World T20 - 3rd match, First Round Group B

Ireland v Zimbabwe

Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Welcome back. I can't understand that strange design at the bottom left of the Zimbabwe players' shirts. It's like someone sprinkled some paint there by mistake.

John Kachere: "For all the talk of Elty being a finisher... This has been the wrong way to go about it... Again emphasising the importance of top order wickets staying intact"

0.1

Utseya to Porterfield, 1 run, starts off with spin, on the pads and clipped to the leg side

0.2

Utseya to Stirling, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends this one

0.3

Utseya to Stirling, FOUR, slammed down the ground! Tossed up and he stayed at the crease and Stirling lofts it wide of mid-on

0.4

Utseya to Stirling, 1 run, drifting on the pads and clipped just wide of short fine leg

0.5

Utseya to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and worked away to midwicket

0.6

Utseya to Stirling, 1 run, slower through the air, plays too early and he gets an inside edge on the drive

End of over 1 (8 runs) Ireland 8/0 (156 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.21)
PR Stirling    6* (4b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-8-0
WTS Porterfield    2* (2b)     

1.1

Kamungozi to Stirling, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he works it away down to deep square leg

1.2

Kamungozi to Porterfield, no run, fullish outside off and he drives him down to cover

1.3

Kamungozi to Porterfield, FOUR, that was cheeky! The switch hit this time, he was in position early, Kamungozi pitched it on middle and leg, in the slot, slapped over point

1.4

Kamungozi to Porterfield, 1 run, fullish on the pads and driven down to long-on

1.5

Kamungozi to Stirling, 1 run, he stays beside the line and punches it to deep point

1.6

Kamungozi to Porterfield, 1 run, he flicks this to midwicket for a single

End of over 2 (8 runs) Ireland 16/0 (148 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.22)
WTS Porterfield    8* (6b 1x4)      T Kamungozi    1-0-8-0
PR Stirling    8* (6b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-8-0

Utseya makes way for Chatara

2.1

Chatara to Porterfield, no run, he gets away with a wide one, Porterfield ends up mistiming the drive down the track

2.2

Chatara to Porterfield, 2 runs, clipped away behind square on the on side and they do well to take the first run quickly, good running

2.3

Chatara to Porterfield, no run, holds back on the punch and ends up stabbing at it, plays it to cover

2.4

Chatara to Porterfield, no run, slower ball and he dabs it down to short third man

2.5

Chatara to Porterfield, 1 run, he comes down the track and slams it down the ground to long-on

2.6

Chatara to Stirling, no run, he goes back at the crease and defends back to the bowler

End of over 3 (3 runs) Ireland 19/0 (145 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 8.52)
PR Stirling    8* (7b 1x4)      TL Chatara    1-0-3-0
WTS Porterfield    11* (11b 1x4)      T Kamungozi    1-0-8-0

3.1

Utseya to Porterfield, FOUR, tossed up and Porterfield made room and freed his arms and lofted it down to long-off

3.2

Utseya to Porterfield, 1 run, makes room and drills a full delivery down to long-off

3.3

Utseya to Stirling, no run, this was pushed through quicker and he looked to sweep and was struck on the pads but outside the line of the stumps

3.4

Utseya to Stirling, 1 run, he gets forward and drills it down to long-off

3.5

Utseya to Porterfield, SIX, a clean hit indeed! Utseya gives it more air and Porterfield was down on his knee early for the slog, middled it and it sailed over deep midwicket

3.6

Utseya to Porterfield, no run, stopped on him and he gets an outside edge

End of over 4 (12 runs) Ireland 31/0 (133 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 8.31)
WTS Porterfield    22* (15b 2x4 1x6)      P Utseya    2-0-20-0
PR Stirling    9* (9b 1x4)      TL Chatara    1-0-3-0

4.1

Chatara to Stirling, FOUR, good attempt by Williams at the boundary, this was dropped short and he pulls wide of square leg, Williams sprinted to his right and got a hand to it but the ball rolled towards the rope

4.2

Chatara to Stirling, 1 run, fuller delivery and he chipped it down to deep square leg, Williams in business again

