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5th T20I, Bready, Sep 4 2021, Zimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland
(20 ov, target 125)119
Zimbabwe won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
67* (57)
craig-ervine
Player Of The Series
234 runs
paul-stirling
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• Himanshu Agrawal

Luke Jongwe and Donald Tiripano three-fors seal Zimbabwe win in low-scoring final match

Craig Ervine, the captain, led the batting charge for the visiting side with a 57-ball 67*

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Scores: Vairavan
Comms: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe124/4(20 overs)
Dion Myers26 (23)
Mark Adair3/23(4)
Ireland119/10(20 overs)
end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 119/10CRR: 5.95 
Craig Young11 (9)
Richard Ngarava 4-0-14-1
Luke Jongwe 4-0-29-3

Balbirnie lifts the trophy, with his team-mates cheering. Himanshu's report will be up soon. Do read it if you missed the game. That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Andy Balbirnie: I think we you lose any game, it's a concern. The guys are well aware of. We came back really well after the first game. A bit of a blip today but really nice to win a series against a team like Zimbabwe. We know what to expect when we come against them next week in the one-dayers. Looking forward to that.

Paul Stirling is the Player of the Series. "Disappointing day today but overall it was good series," he says. "Always good to set the tone [with Kevin O'Brien] and I hope we keep doing it. Delighted to get back to the ODI format, a series two very similar teams."

Craig Ervine is the Player of the Match. "It was nice for Myers to stick around," he says. "We felt we were 25-30 runs short. When you score runs, you get the confidence, that's what we are lacking at the moment. We didn't have a good series but this win is very important just for the team morale, to take into the ODI series next week."

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Phineas: "Ireland is highly dependant on Stirling...this is a very good example" --- Or at least on top three.

6.23pm Zimbabwe started the series by defending a low-scoring contest. They ended it in the same way. But in between, they lost the three games to end on the wrong side of a 3-2 series result. It wasn't a big total but Jongwe and Tiripano rocked the chase by picking up two wickets each early. Getkate and Rock put the chase back on track and run rate was never a problem. But Zimbabwe struck back to dismiss both in successive overs. The lower order failed to step up as Zimbabwe wrapped a five-run win.

Azweer: "Ngarava turning out to be "A Master of defending" in the last over..."

19.6
W
Ngarava to Young, OUT

victory for Zimbabwe. Length ball on the stumps, Young moves across and looks to flick it uppishly but misses. The ball hits him on the thigh and drops near the stumps. Ngarava collects it in his followthrough and breaks the stumps with an underarm throw to find Little short

Josh Little run out (Ngarava) 3 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
19.5
Ngarava to Young, no run

fuller and wider. Young fails to get bat on it. He is distraught, on his knees

Young on strike for the first time this over. Six needed

19.4
1
Ngarava to Little, 1 run

walks across and hits this length ball just to the left of short fine leg

19.3
Ngarava to Little, no run

short of length angling in. Pace on. Looks to chop it away but misses

7 from 4

19.2
2
Ngarava to Little, 2 runs

fuller outside off, hits it hard towards extra cover, where the fielder gets a hand. But they are coming back for the second and they make it safely

19.1
Ngarava to Little, no run

fuller and wider outside off, reaches out for it but cannot connect

Young having a chat with Little. Ngarava to bowl the final over. Ireland need nine

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 116/9CRR: 6.10 RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Craig Young11 (7)
Josh Little0 (0)
Luke Jongwe 4-0-29-3
Donald Tiripano 4-0-31-3
18.6
2
Jongwe to Young, 2 runs

a slower one, fuller outside off. Smashed past the cover fielder, who gets a hand to it. They are coming back for the second, which means Little will be on strike for the next over

Ahsan Butt: "This chase is quite similar to the one that Pakistan botched against the same side not too long ago!"

18.5
2
Jongwe to Young, 2 runs

short of length outside off, cuts it towards deep extra cover and sprints back for the second

18.4
6
Jongwe to Young, SIX runs

fuller around off, gets under it, clears the front leg and smashes it for a straight six

18.3
Jongwe to Young, no run

a slower one. Swings across the line but the ball sneaks through to the keeper

18.2
Jongwe to Young, no run

length outside off, swings at it and misses

18.1
W
Jongwe to Young, OUT

length ball around off, pushes it back towards the bowler but Adair is desperate ton go to the other end and leaves his crease early. Jongwe fields the ball and breaks the stumps

Mark Adair run out (Jongwe) 8 (23m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

19 needed from 12. Two wickets in hand. Here's Jongwe

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 106/8CRR: 5.88 RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 from 12b
Craig Young1 (1)
Mark Adair8 (14)
Donald Tiripano 4-0-31-3
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-18-0
17.6
1
Tiripano to Young, 1 run

short of length around off, gets on his toes and dabs it towards short midwicket

17.5
1
Tiripano to Adair, 1 run

length ball on the pads, goes for the flick and sprints across for a single

Craig Young walks in but he is at the other end at the moment

17.4
W
Tiripano to McBrine, OUT

pressure! McBrine looks for the big hit but ends up helping this length ball around off straight down the throat of deep square leg

Andy McBrine c sub (T Marumani) b Tiripano 8 (25m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.53
17.3
Tiripano to McBrine, no run

length outside off, push at it but fails to beat backward point

17.2
1
Tiripano to Adair, 1 run

short of length this time, pulled towards deep square leg

Ireland need a boundary here

17.1
1
Tiripano to McBrine, 1 run

length ball outside off, throws his bat at it. Not from the middle of the bat but gets it over point. Sweeper keeps it to one

23 needed from 18. Advantage Zimbabwe. Tiripano to bowl his last

end of over 175 runs
IRE: 102/7CRR: 6.00 RRR: 7.66 • Need 23 from 18b
Mark Adair6 (12)
Andy McBrine7 (10)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-18-0
Richard Ngarava 3-0-11-1
16.6
Muzarabani to Adair, no run

short of length around off and middle. Defended on the back foot

16.5
Muzarabani to Adair, no run

short of length outside off. Attempts a cut and is beaten again

Best performances - batters
Craig Ervine
CR Ervine ZIM
67 runs (57)
7 fours
1 six
Control77%
Productive shot
pull
14 runs
1 four
0 six
101086121065
Dion Myers, player portrait
D Myers ZIM
26 runs (23)
1 four
1 six
Control87%
Productive shot
pull
10 runs
0 four
1 six
11760038
Best performances - bowlers
Mark Adair portrait
MR Adair IRE
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Luke Jongwe
LM Jongwe ZIM
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
ECO
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Bready Cricket Club, Magheramason, Bready
TossZimbabwe, elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Craig Ervine
Craig Ervine
Player Of The Series
Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
Series resultIreland won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberT20I no. 1256
Match days4 September 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
Ireland Image
Alan Neill
Ireland Image
Roly Black
TV Umpire
Ireland Image
Mark Hawthorne
Reserve Umpire
Ireland Image
Paul Reynolds
Match Referee
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Kevin Gallagher