Zimbabwe in Ireland, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
Date & Time: 04 July 2019
RR: 4.74 | Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 5 runs
That's it from this nail-biting game. Ireland have sealed the series and would like to complete a whitewash in the third and final game of this ODI series. Join us for that one on 7th July, Sunday. That match will begin 1045 Local (0945 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!
Earlier in the day, Stirling's 52 along with maiden ODI 50s from McCollum and Tucker took the hosts to a fighting and eventually a winning total of 242. Solomon Mire was the star bowler for Zimbabwe picking up a 4-fer.
Tim Murtagh! The star of the day. When 15 runs are required off the last 2 overs and there are two set batsmen. 9 times out of 10 the team chasing will win it. The one occasion they won't is when someone bowls an exceptional over. That's exactly what Tim did. He gave away just a single run in the game's penultimate over and also got rid of Donald Tiripano, completely changing the tide of the game. He provided Ireland the early breakthrough they needed earlier in the innings. His consistent lines and lengths were rewarded with wickets. Tim held his nerves in the crunch stages and ended up getting his maiden ODI 5-fer. Shane Getkate and Boyd Rankin with their 2 and 1 wicket apiece were the other two bowler's to get into the wickets column. That was enough for the hosts to take an unassailable lead in the series.
Donald Tiripano and Ryan Burl stuck around. They started their fight slowly. Facing off the tough balls but then the duo started accelerating. They played out the good balls but managed to score boundaries off the bad balls. The latter even managed to score his maiden 50 but it was not enough as Zimbabwe fell short at the last hurdle.
Chasing 243, Zimbabwe's chase did not get off to a good start. They lost both the openers and Brendon Taylor very early in the innings. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams did show fight but the former fell at the wrong time. Williams then hung around with Raza as Sikandar played a quick fire cameo of 31 off just 22 balls but once he fell, Williams too followed soon after getting to his 50. At 160/7 it looked like all was done but then came Tiripano.
WHAT A THRILLER! In the end Ireland managed to hold their nerves and get over the line but spare a thought for Ryan Burl. He showed fight, courage but it just wasn't enough.
Tendai Chatara is the last man in.
Mark Adair to bowl the last over of the match. 14 needed in 6 balls. Can he defend it or will Zimbabwe pull it off?
Kyle Jarvis is the new batsman in.
Tim Murtagh is back into the attack.
Shane Getkate is back!
Donald Tiripano is down on the ground. There is a problem with his right hamstring. Not sure what the problem is. It looks like a cramp. He has been very good with the bat and this partnership is the key here for Zimbabwe. They would hope he can continue his form.
Kevin O'Brien is back into the attack.
Boyd Rankin is back into the attack.
Mark Adair is back into the attack.
Powerplay 3 is signaled. Maximum of 5 fielders can be outside the circle till the end of the innings.
Shane Getkate is back into the attack.
Donald Tiripano walks out to bat next.
Richmond Mutumbami is the new batsman in.
Andy McBrine is back into the attack.
Kevin O'Brien comes on now.
Ryan Burl is the new man in.
Sikandar Raza walks out to bat next.
Andy McBrine is into the attack.
Shane Getkate is into the attack.
Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Boyd Rankin is into the attack.
Sean Williams is the new batsman in.
Brendan Taylor is the new batsman in.
Mark Adair to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
Craig Ervine is the new batsman in.
We are back for the chase. The Ireland players are out in the middle. Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire will open the batting for Zimbabwe. Tim Murtagh will start the proceedings for Ireland with the first new ball.