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    Zimbabwe Vs Ireland 3rd ODI - Ireland in Zimbabwe, 3 ODI Series, 2023 - schedule

    Date: Jan 23, 2023 Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
    ZIM
    55/1 (13.0 Ovs)
    IRE

    Match Abandoned

    Man of the match:
    Last Wicket: Chamu Chibhabha c Murray Commins b Mark Adair 16 (28) - 29/1 in 6.4 Over

    COMMENTARY

    Right then, that is all we have from this ODI series. The series has ended with a scoreline of 1-1 courtesy of rain playing spoilsport here in Harare Sports Club. However, the cricketing action continues around the world with plenty of T20 leagues and international cricket going on. Do tune in for that. Till then, it’s goodbye and cheers!
    Harry Tector is the PLAYER OF THE SERIES for amassing 176 runs from his two innings and important contributions with the ball. He says that he is thankful to put in match-winning contributions. Adds that they were pretty confident about their chances in the ODI series with Stirling, Tucker and Josh Little coming back into the side. Feels that they have played good ODI cricket over the past 12-18 months. Shares that he enjoys playing in different situations in the middle order. Ends by saying that he was lucky to have gotten a chance to bowl in the T20I series and feels that there is a lot of work to be done in that department.
    Craig Ervine, the skipper of Zimbabwe says that they got Sean Williams and Chatara injured and they probably have two weeks or so before the Test match against West Indies and they are looking forward to getting guys ready for that Test match. Tells that they looked at the wicket and they felt that it was bit drier and that is why they batted first. Mentions that it is an important transition to mix young guys with the older guys and it is important for them and they need to maintain a fine balance. Tells that they will have warm-up game before the Test series against the Windies and they will get good practice there. Says that the contest with Ireland is always very close and it has been a hard-fought series.
    Paul Stirling, the skipper of Ireland, says that it is a fair result but it is disappointing not to get out there due to rain. Feels that their team have a pretty good balance. Adds that the youngsters are hugely talented and there is an experience in the leadership group. Hopes that they can use this balance to their strength. Shares that they are excited about the series against Bangladesh and they will give their best effort there. Also says that the guys out due to injuries will most certainly be back for that series. Ends by saying that he always enjoys coming here to Zimbabwe and they have a close relationship with Zimbabwean players. 
    Time for the Presentation...
    The home side, Zimbabwe, on the other hand, won the T20I series and started the ODI series with a win too. The two all-rounders Raza and Burl scripted a tremendous fighback in the first ODI and it has been a good start to 2023 for Zimbabwe after a very successful 2022. However, they need to work on their top-order, as they tend to lose early wickets quite often and that is what they need to get better at. Gary Ballance though would add more experience and quality in their squad and he along with Craig Ervine and Sean Williams who would be hoping to join the team soon will be crucial for Zimbabwe in the Qualifiers of the World Cup 2023.
    Overall, both teams will go back with some positives ahead of the ODI World Cup and Qualifier for the same which is to be played in Zimbabwe only. For Irish, Harry Tector has been a stand-out performer and the young man continues to grow from strength to strength. Along with his batting, his off-breaks have been a revelation and that makes this Irish side even stronger. Joshua Little too was brilliant with the ball, especially in the second game and young Stephen Doheny also showed his class in the second ODI after their skipper Andy Balbirnie scored a century in the first game which ended in a losing cause. Ireland would be hoping to carry the confidence of this series into the next one.
    What a disappointing and pale end to what has been a riveting series. In fact, this whole Ireland tour of Zimbabwe has been spectacular with both teams giving their all and producing some thrillers on the way. The ODI series will end at 1-1 as only 78 balls were bowled in this final ODI after Zimbabwe elected to bat first and got off to a confident start in overcast conditions which eventually led to rain spoiling the party here at the Harare Sports Club. 
    Update - 6.18 pm IST (12.48 pm GMT) - The inevitable has happened! THE MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! The rain gods have spoiled the series' decider. The forecast was always for rain but we hoped that it would stay away just as it did in the 2nd ODI. That was not to be and this game is forced to abandon after only 13 overs.
    Update - 5.59 pm IST (12.29 pm GMT) - The rain seems to have eased and the ground staff are back doing their work with the Super Soppers. However, the covers are still on and the ground staff now have the arduous task of drying the outfield.
    Update - 5.35 pm IST (12.05 pm GMT) - It is still raining and the chances of play resuming are getting lesser and lesser. There is no movement on the ground and if the situation does not improve drastically soon, we might see this game being called off. However, hope is the only thing that takes the world forward in a crisis situation and we can also hope that rain stops soon and we get some cricket in what was expected to be an entertaining decider!
    Update - 5.11 pm IST (11.41 am GMT) - The rain continues to fall at the Harare Sports Club and with the amount of rain that has fallen till now, the ground staff are running out of time to get the ground ready for resumption. Stay tuned for more updates.
    Update - 4.37 pm IST (11.07 am GMT) - Live pictures from the ground show that there are puddles formed in the outfield and with the centre cover still on, things don't look that promising at the moment. As we are typing, the rain is back and so are the ground staff bringing more covers.
    Update - 4.04 pm IST (10.34 am GMT) - The covers are finally coming off! The sun is out as well which is a good sign as the ground staff continue to do their work with the Super Soppers. Stay tuned as we should have some action soon...
    Update - 3.40 pm IST (10.10 am GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped and it is looking lot brighter as well. The groundsmen are in the middle and have started their work of drying the ground. However, the covers are still placed firmly and let's see how things unfold.
    Update - 3.24 pm IST (9.54 am IST) - Sigh! Just when the ground staff were about to take the covers off, it started to spit again and the covers stayed on. As we are typing, it has started to drizzle properly and the ground staff have made their way back into the shed. This is frustrating for the ground staff, players and fans. The waiting game continues...
    Update - 3.01 pm IST (9.31 am IST) - The rain has stopped folks! The groundsmen are on the ground and the process of drying the outfield has started.  However, the covers are still intact but if rain stays away, it will not take much time for groundsmen to get things ready for some cricket again.
    Update - 2.50 pm IST (9.20 am GMT) - We are afraid to bring you this news, but the live pictures show that the covers are firmly in place. However, we still have time on our hands, but the rain needs to stop for the ground staff to get the field ready for play. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
    Update - 2.30 pm IST (9 am GMT) - For all those who are waiting for some positive news, let me tell you, things look bleak at the moment. The covers are firmly on and there is no movement on the ground. If you can remember, we suggested our good friend, rain in the first ODI to go for a vacation in the Sahara desert as people there would enjoy its presence more. Rain did follow the advice that day and we witnessed a cracker of a game then and in the second ODI too there was no presence of rain. However, it seems to be back from the vacation now and it does not seem to understand that the cricket loving people here in Zimbabwe would not be too happy with its presence. Let's just hope it tries to move upwards in the African continent soon as people there really need it.
    Update - 2.07 pm IST (8.37 am GMT) - The wait continues! The rain refuses to relent and adding to the misery, the radar isn't looking promising. We will keep you posted.
