Zimbabwe in Ireland, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Ireland vs Zimbabwe - 3rd T20I

Venue: Bready Cricket Club, Magheramason, Bready

Date & Time: 14 July 2019

Zimbabwe 172/2

RR: 10.32 | Zimbabwe beat Ireland by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Brendan Taylor lbw Shane Getkate lbw Shane Getkate 392052
Hamilton Masakadza c Greg Thompson & b George Dockrell c Greg Thompson & b George Dockrell 0400
Craig Ervine not out not out 684764
Sean Williams not out not out 583072
Sikandar Raza
Ryan Burl
Solomon Mire
Richmond Mutumbami
Kyle Jarvis
Chris Mpofu
Tendai Chatara
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 1)
Total 172 (2 Wkts, 16.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
12-1 (Hamilton Masakadza,1.3), 61-2 (Brendan Taylor,6.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Craig Young4 0 38 0 9.50
George Dockrell2 0 16 1 8.00
Mark Adair3.4 0 32 0 9.41
Joshua Little2 0 28 0 14.00
Shane Getkate3 0 35 1 11.67
Paul Stirling1 0 12 0 12.00
Gareth Delany1 0 8 0 8.00

That is it from this game and series! Zimbabwe finally get a win in a tough Irish tour. Were blanked in the ODI series but avoided a cleansweep in the T20Is. Ireland now have a 4-day Test coming up against England while Zimbabwe take a break, at least according to the ICC calendar. They are supposed to be touring India in the month of January but suspect they will get some more cricketing action in the interim. Time for a well-deserved rest. Thanks for being with us. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Coming out for the chase, Zimbabwe faltered as they lost their captain Hamilton Masakadza very early. Then came the twist in their batting when Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine joined forces. They started playing their shots and milking the bowlers around. Their 49-run stand stabilized the Zimbabwean innings. When Brendan Taylor fell Zimbabwe still required 110 runs to win. Then walked Sean Williams and that changed the innings completely. Their Nelson-run stand came in just 62 balls, which hit the Irish hard.

Opting to field first, Zimbabwe were spot on with their bowling. Sean Williams produced a beauty to dismiss Paul Stirling for a golden duck. Then there was a small budding partnership between Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson. Soon from 44/2 they further slumped to 91/4. The cameo from Mark Adair ensured that Ireland cross the 150-run mark but there could not be a late flourish from the Irish as both the set batsmen, Greg Wilson and Gary Wilson, threw it away. Still the Ireland team managed a competitive score of 171.

What a comprehensive win for Zimbabwe! They have steamrolled Ireland and chased the total very comfortably. It did look like Ireland had got a big total on board but then, the 111-run partnership between Craig Ervine and Sean Williams sealed the chase for Zimbabwe. Remember the previous game, where the same duo took the Rhodesians to a competitive total?

16.4
4
M Adair to C Ervine, FOUR! That's it! Zimbabwe win it. Adair bowls it on the pads, Ervine flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary. ZIMBABWE WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND DRAW THE 3-MATCH T20I series 1-1.
16.3
0
M Adair to C Ervine, Cannot get it through! Good length ball on off, Ervine punches it to cover.
16.2
1
M Adair to S Williams, Fuller on off, SW strokes it to long off and gets to the other end. Zimbabwe just a boundary away now from tying the series.
16.1
1
M Adair to C Ervine, Good length ball on off, Ervine strokes it to long off and takes a single.
15.6
1
C Young to C Ervine, On off, Ervine strokes it through mid off and keeps the strike. Just 6 needed now.
15.5
1
C Young to S Williams, Good length ball on off, Sean strokes it to long off and takes a single.
15.4
0
C Young to S Williams, On the stumps, Williams defends it off the front foot.
15.3
1
C Young to C Ervine, Full on off, Ervine strokes it to long off for a single.
15.2
0
C Young to C Ervine, Good length ball on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
15.1
6
C Young to C Ervine, SIX! Ervine is taking his side home here. On the pads, Ervine flicks it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. The required runs under 10 now.
14.6
1
M Adair to C Ervine, On the pads, Ervine flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
14.5
1
M Adair to S Williams, Short and outside off, Williams cuts it through point for a single.
14.4
1
M Adair to C Ervine, Full on middle, Ervine flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
14.3
0
M Adair to C Ervine, On a good length on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
14.2
1
M Adair to S Williams, Full on off, Williams drives it to long off for a single.
14.1
0
M Adair to C Ervine, Length delivery on leg, Ervine looks to flick but gets it off his pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen cross ends. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.

