Zimbabwe in Ireland, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Ireland vs Zimbabwe - 2nd T20I

Venue: Bready Cricket Club, Magheramason, Bready

Date & Time: 12 July 2019

Ireland 134/1

RR: 12.36 | Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets (D/L method)

commentary

That is it from us then! Ireland extend their dominance over Zimbabwe, staying unbeaten. This was probably the visitors' best chance to win a game on this tour but perhaps as they say, everyday is not Sunday and the final match is on a Sunday, so who knows... can Zimbabwe end the tour with a win? Join us on 14th July, 2019 at 4 pm local (1500 GMT) for the third and final T20I. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe started slowly but then rocketed to 132 in 13 overs, thanks to two rain delays. The 67-run stand between Ervine and Williams gave the Zimbabwe supporters something to cheer about but Paul Stirling quickly snatched it in the matter of an hour.

A hapless bowling performance from Zimbabwe. No one, at any stage, looked in any sort of control as Stirling ate his lunch, breakfast and dinner in form of the Zimbabwe bowlers. Not a single bowler conceded below 10 runs an over and Ireland, through Stirling, just teed away. If you need to chase 134 in 13 overs, you need a special knock and Stirling's unbeaten 83 from 36 provided more than that. Courtesy that man, the home side chased down the target with 13 balls to spare!

A helter-skelter of a win. That is what T20 is all about, isn't it? Or a T13, in this case. If Zimbabwe thought they had enough on the board, well, perhaps the board itself was short for Ireland.

10.5
1
K Jarvis to P Stirling, IRELAND WIN! What a victory. Stirling the man for them, pushes it towards long on with his arms aloft and completes the requisite run.
10.4
2
K Jarvis to P Stirling, Outside off, Paul looks to hit this through the off side but the ball takes the inside edge and snakes through past the leg stump towards fine leg. A couple taken.
10.3
6
K Jarvis to P Stirling, SIX! CLUNK! This is connected well. A short ball, around off, Stirling waits and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie!
10.2
1
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, DROPPED! No one can believe it. Short delivery from Jarvis, on middle stump, Balbirnie pulls but does not time it well. The ball goes straight to Mpofu at deep square leg who makes a mess of it and lets Balbirnie off the hook. A single taken.
10.1
2
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, Around middle, worked through square leg for a couple.

Kyle Jarvis is back on. 2-0-23-0 so far.

9.6
0
C Mpofu to P Stirling, Full length delivery, on middle stump, a rare defense from Stirling. Plays it back to the bowler.
9.5
4
C Mpofu to P Stirling, FOUR! Whoa! Off the top edge. Full and around off, Stirling gets down to paddle but the ball takes the top edge and rockets behind. Lobs high in the air and lands just inside the third man fence!
9.4
0
C Mpofu to P Stirling, Good length delivery, on off stump, Stirling steers it to point but no run taken.
9.3
1
C Mpofu to A Balbirnie, Outside off, slapped through the covers for one.
9.2
1
C Mpofu to P Stirling, Around middle, chipped towards long on for a single.
9.1
1
C Mpofu to A Balbirnie, Full and outside off, Balbirnie hits it back to the bowler who sticks out his right hand and deflects it towards mid-wicket. A run taken.

Chris Mpofu returns. 1-0-14-0 so far.

8.6
0
S Raza to P Stirling, Full length delivery, on middle stump. Balbirnie drives it to cover but there is no run available there.
8.5
1
S Raza to A Balbirnie, Around middle and leg, worked through square leg for a run.
8.4
1
S Raza to P Stirling, Short ball, on middle stump, Stirling glances it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
8.3
0
S Raza to P Stirling, The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
8.2
6
S Raza to P Stirling, SIX! This one has gone out of the ground. Full and outside off, Stirling gets down on a knee and slogs it over long on.
8.1
6
S Raza to P Stirling, SIX! CLUBBED! Short ball, on leg stump, Stirling pulls it behind square leg for a massive six. Poor start from Raza.

Sikandar Raza introduced now.

7.6
0
S Williams to A Balbirnie, Outside off, Andy looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. Taylor leaps to collect.
7.5
4
S Williams to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Lapped away! Full and around off, Balbirnie gets down and paddles it to the fine leg fence.
7.4
1
S Williams to P Stirling, Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
7.3
4
S Williams to P Stirling, FOUR! Short and outside off, Stirling cuts it through point and finds the fence!
7.2
1
S Williams to A Balbirnie, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
7.1
1
S Williams to P Stirling, Full and around off, pushed towards mid on for a quick single.
6.6
4
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Punishment on the Free Hit. A length ball, on middle, Balbirnie whips it through mid-wicket and explores the boundary!

FREE HIT TIME!

6.6
0
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, NO BALL! Jarvis oversteps, resulting in a no ball. Coming to the ball, it was short, outside off, Balbirnie tries to cut it but misses the ball.
6.5
2
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, DROPPED! Costly miss. A length ball outside off, Balbirnie gets down and paddles it towards fine leg. Chris Mpofu runs back from short fine leg, puts in a jump but lands awkwardly and puts it down! Two runs taken.
6.4
4
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Up and over mid-wicket! Good length delivery, on leg stump, Balbirnie slogs it towards deep mid-wicket for another boundary for Ireland.
6.3
1
K Jarvis to P Stirling, HALF CENTURY! 7th 50-plus score in his last 8 international innings. Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg to bring up that milestone. What a player.
6.2
1
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, Short ball, on off stump, Balbirnie pulls it to long on for another single.
6.1
0
K Jarvis to A Balbirnie, A short ball outside off, Balbirnie looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.

