3rd ODI, Belfast, Sep 13 2021, Zimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland
(22.2/32 ov)118/3
Ireland won by 7 wickets (with 58 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
158 runs

Thanks for joining us. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us here.

6.45pm So at the end of a stop-start day, we finally have a result. Taylor is being greeted by players from both sides - it is his final match after all - but it's Ireland who have the last laugh as they square the series. Zimbabwe were never really there with the ball, as an attacking Stirling and a solid Balbirnie ensured there were no hiccups for the hosts in a paltry chase of 126.

Time now for the presentations.

Andy Balbirnie, the winning captain. "We were struggling a bit to hold it together in a phase of the game, but we came back very well," he says. "It was a complete performance from the team. Obviously we lost Craig Young during warm-ups, thanks to Zimbabwe for allowing us to make that late change."

Andy McBrine is Player of the Match for his three-for. "Some days you bowl well and don't get wickets, some days you do, today was my day," he laughs. "Craig Young pulled up at the warm-up, so we had a bit of a setback at the start, but the bowlers did wonderfully well."

William Porterfield is the Player of the Series "Nice to contribute," he says. "It's been tough up top, but it's satisfying if you can contribute to the team's success. It's great playing with Paul Stirling. Disappointed [about the series], thought we had a great chance in the second game, but will take the 15 points."

Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe captain: "Didn't show application with the bat." he says. "It was a disappointing game, Ireland had lot more pressure and they turned up today. I think we would've liked a series win having won the first one, just like in the T20Is. We need to sort things out. Disappointing end, but we'll take 1-1. Brendan Taylor has been a huge ambassador for the country, a huge loss for us. Will leave a hole someone will need to fill in Zimbabwe cricket."

Burl to Tector, 1 run

runs that good length ball outside off toward point, and Ireland level the series!

1 to get now...

Burl to Tector, FOUR runs

short of a length on middle, and tonked to deep midwicket! Goes for the pull, and absolutely creams that

Five more to get. A six to finish off maybe?

end of over 224 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 113/3CRR: 5.13 RRR: 0.50 • Need 5 runs from 60b
George Dockrell0 (2)
Harry Tector8 (14)
Wellington Masakadza 2-0-9-1
Ryan Burl 2-1-9-0
Masakadza to Dockrell, no run

short of a length outside off, and good bounce too. Dabbed toward point with the bounce

Masakadza to Dockrell, no run

very full on middle, and defended forward toward midwicket

Dockrell is the new man. Masakadza around the wicket

Masakadza to Balbirnie, OUT

chipped to extra cover! Just five runs to get, and the captain falls after yet another start. Leans forward to push at that full ball outside off, and he stands almost knowing that he was gone the moment he hit it. Never mind though, Ireland are well and safe already

Andy Balbirnie c Ervine b Masakadza 34 (60m 43b 5x4 0x6) SR: 79.06
Masakadza to Balbirnie, FOUR runs

goes down to sweep this full ball on middle and off, but gets a top edge! Doesn't matter though, with the ball flying to fine leg for four

Masakadza to Balbirnie, no run

tapped toward point off a good length outside off

Masakadza to Balbirnie, no run

fullish ball on middle, and pushed to cover, who dives to his left to stop that

Dipanjan Show: "This is definitely more thrilling that the World Cup Final." --- I bet!

end of over 21Maiden
IRE: 109/2CRR: 5.19 RRR: 0.81 • Need 9 runs from 11 overs
Harry Tector8 (14)
Andy Balbirnie30 (39)
Ryan Burl 2-1-9-0
Wellington Masakadza 1-0-5-0
Burl to Tector, no run

maiden over. Taps at this full ball wide of off while playing away from his body

Burl to Tector, no run

good length ball on middle, and jammed toward square leg

Burl to Tector, no run

looks to slash that full and wide ball outside off, but was beaten

Burl to Tector, no run

fullish length on middle, tucked to the man at square leg

Burl to Tector, no run

pushed back to the bowler

Burl to Tector, no run

dropped at cover? Yup, but it was a difficult chance. He lofted that full ball outside off, and the fielder Masakadza dived to his right and got a hand, but it fell out

So 20 overs are done.