Commentary: Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 2nd T20I

Zimbabwe vs Ireland, 2nd T20I

Ireland won by 6 wkts

ZIM - 144 (20)
IRE - 150/4 (19.4)

CRR:  7.63

Player of the Match


That's it from us! A clinical finish from Ireland has spiced up the series. All to play for tomorrow. It promises to be a thrilling decider. Do join us for that. Till then, goodbye and cheers!

Ross Adair, Player of the Match: I am fighting for a place so I want to do my best and it came off well today. There was a bit nerves out there, but the target was not a big one and we knew that if we stick around, we can chase it down.

Andy Balbirnie: Happy with how we played today throughout the game. We built a couple of big partnerships, Ross Adair was brilliant, happy to get over the line. Tector is a high quality player and he played well as well.

Craig Ervine: We would have liked 160-170 but Ireland fought back in the last 4-5 overs and restricted us. Losing 2-3 quick wickets at the back end put us on the back foot. You always push the opposition back when you take early wickets but credit to Ross Adair as he played a brilliant knock. (On William's injury) We will assess Williams tomorrow morning and then see how it goes. A lot of people like playing here because of the crowd.

16:23 Local Time, 14:23 GMT, 19:53 IST: Ireland have levelled the series. A hard fought chase but they went over the line thanks to a wonderful knock from Ross Adair who was well assisted by Tector. Zimbabwe started off well and had the game under control before the Adair-Tector partnership started throwing caution to the winds. Andy Balbirnie also played a measured innings but got out for 33. Earlier, Zimbabwe wasted a good chance to score more than 160. 144 looked a decent score but Ireland put up a clinical show to take the series to Sunday. All to play for on Sunday as the series stands at 1-1.

19.4 Brad Evans to Dockrell, SIX, backs away drills it over long-off and that's it. Ireland make it 1-1. That was hit away really cleanly

19.3 Brad Evans to Campher, leg byes, 1 run, right up there and Campher somehow gets it away. No bat on it but was going well down leg. There was a direct hit and they wanted another one on the ricochet but not to be. The scores are level now

19.2 Brad Evans to Campher, no run, that's a dot! Another low full toss, cue-ended down to mid-off

19.1 Brad Evans to Dockrell, 1 run, low full toss, cue-ended drive which reaches the man at mid-off on the bounce. Single nabbed. Two runs needed now

Brad Evans [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack

IRE: 142-4 after 19 overs

18.6 Chatara to Campher, 2 runs, dug in short, Campher mistimed the pull but managed to send it over mid-on for a couple of runs. Three needed now. The man at mid-on did well to dive and get it back in time

18.5 Chatara to Campher, FOUR, uh oh! That's the four Ireland needed. The crowd goes dead silence. Was short, outside off, Campher slashes that past point for a four. Only 5 needed now

18.4 Chatara to Campher, no run, nice timing on the cut outside off but fails to beat the man at point. That was sweetly timed but failed to beat the fielder inside the circle. The non-striker was a few paces down but returned back in time

18.3 Chatara to Campher, no run, angles the ball in, Campher taps the ball down which lands over the sticks to dribble down to the keeper. They fail to get a single

Curtis Campher, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.2Chatara to Tector, out Caught by Ryan Burl!! And that's a huge wicket! Was a length delivery, Tector charged at it and looked to loft it. May be tried a glory shot but failed to time it. The ball scooped up and Burl at mid-off had to take one of the easiest catches. Important strike but is it too late? Tector c Ryan Burl b Chatara 26(21) [4s-2 6s-1]

Chatara to Tector, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

18.1 Chatara to Tector, no run, angles in from a length and has been nudged down to the man at mid-wicket

IRE: 136-3 after 18 overs

17.6 Ngarava to Tector, 1 run, stabs the ball down with soft hands and scampers through for a single. The fielder at point came charging in and looped the throw on to the sticks but Dockrell had made it at the batter's end

17.5 Ngarava to Tector, FOUR, drilled down the ground! As straight as a ram rod! That was pitched up and Tector gave it a good thwack to send it away. Only 10 needed now. Much needed hit for Ireland