4.3

Chatara to Porterfield, no run, wide and angling across and he punches it to mid-off, fumble but it doesn't cost a run

4.4

Chatara to Porterfield, 1 run, a bit straight and he pushes it to the on side

4.5

Chatara to Stirling, 1 leg bye, bowls the off cutter, too early on the shot and he was too early on the shot

4.6

Chatara to Porterfield, 1 wide, he drifts down the leg side and wide called

4.6

Chatara to Porterfield, FOUR, always dangerous drifting to the leg side with the fine leg up, Porterfield did well to adjust the pull and place it with soft hands wide of short fine

Terance Rodrigu: "Just to reply to a comment which said captain Brendons are scoring for their team today, they made the same score of 59 with a ball of difference."

End of over 5 (12 runs) Ireland 43/0 (121 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.60, RRR: 8.06)
WTS Porterfield    27* (18b 3x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    2-0-14-0
PR Stirling    14* (12b 2x4)      P Utseya    2-0-20-0

5.1

Panyangara to Stirling, FOUR, no respect to the new bowler, Stirling makes room early, it was a length ball and Stirling did well to adjust and place it wide of backward point, top shot

5.2

Panyangara to Stirling, FOUR, treating him like a spinner by dancing down the wicket again, picks another length ball and chips it over midwicket

5.3

Panyangara to Stirling, FOUR, gets worse for Panyangara! The keeper is up and he bowls a low full toss down the leg side, Stirling gets a little bat on it and it was enough

5.4

Panyangara to Stirling, FOUR, 4 in a row! He bowls a fuller one outside off and Stirling reaches out and gets an outside edge, keeper's up, no slips, straight to the third man rope

5.5

Panyangara to Stirling, no run, good comeback there, fires the yorker and he can only dig it out

5.6

Panyangara to Stirling, 2 runs, chipped down to deep midwicket, Ireland have raced to 61 in the Powerplay

End of over 6 (18 runs) Ireland 61/0 (103 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.16, RRR: 7.35)
PR Stirling    32* (18b 6x4)      T Panyangara    1-0-18-0
WTS Porterfield    27* (18b 3x4 1x6)      TL Chatara    2-0-14-0

6.1

Williams to Porterfield, 1 run, Comes round the wicket, Porterfield makes room and chips this one just wide of cover

6.2

Williams to Stirling, no run, did well to toss it up and Stirling was down the track and mistimed it back to the bowler

6.3

Williams to Stirling, 1 run, down the track and plays it square to the off side

6.4

Williams to Porterfield, 1 wide, lost control of that and really wide down the leg side

6.4

Williams to Porterfield, 1 run, stays back at the crease and punches that hard down to long-off

6.5

Williams to Stirling, 1 run, down the track and checks the shot

6.6

Williams to Porterfield, 1 run, he drops the ball short and he pulls him hard down to deep square leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) Ireland 67/0 (97 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.57, RRR: 7.46)
WTS Porterfield    30* (21b 3x4 1x6)      SC Williams    1-0-6-0
PR Stirling    34* (21b 6x4)      T Panyangara    1-0-18-0

7.1

Masakadza to Porterfield, 1 run, bowls the slower ball, the cutter, Porterfield stays back, waits for it and cuts to the sweeper

Sundeep: "Take that similarity further - both came 1 down, both are WK (though Baz is not keeping this game), both scored 36 runs in boundaries and rest 23 in 1s and 2s."

7.2

Masakadza to Stirling, no run, he makes a bit of room and punches it to cover

7.3

Masakadza to Stirling, FOUR, good placement there, this was tossed up outside off, Stirling made room, went for the drive and the outside edge bisected point and short third man

7.4

Masakadza to Stirling, FOUR, goes the other side this time! Tossed up on middle and leg and he gets on his knee and sweeps him to deep square leg

7.5

Masakadza to Stirling, 2 runs, tucks it away wide of midwicket and Porterfield takes the first one hard, Stirling has to hurry for the second

7.6

Masakadza to Stirling, 1 run, tries to nudge that down to third man and Kamungozi charges from short third man and manages to cut it off