Kyle Jarvis is back on. 1-0-10-0 so far.

5.6
1
R Burl to A Balbirnie, Full length delivery, on middle stump, Stirling defends it to the off side for a quick single.
5.5
4
R Burl to A Balbirnie, FOUR! Full and outside off, Balbirnie gets down and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
5.4
1
R Burl to P Stirling, Outside off, Stirling rocks back and cuts it to deep cover for a single.
5.3
6
R Burl to P Stirling, SIX! And another! Stirling is taking Ireland home single-handedly. This is on the pads, Paul gets forward and whips it massively over mid-wicket once more!
5.2
6
R Burl to P Stirling, SIX! CLOBBERED! Full and around off, Stirling gets down and sweeps it mightily over mid-wicket!
5.1
1
R Burl to A Balbirnie, Full and around leg, swept behind square leg for a single.

Andy Balbirnie comes in at number 3, replacing O'Brien. Ryan Burl to bowl his leggies.

4.6
0
T Chatara to K O'Brien, OUT! What a stunning catch by Kyle Jarvis! Full length delivery, Kevin O'Brien makes room and tries to hit it over deep extra cover but Kyle Jarvis runs behind to his left from mid off and takes an excellent diving catch. Zimbabwe right back in the game. Ireland require 76 runs from 48 balls.
4.6
0
T Chatara to K O'Brien, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
4.5
1
T Chatara to P Stirling, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
4.4
4
T Chatara to P Stirling, FOUR! Another cracking shot. A low full toss outside off, Stirling comes down the track and bashes it through the covers!
4.3
1
T Chatara to K O'Brien, Short ball, outside leg stump, Kevin O'Brien makes room to the leg stump but gets cramped as Chatara follows him. O'Brien pushes it to the leg side for a single.
4.2
1
T Chatara to P Stirling, Outside off, played through point for a single.
4.1
0
T Chatara to P Stirling, A length ball outside off, Stirling looks to play inside out but misses.
3.6
0
C Mpofu to K O'Brien, On a length outside off, watchfully pushed towards point.
3.5
1
C Mpofu to P Stirling, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
3.4
6
C Mpofu to P Stirling, SIX! Terrific shot! The Ireland onslaught continues. Full and wide outside off, Stirling gets down on a knee and lofts it over mid off for half a dozen!
3.3
1
C Mpofu to K O'Brien, Outside off, carved to sweeper cover for a run.
3.2
4
C Mpofu to K O'Brien, FOUR! Behind square leg! FOUR! Good length ball outside leg, Kevin O Brien makes room to the leg side and glances it towards deep square leg. The fine leg fielder runs behind it but the ball wins the race.

Third man comes up now.

3.1
1
C Mpofu to P Stirling, A length ball outside off, Stirling walks across and punches it through the covers for a single.

Chris Mpofu to bowl now.

2.6
0
T Chatara to K O'Brien, A length ball outside off, Kevin looks to go up and over but misses.
2.5
1
T Chatara to P Stirling, Works this through square leg for a run.
2.4
6
T Chatara to P Stirling, SIX! What a start this is for Ireland! A length ball, down the leg side, Stirling whips it over mid-wicket for half a dozen!
2.3
4
T Chatara to P Stirling, FOUR! Up and over point this time! A length ball outside off, Stirling backs away and slaps it over point for a boundary!
2.2
0
T Chatara to P Stirling, In the air... but safe! Full toss on off, but Stirling hits it straight towards mid on. It looked like it was going straight down Williams throat but he slipped while going for the catch. No run
2.1
4
T Chatara to P Stirling, FOUR! BRUTAL! Full and outside off, Stirling backs away to the leg side and bashes it wide of mid off for a boundary!

Tendai Chatara into the attack now. Fine leg up in the circle.

1.6
1
S Williams to P Stirling, Outside off, punched straight to point for a single.
1.6
0
S Williams to P Stirling, WIDE. Down the leg side, left alone.
1.5
1
S Williams to K O'Brien, Outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
1.4
4
S Williams to K O'Brien, FOUR! Full and outside off, O'Brien gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
1.3
1
S Williams to P Stirling, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
1.2
0
S Williams to P Stirling, Outside off, a play and a miss.
1.1
4
S Williams to P Stirling, FOUR! Fractionally short, around off, Stirling backs away to the leg side and punches it through the covers!

Sean Williams to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, On a length outside off, O'Brien hops and pushes it towards point. Good start for Ireland.
0.5
0
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, Outside off, a play and a miss.
0.4
4
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, FOUR! Bad ball! The ball was on length and on the hips of the batter. O'Brien just tickles it and helps it on its way to the fine leg fence.
0.4
0
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, WIDE! Short ball outside leg from Jarvis. O'Brien tries to hook it but misses. The Zimbabwe players appeal but the umpire thinks there is no contact.
0.3
4
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, FOUR! A short ball, on middle, Kevin swivels and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary!
0.2
0
K Jarvis to K O'Brien, LEADING EDGE, SAFE! A length ball, down the leg side, O'Brien looks to flick but gets a leading edge which does not carry to point.
0.1
1
K Jarvis to P Stirling, A length ball around off, Stirling comes down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a single.

We are back for the chase. Kyle Jarvis to open the bowling for Zimbabwe. Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien to open the innings for Ireland.