Hola! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between Zimbabwe and Ireland from the Harare Sports Club, Harare. Zimbabwe have not had the best of times playing at home, they lost the ODI series to India and then Pakistan came and beat them 2-1. They host Ireland now for three one-dayers and will want to put in a better performance then they have so far. They have been guilty of getting into good positions in the game but not dominating it and that has been the case with them for sometime now. Will Ireland allow them to dominate now? Catch the live cricket scores and updates from the game. Live cricket score and ball-by-ball updates of the 1st ODI between Zimbabwe and Ireland at Harare

Sikandar Raza is the Player of the Match for his match winning knock of an unbeaten 60.

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 222/8 in 49 overs: Sikandar Raza has pulled off a magnificent victory from the imminent claws of defeat with his tenacious knock of 60. Raza was well supported by Tinashe Panyangara who contributed for a priceless 8 runs with his willow and ensured a sound victory for his side. Irish bowlers did a commendable job with the ball as they clinched 8 wickets and almost defended the set target.  – With this win, Zimbabwe take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series

 

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 209/8 in 47 overs: Another run out in the form of Wellington Masakadza but Zimbabwe are now well into the game with 11 runs needed of just 18 deliveries and couple of wickets in hand. Raza playing a match winning knock and is currently unbeaten on 58. BATTING: Sikandar Raza 59(70), Tinashe Panyangara 2(5)

OUT! Wellington Masakadza run out (Joyce/Porterfield)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 192/7 in 44 overs: Luke Jongwe had to make his way back to the pavilion after he felt short of his ground for a score of 5. Zimbabwe are now drilling their way back into the game with Sikandar Raza and Wellington Masakadza at the crease. They now need 28 runs from 36 deliveries with three wickets in hand. Ireland have bowled out most of their strike bowlers with Tim Murtagh having couple of overs left. Ireland will be eyeing for the wicket of Raza as the onus of carrying Zimbabwe over the line totally relies on his shoulders. BATTING: Sikandar Raza 45(63), Wellington Masakadza 8(16)

OUT! Luke Jongwe run out (Joyce/McBrine)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 169/6 in 39 overs: Ireland are slowly for surely tightening the noose around Zimbabwe by picking crucial wickets at regular intervals. This time Tim Murtagh has chipped in with the wicket Malcolm Waller. Zimbabwe have all their hopes pinned on Sikandar Raza as he is fighting his way hard in the middle and trying to bail his team out of crisis. They now require 51 runs more to win in 11 overs with four wickets in hand. A quite partnership of 20 runs between Raza and Luke Jongwe in next five overs will bring Zimbabwe back into the game. BATTING: Sikandar Raza 28(43), Luke Jongwe5(9)

OUT! Malcolm Waller c Stuart Thompson b Tim Murtagh

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 153/5 in 34 overs: Craig Ervine along with Sikandar Raza was slowly building a match winning partnership at a brisk pace but Ervine’s innings was cut short by Andy McBrine. The match is now evenly balanced between both the teams. Zimbabwe require  more 67 runs  from 16 overs at a required run-rate of just over 4 per over, whereas Ireland just need five wickets or restrict their opponent from achieving the target in 16 overs to win this contest. Probably next five overs will decide the fate of the game. BATTING: Sikandar Raza 17(33), Malcolm Waller 0(1)

OUT! Craig Ervine c Gary Wilson b Andy McBrine 60(78)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 130/4 in 29 overs: Zimbabwean skipper Elton Chigumbura has been dismissed for a mere 16 by George Dockrell as his side is now precariously placed at 130 with more 90 runs needed in 21 overs with six wickets to spare. They still have a solid chance as Ervine and Sikandar Raza are still at the crease and a partnership of 40 odd runs between them is all Zimbabwe would look for at the moment. Dockrell has bowled exceptionall well and has provided the much needed breakthrough to his team. BATTING: Craig Ervine 51 (66), Sikandar Raza 6(19)

OUT! Elton Chigumbura c Gary Wilson b George Dockrell 16(22)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 101/3 in 22 overs: Sean Ervine has been dismissed for 24 by George Dockrell, as Zimbabwe have lost their third wicket. They still need more than 100 runs and a strong partnership can help them shut all chances for Ireland in this clash. Zimbabwe now need 119 more runs to win from the remaining 28 overs with seven wickets in hand. BATTING:  Craig Ervine 40 (53), Elton Chigumbura 2 (8)

OUT! Sean Williams st Gary Wilson b George Dockrell 24(32)

Live Cricket Score Zimbabwe 83/2 in 16 overs: Sean Williams and Craig Ervine have steadied the ship for Zimbabwe as they have added more than 40 runs for the fourth wicket. Zimbabwe would need their batsmen to bat responsibly as there are no demons in the pitch and the target is also a moderate one. BATTING: Sean Williams 17 (21), Craig Ervine 31 (35)

Live Cricket Score Ireland 219/8 in 50 overs:  Gary Wilson has been the saviour for Ireland today, as with his unbeaten innings of 70, Ireland have been able to put up a score of 219 for eight in their allotted 50 overs. For Zimbabwe, John Nyumbu and Wellington Masakadza were the pick among the bowlers with two wickets each. BATTING: Gary Wilson 70 (88), Andy McBrine 23 (14)

Live Cricket Score Ireland 181/8 in 46 overs:  Gary Wilson has completed his half-century but Ireland have lost wickets in a heap. They were looking all set to post a total in excess of 200, but with only three wickets in hand and not much batting left, they do not look like getting to a competitive total. BATTING: Gary Wilson 56 (73), Andy McBrine 2 (2)

Live Cricket Score Ireland 137/4 in 35.4 overs: Gary Wilson and Ed Joyce added more than  80 runs for the fourth wicket, and have put Ireland in the commanding position for now. They should be able to get more than  200 with enough bating left in their bank. Joyce has fallen to John Nyumbu after a fine half-century, which was studded with two boundaries and a six. BATTING: Gary Wilson 37 (47)

OUT! Ed Joyce c Elton Chigumbura b John Nyumbu 53 (88)

Live Cricket Score Ireland 70/3 in 20 overs: Andrew Balbirnie found the going tough as he could manage only five runs from the 23 balls that he faced. It will be crucial for Ireland to preserve wickets and make good partnerships for strong totals.  For now, Gary Wilson and Ed Joyce are at the crease.

Live Cricket Score Ireland 40/2 in 10 overs : Ireland have lost both their openers as their captain William Porterfield was dismissed for 9 off 31 balls, whereas Paul Striling fell for 24 off as many balls, with the help of five boundaries. For Ireland, Ed Joyce and and Andrew Balbirnie are on strike. For Zimbabwe, it has been a mixed start, but the key will be to keep picking early wickets.

TOSS: Zimbabwe have elected to field against Ireland in the first ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura (c), Malcolm Waller, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Wellington Masakadza, John Nyumbu

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Gary Wilson(wk), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Thompson, John Mooney, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine

Elton Chigumbura’s Zimbabwe captain will want his team to get their act together. Playing against Ireland might give them a real chance of beating them. Elton has often been the lone fighter for Zimbabwe and he will want more support from the likes of Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams. Ireland will hope they can string in a good performance against the hosts. The conditions are likely to be assisting the slower bowlers and Ireland will hope George Dockrell and do the job that Pakistan spinners were able to do, of putting pressure on the hosts with a series of good overs backed up by the good fielding. William Porterfield and Ed Joyce along with Paul Stirling will be expected to carry forward the batting powers.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

Ireland: William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson(wk), John Mooney, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Stuart Poynter, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson.

Sean Williams 17 (21),