End of over 8 (12 runs) Ireland 79/0 (85 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.87, RRR: 7.08)
PR Stirling    45* (26b 8x4)      H Masakadza    1-0-12-0
WTS Porterfield    31* (22b 3x4 1x6)      SC Williams    1-0-6-0

8.1

Williams to Stirling, 1 run, drops it short and he pulls him to deep midwicket

8.2

Williams to Porterfield, OUT, some relief for Zimbabwe! Tossed up on middle and leg, Porterfield goes for the slog, miscues it and Maruma takes the catch running forward from deep midwicket

WTS Porterfield c Maruma b Williams 31 (33m 23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 134.78

8.3

Williams to Stirling, 1 run, he stays back at the crease and clips it to midwicket

8.4

Williams to Joyce, 1 run, slower through the air and down the leg side, swept towards short fine leg

8.5

Williams to Stirling, SIX, if you drop it short here you're asking for trouble, he read the length quickly, went back and bludgeoned it over deep midwicket

8.6

Williams to Stirling, 1 run, on the pads and clipped away to the on side

Umair: "One more comment for Two Brendons, Their teams are getting hell of a beating :)"

End of over 9 (10 runs) Ireland 89/1 (75 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.88, RRR: 6.81)
PR Stirling    54* (30b 8x4 1x6)      SC Williams    2-0-16-1
EC Joyce    1* (1b)      H Masakadza    1-0-12-0

9.1

Utseya to Stirling, FOUR, finds the gap at cover, tossed up outside off and he makes room and drives on the up wide of cover, nobody in the deep to cut that off

9.2

Utseya to Stirling, 1 run

9.3

Utseya to Joyce, 1 run, tossed up and he takes a single to long-off

9.4

Utseya to Stirling, 1 run, slower through the air and he checks his drive

9.5

Utseya to Joyce, 2 runs, he drops it a bit too short and he rocks back and cuts just wide of short third man

9.6

Utseya to Joyce, 1 run, he goes back at the crease and cuts just wide of point

End of over 10 (10 runs) Ireland 99/1 (65 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.90, RRR: 6.50)
EC Joyce    5* (4b)      P Utseya    3-0-30-0
PR Stirling    60* (33b 9x4 1x6)      SC Williams    2-0-16-1

10.1

Chatara to Joyce, no run, close call for Joyce as the ball skids through, he defends and the ball rolls close to the stumps

10.2

Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, swivels and pulls a length ball down to square leg

10.3

Chatara to Stirling, OUT, Raza takes the skier and it was well judged! Stirling falls to a poor shot, he was looking to slam that straight down the ground, didn't get to the pitch of it and it was miles up in the air, Raza gets under it near the region of mid-on and hangs on to it on the fall

PR Stirling c Sikandar Raza b Chatara 60 (42m 34b 9x4 1x6) SR: 176.47

10.4

Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, length ball outside off and he knocks it to the off side

Did that wicket come too late?

10.5

Chatara to Poynter, 1 run, this was short and wide and he wasn't afraid to give that a dab to third man despite a slip in place

10.6

Chatara to Joyce, no run, this was a slower ball angling across and he pushes it softly down to cover

End of over 11 (3 runs) Ireland 102/2 (62 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.27, RRR: 6.88)
EC Joyce    7* (8b)      TL Chatara    3-0-17-1
AD Poynter    1* (1b)      P Utseya    3-0-30-0

Ireland are the favourites despite losing those wickets. Williams to bowl

11.1

Williams to Poynter, no run, drifts on the pads and he nudges it to the on side

11.2

Williams to Poynter, 2 runs, tossed up and he gives him the charge and lofts down to deep midwicket, unfortunately the throw hits the umpire, Steve Davis takes a blow on the shoulder

11.3

Williams to Poynter, FOUR, finds the gap with ease, tossed up and he gets on his knee and sweeps with force and finds the big gap at deep square leg

11.4

Williams to Poynter, 1 run

11.5

Williams to Joyce, 1 run, drops it a bit too short and he clips it to the on side

11.6

Williams to Poynter, 1 run, a bit too short again and he rocks back and cuts to the off side

