Cricket is an unpredictable game. It is because of the turn of events within a minute or seconds to the end of the game. However, the winner of the match cannot be determined until the last ball is bowled. The world cup is no exception, as there have been tight contests in the past. A tie-in score happened to Ireland versus Zimbabwe. It can cause tension on and off the field as the winner is decided based on tournament rules. Here is a look at the match and all the happenings.
The match happened at Sabina Park in Jamaica, where Zimbabwe vs. Ireland had a 221 tie. When Ireland came to this World cup, they were known as the giant killers. The name was courtesy of their splendid performances upsetting top cricket teams.
Their first game was Zimbabwe vs. Ireland that saw them struggle at 89 -5 against Zimbabwe. However, Jeremy Bray made some contributions from the tail, and Ireland managed to score 221/9. As Zimbabwe batters tried to chase 222 points, they lost their momentum all through the innings. Luckily Sibanda kept them on track with a well-made half-century.
However, the next over was catastrophic for Zimbabwe as Utseya hit a full toss from O’Brien into Eoin’s hands at extra cover. After that, the tail-ender Mpofu failed to score from four balls, with Matsikenyeri trapped at the non-striker’s end.
In addition, on the last ball of the over, Mpofu got run out trying a single. Luckily, they managed eight runs with a couple of doubles and singles and needed one off the final delivery. Matsikenyeri got help from Niall O’Brien off the last ball to finish the game at a tie.
At this point, Zimbabwe had only one wicket at hand and nine off the final over. Andrew White took the first two balls of off-spinner and managed to scamper a single. The Zimbabwean team was trying to catch up as they had let the game slip off their hands.
The penultimate ball of the match Matsikenyeri on strike cracked a short ball that saw Zimbabwe batters take two runs and equalize scores. After leveling the scores, Matsikenyeri missed the final delivery, where Rainsford was run out, leaving the score equal.
It led to Ireland celebrating for having a tie in their first world cup and first game. The Irish captain said they were happy after they bounced back from almost losing to a tie. The Zimbabwe team was distraught as they let the game slip from their hands. It was the third tie to happen in the ICC Cricket world cup games. The Zimbabwe vs. Ireland match was a thriller to the coaches, players, and also fans.
The world cup this year was a surprising one. Although Ireland was a newcomer in the world cup, they showed their skill and prowess to the world and opponents. But having a history of smashing giants in cricket, anything is possible. So, next time they have a game, you can place a bet and be sure they will win. Stay tuned with us for more sports news and updates.