Zimbabwe in Ireland, 3 ODI Series, 2019 |2nd ODI |7/4/2019 Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
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 Sikander 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.
M Adair to T Chatara, Full toss but Chatara cannot make the most of it. He hits it wide of sweeper cover but all along the ground. He gets just a single. IRELAND WIN BY 5 RUNS.
Tendai Chatara is the last man in.
M Adair to R Burl, OUT! Run Out! How anti climatic is this? Adair bowls it full on middle and leg, Burl lofts his flick to the left of square leg. Getkate in the deep there gets to the ball quickly. Burl was desperate to get the second but Shane releases the ball quickly. It is a bit wide of Tucker at the keeper's end. He dives to disturb the stumps and the umpire raises his finger. Burl's fight comes to an end. He cannot take his side home but what a fight he showed. Take a bow!
M Adair to R Burl, Perfect yorker! It is on the legs, Burl swings his bat at it but misses. 8 needed off 2 now.
M Adair to R Burl, FOUR! Maiden 50 for Burl but the job is not done. 8 needed off 3 now. He gets to his first ODI fifty with a flick wide of square leg. The fielder in the deep gives it a chase but fails.
M Adair to R Burl, Fumble in the outfield allows the batsmen to take two. Full on middle and leg, Burl flicks it wide of long on. McBrine there misfields allowing them to take two. 12 needed off 4 now.
M Adair to R Burl, Dot to start! Adair bowls it full on the pads, Burl tries to flick it but misses. The ball rolls to fine leg off his pad but he does not take a run.
END OF OVER 49 | 1 Runs & 1 Wkt | ZIM 229/8
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?
Tim Murtagh to K Jarvis, Jarvis looks to flick it off his pads but can only get it off his pads. Just one run and a wicket in his last over.
Kyle Jarvis is the new batsman in.
Tim Murtagh to D Tiripano, OUT! Bowled! What a sight for a fast bowler to see the stumps rattling. Murtagh bowls one on a length and on the stumps. Tiripano looks to deposit it outside the park but can only manage to miss it and connect with thin air. The ball hits the top of middle stump and the bails fly off. What a bowling performance from him to get to his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs. He has been sensational in this match.
Tim Murtagh to D Tiripano, Tiripano now swings wildly but can only connect with thin air. Murtagh bowls one on the length and on the stumps.
Tim Murtagh to R Burl, Finally Burl flicks this length ball on his pads towards the mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
Tim Murtagh to R Burl,Another dot. Superb bowling this from Tim. Murtagh bowls one outside off and Burl once again fails to lay bat on ball and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
Tim Murtagh to R Burl, BEATEN! Dot to start the over. Murtagh bowls one on a length and outside off, Burl looks to cut it off the back foot but misses it and the ball goes past the outside edge to the keeper.
END OF OVER 48 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | ZIM 228/7
Tim Murtagh is back into the attack.
S Getkate to R Burl, Length delivery on off, Burl punches it towards point. The batsmen change ends. 7 runs from the over. Ireland need 15 runs in 12 balls to win the match.