End of over 12 (9 runs) Ireland 111/2 (53 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.25, RRR: 6.62)
AD Poynter    9* (6b 1x4)      SC Williams    3-0-25-1
EC Joyce    8* (9b)      TL Chatara    3-0-17-1

12.1

Kamungozi to Poynter, no run, Poynter stays back and cuts straight to cover

12.2

Kamungozi to Poynter, 2 runs, he stays back and punches it down to deep point

12.3

Kamungozi to Poynter, 1 run, fullish on the pads and drilled down the ground to long-on

12.4

Kamungozi to Joyce, 1 run

12.5

Kamungozi to Poynter, FOUR, this was short and wide outside off and he stays back and crashes it wide of backward point, punishes a poor

12.6

Kamungozi to Poynter, 1 run, fullish outside off and he pushes it down to long-off

Danny: "Zimbabwe well and truly in this match with the wicket of Stirling."

End of over 13 (9 runs) Ireland 120/2 (44 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.23, RRR: 6.28)
AD Poynter    17* (11b 2x4)      T Kamungozi    2-0-17-0
EC Joyce    9* (10b)      SC Williams    3-0-25-1

13.1

Masakadza to Poynter, 1 run, fullish in length outside off and he drives him down to deep cover

13.2

Masakadza to Joyce, no run, that was a slower leg cutter, too slow onto the batsman, chopped back to the bowler

13.3

Masakadza to Joyce, 1 run, this was full and wide outside off and he drives him down to deep cover

13.4

Masakadza to Poynter, 1 run, fullish outside off and driven down to long-on

13.5

Masakadza to Joyce, 1 run, good length outside off and pushes it to the off side

13.6

Masakadza to Poynter, FOUR, this was dragged too short on middle and leg, he rocks back and punishes the length, biffed to deep midwicket

End of over 14 (8 runs) Ireland 128/2 (36 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.14, RRR: 6.00)
AD Poynter    23* (14b 3x4)      H Masakadza    2-0-20-0
EC Joyce    11* (13b)      T Kamungozi    2-0-17-0

14.1

Panyangara to Joyce, no run, that was dragged too full and wide outside off, chases it but fails to get any bat on it

14.2

Panyangara to Joyce, no run, beaten on the drive, this was the offcutter, too close to cut and he nearly edges it

14.3

Panyangara to Joyce, 1 leg bye, this was bowled fuller and he jams it out to the off side

14.4

Panyangara to Poynter, OUT, There's an appeal for a catch at midwicket but it could be a bump ball. This was full and swinging in, Poynter looked to flick it away and it went low to Chigumbura who took the catch cleanly falling forward, no doubts there, the question was if the ball bounced once after it made contact with the bat, replays confirmed that the ball ballooned off the bottom of the bat so it's fair

AD Poynter c Chigumbura b Panyangara 23 (18m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

14.5

Panyangara to Wilson, no run, this one too swung and he pushes at it and is beaten

14.6

Panyangara to Wilson, OUT, are we in for a twist here? Clever captaincy here getting in a slip, this was a length ball outside off and Wilson chased it, thick outside edge and Masakadza showed good reflexes to take it to his left, that went quickly off the bat

GC Wilson c Masakadza b Panyangara 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 15 (1 run, wicket maiden) Ireland 129/4 (35 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.60, RRR: 7.00)
     T Panyangara    2-1-18-2
EC Joyce    11* (16b)      H Masakadza    2-0-20-0

15.1

Utseya to Joyce, 1 run, tossed up and he makes room and cuts to deep cover

15.2

Utseya to O'Brien, 1 wide, he drifts down the leg side and wide called

15.2

Utseya to O'Brien, 1 run, walks across the crease for a premeditated paddle down to fine leg

15.3

Utseya to Joyce, 1 run, he comes down the track and works it down to long-on

15.4

Utseya to O'Brien, 1 run, flatter one and he pushes him down to long-on

15.5

Utseya to Joyce, 2 runs, drops it a bit too short and he cuts him wide of point

15.6

Utseya to Joyce, 1 run, comes down the track and drives him down to long-on

End of over 16 (8 runs) Ireland 137/4 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.56, RRR: 6.75)
EC Joyce    16* (20b)      P Utseya    4-0-38-0
KJ O'Brien    2* (2b)      T Panyangara    2-1-18-2