Mark Adair is back on!

13.6
4
G Dockrell to S Williams, FOUR! Williams sweeps and sweeps it fine. Williams plays the sweep and nails it behind square and the ball crosses over the fence with ease.
13.5
1
G Dockrell to C Ervine, Ervine punches this flatter one outside off, and punches it to off side for a single. 50 up for Ervine. He has just played a superb knock under pressure. He came in to bat at the fall off of Taylor's wicket and since then has looked a calm head.
13.4
1
G Dockrell to S Williams, Williams pulls this back off a length delivery on the stumps but a spirited dive by short fine leg fielder saves a certain boundary. A single results.
13.4
0
G Dockrell to S Williams, Dockrell bowls one way outsid ethe tramline on the off side and the umpire says wide.
13.3
1
G Dockrell to C Ervine, Ervine is happy with just a single. He tucks it off his pads to mid-wicket and crosses over.
13.2
1
G Dockrell to S Williams, Williams flicks a flatter one on the pads to mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
1
G Dockrell to C Ervine, Dockrell tosses one up on the stump, driven through covers for a single.
12.6
1
S Getkate to C Ervine, 50 for Craig Ervine. What a knock this has been! He got two lives earlier on and he has made the most of it. Ervine gets to his fifty with a simple flick towards mid-wicket for a single. 14 runs have come from the over. Big over for Zimbabwe.
12.5
1
S Getkate to S Williams, Bowls a slower ball on off, Williams drives it through covers for a run.
12.4
6
S Getkate to S Williams, SIX! What a shot. Full on off, Williams lofts it over long off for a maximum.
12.3
1
S Getkate to C Ervine, Full on off, Ervine plays it towards point for a single.
12.2
1
S Getkate to S Williams, Full and outside off, Williams drives it through point for a run.
12.1
4
S Getkate to S Williams, FOUR! Excellent shot. Length delivery outside off, Williams plays a slog sweep over square leg for a boundary.

Shane Getkate is back into the attack.

11.6
6
G Delany to C Ervine, SIX! Going... going... gone! Tossed up on off, Ervine lofts it over the long off fence. Joshua Little in the deep thinks about it for a minute but he can just watch it sail over him for a maximum. 44 needed in 48 balls now.
11.5
1
G Delany to S Williams, Delany bowls it short on off, Williams cuts it towards point and gets a single.
11.4
0
G Delany to S Williams, Huge appeal but turned down by the umpire. Flatter around off, Williams looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him on his pad. The Irish players put in a big appeal but the umpire turns it down.
11.3
1
G Delany to C Ervine, On the pads, Ervine flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
11.2
0
G Delany to C Ervine, Shorter on off, Ervine cuts it to the man at point.
11.1
0
G Delany to C Ervine, Starts with a quicker ball outside off, Ervine looks to drive but misses.

Gareth Delany is on now.

10.6
4
C Young to S Williams, FOUR! Williams looks in fire. Fuller on off, Williams smashes it over covers for a boundary.
10.5
2
C Young to S Williams, Short again, Williams pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
10.4
0
C Young to S Williams, Oh! This could have gone to the fence as well. Full on off, Williams drives it hard but it is straight to point.
10.3
4
C Young to S Williams, FOUR! Pulled and pulled with power. Shorter on off, Sean pulls this over mid-wicket and gets a boundary. Zimbabwe are in a hurry to finish this.
10.2
1
C Young to C Ervine, In the air but just short! Full on middle and leg, Ervine looks to flick but it goes off the leading edge, luckily it falls short of the man at square leg.
10.2
0
C Young to C Ervine, Back of a length ball on off, Williams runs it down to third man for one.
10.1
1
C Young to S Williams, Back of a length ball on off, Williams runs it down to third man for one.
9.6
1
J Little to S Williams, Full on off, Williams hits it hard but there is a man at long off so just a single.