Match Details

IRE vs ZIM 3rd T20, ZIM vs IRE 2023

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Zimbabwe won by 4 wickets 🏆
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17th Over:
= 8
Last Over:
= 19
This Over:
= 9

Player of the Match

Ryan Burl
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Ryan Burl Jersy
4 (1)30 (11)1 3 0 2 400.00 272.73
P'ship : 5(1)
Last Wkt :   Clive Madande 5(7)
2-344.0 8.50
ZIMZIM - 2nd Innings
6 Over 4238
10 Over 6757
15 Over 9397
IREIRE - 1st Innings
6 Over 4139
10 Over 6767
15 Over 10497
20 Over 139141


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That also wraps up our coverage of the third and final T20I between Zimbabwe and Ireland. The home side has won the series 2-1 and what an amazing advert this was for associate cricket. For now, this is Megh Mandaliya signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Deepak Prakash, and scorer/analyst Ashok Dayma. Both these sides will now square off in a three-match ODI series starting on 18th January. See you there! 
Craig Ervine will collect the T20I trophy and hand it over to the teammates for the celebrations to begin. Zimbabwe is the winner of the three-match T20I series against Ireland.  
Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe Captain): "It means a lot, especially the way we finished last year. The crowd was unbelievable today. I always said it before, it is always a great opportunity for the guys to put their hand up. That is the only way you can grow as a team."

At one stage it looked like the game was slipping away from us but credit goes to all the guys. Burl batted exceptionally well tonight to get us over the line. Sean Williams has got a fractured finger so I don't expect him to return to the ODI squad but hopefully, Sikandar Raza and Gary Ballance will join the squad."   
Ryal Burl (Zimbabwe): "I'm just making sure to put my side in the best place. Nice to remind people that you have more in the locker. The fielding has been outstanding so far but we can improve on the soft dismissals and also improve the running between the wickets."  
Ryal Burl is the player of the match and the player of the series. 
Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland Captain): "Yes, we lacked a few runs. We bowled really well till the hallway stage before Ryal Burl took the things away from us. I don't think the pitch has played a major factor, it remained consistent for the 40 overs. We Paul Stirling, and Josh Little back for the ODI series, and hopefully, we have three good games there." 
Time for the post-match presentation...
Beautiful scenes here at the Harare Sports Club. The Zimbabwean team is strolling past the boundary ropes appreciating the crowd for their support. What a thrilling series this has turned out to be. 
7:52 PM IST | THAT’S IT! Jongwe hits the winning runs. Zimbabwe has clinched the T20I series 2-1 after thwarting the Andrew Balbirnie-led Ireland by 4 wickets in the third and final T20I. The home crowd is electrified and they rightly should be.

In pursuit of what was considered a below-par total, the Zimbabwean openers Tadiwanashe Marumani and Innocent Kaia were watchful at the start by sewing up only 7 runs off the first two overs but it wasn’t long enough before Ireland drew first blood. Marumani’s scratchy innings of 5(11) was winded up by Barry McCarthy in his first over. 

Captain Craig Ervine was the next man in and he got together with Kaia to chalk up 38 runs off the powerplay. The left-right duo provided the much-needed resurgence and kept on ticking boundaries at regular intervals. The 42-run partnership was broken by Harry Tector as Kaia was dismissed for a run-a-ball 23. 

Following that, Zimbabwe kept losing wickets but it was the captain’s knock from Craig Ervine that still held the hopes for the home side. The southpaw secured 54(43), including 6 fours before Ben White dismissed him. Eventually, the game was evenly poised till the penultimate before Ryan Burl’s prowess secured 19 runs off that over and practically sealed the game. 

Earlier in the day, after being invited to bat first, Ireland was off to a deficient start as they only managed to chalk up 39 off the powerplay by losing three top-order wickets. Ross Adair 1(3) was the first one to return, soon followed by the wickets of Andrew Balbirnie 9(11), and Stephen Doheny 2(4). 

The right-hander Harry Tector then joined forces with Curtis Campher and resurrected Ireland’s innings. The duo kept rotating the strike and stitched boundaries at regular intervals. The 70-run stand between the pair was ceased by Ryan Burl as he outwitted Curtis Campher 27(28), and that was soon followed by the wicket of well-set Harry Tector, who departed for 47(38), with 3 boundaries to his credit.

Following Tector’s wicket, the Irish team crumbled like a pack of cards as they lost the next four wickets under 50 runs. George Dockrell and Mark Adair stitched 31 runs for the seventh wicket before Mark Adair departed for 14 (10), and George Dockrell followed him in the very next ball after scoring 23(17). Eventually, it was Barry McCarthy’s maximum that took the Irish scorecard past 140. 

The Zimbabwean bowlers were exceptional with their change-ups and kept the batters under wraps. The off-spinner Wesley Madhevere was the pick of the bowlers for them as he claimed 2 scalps by giving away 8 runs. Similarly, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, and Ryan Burl also accounted for a couple of breakthroughs. Stick around for the post-match presentation! 

Luke Jongwe
Ryan Burl
Barry McCarthy
18.6 B McCarthy to L Jongwe
4 FOURR!!!! Jongwe finishes the game in style!!! Zimbabwe sealed the series by 2-1!!! Fuller ball in the slot of Jongwe who gets underneath the line of the ball and lofts it straight over the bowler for a boundary to finish the match. Zimbabwe won by 4 wickets with 6 balls to spare.
18.6 B McCarthy to L Jongwe
WD WIDE!! Good length ball down the leg, wide signaled by the umpire. 
New batter on crease
  • RUNS331
  • SR116.00
  • AVG13.00
Hold, on! There is still some life to his game. McCarthy is fired up and Ireland still believes.   
18.5 B McCarthy to C Madande
W WICKET!!! BOWLED'EM!!! A tad fuller ball on the leg stump line and Madande bends low and goes for a big one but didn't get anything on it as the ball sneaks through his bat and rattles the leg pole.
That will surely do it for Zimbabwe. 
18.4 B McCarthy to C Madande
4 FOUR!! A tad fuller ball on the middle and leg stump line and Madande clears his legs and drives it straight along the ground for a boundary.
18.3 B McCarthy to C Madande
0 Good length ball outside the off and Madande with a swing and a miss.