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RESULT
4th Match, First Round Group B (N), Hobart, October 17, 2022, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, T:175) 143/9

Zimbabwe won by 31 runs

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Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe 174/7(20 overs)
Ireland 143/9(20 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Sikandar RazaZIM143.3482(48)104.45126.031/221.0917.3
Josh LittleIRE74.37(11)74.673/243.5369.63
Richard NgaravaZIM52.12--02/222.7252.12
Blessing MuzarabaniZIM48.32--03/232.7848.32
George DockrellIRE34.5224(20)31.7134.52--0
end of over 204 runs
IRE: 143/9CRR: 7.15 
Josh Little7 (11b 1x4)
Barry McCarthy22 (16b 1x4 2x6)
Richard Ngarava 4-0-22-2
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-23-3

11.22 pm Ireland start off their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign just as they ended it in 2021, with a loss to an African nation. Last year it was Namibia and today it is Zimbabwe. For Zimbabwe, who had to sit out the last T20 World Cup due to administrative suspension, they have roared back tonight, and how.

Sikandar Raza is named Player of the Match: "The only thing I said to Sean was let's try to take the team as far as we both can. I just wanted to bat. I didn't want to let any emotions to get the best of me. The best way to get out of that situation was not to let emotions get the better of me. I just wanted to time the ball well and take it from there. I thought the wicket got harder, or I got tired, the second phase of my innings was poor. When they were bowling length, it was very tricky to get going. I was just trying to get into positions to pull, cut and hook. All I was thinking was that if they don't miss their target, I have to do something. [On his excellent 2022 form] There is no secret to be honest. The only secret I can tell you is to try to channel all the emotions of success and failure into the right way and try to complete with the best in the world so we can represent Zimbabweans and put our flag among the best in the world. We wanted to say one thing: when we qualified, as much as we were happy to be here, we knew that our journey is not done. We didn't just come here because we are happy to be representing Zimbabwe. The goal we brought was to get into the Super 12 and take some of the big teams and see where we go. So to have this victory today is certainly humbling, exciting and happy as well. But for me, once the team chat is done, I wouldn't be celebrating this victory. It's done, it's in the past. We have a very tough game against the Caribbean boys in 48 hours time and that's what I'm looking forward to now."

Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie: [Asked if he regrets bowling first after winning the toss] "I don't think so. I don't think I can look back and regret any sort of toss that goes ahead. In hindsight it looks like it might have made a difference but I think we were pretty happy at the halfway stage. We thought it was a good wicket. We expected it to be a good wicket all day. I think when you get blown away four wickets down, you're always up against it. So just bitterly disappointed with how we've started the competition but it's a pretty straightforward shootout now for us. [On Josh Little] He's our best bowler at the moment. He's our strike bowler. He's got a lot of experience in franchise cricket now. He leads that attack brilliantly. He's someone that we're really excited about all formats and hopefully he can continue to progress for us. They bowled really well, got it swinging. A couple nipped as well. It was tricky but we have to counter that as batters and get our team on the front foot and we weren't able to do that tonight."

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine: "We're ecstatic. To put in a performance like that in the first game back in the World Cup, we showed we belong and it's a pity that it has been so long since we last played in a World Cup. [On Raza] He's been a solid performer for us over the last few months and it's exciting to see that he can bring that form here again. Different conditions, bouncier wickets but it didn't change his form so credit to him. He played exceptionally well today. [New ball pair of Ngarava and Muzarabani] What we took from the Ireland innings was to get slightly fuller. We thought Ireland bowled too short t times. Credit to Richard and Bless for hitting their straps and hitting that perfect length. It was difficult to hit through the covers on the up and it wasn't that short. Those were the wickets that we got caught behind. [On late drops] You always know in a competition like this that run rate could be a possibility at the end so we wanted to finish it off as quick as possible. So it was a little bit disappointing not to finish it off but credit to all the guys coming out and putting up a great performance."

That's it from our live coverage today. Stay tuned for the post-match reporting from our team on the ground down under. Come back tomorrow for the Group A doubleheader which starts with the winner's match, Namibia v Netherlands, before Sri Lanka takes on UAE in the nightcap. On behalf of Matt Roller, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

19.6
Ngarava to Little, no run

another slower bouncer, the unplayable delivery of the over. Little flails and misses again. Zimbabwe officially win by 31 runs in a match that was over for all intents and purposes about 30-45 minutes ago.

19.5
Ngarava to Little, no run

slower bouncer again on middle stump, Little out in front of another pull.

19.4
4
Ngarava to Little, FOUR runs

length ball on fifth stump, Little smashes a back foot punch wide of the cover sweeper to the rope.

