(Ireland take on Zimbabwe in the third match of the Group B qualifier of the ICC World T20 2014 at Sylhet. Catch live cricket scores of the T20 World Cup match in our live blog below.)
Paul Stirling is the Man of the Match for his 60 runs off 34 deliveries. He struck nine fours and one six in his innings. Well that is it from us for now. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Have a great day!
Panyangara will bowl the last over of the match. He bowls one full and Joyce flicks it over mid-wicket for a single. Thompson hits one towards mid-off and gets a single. Panyangara bowls a yorker on the leg side. The ball goes in-between bat and pad and Joyce gets bowled. Max Sorensen hits his first delivery towards mid-off and takes off for a single. The throw comes in and he gets run out at the bowler’s end. Thompson then guides a wide delivery towards third-man for a single. So, one run required off one delivery. Alex Cusack misses the last ball and goes for the single. Taylor misses with the throw and Thompson is safe. He does get knocked down with a sliding tackle, but the run is completed. Ireland win by three wickets.
OUT! E Joyce 22(28), M Sorenson 0(1)
Stuart Thompson is the next batsman in. Chatara comes in. Joyce gets a single towards cover. Thompson gets of the mark with a quick single towards the off side. Joyce then pulls a slower delivery towards long-leg for a single.
Panyangara comes in from the other end. He bowls one slightly short and O’Brien pulls that over deep mid-wicket for a six. There was hardly any follow-through in that shot. The next delivery is full and O’Brien hits that over wide mid-off for a four. The next ball is hit in the air towards long-on for one run. Joyce then gives the strike back to O’Brien with a single on the off side. Panyangara then bowls a yorker and O’Brien swings his bat and gets an under-edge. The ball goes behind the short fine-leg fielder for a four. O’Brien then lofts one straight to Williams at long-off.
OUT! K O’Brien 17(10)
Taylor surprises many by replacing Panyangara by Williams. But he does well by conceding two leg-byes of the first five deliveries. Joyce then cuts a wide delivery for two runs towards deep cover.
Kevin O’Brien is the next batsman in. He is the record holder for the fastest century in a 50-over World Cup match. His century came against England off only 55 deliveries in the 2011 World Cup. Utseya comes in. A mixture of singles, a wide and a two make it eight runs from the over.
Panyangara comes back into the attack. He bowls one yorker and Poynter flicks it to Chigumbura at short mid-wicket. There was a little confusion as to whether the ball had actually hit the ground first or the bat first. Replays show that the ball bounced just in front of the bat. Poynter has to depart. Gary Wilson is the next batsman in and he edges a back of a length delivery straight to Masakadza at first slip. Zimbabwe are back into the contest.
OUT! A Poynter 23(15), G Wilson 0(2)
Masakadza comes in. The batsmen exchange four singles from the first five deliveries in the over. Poynter then pulls the last ball for a four on the leg side.
Tafadzwa Kamungozi comes into the attack. Poynter gets two runs towards deep point. Poynter and Joyce then exchange singles. Kamungozi bowls one short and wide and Poynter cuts it over backward-point for a four. Poynter then gets a single on the last ball towards the off side.
Williams is back into the attack. Poynter hits one towards deep mid-wicket and takes two runs. The throw comes in and umpire Steve Davis takes the blow on the shoulder. Poynter goes down on one leg and sweeps towards deep backward square-leg for a four.
Chatara comes in. Joyce pulls one towards square-leg for a single. That is the 100 for Ireland. Stirling then mistimes one high in the air and Sikandar Raza takes a good catch at mid-on. Andy Poynter is the next batsman in. He gets of the mark with a single towards third-man.
OUT! P Stirling 60(34)
Utseya comes back into the attack. Stirling drives one in front of mid-off for a four. Joyce comes down the track and knocks one towards long-on for a single. Stirling also gets a single down the ground. Joyce slices one for two runs towards third-man. The last ball is a single towards cover.
Williams continues. Stirling gets a single towards the leg side. Porterfield then slog-sweeps one straight to Maruma at deep mid-wicket. Ed Joyce is the next batsman in. He gets of the mark with a single towards mid-wicket. Williams bowls one short and Stirling pulls that for a six in front of deep square-leg. That is also his half-century.
OUT! W Porterfield 31(23)
Hamilton Masakadza comes into the attack. He bowls one full outside off-stump and Stirling guides it in-between short third-man and point for a four. The next ball is on a length outside off-stump and Stirling sweeps it over backward square-leg for a four.
Sean Williams comes into the attack. He is a left-arm spinner. He bowls one really wide down the leg side to Porterfield. The batsmen exchange further singles to make it six runs from the over.
Tinashe Panyangara comes into the attack. Stirling cuts a wide delivery behind backward-point for a four. The next delivery is hit towards wide long-on for a four. The third delivery is full and down the leg side. Stirling gets his bat onto that and it races away for a four towards fine-leg. The fourth delivery is full outside off-stump and Stirling gets an under-edge and the ball goes for a four towards third-man. Four fours off the first four deliveries from the over! Panyangara bowls a yorker at the stumps and it is defended. The last ball yields two more runs.
Chatara bowls one short and Stirling pulls that for a four towards deep square-leg. He bowls a slower ball and Porterfield manages to place it behind the short fine-leg fielder for a four.
Utseya comes in from the other end. Porterfield comes down the track and hits one over wide mid-off for a four. Porterfield then slog-sweeps one high and long for a six over deep mid-wicket.