    Update - 1.46 pm IST (8.16 am GMT) - Oh, it has started raining and players are going off the field! The groundsmen rush with covers to cover the pitch and adjoining area and let's just hope that it is not a long delay. It has got even heavier now and big covers are coming on as well. There is bit of wind too and let's just hope that it takes the rain away as soon as possible.
    13.1
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Shortrish and it is down the leg side. Kaia tries to pull it but misses.
    12.6
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, An appeal for LBW but this time it is clearly going down leg! This is full and angling into the pads from 'round the wicket. Ervine tries to flick it but misses to get hit on the pads. This is good little spell from Adair.
    12.5
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Angles a length delivery on middle again. kaia tucks it to leg side for a single.
    12.4
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 2 runs, Touch shorter and on middle. Kaia works it to deep backward square leg for a couple.
    12.3
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Goes fuller, around off. Ervine gets across to his left and works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
    12.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Now, a big appeal for a caught behind but the umpire again is not interested! On a length, outside off. Angling across the left-hander and Ervine throws his blade at it. He, however, misses as the ball goes past the outside edge. Appeal follows but no damage done.
    12.1
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, A fullish delivery on off. Kaia pushes it to covers for a single.
    11.6
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Kaia gives himself room and Campher bowls it just short of good length, angling into leg. Kaia heaves it to deep backward square leg for a single.
    11.5
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Serves a length delivery on middle and Ervine tucks it to leg side for a single.
    11.4
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, no run, Lands it on a length and around off. It stays low a bit as Ervine misses his slash from the crease.
    11.3
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Serves it a bit fullish on middle. Kaia clips it to fine leg for a single.
    11.2
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, no run, Angles a length delivery on middle. Kaia works it to mid-wicket.
    11.1
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, 1 run, On a length and outside off. Ervine pushes it to covers for a single.
    Curtis Campher comes on to bowl, replacing Graham Hume.
    10.6
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, no run, Serves it on a length, on off and it jags back in again. Hits Kaia on the pads as he hops to defend it away. No damage done though.
    10.5
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, no run, Oh, big appeal but the umpire says no! Lands it on a length, on middle and it nips back in. Kaia tries to fend it but misses and gets hit on the pads. Adair makes a huge appeal and is almost on his knee but the umpire stays unmoved.
    10.4
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Short and outside off. Ervine cuts it hard but straight to deep point for a single.
    10.3
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Serves it bit fuller and outside off. Ervine drives it to the short cover fielder.
    10.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Lands it on a length and around off again. Ervine dabs it behind square on the off side.
    10.1
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Touch short of good length, around off. Ervine punches it to the point fielder.
    Time for Powerplay 2! Now, a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.  
    9.6
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia blocks this one out down the wicket.
    9.5
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Tad short and outside off, Innocent Kaia shuffles a bit to punch this one but fails to time the ball.
    9.4
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia tries to slash this one on the off side but connects with thin air.
    9.3
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Length delivery around off, Craig Ervine taps this one wide of backward point and takes a single.
    9.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, 3 runs, Short of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia opens the bat face at the last moment and guides it towards the third man fence. Murray Commins there puts in a dive and saves a run for his side.
    9.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Shortish delivery, angling in on middle, Innocent Kaia can only block this one out down the wicket.
    9.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Graham Hume bowls this one back of a length but way down the leg side, Innocent Kaia shoulders arms and leaves it alone.
    8.6
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Length delivery angling at the pads, Innocent Kaia works this one towards fine leg for a single.
    8.5
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, On a length outside off, Craig Ervine eases this one down to third man for another single.
    8.4
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Fuller outside off by Mark Adair, Craig Ervine uses his bottom hand and drives it firmly towards mid on. Harry Tector there dives to his right and prevents the boundary.
    8.3
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia steers this one to third man and collects a single.
    8.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Pitched up full on off, Craig Ervine gets forward and drives it wide of mid off for a single.
    8.1
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia opens the bat face and guides it down to third man for a single.
    7.6
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, no run, Full around off, Craig Ervine shuffles across and knocks it to mid on for a dot.
    7.5
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, no run, Fuller outside off, Craig Ervine drives it straight to mid off for a dot.
    7.4
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Appeal for run out! Length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia steers this one behind the wicket and sets off for a single. Lorcan Tucker gets to the ball quickly and hits at the striker's end. The replays show that Craig Ervine has just about made it back in.
    7.3
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Good stop! On a length and on leg, Innocent Kaia moves across to help this one fine on the leg side. Lorcan Tucker behind the wicket moves quickly across to his left and prevents the boundary.
    7.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Shortish delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia cuts this one off the back foot but fails to get it past backward point.
    7.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a length outside off, Innocent Kaia taps this one off the back foot on the off side.
    6.6
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, FOUR, FOUR! Craig Ervine is up and running! Mark Adair pitches this one full and at the stumps, Craig Ervine picks the length early and clips this one along the carpet. Hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
    6.5
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Back of a length and into the batter, Craig Ervine gets behind and blocks this one out on the off side.
    Craig Ervine walks out at number 3!
    6.4
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Mark Adair strikes in his first over! Bowls this one full and around off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to go down the ground but gets into his shot early. Ends up getting it from the outer part of the bat and holds out to Murray Commins at short cover who does the rest.
    6.3
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length and angling into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha gets cramped for room and can only block this one out on the off side.
    6.2
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Length delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one towards cover for a dot.
    6.1
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Mark Adair starts with a shortish delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha stays on the back foot and punches it straight to cover.