19.3
Ngarava to Little, no run

shuffles across his stumps and tries to scoop a slower bouncer over the keeper but misses.

19.2
Ngarava to Little, no run

bouncer on middle at 124 kph, Little is late on a pull.

19.1
Ngarava to Little, no run

good length slower ball on middle, Little can't get a cut away.

end of over 1912 runs
IRE: 139/9CRR: 7.31 RRR: 36.00 • Need 36 from 6b
Barry McCarthy22 (16b 1x4 2x6)
Josh Little3 (5b)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-23-3
Richard Ngarava 3-0-18-2
18.6
6
Muzarabani to McCarthy, SIX runs

slower length ball at 103 kph, McCarthy is seeing it as good as any Ireland player tonight, smashes a pull over midwicket 12 rows back in the stands.

18.5
1
Muzarabani to Little, 1 run

full on the stumps, flicked square for one.

18.4
1
Muzarabani to McCarthy, 1 run

short ball pulled toward deep square leg, Williams opts to let the ball bounce in front of him and knocks it in from the rope to save three. If Ireland needed two to win, he'd have put in a dive there for sure.

18.3
Muzarabani to McCarthy, no run

another length ball that McCarthy swings at and misses.

18.2
Muzarabani to McCarthy, no run

slower ball lands full on fifth stump, McCarthy through his shot early and misses.

18.1
4lb
Muzarabani to McCarthy, 4 leg byes

good length ball on off stump, goes for a pull and misses off the ribs, goes past the keeper to the rope for four extras.

end of over 187 runs
IRE: 127/9CRR: 7.05 RRR: 24.00 • Need 48 from 12b
Barry McCarthy15 (11b 1x4 1x6)
Josh Little2 (4b)
Richard Ngarava 3-0-18-2
Tendai Chatara 4-0-22-2
17.6
1
Ngarava to McCarthy, 1 run

dropped! Another bouncer produced another top edge pull and another shelled opportunity to end the game. It swirled over deep square leg for a long time as the fielder ran in 30 yards but it just goes off his fingertips diving forward in the end.

17.5
4
Ngarava to McCarthy, FOUR runs

full on leg stump, McCarthy backs away to create room for a drive over the bowler's head to split the two straight boundary riders.

17.4
Ngarava to McCarthy, no run

full pace bouncer on leg stump, McCarthy backs away and swings but misses.

17.3
1
Ngarava to Little, 1 run

short and wide, slashes this short of deep third man for one.

17.2
Ngarava to Little, no run

slower bouncer, Little swings through this.

17.1
1
Ngarava to McCarthy, 1 run

dropped! Ngarava tries to bounce out McCarthy to end play and induces a top-edged pull that swirls over square leg. Chakabva runs out from behind the stumps covering 25 yards but shells this reaching forward at the last moment and a single is taken.

end of over 179 runs
IRE: 120/9CRR: 7.05 RRR: 18.33 • Need 55 from 18b
Barry McCarthy9 (7b 1x6)
Josh Little1 (2b)
Tendai Chatara 4-0-22-2
Blessing Muzarabani 3-0-15-3
16.6
1
Chatara to McCarthy, 1 run

waist high full toss heaved over square leg for one.

16.5
1
Chatara to Little, 1 run

good length ball on sixth stump, punched to cover sweeper for one.

Best performances - batters
Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza ZIM
82 runs (48)
5 fours5 sixes
Control
80%
Productive shot
pull
41 runs
3 fours4 sixes
35113166137
C Campher
C Campher IRE
27 runs (22)
1 four0 six
Control
83%
Productive shot
cut shot
6 runs
0 four0 six
37443042
Best performances - bowlers
B Muzarabani
B Muzarabani ZIM
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
JB Little
JB Little IRE
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
TossIreland, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Zimbabwe
Sikandar Raza
Match numberT20I no. 1828
Match days17 October 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
New Zealand
Chris Brown
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Match Referee
England
Chris Broad
PointsZimbabwe 2, Ireland 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
ZIM 100%
ZIMIRE
100%50%100%ZIM InningsIRE Innings

Over 20 • IRE 143/9

Zimbabwe won by 31 runs
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ICC Men's T20 World Cup
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL32140.667
NED3214-0.162
NAM31220.730
UAE3122-1.235
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
ZIM32140.200
IRE32140.105
SCOT31220.304
WI3122-0.563
Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ53172.113
ENG53170.473
AUS5317-0.173
SL5234-0.422
IRE5133-1.615
AFG5032-0.571
Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND54181.319
PAK53261.028
SA52250.874
NED5234-0.849
BAN5234-1.176
ZIM5133-1.138