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

commentary

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.
9.5
4
J Little to S Williams, FOUR! Poor bowling from Little. Another short ball and Ervine has no hesitation pulling it over the fine leg's fielder for another boundary. Zimbabwe are cruising here.
9.4
1
J Little to C Ervine, Good length delivery, on the pads, Ervine glances it to fine leg for another single.
9.3
1
J Little to S Williams,Short delivery, Williams waits for it and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.2
0
J Little to S Williams, Back of a length ball on off, Williams pulls it but finds mid-wicket. No run available.
9.1
6
J Little to S Williams, SIX! Another short delivery from Little on leg stump. Ervine just helps it on its way for another six. Excellent batting from Ervine.

Joshua Little is back on.

8.6
1
S Getkate to S Williams, Full outside off, Williams strokes it to the right of mid off and gets a single.
8.5
1
S Getkate to C Ervine, This time drives it wide of the man at cover and gets a single.
8.4
0
S Getkate to C Ervine, Full on off, CE pushes it to cover.
8.3
6
S Getkate to C Ervine, SIX! This is even better! Fuller on middle and leg, Ervine lofts this over the long on fence for a biggie. Kevin O'Brien will be hiding somewhere as he dropped Ervine earlier.
8.2
4
S Getkate to C Ervine, FOUR! Pulled and pulled with power1 Short ball on off, Ervine pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
8.1
0
S Getkate to C Ervine, Full outside off, Ervine looks to drive but misses.

Getkate continues.

7.6
0
P Stirling to S Williams, Short delivery, Williams rocks back and cuts it straight towards cover. No run available.
7.5
4
P Stirling to S Williams, FOUR! This time it is the reverse sweep. Floated on middle and off, Sean gets down on one knee and reverse sweeps it through point for a boundary.
7.4
0
P Stirling to C Ervine, On the pads, Ervine looks to flick but it goes off the thigh pad. They take a leg bye.
7.3
6
P Stirling to C Ervine, SIX Length delivery on off stump, Ervine gets down on his knees and sweeps it past the square leg fielder for a huge maximum.
7.2
2
P Stirling to C Ervine, Good footwork in the deep there. Short around off, Ervine cuts it over covers. The man at sweeper cover runs to his left and saves a certain boundary with his right foot.
7.1
0
P Stirling to C Ervine, Floated on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
6.6
2
S Getkate to S Williams, Williams punches the ball off the backfoot. Spirited effort by the fielder to save runs for his team. Two runs added to the total.
6.5
4
S Getkate to S Williams, FOUR! Handsomely done by Williams. Getkate is guilty of bowling way short and that gives Williams ample time to rock back on the back foot and nails the pull to the mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
6.4
1
S Getkate to C Ervine, Ervine flicks this fuller one on the stumps off his pads towards the mid-wicket region and gets to the other end.
6.3
1
S Getkate to S Williams,Williams cuts this outside off length ball straight to the point fielder.

Sean Williams walks out to bat now.

6.2
0
S Getkate to B Taylor, OUT! LBW! Taylor looks to defend this length ball on the pads, but gets hit low on the pads as he misses the line of the delivery. The Ireland players go up in unison and the umpire raises his finger.
6.1
1
S Getkate to C Ervine, Ervine runs a length ball outside off from Getkate towards third man and crosses over to the other end.

Shane Getkate is into the attack.

5.6
1
M Adair to C Ervine, A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.5
0
M Adair to C Ervine, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
5.4
4
M Adair to C Ervine, FOUR! Ervine finally finds his timing right. Adair bowls a half volley around off and Ervine just leans into the drive for a boundary through the covers.
5.3
1
M Adair to B Taylor, Taylor stays on the back foot and punches a length ball from Adair through the off side for a single.
5.2
0
M Adair to B Taylor, Taylor once again plays the square cut on the back of a length delivery but finds the point fielder to perfection this time.
5.1
4
M Adair to B Taylor, FOUR! Taylor plays it late and finds the gap to perfection. Adair bowls one back of a length and Taylor plays the square cut past the backward point fielder and beats the short third man fielder on its way to the fence.
4.6
1
J Little to B Taylor, Good length ball on off, Taylor punches it to cover and keeps the strike. End of a big over from Little. 15 runs off it. Zimbabwe have started off brilliantly.
4.5
4
J Little to B Taylor, FOUR! Poor delivery from Little, Short delivery, on leg stump Taylor just pulls it past fine leg who makes a valiant drive but the ball goes past him for a four.
4.4
0
J Little to B Taylor, Back of a length delivery, Taylor defends it to point. Another dot ball.
4.3
0
J Little to B Taylor, Good length delivery, Taylor defends it to cover. No run.
4.2
4
J Little to B Taylor, IN THE AIR AND FOUR! Good length ball on off, Taylor swings his bat at it. He does not time it well and gets it off the outer half of his bat. The ball goes to the right of third man. The fielder there puts in a dive but cannot get there and the ball goes away for a boundary.
4.1
6
J Little to B Taylor, SIX! Taylor is looking really good . The ball was outside off and Taylor just cuts it above the deep cover fielder for a maximum.