    Mark Adair is into the attack now.
    5.6
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Good-length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia leans forward and blocks this one out on the off side.
    5.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Back of a length and angling into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha punches this one towards mid on and takes a quick single.
    5.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Length delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha goes for the cut but fails to get any bat on it.
    5.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller around off, Chamu Chibhabha defends this one to cover for a dot.
    5.2
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! On a length at the pads, Chamu Chibhabha allows the ball to come to him and flicks this one uppishly towards square leg for a boundary.
    5.1
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha blocks this one out from the back foot.
    4.6
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Full and on off, Innocent Kaia shuffles across and drives it straight to mid on.
    4.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, On a length and angling in on leg, Chamu Chibhabha works this one down to fine leg for a single.
    4.4
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and outside off from 'round the wicket, Chamu Chibhabha slaps this one towards extra cover where Mark Adair makes a good diving stop to his left.
    4.3
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Good-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha defend this one from the front foot down the wicket.
    4.2
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha dabs this one off the back foot to backward point.
    4.1
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, On a length outside off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to cut this one late but misses. Joshua Little receives a warning from the umpire for running in the danger area in his follow through.
    3.6
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha stays in the crease and steers this one to third man for a single.
    3.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller outside off, Chamu Chibhabha drives it firmly but straight to Paul Stirling at silly mid off.
    3.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and at the stumps, Chamu Chibhabha drives it uppishly towards cover for a dot.
    3.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha punches this one straight to cover for a dot.
    3.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye! Length delivery angling in on leg, Innocent Kaia looks to clip this one but misses. The ball rolls off his pads on the leg side and the batters cross for a single.
    3.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, FOUR, FOUR! On a length around off, Innocent Kaia uses his feet and lofts this one nicely over the bowler's head for a boundary.
    2.6
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! Pitched up outside off by Joshua Little, Chamu Chibhabha picks the length early and drives it along the ground. Gets it wide of mid off for a boundary.
    2.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length delivery, nips back into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha gets cramped for room and gets hit high on the pads.
    2.4
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye! On a length and angling in on leg, Innocent Kaia goes for the flick but misses. The ball comes off his pads and rolls towards fine leg for a single.
    2.3
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, FOUR, FOUR! Back of a length and on leg, Innocent Kaia clips this one uppishly towards mid-wicket, gets it just over the fielder and the ball has enough legs to trickle to the boundary.
    2.2
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Length delivery on off, Innocent Kaia gets behind and defends this one on the off side.
    2.1
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a good length, swinging into the batter, Innocent Kaia gets his bat down on time and knocks it to mid-wicket.
    1.6
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! Graham Hume overpitches on off, Chamu Chibhabha does not miss out as he drills this one hard to the right of mid off for the first boundary of the game.
    1.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and outside off, a hint of away movement, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one straight to mid off.
    1.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Shortish delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha hangs back and punches it straight to cover.
    1.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, On a length outside off, swinging away, Chamu Chibhabha tries to drive it on the up without much foot movement. Miscues it to cover for a dot.
    1.2
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller outside off, Chamu Chibhabha drives it firmly and straight to mid off.
    1.1
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Graham Hume starts with a back-of-a-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to punch this one but cannot get it away.
    Graham Hume to share the new ball with Joshua Little.
    0.6
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Good-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha tries to block from the crease but gets an outside edge that goes towards third man for a single.
    0.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length at the batter, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one off the back foot to mid-wicket.
    0.4
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Fuller and outside off, swinging away, Innocent Kaia drives away from the body and gets an outside edge that rolls towards third man for a single.
    0.3
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a length at the stumps, Innocent Kaia gets behind and defends this one down the wicket.
    0.2
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, 2 runs, Good-length delivery on off, angling into the batter, Innocent Kaia defends but gets an inside edge that goes towards square leg. Opens his account with a brace.
    0.1
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Joshua Little starts with a loosener, bowls it short and outside off, Innocent Kaia tries to punch this one but misses. Lorcan Tucker fumbles behind the wicket but batters decide not to run a single there.
    We are moments away from the start of the game! The Irish players are out there in the middle. Innocent Kaia and Chamu Chibhabha are the openers for Zimbabwe. Joshua Little to start with the ball. Here we go...
    PITCH REPORT - Darlington Matambanadzo says that it is a used wicket and it was used in the second ODI. Tells that it bit wet and there might be some help for the spinners on this wicket. However, he says that we might get a score of 300-310 in this game.
    Paul Stirling, the skipper of Ireland, says that he would have bowled first as well. Feels that whoever plays good cricket will win. Shares that nice to get over the line in the last game which they have struggled over the past 12 months. Informs that Andy McBrine injured his finger in the last game and he will be replaced by Gareth Delany.
    Craig Ervine, the skipper of Zimbabwe, says that they will bat first. Tells that the wicket looked drier than the previous game and they would like to put the score on the board and then put pressure on Ireland. Tells that in the middle overs, they could have bowled well and restricted Ireland to 270 and they needed someone to bat deep. He informs that his finger is good and says they have some changes with Gary Ballance, Tendai Chatara and Victor Nyauchi out.
    Ireland (Playing XI) - Paul Stirling (C), Stephen Doheny, Murray Commins, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (WK), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany (In for Andy McBrine), Mark Adair, Graham Hume, Joshua Little.
    Zimbabwe (Playing XI) - Innocent Kaia, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine (C) (In for Gary Ballance), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Tadiwanashe Marumani (WK), Luke Jongwe (In for Tendai Chatara), Wellington Masakadza, Brad Evans, Brandon Mavuta (In for Victor Nyauchi), Richard Ngarava.
    TOSS - The coin toss lands in the favour of Zimbabwe and they have opted to BAT first. 

