IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Rain forces match to be called off after Ireland set 283 target for Zimbabwe

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Rain plays spoilsport as match called off after Ireland set 283 target for Zimbabwe with Porterfield & Tector scoring 50s
IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Rain plays spoilsport as match called off after Ireland set 283 target for Zimbabwe with Porterfield & Tector scoring 50s

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Rain forces match to be called off after Ireland set 283 target for Zimbabwe: Trailing 0-1 in the series, Ireland were left disappointed as rain forced the 2nd ODI to be called off. Ireland did well with the bat at the Civil Service Cricket Club after being put into bat first. Half-centuries from William Porterfield and Harry Tector helped the hosts post 282/8 but with no match possible due to rain, Ireland lost a golden chance to level the series. Zimbabwe are leading the series 1-0 with a match to go. 

Earlier, Ireland were sent in to bat by Zimbabwe, who won the coin toss. The hosts’ openers, Paul Stirling and William Porterfield provided the side with a steady start, posting 44/0 from 10 overs on a bowler-friendly pitch. 

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Zimbabwe bowlers took advantage of the overcast condition from the start of the innings as they managed to keep an attacking batter like Stirling quiet in the first Powerplay in which he managed to score 12 runs from 25 balls. But Stirling stayed firm at the crease, making use of the loose balls and keeping the scoreboard ticking along with Porterfield, who was leading the Ireland attack. 

The introduction of Sean Williams in the 23rd over reaped a reward for Zimbabwe as he snared the big wicket of Stirling, who was caught by Sikandar Raza for 33. Porterfield, who top-scored for his side in the opening ODI with 75, continued his good form, bringing up back-to-back fifties. 

Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie joined forces with the opener as the two accelerated the run-rate. Together they shared a solid 70-run partnership before it was broken by Richard Ngarava. Balbirnie looked to slap towards fine leg but failed to clear the boundary ropes with Brendan Taylor taking a good diving catch running forward. 

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI:  One brought two for Zimbabwe, as Ngarava struck in his next over. He claimed the prized scalp of Porterfield, who was caught behind for a well-made 100-ball 67. 

The two new batters at the crease, Harry Tector and George Dockrell, stitched an important 48-run stand with Dockrell playing the role of an aggressor. In his 19-ball stay, he smashed 28 which also featured two fours and a six. Tector, who made a fifty in the previous match, once again shone with the bat with a 42-ball 55, while Lorcan Tucker also contributed with a quick 32. 

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Zimbabwe are leading the three-match series 1-0, after they won the first ODI by 38 runs.

IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI, Live Score: Ireland 282/8 (50 over)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
William Porterfield c RW Chakabva b R Ngarava 67 100 7 1 67.00
Paul Stirling c Sikandar Raza b SC Williams 33 71 4 0 46.48
Andrew Balbirnie (C) c Brendan Taylor b R Ngarava 40 43 3 1 93.02
Harry Tector c & b R Ngarava 55 42 6 1 130.95
George Dockrell c M Shumba b B Muzarabani 28 19 2 1 147.37
Lorcan Tucker (WK) c WP Masakadza b LM Jongwe 32 20 2 1 160.00
Mark Adair Not out 2 2 0 0 100.00
Simi Singh runout (RW Chakabva / W Madhevere) 1 1 0 0 100.00
Andy McBrine runout (LM Jongwe / RW Chakabva) 6 1 0 1 600.00
Craig Young Not out 4 1 1 0 400.00
Extra 14 (b 0, w 13, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 282/8 (50)
Yet To Bat J Little
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Blessing Muzarabani 9 1 55 1 6.11
Richard Ngarava 9 0 52 3 5.78
Luke Jongwe 8 0 60 1 7.50
Wellington Masakadza 6 0 25 0 4.17
Sikandar Raza 8 0 38 0 4.75
Sean Williams 6 1 29 1 4.83
Wesley Madhevere 4 0 22 0 5.50
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
PR Stirling 1-82 22.3
A Balbirnie 2-151 34.5
WTS Porterfield 3-153 36.2
GH Dockrell 4-201 42.4
H Tector 5-267 48.4
L Tucker 6-268 49.1
Simi Singh 7-270 49.3
AR McBrine 8-277 49.5

 

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva(w), Craig Ervine(c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

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Match Details

Ireland vs Zimbabwe

2nd ODI

September 10

Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

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Weather report

There is an 80% chance of rain during the second match between Ireland and Zimbabwe. The weather will be overcast throughout the day. The humidity will be at 86%. 

Pitch Report

As was the case in the first ODI the pitch does not offer much for the batsman. The ball will come slow on the bat and 250 can be a winning total. Out of the 29 completed games at the venue, the chasing teams have won 14 times. 

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Players to watch out for 

Zimbabwe

Craig Ervine

Sikandar Raza

Blessing Muzarabani

Ireland

William Porterfield

Harry Tector

Simi Singh

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Probable Playing XI for both the teams

Ireland 

Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

Zimbabwe

Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Dion Myers, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Full squad of both the teams

Ireland 

Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy, Curtis Campher, Graham Kennedy, Neil Rock

Zimbabwe

Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Dion Myers, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Milton Shumba