams, FOUR, Williams seems to favour the sweep, this was flatter and he was down on his knee early and swept this one wide of deep square leg

8.3

McBrine to Williams, 1 run, flatter one and he stays back and punches this one down to long-off

8.4

McBrine to Taylor, 1 run, flatter one and he clips it to the on side

8.5

McBrine to Williams, OUT, Appeal for a stumping and Williams is walking! And ironically it's the sweep that's cost him his wicket, this was cleverly tossed up McBrine, slowed down the pace and foxed him, Williams was too early on the sweep, he had a long stride forward, Wilson was alert and whipped off the bails immediately, Williams' back foot was outside the crease and he failed to get his bat back on time

SC Williams st †Wilson b McBrine 16 (9m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 177.77

8.6

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, on the pads and worked to the on side

End of over 9 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 79/3 (RR: 8.77)
V Sibanda    1* (1b)      AR McBrine    2-0-17-2
BRM Taylor    28* (19b 3x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    2-0-12-0

9.1

Stirling to Sibanda, 1 run, flatter one and on the pads and he works it to the on side

9.2

Stirling to Taylor, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side this time

9.2

Stirling to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads and worked to the on side

9.3

Stirling to Sibanda, 1 run, he stays back and punches it down the ground to long-on

9.4

Stirling to Taylor, 1 run, flatter one and he punches it down the ground to long-on

9.5

Stirling to Sibanda, 1 run, he shuffles and knocks it towards midwicket

9.6

Stirling to Taylor, no run, tries to squeeze this past midwicket but Porterfield slides and cuts it off

Xolile: "@Mpolastic - from where they are now, 180 would be par. If things go their way they could get up to 190 or even 200."

End of over 10 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 85/3 (RR: 8.50)
BRM Taylor    30* (22b 3x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    3-0-15-0
V Sibanda    4* (4b)      AR McBrine    2-0-17-2

10.1

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, down the track and he doesn't time it properly, chips it towards deep square leg

10.2

McBrine to Taylor, no run, punches it straight to mid-on

10.3

McBrine to Taylor, 1 leg bye, slower through the air and he looks to sweep it from outside off and he fails to connect, rolls off the body

10.4

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, flatter one on the pads and clipped to square leg

10.5

McBrine to Taylor, 1 run, works it away past the gap at square leg

10.6

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, tossed up and he drills a low full toss down to long-off

End of over 11 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 90/3 (RR: 8.18)
V Sibanda    7* (7b)      AR McBrine    3-0-21-2
BRM Taylor    31* (25b 3x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    3-0-15-0

11.1

Stirling to Sibanda, 1 run, drifts on the body and he works it to the on side

11.2

Stirling to Taylor, SIX, quite effortless! Tossed up and he took a couple of paces down the track and chipped it high over deep midwicket

11.3

Stirling to Taylor, 1 run, full on the pads and worked to mid-on

11.4

Stirling to Sibanda, 1 run, stays back and clips it with the turn to the leg side

11.5

Stirling to Taylor, no run, he stays back and cuts him straight to point

11.6

Stirling to Taylor, no run, the bowler runs across to his right and stops a drive

Mark: "Can Ireland chase 180+, if Zimbabwe are capable of setting such a large target? I suspect not! However, I think that maybe Ireland will be chasing only 150-ish."

End of over 12 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 99/3 (RR: 8.25)
BRM Taylor    38* (29b 3x4 2x6)      PR Stirling    4-0-24-0
V Sibanda    9* (9b)      AR McBrine    3-0-21-2

12.1

McBrine to Sibanda, no run, flatter one and he gets forward and defends

12.2

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, he comes forward and punched it to the off side

12.3

McBrine to Taylor, 1 run, he comes forward and punches it to cover

12.4

McBrine to Sibanda, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it with soft hands towards cover and sets off

12.5

McBrine to Taylor, no run

12.6

McBrine to Taylor, 2 runs, he gets down to sweep and connects well, it's in the air and on the first bounce to deep square leg, Poynter does well to run to his left and stop it

Tobias: "One big improvement I see with Zim's batting today is that they are minimizing the ammount of dot balls. The last games I saw Zimbabwe playing in Harare the reluctance to turn the strike over cost them."

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 104/3 (RR: 8.00)
BRM Taylor    41* (32b 3x4 2x6)      AR McBrine    4-0-26-2
V Sibanda    11* (12b)      PR Stirling    4-0-24-0

13.1

O'Brien to Sibanda, no run, keeper up to the stumps, he pushes it to the off side

13.2

O'Brien to Sibanda, 1 run, fullish on the stumps and driven down the ground to mid-off

13.3

O'Brien to Taylor, no run, fullish on the stumps and clipped towards midwicket

13.4

O'Brien to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball on the pads and clipped towards square leg

13.5

O'Brien to Sibanda, no run, fullish on the stumps and he pushes it towards mid-off

13.6

O'Brien to Sibanda, FOUR, drops it too short and he is punished, Sibanda read that length early and rocked back and pulled it over midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 110/3 (RR: 7.85)
V Sibanda    16* (16b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0
BRM Taylor    42* (34b 3x4 2x6)      AR McBrine    4-0-26-2

14.1

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up and he gets forward and pushes it to the off side and sets off, good running

14.2

Dockrell to Sibanda, no run, edged towards short third man and he sets off but is quickly sent back

14.3

Dockrell to Sibanda, OUT, another one straight to the fielder, this was dropped short and Sibanda couldn't help but go for the pull, rocked back, didn't get the distance, straight to deep midwicket

V Sibanda c Sorensen b Dockrell 16 (19m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

14.4

Dockrell to Taylor, 2 runs, he stays back and chips it over cover, they push hard for the second

14.5

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 run, stays back and punches it to the on side

14.6

Dockrell to Chigumbura, 1 run, goes back at the crease and punches him down to deep cover

Akhil: "If only Ireland had Eoin Morgan ... people would have a lot more faith in them chasing down a big total. They have chased down 160+ against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and there's no reason why they cannot do it again here. St. Patrick's day will inspire them as well!"