    MATCH DETAILS

    55 in 13.0 overs (4.23 runs per over)

    Toss: Toss won by Zimbabwe

    Umpires: Langton Rusere (ZIM), Michael Gough (ENG) and Iknow Chabi (ZIM)

    Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

    ZIM
    55/1 (13.0 Ovs)
    IRE

    Man of the match:
    BATTINGRB4S6SSR
    Innocent Kaia
    not out
    24322075
    Chamu Chibhabha
    c Murray Commins b Mark Adair
    16283057.14
    Craig Ervine (C)
    not out
    11181061.11
    Total55 in13.0 overs(4.23 runs per over)
    ExtrasExtras (b 0lb2, w2, nb0, p)4

    Fall of wickets

    1-29(Chamu Chibhabha, 6.4),

    BOWLINGOVERSMRW ECON EXTRAS
    Joshua Little301300nb, 0w
    Graham Hume502000nb, 1w
    Mark Adair401510nb, 0w
    Curtis Campher10500nb, 1w
    BATTINGRB4S6SSR
    Total
    Extras

    Fall of wickets

    BOWLINGOVERSMRW ECON EXTRAS

    MATCH DETAILS

    55 in13.0 overs(4.23 runs per over)

    Toss: Toss won by Zimbabwe

    Umpires: Langton Rusere (ZIM), Michael Gough (ENG) and Iknow Chabi (ZIM)

    Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

    HIndi
    ZIM
    55/1 (13.0 Ovs)
    IRE

    Match Abandoned

    Man of the match:
    Last Wicket: Chamu Chibhabha c Murray Commins b Mark Adair 16 (28) - 29/1 in 6.4 Over

    COMMENTARY

    End of over

    ZIM55/1 (13.0 Ovs)