Joshua Little is into the attack.

3.6
0
C Young to C Ervine, Ervine looks to flick this length ball off his pads but gets hit on the pads. No appeal from the players as the ball was heading down the legside.
3.5
0
C Young to C Ervine,Young goes short this time and Ervine looks to pull it towards the cow corner but doesn't pick the length early and the ball sails over this head for the keeper to do the rest.
3.4
0
C Young to C Ervine,BEATEN! Ervine gets beaten all ends up here. Young corrects his line and Ervine looks to defend, misses the line off the delivery and the ball settles into the mitts of the keeper.
3.3
4
C Young to C Ervine, FOUR! Superbly played there by Ervine. Young bowls one on a length but the length is way outside off, Ervine frees his arms and slashes it through covers for a boundary.
3.2
0
C Young to C Ervine, Ervine looks to drive this length delivery outside off but can only connect with thin air.
3.1
1
C Young to B Taylor, Young goes wide outside off and Taylor cuts it to point to cross over for a single.

Craig Young comes back into the attack.

2.6
0
M Adair to C Ervine, Good length delivery on off, Ervine blocks it off the back foot. 12 runs have come from the over. Expensive over from Mark Adair.
2.5
1
M Adair to B Taylor, On a length and outside off, Taylor plays it towards point for a run.
2.4
1
M Adair to C Ervine, DROPPED! Length delivery on middle, Ervine looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards Kevin O'Brien at mid-wicket who tries to take it but spills it. It goes through his hands. The batsmen take a single. Ervine is riding his luck here. First he gets caught but then it's a no ball and now Kevin O'Brien drops a dolly here.
2.3
0
M Adair to C Ervine, On a length on off, Ervine plays it to point.
2.3
0
M Adair to C Ervine, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Ervine lets it go.
2.2
4
M Adair to C Ervine, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Craig Ervine. Length delivery on middle, Ervine lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
2.1
4
M Adair to C Ervine, FOUR! Short delivery on middle, Ervine pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Ervine has made the most of the Free Hit here. Adair won't be happy.
2.1
0
M Adair to C Ervine, NO BALL! Mark Adair oversteps! On a good length and outside off, Ervine looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards Lorcan Tucker who takes the catch but in the end the umpire signals a no ball. Free Hit to follow.

Mark Adair is into the attack.

1.6
0
G Dockrell to B Taylor, Taylor now goes for the sweep shot on this flatter one, but gets it off the inside half towards the mid-wicket fielder.
1.5
4
G Dockrell to B Taylor, Taylor once again goes for the inside out shot and this time connects and connects well to fetch a boundary. He just played it with the spin rather than hitting it too hard. Four valuable runs addded to the Zimbabwean total.
1.4
2
G Dockrell to B Taylor, Taylor goes for an inside out drive over the off side but can get it off the outside edge past the covers. The batsmen take a comfortable two there.

Craig Ervine is the new batsman in.

1.3
0
G Dockrell to H Masakadza, OUT! Caught! Dockrell gets the first breakthrough for Ireland. Masakadza looks to slog sweep it through the mid-wicket but can only manage a top edge which goes as far as the the man at deep square leg. Thompson there settles under it and takes it calmly.
1.2
0
G Dockrell to H Masakadza, Floated one on the off stump, once again defended back to the bowler.
1.1
0
G Dockrell to H Masakadza, Flatter on the stumps defended back to the bowler

George Dockrell to bowl from the other end.

0.6
4
C Young to B Taylor, FOUR! Nice shot. On a length and outside off, Taylor cuts it through point for a boundary. 12 runs have come from the over. Strong start from Zimbabwe.
0.5
6
C Young to B Taylor, SIX! Brilliant shot. Full on middle, Taylor lofts it over long on for a maximum.
0.4
0
C Young to H Masakadza, Full on leg, Masakadza looks to flick but gets it off his pads. It goes towards mid-wicket for a single. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
0.3
1
C Young to B Taylor, Bowls a yorker on leg, Taylor does well to dig it out and flicks it towards square leg for a run.
0.2
0
C Young to B Taylor, On a good length on middle, Taylor keeps it out.
0.1
0
C Young to B Taylor, Starts with a good length delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it to short fine leg.

Welcome back for the chase. The Ireland players are on the ground and have taken their field positions. The two Zimbabwe openers Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor walk out to start the chase for the African nation.