Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Mark Adair protected collection victory for Eire


Zimbabwe stumble to 110 for 9 in pursuit of 175

Eire 174 for 4 (O’Brien 47, Stirling 39, Balbirnie 36, Masakadza 2-22) beat Zimbabwe 110 for 9 (Ervine 28, Jongwe 24*, Adair 4-23, Getkate 2-19) by means of 64 runs

Batting may and Mark Adair’s four-wicket haul powered Eire to a 64-run win over Zimbabwe within the fourth T20I in Bready. With that victory, the hosts additionally pocketed the collection as they now have an unassailable 3-1 lead within the five-match rubber.
After Eire had been installed, Kevin O’Brien (47 off 39) and Paul Stirling
39 off 33) added 89 in 10.1 overs for the primary wicket to set the platform. Andy Balbirnie then smashed a 22-ball 36 and at one degree Eire had been eyeing a complete in way over 180. The Zimbabwe bowlers, regardless that, bowled neatly within the loss of life overs to limit them to 174 for 4.

It was once nonetheless an impressive general, which gave the impression much more daunting for Zimbabwe within the absence of allrounder Ryan Burl, who sprained his ankle simply earlier than the toss and was once dominated out of the tournament. Adair then compounded their issues as he despatched again Tadiwanashe Marumani, Regis Chakabva and Dion Myers throughout the first 4 overs and lowered them to twenty-five for three.

Two overs later, Craig Younger made it 30 for 4 by means of brushing aside Wessley Madhevere. Zimbabwe may by no means get well from there.

Stirling, O’Brien make merry
After profitable the toss, Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine opted to bowl on an overcast afternoon. His resolution looked to be paying dividends when Eire may organize simplest 19 from the primary 3 overs.

However the fourth over opened the floodgates. O’Brien introduced Donald Tiripano’s 2nd ball over long-off for a six earlier than the seamer despatched down 3 wides and a beamer. On the different finish, Stirling struck two fours off Richard Ngarava. A returning Blessing Muzarabani wasn’t spared both. O’Brien pulled and reduce him for 3 successive fours as Eire completed the powerplay on 57.

That Ervine used his bowlers in one-over spells for the primary part of the innings did not lend a hand both. The bowlers could not settle right into a rhythm and struggled with their traces and lengths. The end result was once no longer simplest the scoring alternatives but additionally extras down the leg aspect. O’Brien and Stirling did not fail to notice the ones presents.

Masakadza’s double-strike brings little respite
Wellington Masakadza ultimately broke the outlet stand with O’Brien’s wicket. The batter went within out, aerially against long-off, the place Milton Shumba took a very good catch diving ahead. Quickly after, he had Stirling too, stuck at further quilt, when the batter top-edged a heave.

Balbirnie, regardless that, did not let Zimbabwe breathe simply. After being on a run-a-ball 5, he introduced an all-out assault. He swept Madhevere for a 4 and a six earlier than hitting Tiripano for back-to-back fours, the second one of which was once a results of a deficient fielding – some other side of the sport Zimbabwe had been discovered missing in. The one comfort for Zimbabwe was once that they conceded simplest 40 from the final 5 overs.

Adair rocks Zimbabwe’s chase
Zimbabwe wanted a snappy begin to give themselves any probability of chasing down Eire’s general. Their openers Marumani and Madhevere took seven off the outlet over, bowled by means of Craig Younger. After that the whole thing went downhill for them as Adair struck with the primary ball of the second one over. Bowling across the wicket to the left-handed Marumani, he pitched it up just for the batter to chip a go back catch.

In his subsequent over, Adair had Chakabva stuck down the leg aspect even if the batter’s response hinted he more than likely did not nick it. Two balls later, he uprooted Myers’ leg stump with an inswinging yorker. He would go back within the 18th over to select up his fourth.

Ervine attempted to anchor the chase however there was once no beef up for him. Through the 9th over, part of the Zimbabwe aspect was once again within the pavilion and by means of the 10th, the asking fee had crossed 12. In the ones instances, Ervine’s 30-ball 28 and an unbroken 24-run stand for the final wicket, between Luke Jongwe and Richard Ngarava, simplest lowered the margin of defeat.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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