    Right then, that is all we have from this ODI series. The series has ended with a scoreline of 1-1 courtesy of rain playing spoilsport here in Harare Sports Club. However, the cricketing action continues around the world with plenty of T20 leagues and international cricket going on. Do tune in for that. Till then, it’s goodbye and cheers!
    Harry Tector is the PLAYER OF THE SERIES for amassing 176 runs from his two innings and important contributions with the ball. He says that he is thankful to put in match-winning contributions. Adds that they were pretty confident about their chances in the ODI series with Stirling, Tucker and Josh Little coming back into the side. Feels that they have played good ODI cricket over the past 12-18 months. Shares that he enjoys playing in different situations in the middle order. Ends by saying that he was lucky to have gotten a chance to bowl in the T20I series and feels that there is a lot of work to be done in that department.
    Craig Ervine, the skipper of Zimbabwe says that they got Sean Williams and Chatara injured and they probably have two weeks or so before the Test match against West Indies and they are looking forward to getting guys ready for that Test match. Tells that they looked at the wicket and they felt that it was bit drier and that is why they batted first. Mentions that it is an important transition to mix young guys with the older guys and it is important for them and they need to maintain a fine balance. Tells that they will have warm-up game before the Test series against the Windies and they will get good practice there. Says that the contest with Ireland is always very close and it has been a hard-fought series.
    Paul Stirling, the skipper of Ireland, says that it is a fair result but it is disappointing not to get out there due to rain. Feels that their team have a pretty good balance. Adds that the youngsters are hugely talented and there is an experience in the leadership group. Hopes that they can use this balance to their strength. Shares that they are excited about the series against Bangladesh and they will give their best effort there. Also says that the guys out due to injuries will most certainly be back for that series. Ends by saying that he always enjoys coming here to Zimbabwe and they have a close relationship with Zimbabwean players. 
    Time for the Presentation...
    The home side, Zimbabwe, on the other hand, won the T20I series and started the ODI series with a win too. The two all-rounders Raza and Burl scripted a tremendous fighback in the first ODI and it has been a good start to 2023 for Zimbabwe after a very successful 2022. However, they need to work on their top-order, as they tend to lose early wickets quite often and that is what they need to get better at. Gary Ballance though would add more experience and quality in their squad and he along with Craig Ervine and Sean Williams who would be hoping to join the team soon will be crucial for Zimbabwe in the Qualifiers of the World Cup 2023.
    Overall, both teams will go back with some positives ahead of the ODI World Cup and Qualifier for the same which is to be played in Zimbabwe only. For Irish, Harry Tector has been a stand-out performer and the young man continues to grow from strength to strength. Along with his batting, his off-breaks have been a revelation and that makes this Irish side even stronger. Joshua Little too was brilliant with the ball, especially in the second game and young Stephen Doheny also showed his class in the second ODI after their skipper Andy Balbirnie scored a century in the first game which ended in a losing cause. Ireland would be hoping to carry the confidence of this series into the next one.
    What a disappointing and pale end to what has been a riveting series. In fact, this whole Ireland tour of Zimbabwe has been spectacular with both teams giving their all and producing some thrillers on the way. The ODI series will end at 1-1 as only 78 balls were bowled in this final ODI after Zimbabwe elected to bat first and got off to a confident start in overcast conditions which eventually led to rain spoiling the party here at the Harare Sports Club. 
    Update - 6.18 pm IST (12.48 pm GMT) - The inevitable has happened! THE MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! The rain gods have spoiled the series' decider. The forecast was always for rain but we hoped that it would stay away just as it did in the 2nd ODI. That was not to be and this game is forced to abandon after only 13 overs.
    Update - 5.59 pm IST (12.29 pm GMT) - The rain seems to have eased and the ground staff are back doing their work with the Super Soppers. However, the covers are still on and the ground staff now have the arduous task of drying the outfield.
    Update - 5.35 pm IST (12.05 pm GMT) - It is still raining and the chances of play resuming are getting lesser and lesser. There is no movement on the ground and if the situation does not improve drastically soon, we might see this game being called off. However, hope is the only thing that takes the world forward in a crisis situation and we can also hope that rain stops soon and we get some cricket in what was expected to be an entertaining decider!
    Update - 5.11 pm IST (11.41 am GMT) - The rain continues to fall at the Harare Sports Club and with the amount of rain that has fallen till now, the ground staff are running out of time to get the ground ready for resumption. Stay tuned for more updates.
    Update - 4.37 pm IST (11.07 am GMT) - Live pictures from the ground show that there are puddles formed in the outfield and with the centre cover still on, things don't look that promising at the moment. As we are typing, the rain is back and so are the ground staff bringing more covers.
    Update - 4.04 pm IST (10.34 am GMT) - The covers are finally coming off! The sun is out as well which is a good sign as the ground staff continue to do their work with the Super Soppers. Stay tuned as we should have some action soon...
    Update - 3.40 pm IST (10.10 am GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped and it is looking lot brighter as well. The groundsmen are in the middle and have started their work of drying the ground. However, the covers are still placed firmly and let's see how things unfold.