No Panyangara, it's Williams

16.1

Williams to Joyce, 1 leg bye, almost a run out! Down the track and the ball drops to the off side, they hesitate and take the run, Joyce had to dive and the throw was wide

16.2

Williams to O'Brien, no run, full and clipped towards midwicket

16.3

Williams to O'Brien, no run, he makes room and punches it straight to cover, can't find the gap

16.4

Williams to O'Brien, 1 leg bye, drifts on the pads and he nudges it off the pads

16.5

Williams to Joyce, no run, well bowled, fired that flat and he could only punch it down the track

16.6

Williams to Joyce, 2 runs, he gives him room and he smashes that wide of cover and Raza dives at deep cover, fumbles but recovers

Just four off that over

End of over 17 (4 runs) Ireland 141/4 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.29, RRR: 7.66)
EC Joyce    18* (23b)      SC Williams    4-0-27-1
KJ O'Brien    2* (5b)      P Utseya    4-0-38-0

Panyangara returns

17.1

Panyangara to O'Brien, SIX, beats deep midwicket! What a way to start the over, this was bowled short of a length, O'Brien stays at the crease and pulls in front of square, had the height and the distance was just enough to clear the rope

17.2

Panyangara to O'Brien, FOUR, 10 off 2! This was pitched up outside off and he stays at the crease and lofts him over mid-off, he knew the fielder was up, safe shot

17.3

Panyangara to O'Brien, 1 run, he goes airborne again, pitched up on the pads and chipped down to long-on, one bounce to the fielder

17.4

Panyangara to Joyce, 1 run, he gets forward and takes a single to mid-off

17.5

Panyangara to O'Brien, FOUR, the bowler was unlucky there! This was full and swinging in and O'Brien gives that a heave, gets an inside edge that beats the keeper and short fine leg

17.6

Panyangara to O'Brien, OUT, after the assault the bowler gets his wicket! Funny old over, this was pitched up and he stayed at the crease and lofted it down to long-off, the fielder was pushed back

KJ O'Brien c Williams b Panyangara 17 (12m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 170.00

End of over 18 (16 runs) Ireland 157/5 (7 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.72, RRR: 3.50)
     T Panyangara    3-1-34-3
EC Joyce    19* (24b)      SC Williams    4-0-27-1

18.1

Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, gets forward and punches it wide of cover

18.2

Chatara to Thompson, no run, full on the stumps and driven down to cover

Did Taylor err by changing ends for Panyangara

18.3

Chatara to Thompson, no run, slower ball wide outside off, the off cutter and Thompson swings and misses

18.4

Chatara to Thompson, 1 run, slower ball shorter outside off and he punches it wide of point, they scramble the single, the throe was wide

18.5

Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, another short slower ball, looked ungainly as Joyce pulled that to square leg

18.6

Chatara to Thompson, no run, that ends a decent over, this was skidded on the pads and the batsman wasn't quick enough on the shot, hits the pads and rolls away

End of over 19 (3 runs) Ireland 160/5 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 4.00)
SR Thompson    1* (4b)      TL Chatara    4-0-20-1
EC Joyce    21* (26b)      T Panyangara    3-1-34-3

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

19.1

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

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

19.2

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

19.3

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

19.4

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 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

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

19.6

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

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.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 164/7
AR Cusack    0* (1b)      T Panyangara    4-1-37-4
SR Thompson    3* (6b)      TL Chatara    4-0-20-1
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Mar 17, 2014

Paul Stirling and William Porterfield put on 80 for Ireland, Ireland v Zimbabwe, World T20, First Round Group B, March 17, 2014

Paul Stirling and William Porterfield put on 80 for Ireland

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Mar 17, 2014

Tendai Chatara bowled economically and took the crucial wicket of Paul Stirling, Ireland v Zimbabwe, World T20, First Round Group B, March 17, 2014

Tendai Chatara bowled economically and took the crucial wicket of Paul Stirling

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