Result
5th Match, Kingston, Mar 15 2007, Group D, ICC World Cup
221/9
(50 ov, target 222)
221
Match tied
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Martin Williamson

Irish joy at a tie as Zimbabwe choke

Zimbabwe tied with Ireland in one of the greatest World Cup matches ever, the match at Sabina Park producing some of the most pulsating, enthralling cricket you could ever ask for

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Scorecard summary
Ireland221/9(50 overs)
Zimbabwe221(50 overs)
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.

49.6
w
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

49.5
2
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
49.4
1
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

49.3
1
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!
49.2
2
White to Matsikenyeri, 2 runs
too short, square cut powerfully into the deep
49.1
2
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.

48.6
w
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

48.5
KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, no run
hammered down the ground - no! Brilliant stop from the bowler's right foot

9 from 8

48.4
KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, no run
inside edge! My word that was close
48.3
KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, no run
driven back to the bowler - the batsman wants a run! How? Scampers back into his crease

Ooh this is close now. 9 from 10

48.2
KJ O'Brien to Mpofu, no run
well bowled! Slower, and Mpofu just dabbed it gently to mid-on

9 from 11

48.1
w
KJ O'Brien to Utseya, OUT
GONE! A full toss, slapped straight to cover! A dreadful shot; Ireland are absolutely ecstatic, never mind the fans in the stands
P Utseya c Morgan b KJ O'Brien 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Here's Kevin O'Brien for the penultimate over of the match

end of over 481 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 213/7CRR: 4.43 • RRR: 4.50
Stuart Matsikenyeri66 (71)
Prosper Utseya1 (2)
Andre Botha10-2-32-1
Trent Johnston10-2-32-1
47.6
Botha to Matsikenyeri, no run
another slower ball but not on target this time; defended.
47.5
1
Botha to Utseya, 1 run
inside edge, a desperate scrambling single

10 from 14 and the Ireland fans are singing in the stands. All 10 of them

47.4
Botha to Utseya, no run
full, straight, hit back to Botha

That was absolutely dead. Is there a twist in this game? Zimbabwe are doing their utmost to make a pig's ear of it. 10 from 15. Two quick fours will do it for Zimbabwe, but they seem to be frozen in time

47.3
w
Botha to Brent, OUT
gone! Excellent slower ball, bang on middle stump, completely foxing the batsman
GB Brent lbw b Botha 3 (15m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00
47.2
Botha to Brent, no run
slower ball worked into the packed off side
47.1
Botha to Brent, no run
good line, good length and it's blocked out to cover

10 from 18. Can Zimbabwe mess it up?

Best performances - batsmen
JP Bray
115 runs (137)
10 fours
2 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
43 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
11619101014738
S Matsikenyeri
73 runs (76)
9 fours
1 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
31 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
38081632510
Best performances - bowlers
E Chigumbura
O
6
M
2
R
21
W
2
Eco
3.50
GB Brent
O
10
M
1
R
40
W
2
Eco
4.00
Match details
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
TossZimbabwe , elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup 2007
Player Of The Match
Jeremy Bray
Match numberODI no. 2535
Season2006/07
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days15 March 2007 (50-over match)
Umpires
Ian Gould
Brian Jerling
TV Umpire
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Simon Taufel
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsIreland 1, Zimbabwe 1