IRE vs ZIM 1st T20I: Burl, Masakadza lead Zimbabwe to 3 runs victory against Ireland, take 1-0 lead in series: It was indeed a low scoring yet gripping contest between Ireland and Zimbabwe at Clontarf Cricket Club which the visitors (Zimbabwe) won by three runs. The nail-biting and edge of the seat match saw the contest dragging till the last ball and finally being clinched by Zimbabwe to lead 1-0 in the five-match T20I series. Regis Chakabva from Zimbabwe was adjudged as the player of the match for his 47-run knock from 28 balls.
Even after a promising start to the innings by Ireland openers- Paul Stirling (24), Kevin O’Brien (25), the hosts found them in drowning water. From 27 for none in five overs to losing nine wickets by the end of the innings, the hosts suffered a big-time with the bat. Barring Simi Singh (28), the rest of Ireland’s unit kept losing wickets in quick intervals in their chase of 118 runs posted by Zimbabwe on the board.
With the ball, Zimbabwe bowlers- Ryan Burl and Wellington Masakadza together scalped five wickets and returned with economies of 5.5 and 4.5 respectively.
|Paul Stirling||b LM Jongwe||24||19||5||0||126.32|
|Kevin O’Brien||b RP Burl||25||32||3||0||78.13|
|Andrew Balbirnie (C)||lbw b RP Burl||6||8||0||0||75.00|
|George Dockrell||c WP Masakadza b RP Burl||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|Shane Getkate||c TL Chatara b WP Masakadza||5||10||0||0||50.00|
|Curtis Campher||c D Myers b WP Masakadza||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Neil Rock (WK)||b LM Jongwe||4||7||0||0||57.14|
|Simi Singh||Not out||28||22||3||1||127.27|
|Barry McCarthy||b R Ngarava||4||11||0||0||36.36|
|Craig Young||runout (R Ngarava / RW Chakabva)||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Ben White||Not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||7 (b 0, w 4, nb 0, lb 3)|
IRE vs ZIM: Zimbabwe’s batting wasn’t impressive either who were put to bat first after Andrew Balbirnie led Ireland had won the toss. Barring Zimbabwe’s wicketkeeper- Regis Chakabva who smashed quickfire 47 runs, the entire unit of the visitors struggled where Ireland bowlers kept chipping regular wickets.
Among the disciplined Ireland bowlers- Craig Young and Simi Singh returned with two wickets each with an economy of 4 and 5.5 respectively.
|Wesley Madhevere||c N Rock b CA Young||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Tadiwanashe Marumani||c PR Stirling b CA Young||2||10||0||0||20.00|
|Regis Chakabva (WK)||b Simi Singh||47||28||4||1||167.86|
|Dion Myers||b SC Getkate||10||14||1||0||71.43|
|Craig Ervine||c A Balbirnie b Simi Singh||17||12||1||1||141.67|
|Milton Shumba||c N Rock b BJ McCarthy||7||18||0||0||38.89|
|Ryan Burl||runout (A Balbirnie)||12||15||0||0||80.00|
|Wellington Masakadza||Not out||19||15||1||0||126.67|
|Luke Jongwe||Not out||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Extra||0 (b 0, w 0, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||TL Chatara, R Ngarava|
With ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in October this month, the white ball series is crucial for both sides.
IRE vs ZIM: It is interesting to note that the venue- Clontarf Cricket Club ground last hosted a T20I back in 2015. Besides, Ireland have never played a T20I here.
Ireland T20I squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
Ireland ODI squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
IRE vs ZIM 1st T20I: Burl, Masakadza lead Zimbabwe to 3 runs victory against Ireland, take 1-0 lead in series
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