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.
Rain plays spoilsport as the second #IREvZIM ODI has been abandoned.
— ICC (@ICC) September 10, 2021
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.
|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)|
|Yet To Bat||J Little|
Zimbabwe have chosen to field in the second #IREvZIM ODI.
They lead the three-match series 1-0.
Can Ireland level it today?
— ICC (@ICC) September 10, 2021
📝 MATCH REPORT
Zimbabwe claim first win in first match of the World Cup Super League series.
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) September 8, 2021
Ireland vs Zimbabwe
Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
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%.
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.
IRE vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Zimbabwe aim to seal series, Ireland look to bounce back
Players to watch out for
Probable Playing XI for both the teams
Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little
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
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
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