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Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 25th Match, Super Sixes at Harare, , Mar 16 2018 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
25th Match, Super Sixes, Harare, March 16, 2018, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
(34.2/50 ov, T:212) 104

Zimbabwe won by 107 runs

Player Of The Match
69* (83) & 1/11
sikandar-raza
New
IRE
Full commentary

Thanks for joining us today and for the participation through your comments. Do keep joining us for the remaining matches in the tournament. Before we leave one more thought on this game. It's by Trevor. He says, "Really pleased with the performance by Zimbabwe today. Certainly not their best but at least for my sake, there was no need for meds for those heart racing moments." Good night from all of us here and if you missed the match, please read the report by Deivarayan Muthu

Cremer: Bit nervous at half-time. We thought if we could get over 200 it was tough to chase. We thought we didn't have enough. Sikandar is man of the match. He stuck it out with the tail and that's tough. Crowd is huge for us. They keep turning out wherever we are. I hope they continue to do the same

Porterfield: We let ourselves down. We were confident at half-time.

Sikandar Raza is the Player of the match. He had this to say "I cannot believe this. When I got back to rooms after halfway stage, my head was down. My teammates said this was enough, we can fight. I was wanting to have a partnership but ran out Craig (Ervine). Blessing (Muzarabani) hanging out there was good. This trophy is presented to me, but it belongs to all of us. The crowd is actually the 12th man here "

At 26.6 overs in both the innings, there was a run-out. For both the teams it was their sixth wicket that went down. While Zimbabwe dug deep and added 99 runs to the total after the fall of sixth wicket, Ireland capitulated - losing their last 4 wickets 18 runs. Inexcusable really if you see they added a batsman to their team.

34.2
W
Cremer to Murtagh, OUT

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.

Tim Murtagh c Mire b Cremer 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 9m) SR: 44.44
34.1
Cremer to Murtagh, no run

beats the batsman with googly once again

end of over 344 runs
IRE: 104/9CRR: 3.05 RRR: 6.75
Tim Murtagh4 (7b)
Andy McBrine9 (15b)
Sikandar Raza 4-0-11-1
Graeme Cremer 8-1-18-2
33.6
1
Raza to Murtagh, 1 run

inside-edges a slog to short fine-leg for a single

33.5
1
Raza to McBrine, 1 run

defends it to cover for a single

33.4
1
Raza to Murtagh, 1 run

slogs it to deep midwicket for a single

33.3
1
Raza to McBrine, 1 run

turns it to short fine-leg for a single

33.2
Raza to McBrine, no run

defends it to the leg side

33.1
Raza to McBrine, no run

looks to turn it away and is beaten down the leg stump line

end of over 333 runs
IRE: 100/9CRR: 3.03 RRR: 6.58
Tim Murtagh2 (5b)
Andy McBrine7 (11b)
Graeme Cremer 8-1-18-2
Sikandar Raza 3-0-7-1
32.6
2
Cremer to Murtagh, 2 runs

turns it to deep square-leg for a couple

32.5
Cremer to Murtagh, no run

pitches outside the leg stump and hits him on the pad

Bundu 44: "my man of the match wld be chisoro the fella has been remarkable today 1st he stood with sikandar when batting then with the ball gave zim the urge"

32.4
Cremer to Murtagh, no run

defends it back onto the pitch

32.3
Cremer to Murtagh, no run

drives it to cover

32.2
Cremer to Murtagh, no run

looks to flick it and gets a leading edge that falls short of mid-off

32.1
1
Cremer to McBrine, 1 run

turns it to the leg side for a single

end of over 322 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 97/9CRR: 3.03 RRR: 6.38
Andy McBrine6 (10b)
Sikandar Raza 3-0-7-1
Graeme Cremer 7-1-15-2

Malcolm : "Zimbabwe may not be a big contender for the World Cup but they have a side that can really cause some major upsets if they play to their strengths. Actually quite like the look of their side at the moment."

31.6
W
Raza to Rankin, OUT

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

Boyd Rankin b Sikandar Raza 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 20
31.5
Raza to Rankin, no run

comes down the track and defends it back onto the pitch

31.4
Raza to Rankin, no run

drives it to point

31.3
1
Raza to McBrine, 1 run

pushes it to the leg side for a single

31.2
1
Raza to Rankin, 1 run
31.1
Raza to Rankin, no run

defends it back to the bowler

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