RESULT
3rd ODI, Belfast, September 13, 2021, Zimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland
(34/38 ov) 131
(22.2/32 ov, T:118) 118/3

Ireland won by 7 wickets (with 58 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
3/26
andy-mcbrine
Player Of The Series
158 runs
william-porterfield
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Zimbabwe 131/10(34 overs)
Ireland 118/3(22.2 overs)

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."

22.2
1
Burl to Tector, 1 run

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

1 to get now...

22.1
4
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 from 60b
George Dockrell0 (2b)
Harry Tector8 (14b)
Wellington Masakadza 2-0-9-1
Ryan Burl 2-1-9-0
21.6
Masakadza to Dockrell, no run

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

21.5
Masakadza to Dockrell, no run

very full on middle, and defended forward toward midwicket

Dockrell is the new man. Masakadza around the wicket

21.4
W
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 (43b 5x4 0x6 60m) SR: 79.06
21.3
4
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

21.2
Masakadza to Balbirnie, no run

tapped toward point off a good length outside off

21.1
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 from 11 overs
Harry Tector8 (14b)
Andy Balbirnie30 (39b 4x4)
Ryan Burl 2-1-9-0
Wellington Masakadza 1-0-5-0
20.6
Burl to Tector, no run

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

20.5
Burl to Tector, no run

good length ball on middle, and jammed toward square leg

20.4
Burl to Tector, no run

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

20.3
Burl to Tector, no run

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

20.2
Burl to Tector, no run

pushed back to the bowler

20.1
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.

end of over 205 runs
IRE: 109/2CRR: 5.45 RRR: 0.75 • Need 9 from 12 overs
Harry Tector8 (8b)
Andy Balbirnie30 (39b 4x4)
Wellington Masakadza 1-0-5-0
Ryan Burl 1-0-9-0
19.6
1
Masakadza to Tector, 1 run

very full on middle, and driven down to long-off for another single

19.5
1
Masakadza to Balbirnie, 1 run

chips this full ball on off to deep point with the open face of the bat

19.4
1
Masakadza to Tector, 1 run

fullish length on off, and tapped toward cover. They set off rather quickly, and a single is stolen

19.3
1
Masakadza to Balbirnie, 1 run

tossed up, and very full outside off. Driven to long-off

19.2
1
Masakadza to Tector, 1 run

full ball outside off, and pushed to deep point

19.1
Masakadza to Tector, no run

pretty full on off, and driven to the man at cover

Just one more over, and the result becomes inevitable. Nobody's guess who the winner would be.

Left-arm spinner Masakadza in now. Around the wicket, with a slip

Best performances - batters
CR Ervine
CR Ervine ZIM
57 runs (65)
7 fours1 six
Control
72%
Productive shot
cover drive
16 runs
2 fours0 six
0934147119
PR Stirling
PR Stirling IRE
43 runs (40)
5 fours2 sixes
Control
70%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
3 fours0 six
0046131064
Best performances - bowlers
AR McBrine
AR McBrine IRE
O
8
M
2
R
26
W
3
ECO
3.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
JB Little
JB Little IRE
O
8
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
4.12
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
TossIreland, elected to field first
Series
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Ireland
Andy McBrine
Player Of The Series
Ireland
William Porterfield
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberODI no. 4323
Match days13 September 2021 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
Ireland
Alan Neill
Ireland
Paul Reynolds
TV Umpire
Ireland
Roly Black
Reserve Umpire
Ireland
Mark Hawthorne
Match Referee
Ireland
Kevin Gallagher
PointsIreland 10, Zimbabwe 0
Language
English
Hindi
Ireland Innings
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ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ211451500.697
IND211361390.782
ENG211371351.057
PAK211381300.108
AUS181261200.785
BAN181261200.384
AFG151131150.573
WI2491588-0.738
SA1971078-0.410
SL2171277-0.094
IRE2161368-0.382
ZIM2141645-1.141
NED1921625-1.163