    Update - 3.24 pm IST (9.54 am IST) - Sigh! Just when the ground staff were about to take the covers off, it started to spit again and the covers stayed on. As we are typing, it has started to drizzle properly and the ground staff have made their way back into the shed. This is frustrating for the ground staff, players and fans. The waiting game continues...
    Update - 3.01 pm IST (9.31 am IST) - The rain has stopped folks! The groundsmen are on the ground and the process of drying the outfield has started.  However, the covers are still intact but if rain stays away, it will not take much time for groundsmen to get things ready for some cricket again.
    Update - 2.50 pm IST (9.20 am GMT) - We are afraid to bring you this news, but the live pictures show that the covers are firmly in place. However, we still have time on our hands, but the rain needs to stop for the ground staff to get the field ready for play. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
    Update - 2.30 pm IST (9 am GMT) - For all those who are waiting for some positive news, let me tell you, things look bleak at the moment. The covers are firmly on and there is no movement on the ground. If you can remember, we suggested our good friend, rain in the first ODI to go for a vacation in the Sahara desert as people there would enjoy its presence more. Rain did follow the advice that day and we witnessed a cracker of a game then and in the second ODI too there was no presence of rain. However, it seems to be back from the vacation now and it does not seem to understand that the cricket loving people here in Zimbabwe would not be too happy with its presence. Let's just hope it tries to move upwards in the African continent soon as people there really need it.
    Update - 2.07 pm IST (8.37 am GMT) - The wait continues! The rain refuses to relent and adding to the misery, the radar isn't looking promising. We will keep you posted.
    Update - 1.46 pm IST (8.16 am GMT) - Oh, it has started raining and players are going off the field! The groundsmen rush with covers to cover the pitch and adjoining area and let's just hope that it is not a long delay. It has got even heavier now and big covers are coming on as well. There is bit of wind too and let's just hope that it takes the rain away as soon as possible.
    13.1
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Shortrish and it is down the leg side. Kaia tries to pull it but misses.
    12.6
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, An appeal for LBW but this time it is clearly going down leg! This is full and angling into the pads from 'round the wicket. Ervine tries to flick it but misses to get hit on the pads. This is good little spell from Adair.
    12.5
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Angles a length delivery on middle again. kaia tucks it to leg side for a single.
    12.4
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 2 runs, Touch shorter and on middle. Kaia works it to deep backward square leg for a couple.
    12.3
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Goes fuller, around off. Ervine gets across to his left and works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
    12.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Now, a big appeal for a caught behind but the umpire again is not interested! On a length, outside off. Angling across the left-hander and Ervine throws his blade at it. He, however, misses as the ball goes past the outside edge. Appeal follows but no damage done.
    12.1
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, A fullish delivery on off. Kaia pushes it to covers for a single.
    11.6
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Kaia gives himself room and Campher bowls it just short of good length, angling into leg. Kaia heaves it to deep backward square leg for a single.
    11.5
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Serves a length delivery on middle and Ervine tucks it to leg side for a single.
    11.4
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, no run, Lands it on a length and around off. It stays low a bit as Ervine misses his slash from the crease.
    11.3
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Serves it a bit fullish on middle. Kaia clips it to fine leg for a single.
    11.2
    Curtis Campher to Innocent Kaia, no run, Angles a length delivery on middle. Kaia works it to mid-wicket.
    11.1
    Curtis Campher to Craig Ervine, 1 run, On a length and outside off. Ervine pushes it to covers for a single.
    Curtis Campher comes on to bowl, replacing Graham Hume.
    10.6
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, no run, Serves it on a length, on off and it jags back in again. Hits Kaia on the pads as he hops to defend it away. No damage done though.
    10.5
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, no run, Oh, big appeal but the umpire says no! Lands it on a length, on middle and it nips back in. Kaia tries to fend it but misses and gets hit on the pads. Adair makes a huge appeal and is almost on his knee but the umpire stays unmoved.
    10.4
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Short and outside off. Ervine cuts it hard but straight to deep point for a single.
    10.3
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Serves it bit fuller and outside off. Ervine drives it to the short cover fielder.
    10.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Lands it on a length and around off again. Ervine dabs it behind square on the off side.
    10.1
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Touch short of good length, around off. Ervine punches it to the point fielder.
    Time for Powerplay 2! Now, a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.  
    9.6
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia blocks this one out down the wicket.
    9.5
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Tad short and outside off, Innocent Kaia shuffles a bit to punch this one but fails to time the ball.
    9.4
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia tries to slash this one on the off side but connects with thin air.
    9.3
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Length delivery around off, Craig Ervine taps this one wide of backward point and takes a single.
    9.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, 3 runs, Short of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia opens the bat face at the last moment and guides it towards the third man fence. Murray Commins there puts in a dive and saves a run for his side.