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 115/4 (RR: 7.66)
E Chigumbura    1* (1b)      GH Dockrell    3-0-17-1
BRM Taylor    46* (37b 3x4 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0

15.1

O'Brien to Chigumbura, 1 run, fullish outside off and he drives him down to mid-off

15.2

O'Brien to Taylor, FOUR, brings up his fifty with a boundary! Slower ball on the stumps and he chips him over midwicket

15.3

O'Brien to Taylor, no run, appeal for an lbw, this skidded through and hit him on the pads, outside the line of leg

15.4

O'Brien to Taylor, FOUR, that was chipped well, pitched up and he stayed at the crease and lofted it elegantly down the ground

15.5

O'Brien to Taylor, FOUR, finds the gap again, this was dropped a bit short and he stayed back and pulled it down to deep midwicket, just beat Sorensen at wide long-on

15.6

O'Brien to Taylor, 1 run, he pushes it to the off side

End of over 16 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 129/4 (RR: 8.06)
BRM Taylor    59* (42b 6x4 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-20-0
E Chigumbura    2* (2b)      GH Dockrell    3-0-17-1

16.1

Dockrell to Taylor, no run

16.2

Dockrell to Taylor, 1 leg bye, attempts a reverse sweep and it's a leg bye to the off side

16.3

Dockrell to Chigumbura, no run, driven to the on side and they think of a single but decide against it

16.4

Dockrell to Chigumbura, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards cover

16.5

Dockrell to Taylor, no run, gets down to sweep and can't beat short fine leg

16.6

Dockrell to Taylor, OUT, Taylor perishes in the deep and Ireland have picked up an important wicket, tossed up outside off and Taylor went down the track to loft inside out, Joyce jogs to his right at deep extra cover and takes the catch

BRM Taylor c Joyce b Dockrell 59 (57m 46b 6x4 2x6) SR: 128.26

Mufaro: "Elton, this aint the time for singles"

End of over 17 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 131/5 (RR: 7.70)
     GH Dockrell    4-0-18-2
E Chigumbura    3* (4b)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-20-0

17.1

Cusack to Maruma, no run, he gets forward and pushes it to the off side

17.2

Cusack to Maruma, 1 run, shuffles across and miscues to to the on side

17.3

Cusack to Chigumbura, no run, came on a bit slow and he punched it to the off side

17.4

Cusack to Chigumbura, 1 run, drops it short and he swivels to pull and mistimes it to square leg

17.5

Cusack to Maruma, SIX, flat six! This was dropped short and Maruma read the length early and pulled him over deep square leg, crashes on the boundary board

17.6

Cusack to Maruma, 1 run, he makes a bit too much room and ends up chasing it, he forces it to mid-off

Steve Austin: "Seems like a day where captains named Brendan will perform well as their teams don't perform so well."

End of over 18 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 140/5 (RR: 7.77)
T Maruma    8* (4b 1x6)      AR Cusack    3-0-36-1
E Chigumbura    4* (6b)      GH Dockrell    4-0-18-2

18.1

O'Brien to Maruma, 2 runs, pitched up on the pads and Maruma chips this one down to deep midwicket

18.2

O'Brien to Maruma, 1 run, fuller delivery and he drills this one down to long-on

18.3

O'Brien to Chigumbura, 1 run, slower ball and he drills it down to long-on, Maruma wanted a second run

18.4

O'Brien to Maruma, 1 run, fine leg is up and he gets away with it, he drifts down the leg side and places it to deep square leg

18.5

O'Brien to Chigumbura, 1 run, good ball, fuller and he can only drill it wide of cover

18.6

O'Brien to Maruma, no run, this was a low full toss outside off and he chops it down to backward point, only six off the 19th over, good stuff

End of over 19 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 146/5 (RR: 7.68)
T Maruma    12* (8b 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-26-0
E Chigumbura    6* (8b)      AR Cusack    3-0-36-1

19.1

Cusack to Chigumbura, 2 runs, this was pitched up and chipped down to deep midwicket

19.2

Cusack to Chigumbura, SIX, breaks the shackles! This was pitched up outside off and he made room and slammed it over deep cover, covered a long distance

19.3

Cusack to Chigumbura, 1 run, this was full and wide and he smashed that down to deep extra cover

19.4

Cusack to Maruma, 1 run, fuller and chipped just wide of the bowler and down to long-off

19.5

Cusack to Chigumbura, SIX, in the slot for Elton! Pitched up and he got under the bounce and slammed that over long-off, the attempted yorker didn't come off

19.6

Cusack to Chigumbura, 1 run, looks to clear long-off again and he mistimes it to the deep, they push for the second but the throw is quick

So Zimbabwe have posted a score that should be competitive. The pitch is on the slower side and we saw that the bowlers who could take the pace off the ball stood a better chance. Zimbabwe's spinners would have made note. Taylor's dismissal was a bit untimely but he did his job.

Join us shortly for the chase.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Zimbabwe 163/5
E Chigumbura    22* (13b 2x6)      AR Cusack    4-0-53-1
T Maruma    13* (9b 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-26-0
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