5th Match, Kingston, Mar 15 2007, Group D, ICC World Cup
(50 ov, target 222)
Match tied
Player Of The Match
ZIM Innings
Full commentary
end of over 508 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 221/10CRR: 4.42 
Ed Rainsford1 (1)
Andrew White3-1-15-1
Kevin O'Brien2-1-8-1

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this breathless match. Don't forget to read Martin Williamson's bulletin and our gallery. Do join us tomorrow for England versus New Zealand and Netherlands' match against South Africa. From me, Will Luke, and Andrew McGlashan, it's good night.

Zimbabwe looked to be home and dry - and Kevin Curran, their coach, looks disconsolate in the dressing room. He is severely unimpressed. A terrific comeback from Ireland - particularly Andre Botha's overs at the end, cutting Zimbabwe's momentum dead. The World Cup is well and truly alive.

White to Matsikenyeri, OUT
drives, misses and it's a tie! What a match; what an incredible last 10 overs. Only the third tie in World Cup history - all three have involved an African nation - and Ireland jump in delight
EC Rainsford run out (†NJ O'Brien/White) 1 (10m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Last ball

White to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs
well what a mad ball. Short, wide, cut just behind backward point who made a brilliant attempt to catch it. They go for a single, in comes the throw - but the batsman appears to run in front of his stumps...and he's home safe! My word this is madness
White to Rainsford, 1 run
driven past cover - and he gets the single! This gets Matsikenyeri back on strike - not a good ball from White. Not a good over.

This is epic. 4 from 3

But Matsikenyeri is now off strike

White to Matsikenyeri, 1 run
full toss, spooned to midwicket - but no! Dropped? The man came in and appeared to just stop in his tracks, the ball dropping short!
White to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs
too short, square cut powerfully into the deep
White to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs
full toss, hammered through cover and long off has a chase to his left...and does well, saving four

Rainsford the No.11 for Zimbabwe, at the non-striker's end. White's back into the attack

end of over 49Wicket maiden
ZIM: 213/9CRR: 4.34 • RRR: 9.00
Stuart Matsikenyeri66 (71)
Kevin O'Brien2-1-8-1
Andre Botha10-2-32-1

It's all down to Matsikenyeri. By not taking the run, he's back on strike - and only he can win this for Zimbabwe.

KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, OUT
GONE! Smacked to mid-on, they run a single - but Matsikenyeri stays at the non-striker's end and mid-on's throw hits the stumps
CB Mpofu run out (Johnston/†NJ O'Brien) 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ireland are buzzing now. 9 from 7

KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, no run
hammered down the ground - no! Brilliant stop from the bowler's right foot