    9.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Shortish delivery, angling in on middle, Innocent Kaia can only block this one out down the wicket.
    9.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Graham Hume bowls this one back of a length but way down the leg side, Innocent Kaia shoulders arms and leaves it alone.
    8.6
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Length delivery angling at the pads, Innocent Kaia works this one towards fine leg for a single.
    8.5
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, On a length outside off, Craig Ervine eases this one down to third man for another single.
    8.4
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Fuller outside off by Mark Adair, Craig Ervine uses his bottom hand and drives it firmly towards mid on. Harry Tector there dives to his right and prevents the boundary.
    8.3
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia steers this one to third man and collects a single.
    8.2
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, 1 run, Pitched up full on off, Craig Ervine gets forward and drives it wide of mid off for a single.
    8.1
    Mark Adair to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, Innocent Kaia opens the bat face and guides it down to third man for a single.
    7.6
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, no run, Full around off, Craig Ervine shuffles across and knocks it to mid on for a dot.
    7.5
    Graham Hume to Craig Ervine, no run, Fuller outside off, Craig Ervine drives it straight to mid off for a dot.
    7.4
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Appeal for run out! Length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia steers this one behind the wicket and sets off for a single. Lorcan Tucker gets to the ball quickly and hits at the striker's end. The replays show that Craig Ervine has just about made it back in.
    7.3
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Good stop! On a length and on leg, Innocent Kaia moves across to help this one fine on the leg side. Lorcan Tucker behind the wicket moves quickly across to his left and prevents the boundary.
    7.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Shortish delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia cuts this one off the back foot but fails to get it past backward point.
    7.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a length outside off, Innocent Kaia taps this one off the back foot on the off side.
    6.6
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, FOUR, FOUR! Craig Ervine is up and running! Mark Adair pitches this one full and at the stumps, Craig Ervine picks the length early and clips this one along the carpet. Hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
    6.5
    Mark Adair to Craig Ervine, no run, Back of a length and into the batter, Craig Ervine gets behind and blocks this one out on the off side.
    Craig Ervine walks out at number 3!
    6.4
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Mark Adair strikes in his first over! Bowls this one full and around off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to go down the ground but gets into his shot early. Ends up getting it from the outer part of the bat and holds out to Murray Commins at short cover who does the rest.
    6.3
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length and angling into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha gets cramped for room and can only block this one out on the off side.
    6.2
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Length delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one towards cover for a dot.
    6.1
    Mark Adair to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Mark Adair starts with a shortish delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha stays on the back foot and punches it straight to cover.
    Mark Adair is into the attack now.
    5.6
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, no run, Good-length delivery outside off, Innocent Kaia leans forward and blocks this one out on the off side.
    5.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Back of a length and angling into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha punches this one towards mid on and takes a quick single.
    5.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Length delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha goes for the cut but fails to get any bat on it.
    5.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller around off, Chamu Chibhabha defends this one to cover for a dot.
    5.2
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! On a length at the pads, Chamu Chibhabha allows the ball to come to him and flicks this one uppishly towards square leg for a boundary.
    5.1
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha blocks this one out from the back foot.
    4.6
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Full and on off, Innocent Kaia shuffles across and drives it straight to mid on.
    4.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, On a length and angling in on leg, Chamu Chibhabha works this one down to fine leg for a single.
    4.4
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and outside off from 'round the wicket, Chamu Chibhabha slaps this one towards extra cover where Mark Adair makes a good diving stop to his left.
    4.3
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Good-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha defend this one from the front foot down the wicket.
    4.2
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha dabs this one off the back foot to backward point.
    4.1
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, On a length outside off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to cut this one late but misses. Joshua Little receives a warning from the umpire for running in the danger area in his follow through.
    3.6
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha stays in the crease and steers this one to third man for a single.
    3.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller outside off, Chamu Chibhabha drives it firmly but straight to Paul Stirling at silly mid off.
    3.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and at the stumps, Chamu Chibhabha drives it uppishly towards cover for a dot.
