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    3.4 the Zhuwao show has ended ! He seemed troubled by McCarthy's slower deliveries. He perishes to another slower delivery as he has made up his mind to play a shot, regardless. The ball in on the off stump line and Zhuwao lofts it right into the outstretched hands of Rankin at long-on. Good bowling by McCarthy 21/1
    8.5 sees him coming down the track and pushes it through faster and wider. Mire is beaten by pace and line as he looks to get some bat on the ball as he is trotting down the track. Niall O'Brien collects the ball cleanly and whips the bails off. McBrine strikes in his first over 50/2
    9.4 the relentless line does the trick! Short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Masakadza, till now, was looking to get behind the line of these deliveries but there seems to be a lapse in concentration as he stays rooted to the crease and looks to get some bat on the ball. The bounce that Rankin was extracting means that it takes the outside edge and the keeper gets another dismissal added to his name 50/3
    20.2 fuller ball outside the off stump and turning this time. Taylor looks to reverse sweep and is beaten. He is struck on the hip. It might have been going down leg as he stretched out his frontfoot. The wicket leaves Zimbabwe tottering and in need of a partnership 87/5
    16.2 short ball outside the off stump. Williams was set up for the shot that he played - pull. He lofts it to McCarthy at deep midwicket. He didn't need to run a lot to take the catch. That's poor awareness of the match situation by Williams. When a fielder is placed for exactly that shot, one should get their eye in before thinking of clearing that fielder. Also the pace of Murtagh is such that Williams had to impart a lot of power on his own to get it over the ropes 80/4
    26.6 good length on the middle and leg. He defends it uncomfortably to the leg side and for some reason, they want to take a single. Maybe Sikandar is wary of Rankin after getting hit on the glove as well. Niall O'Brien runs forward and throws it to Stirling who lifts the bails off in time as Ervine was just a few millimeters away from the crease. That's poor judgement of a run by Sikandar. 112/6
    not out
    33.1 Kevin O'Brien sneaks through the defences of Cremer. He sends the leg stump cartwheeling. This was nice and full, jabs back in just enough to nip through the gate and knock out the leg stump 139/7
    44.5 good length ball outside the off stump. Slower in pace. He looks to guide it to third-man region and gets a feather back to the keeper. Chisoro is angry with himself 181/8
    46.1 the single of last ball comes back to hurt Zimbabwe! Jarvis is moving the bat towards the ball and gets an outside edge to backward point, who has been brought in. Stirling dives to his right and takes the catch 184/9
    not out
    12 (lb 5, w 7)
    211/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.22)
    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Cephas Zhuwao, 3.4 ov), 2-50 (Solomon Mire, 8.5 ov), 3-50 (Hamilton Masakadza, 9.4 ov), 4-80 (Sean Williams, 16.2 ov), 5-87 (Brendan Taylor, 20.2 ov), 6-112 (Craig Ervine, 26.6 ov), 7-139 (Graeme Cremer, 33.1 ov), 8-181 (Tendai Chisoro, 44.5 ov), 9-184 (Kyle Jarvis, 46.1 ov)
    TJ Murtagh1023633.604100
    BJ McCarthy1005915.904030
    WB Rankin1013513.504230
    AR McBrine1004224.203400
    KJ O'Brien812212.753510
    PR Stirling201206.00400
    3.2 and that's the first wicket! Short ball on the middle stump. Porterfield doesn't account for Chisoro's pace. He is faster than an average left arm spinner and looks to pull. All he does is guide it into the hands of Sikandar Raza at short midwicket 12/1
    26.6 what a co-incidence! Zimbabwe and Ireland both have a run-out on 26.6 overs! Good length ball outside the off stump. Stirling defends it to the off side and sets off for what he deems to be a single. Wilson refuses but Stirling is close to Wilson then the stumps. So, it's obvious that Stirling would be struggling. He is couple of feet out. Ervine was out on 26.6 over for Zimbabwe 86/6
    6.6 that's the second wicket! Short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and coming in. The ball takes the inside edge. Taylor dives to his left and takes the catch. Zimbabwe bowling is coming to the party 17/2
    7.4 and that's the third wicket! It hits the thigh pad and Joyce is looking for an opportunity to run a leg bye , but doesn't realise that Taylor has collected the ball. He just steps out of the crease and Taylor whups the bails off. Joyce doesn't even wait for third umpire's decision 18/3
    11.3 it has to be the fielder's wicket! Short on the middle and leg. Niall is looking to pull and gets a top-edge. The ball looks to be in the gap between short fine-leg and square-leg. Muzarabani, at short fine-leg, takes a few strides forward and then moves sideways. When he realises that he can't get to the ball by running, he dives and catches the ball inches off the ground. 34/4
    15.2 and gets a wicket with the second ball! Good length ball outside the off stump. Kevin is playing for the angle but the ball turns after pitching and takes the outside edge. First slip moves to the left and takes the catch 54/5
    28.1 good length ball on the middle stump. He is playing for the ripping leg break and misses. He knows as he has played it that he is plumb in front. Ireland slip deeper now 89/7
    not out
    30.5 fuller ball on the middle and leg. He comes down the track and looks to go big over deep midwicket. The resultant leading edge goes to long-on where Williams cups his hands around the ball. Zimbabwe can harbour hopes of topping the table after the game 95/8
    31.6 nine down! Fuller ball on the off stump. Rankin is going for the slog sweep. The ball comes in with the angle, beats the slog and hits the stumps! Ireland are going down without a fight 97/9
    34.2 Zimbabwe move to the top of the table. Fuller ball on the off stump. He comes down the track and lofts it deep midwicket where the catch is taken. 104/10
    8 (lb 1, w 7)
    104 all out (34.2 Overs, RR: 3.02)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (William Porterfield, 3.2 ov), 2-17 (Andy Balbirnie, 6.6 ov), 3-18 (Ed Joyce, 7.4 ov), 4-34 (Niall O'Brien, 11.3 ov), 5-54 (Kevin O'Brien, 15.2 ov), 6-86 (Paul Stirling, 26.6 ov), 7-89 (Gary Wilson, 28.1 ov), 8-95 (Barry McCarthy, 30.5 ov), 9-97 (Boyd Rankin, 31.6 ov), 10-104 (Tim Murtagh, 34.2 ov)
    KM Jarvis512014.002110
    TS Chisoro712233.143110
    B Muzarabani401503.751610
    SC Williams611712.832500
    AG Cremer8.211832.163700
    Sikandar Raza401112.751300

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12WTS PorterfieldPR Stirling
2nd5A BalbirniePR Stirling
3rd1EC JoycePR Stirling
4th16NJ O'BrienPR Stirling
5th20KJ O'BrienPR Stirling
6th32GC WilsonPR Stirling
7th3GC WilsonAR McBrine
8th6BJ McCarthyAR McBrine
9th2WB RankinAR McBrine
10th7TJ MurtaghAR McBrine

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