It was a big day for Pool B with Ireland playing Zimbabwe at Hobart, Australia. Winning the toss Zimbabwe asked Ireland to bat first. Zimbabwe had a good start when they got off Stirling early in the 3rd over but the next batsman, Ed Joyce took the charge of Ireland batting & that too quite well.
He added 63 runs with Porterfield & then the innings defining 138 runs stand with Balbirnie which laid the foundation of a big total. Ed Joyce 112 (103) scored his 3rd ODI ton whereas, Balbirnie 97 (79) missed a well deserved ODI ton by just 3 runs. With the help of these 2 fabulous innings & important contributions from the lower order, Ireland posted a huge total of 326 runs on the board.
Chasing the total, Zimbabwe got a really bad start when they were reduced to 74/4 in 17 overs. Then Williams & Taylor came to the rescue & did an amazing counter attack.
They added 149 runs in just 126 balls & Zimbabwe came back in the game. Taylor 121 (91) scored his 7th ODI ton and Williams 96 (83) missed his maiden ODI ton with a controversial catch on the boundary by Mooney. It was the last ball of 47th over & Zimbabwe still needed 32 runs in 3 overs. Equation came to 26 runs in 2 overs when Mupariwa changed the game for Zimbabwe. With 2 Fours & a Six, he took 19 runs in the 2nd last over. Now 7 needed in the last over with 2 wickets in hand. Cusack who bowled brilliantly in the innings kept his nerves and took 2 wickets on the first & third ball which lead Ireland to a thrilling 5 runs victory. With 6 points under their belt, Ireland is still very much in the race for a seat in the Quarter Finals.
Man of the Match – Ed Joyce
Stats of this match :-
- Ireland have now 7 wins in world cups which is most by an associate team.
- Ed Joyce became 4th Irish batsmen to score a World Cup century.
- Sean Williams has 20 ODI fifties, yet to score a hundred.
- Taylor became the first Zimbabwe captain to score a world cup ton. Also it was the 150th century in world cup history.