    3.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Back of a length on off, Chamu Chibhabha punches this one straight to cover for a dot.
    3.2
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye! Length delivery angling in on leg, Innocent Kaia looks to clip this one but misses. The ball rolls off his pads on the leg side and the batters cross for a single.
    3.1
    Graham Hume to Innocent Kaia, FOUR, FOUR! On a length around off, Innocent Kaia uses his feet and lofts this one nicely over the bowler's head for a boundary.
    2.6
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! Pitched up outside off by Joshua Little, Chamu Chibhabha picks the length early and drives it along the ground. Gets it wide of mid off for a boundary.
    2.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length delivery, nips back into the batter, Chamu Chibhabha gets cramped for room and gets hit high on the pads.
    2.4
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye! On a length and angling in on leg, Innocent Kaia goes for the flick but misses. The ball comes off his pads and rolls towards fine leg for a single.
    2.3
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, FOUR, FOUR! Back of a length and on leg, Innocent Kaia clips this one uppishly towards mid-wicket, gets it just over the fielder and the ball has enough legs to trickle to the boundary.
    2.2
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Length delivery on off, Innocent Kaia gets behind and defends this one on the off side.
    2.1
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a good length, swinging into the batter, Innocent Kaia gets his bat down on time and knocks it to mid-wicket.
    1.6
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, FOUR, FOUR! Graham Hume overpitches on off, Chamu Chibhabha does not miss out as he drills this one hard to the right of mid off for the first boundary of the game.
    1.5
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Full and outside off, a hint of away movement, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one straight to mid off.
    1.4
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Shortish delivery outside off, Chamu Chibhabha hangs back and punches it straight to cover.
    1.3
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, On a length outside off, swinging away, Chamu Chibhabha tries to drive it on the up without much foot movement. Miscues it to cover for a dot.
    1.2
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Fuller outside off, Chamu Chibhabha drives it firmly and straight to mid off.
    1.1
    Graham Hume to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Graham Hume starts with a back-of-a-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha looks to punch this one but cannot get it away.
    Graham Hume to share the new ball with Joshua Little.
    0.6
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, 1 run, Good-length delivery on off, Chamu Chibhabha tries to block from the crease but gets an outside edge that goes towards third man for a single.
    0.5
    Joshua Little to Chamu Chibhabha, no run, Short of a length at the batter, Chamu Chibhabha pushes this one off the back foot to mid-wicket.
    0.4
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, 1 run, Fuller and outside off, swinging away, Innocent Kaia drives away from the body and gets an outside edge that rolls towards third man for a single.
    0.3
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, On a length at the stumps, Innocent Kaia gets behind and defends this one down the wicket.
    0.2
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, 2 runs, Good-length delivery on off, angling into the batter, Innocent Kaia defends but gets an inside edge that goes towards square leg. Opens his account with a brace.
    0.1
    Joshua Little to Innocent Kaia, no run, Joshua Little starts with a loosener, bowls it short and outside off, Innocent Kaia tries to punch this one but misses. Lorcan Tucker fumbles behind the wicket but batters decide not to run a single there.
    We are moments away from the start of the game! The Irish players are out there in the middle. Innocent Kaia and Chamu Chibhabha are the openers for Zimbabwe. Joshua Little to start with the ball. Here we go...
    PITCH REPORT - Darlington Matambanadzo says that it is a used wicket and it was used in the second ODI. Tells that it bit wet and there might be some help for the spinners on this wicket. However, he says that we might get a score of 300-310 in this game.
    Paul Stirling, the skipper of Ireland, says that he would have bowled first as well. Feels that whoever plays good cricket will win. Shares that nice to get over the line in the last game which they have struggled over the past 12 months. Informs that Andy McBrine injured his finger in the last game and he will be replaced by Gareth Delany.
    Craig Ervine, the skipper of Zimbabwe, says that they will bat first. Tells that the wicket looked drier than the previous game and they would like to put the score on the board and then put pressure on Ireland. Tells that in the middle overs, they could have bowled well and restricted Ireland to 270 and they needed someone to bat deep. He informs that his finger is good and says they have some changes with Gary Ballance, Tendai Chatara and Victor Nyauchi out.
    Ireland (Playing XI) - Paul Stirling (C), Stephen Doheny, Murray Commins, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (WK), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany (In for Andy McBrine), Mark Adair, Graham Hume, Joshua Little.
    Zimbabwe (Playing XI) - Innocent Kaia, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine (C) (In for Gary Ballance), Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Tadiwanashe Marumani (WK), Luke Jongwe (In for Tendai Chatara), Wellington Masakadza, Brad Evans, Brandon Mavuta (In for Victor Nyauchi), Richard Ngarava.
    TOSS - The coin toss lands in the favour of Zimbabwe and they have opted to BAT first. 

    End of over

    ZIM55/1 (13.0 Ovs)

    MATCH DETAILS

    55 in13.0 overs(4.23 runs per over)

    Toss: Toss won by Zimbabwe

    Umpires: Langton Rusere (ZIM), Michael Gough (ENG) and Iknow Chabi (ZIM)

    Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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