28th Match, Super Sixes, Harare, March 18, 2018, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
(47.4/50 ov, T:272) 246

Ireland won by 25 runs

Player Of The Match
105 (146)
Ireland INNINGS (50 overs maximum)
William Porterfield (c) b Wheal1727501162.96
Paul Stirling c & b Wheal044000.00
Andy Balbirnie lbw b Watt10514617210071.91
Niall O'Brien run out (Wallace)70709790100.00
Kevin O'Brien c Wallace b Sole46273552170.37
Simi Singh  b Wheal79140077.77
Gary Wilson c Watt b Sharif3560060.00
Andy McBrine not out 58130062.50
Barry McCarthy c MacLeod b Sharif54700125.00
Boyd Rankin run out (MacLeod)00300-
Extras(lb 4, w 9)13
TOTAL50 Ov (RR: 5.42)271/9
Did not bat: Tim Murtagh 
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Paul Stirling, 0.6 ov), 2-45 (William Porterfield, 11.4 ov), 3-183 (Niall O'Brien, 37.1 ov), 4-241 (Andy Balbirnie, 44.6 ov), 5-251 (Kevin O'Brien, 45.6 ov), 6-258 (Gary Wilson, 47.3 ov), 7-263 (Simi Singh, 48.2 ov), 8-270 (Barry McCarthy, 49.4 ov), 9-271 (Boyd Rankin, 49.6 ov)
Brad Wheal1014334.30413220
0.6 to PR Stirling, Wheal swoops in from his followthrough and clings onto a sharp return catch. He claims the catch and the finger goes up. He sends Stirling packing for a duck. This was an excellent delivery: a length ball that nips back in from outside off. Stirling presses forward to defend. Instead, he inside-edges it onto his thigh pad. The ball pops up, Wheal dives forward and snaffles it. Great reflexes shown by the bowler. 1/1
11.4 to WTS Porterfield, chopped on! Short of a length, not much room, Porterfield can't entirely open up as he attempts to punch it away. 45/2
48.2 to Simi Singh, gets down on one knee and tries to scoop this but it's slower and not full enough, and it cuts in to take the top of leg stump. 263/7
Safyaan Sharif1005225.20294000
47.3 to GC Wilson, gets down and across for a paddle and gets a leading edge to square leg. 258/6
49.4 to BJ McCarthy, picks a full toss to hole out to long-on. Catching practice for the man there as he does not have to move an inch. Flayed into his hands from the crease. 270/8
Chris Sole804615.75256040
45.6 to KJ O'Brien, gone! This time he's picked out the fielder. It was on a fuller length and Kevin pushes away from the body to find the outside edge and be caught at gully. 251/5
Mark Watt1006016.00277010
44.6 to A Balbirnie, misses the reverse sweep and is struck on the pad. The umpire raises his finger. Curving in towards off and pinning him. 241/4
Michael Leask803904.87253100
Richie Berrington20904.5040000
Calum MacLeod201809.0022010
Scotland INNINGS (Target: 272 runs from 50 overs)
Matthew Cross c Wilson b Murtagh1824232075.00
Kyle Coetzer (c) b Rankin6170897187.14
Calum MacLeod c Balbirnie b Simi Singh2134481161.76
Richie Berrington  b Murtagh4462873170.96
George Munsey c †NJ O'Brien b Rankin1670016.66
Craig Wallace c & b Rankin661000100.00
Michael Leask c Murtagh b Simi Singh28120025.00
Safyaan Sharif  b McCarthy3439532187.17
Mark Watt not out 31193622163.15
Chris Sole c †NJ O'Brien b McCarthy7881087.50
Brad Wheal c †NJ O'Brien b Rankin14101730140.00
Extras(lb 3, w 4)7
TOTAL47.4 Ov (RR: 5.16)246
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Matthew Cross, 6.1 ov), 2-94 (Calum MacLeod, 18.4 ov), 3-112 (Kyle Coetzer, 23.6 ov), 4-114 (George Munsey, 25.2 ov), 5-122 (Craig Wallace, 27.4 ov), 6-132 (Michael Leask, 30.3 ov), 7-183 (Richie Berrington, 40.1 ov), 8-200 (Safyaan Sharif, 42.5 ov), 9-208 (Chris Sole, 44.2 ov), 10-246 (Brad Wheal, 47.4 ov)
Tim Murtagh935125.66335200
6.1 to MH Cross, Murtagh provides Ireland with the breakthrough. Wilson throws himself to his left from first slip and snags an excellent catch. This was a good length ball put a shade outside off, nips away, Cross aims for a leg-side slog. He can only send a thick outside edge behind. 26/1
40.1 to RD Berrington, Murtagh knocks out Berrington's off stump. This was not short enough for a pull and the line is on off. Berrington still goes for a pull and loses his off stump. Berrington goes and with it Scotland's hopes?. 183/7
Barry McCarthy904424.88303110
42.5 to SM Sharif, McCarthy deceives Sharif with a slower ball from the back of the hand. Sharif does not read the change-up. He slogs early and loses his off stump. 200/8
44.2 to CB Sole, McCarthy has Sole caught behind. The batsman dares to step down the track. McCarthy pulls his length back. Sole hangs his periscope up and gives a catch to the keeper. 208/9
Boyd Rankin9.406346.513210020
23.6 to KJ Coetzer, bowled him! The set batsman is gone. Crucial, crucial blow, this. Just caught in neither foot and stays back to one that he should have been forward to. The delivery nips back from a fullish length and takes out the stumps. 112/3
25.2 to HG Munsey, edged and taken. Slashes at a back of a length delivery that nips away without any feet and gets a healthy outside edge that Niall dives to his left to snaffle. Four down. Scotland's chase getting harder. 114/4
27.4 to CD Wallace, that's an awful way to get out. Catch practice for the bowler who's been gift-wrapped a wicket. Backs away early and Rankin follows him and drags the length back. He awkwardly slaps it back without being able to free his arms and can only get it as far as into the hands of the bowler. 122/5
47.4 to BTJ Wheal, Ireland keep their World Cup hopes alive! Back of a length on off, Rankin bowls a heavy ball. Wheal backs away again for a biiiig slog. He only snicks it behind. Niall throws himself to his right, and clings onto the one-handed catch to wrap things up for Ireland. 246/10
Kevin O'Brien1012012.0010110
Andy McBrine904004.44282100
Simi Singh1003323.30361100
18.4 to CS MacLeod, has he taken that? Yes, the fielder seems confident. This time the sweep goes right off the middle of the bat, and that is why it goes straight into the hands of the fielder. A top-edge might have carried it over. The eccentricities of cricket. Balbirnie takes it reverse-cupped, moves back and to his left with the momentum and ends up doing a fine balancing act in front of the square leg boundary. They confirm upstairs and it's fine. 94/2
30.3 to MA Leask, he's holed out here. Leaks advances down the ground and it seems as though he's got to the pitch of this but ends up carving it straight over off the bottom of the bat. Long-on moves to his left and snaffles it. 132/6
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TossScotland, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Andy Balbirnie
Match numberODI no. 4001
Match days18 March 2018 - day (50-over match)
West Indies
Gregory Brathwaite
Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Shaun George
Match Referee
South Africa
Dev Govindjee
PointsIreland 2, Scotland 0
Scotland Innings
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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
Super Sixes
Group A
Group B