Tendai Chatara comes into the attack. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler. Porterfield guides one behind square on the leg side and gets two runs. Porterfield comes down the ground and hits one hard towards mid-on for a single.
Tafadzwa Kamungozi shares the new ball. He is a right-arm leg-spinner. The left-handed Porterfield reverse sweeps one over backward-point for a four. Another four singles come from the over.
William Porterfield and Paul Stirling walk out to bat for Ireland. Prosper Utseya will open the bowling for Zimbabwe. Porterfield gets of the mark with a single towards the leg side. Stirling hits one down the ground for a four towards long-on.
Cusack to bowl the last over of the innings. Chigumbura hits one in the air towards wide long-on for two runs. He then smashes one over wide long-off for a six. Chigumbura and Maruma then exchange singles of the next two deliveries. Cusack bowls one full and straight. Chigumbura smashes that over long-off for another six. The last ball is hit on the bounce to the long-off fielder for only for a single. Zimbabwe finish with 163 for five.
O’Brien comes in from the other end. Maruma gets two runs towards mid-wicket. Maruma then hits one through wide long-on for a single. Chigumbura hits one towards long-on for a single. Maruma and Chigumbura exchange further singles in the over. So, six runs come from the over.
Cusack replaces O’Brien. He bowls one slightly short and Maruma pulls that over deep backward square-leg for a flat six.
Dockrell to bowl his last over. Chigumbura almost runs Taylor out at the non-striker’s end. He does give Taylor the strike afterwards. Taylor plays another lofted cover drive but Ed Joyce takes a high catch at deep extra-cover.
OUT! B Taylor 59(46)
O’Brien comes in. Taylor lifts one over mid-wicket and gets a four. That brings him his half-century. This is Taylor’s fifth T20I half-century. Taylor chips a slower delivery in the air and gets another four towards straight long-on. Taylor then hits another one in the air and wide of the long-on fielder.
Dockrell comes back into the attack. Sibanda mishits a pull in the air and Sorensen takes the catch at deep mid-wicket. Elton Chigumbura is the next batsman in. He gets of the mark with a single towards deep cover.
OUT! Sibanda 16(18)
Kevin O’Brien has been brought into the attack. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He gives only two runs off the first five delivery. But his last delivery is slightly short and Sibanda pulls that over mid-wicket for a four.
McBrine also to bowl his last over. The 100 comes up for Zimbabwe as Sibanda takes a single towards the off side. Taylor then sweeps one in the air towards deep square-leg. But it is well fielded to keep it to only two runs.
Stirling to bowl his fourth and last over. Taylor comes down the ground and hits the ball over wide long-on for a six. Another three singles come from the over.
McBrine to bowl. The scoring has reduced a little now. Five singles come from the over all in singles.
Stirling comes in. Five singles and a wide make it six runs from the over.
McBrine continues. Williams sweeps one in the gap on the leg side square of the wicket for a four. McBrine bowls one that turns away and Williams swings and misses. He also drags his foot outside of the crease and is stumped by Gary Wilson. Vusi Sibanda is the next batsman in. He gets of the mark with a single on the leg side.
OUT! S Williams 16(9)
Dockrell comes in. One two and four singles make it six runs from the over.
Andy McBrine comes into the attack. He is a right-arm off-spinner. Masakadza comes down the track and hits a half-hearted shot to William Porterfield at short mid-wicket. Sean Williams is the next batsman in. He top-edges his first delivery over and beyond the short extra-cover fielder for two runs. He then plays a brilliant slog-sweep for a six over deep square-leg.
OUT! H Masakadza 21(17)
Cusack is back into the attack. He bowls one wide outside off-stump and Masakadza hits it through wide mid-off for a four. Cusack bowls one fuller and Taylor hits the ball in the air and through the line for a six down the ground. The last ball is full and wide and Taylor hits a lofted cover drive for a four.
George Dockrell comes into bowl. He is a left-arm spinner. It is a good over till the last ball. He bowls a low full-toss at leg-stump and Taylor sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a four.
Sorensen comes into the attack. He bowls one down the leg side and Masakadza hit it over the short fine-leg fielder. Sorensen bowls one outside off-stump and Masakadza hits that over mid-off for another four. Masakadza lofts one high in the air, but Cusack does not judge the flight of the delivery well and the ball drops behind him at mid-wicket.
Stirling comes in and bowls one on the pads. Taylor sweeps it wide of the short fine-leg fielder.
Alex Cusack shares the new ball with Stirling. Sikander Raza gets of the mark with a cover drive for four. He then slices one over cover for another four. But Raza cannot keep his scoring as he gives a catch to Maz Sorensen.
OUT! S Raza 10(8)
Ireland bowler Paul Stirling starts off on an impressive note as he gives away only four runs off the first over.
Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field against Zimbabwe.
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Kevin O’Brien, Max Sorensen, Alex Cusack, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Gary Wilson, George Dockrell, Stuart Thompson, Andy McBrine, Andrew Poynter.
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (c&wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi.
Hello and warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of the ICC World T20 Qualifier match between Ireland and Zimbabwe. I am Shrikant Shankar and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.
While the Irish will be aiming to make an impressive start to the tournament with a big win over a side that has been away from competitive cricket for more than six months, Zimbabwe’s pride will be at stake as they are the only Full Member nation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which is in the qualifying round.