7:42pm What an innings, and what form. Stirling is doing whatever he likes at the moment. Unbeaten 83 off 36 balls, hitting sixes every possible side of the ground and he's taken them home with 2.1 overs left. That's a big margin on a normal day, today it's one-sixth of the available overs for Ireland. Sensational. Zimbabwe did well after the rain break. It almost helped them open up and seize control in some sense, after the lost early wickets. Ervine and Williams accelerated in superb style, but it seems like they couldn't have done anything that would have been enough for Stirling. Humongous win. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you soon.

10.5
1
Jarvis to Stirling, 1 run, low full toss on middle stump, shuffles and nudges this to mid-on with one hand off the bat. Scampers through for the run and that is 1-0 for Ireland

Scores are level

10.4
2
Jarvis to Stirling, 2 runs, full at leg stump, looks to clup through the leg side, gets an inside edge to fine leg's right
10.3
6
Jarvis to Stirling, SIX runs, bam! Short ball again, but this one is picked up. Outside off, walks into line and gets it over the square leg boundary
10.2
1
Jarvis to Balbirnie, 1 run, dropped. Bouncer at leg stump. Slower ball, it appears. Slams this with a hook, straight to the fielder at fine leg. Who doesn't have to move at all. It's in his hands and then he loses all composure and grasses this
10.1
2
Jarvis to Balbirnie, 2 runs, length outside off, stays still and drags it behind square from the crease

END OF OVER:
10 | 7 Runs | IRE: 122/1 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 12.20, RRR: 4.00)

  • Paul Stirling74 (33b)
  • Andy Balbirnie25 (15b)
  • Chris Mpofu2-0-20-0
  • Sikandar Raza1-0-14-0
9.6
0
Mpofu to Stirling, no run, length at leg stump, defended into the leg side
9.5
4
Mpofu to Stirling, FOUR runs, leading edge flies towards third man. He was looking to sweep that. Completely mistimed. Length at off and he walks into the off side before swiping at this
9.4
0
Mpofu to Stirling, no run, short of a length at off stump, pokes it out to point off the front foot
9.3
1
Mpofu to Balbirnie, 1 run, short of a length outside off, slashed aerially towards sweeper cover
9.2
1
Mpofu to Stirling, 1 run, short of a length, mistimed uppish slash to long-on
9.1
1
Mpofu to Balbirnie, 1 run, full on off stump, driven back at the bowler who parries it onto Stirling and it deflects into the mid-on region

END OF OVER:
9 | 14 Runs | IRE: 115/1 (19 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 12.77, RRR: 4.75)

  • Paul Stirling69 (29b)
  • Andy Balbirnie23 (13b)
  • Sikandar Raza1-0-14-0
  • Sean Williams2-0-23-0

That massive six was Stilring's 50th six for Ireland. He's No. 1 at the moment, past Kevin O'Brien who has 46.

8.6
0
Sikandar Raza to Stirling, no run, full outside off, looks to drive past extra over. Can only get it off the toe-end
8.5
1
Sikandar Raza to Balbirnie, 1 run, length on leg stump, gently nudged into the open midwicket region
8.4
1
Sikandar Raza to Stirling, 1 run, length on leg stump, flicked to deep square

Raza bowling seam-ups now

8.3
0
Sikandar Raza to Stirling, no run, short of a length outside off, beaten on the cut
8.2
6
Sikandar Raza to Stirling, SIX runs, longggggg way over the bowler's head! Length ball, slider outside off and he gets down and slugs this to send it many many metres back
8.1
6
Sikandar Raza to Stirling, SIX runs, see ya. Short ball on leg stump with no turn. Slides nicely on and he pulls with ease to clear that boundary

END OF OVER:
8 | 11 Runs | IRE: 101/1 (33 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 12.62, RRR: 6.60)

  • Andy Balbirnie22 (12b)
  • Paul Stirling56 (24b)
  • Sean Williams2-0-23-0
  • Kyle Jarvis2-0-23-0
7.6
0
Williams to Balbirnie, no run, length outside off, looks to drive through the off side, gets an under-edge into the pitch
7.5
4
Williams to Balbirnie, FOUR runs, ramped. Length at middle stump, walks into the off side and gets low before getting this fine of short fine leg