Tense Finish Sees Ireland Beat Zimbabwe In Cricket World Cup Action

Tense Finish Sees Ireland Beat Zimbabwe In Cricket World Cup Action

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Ireland just did enough to see off Zimbabwe by five runs in a thrilling World Cup clash in Hobart on Saturday that kept them on course for the quarterfinals.

Zimbabwe chasing a huge 332 to win, were all but beaten at 74 for four after a top-order collapse.

But stand-in captain Brendan Taylor’s superb 121 and a fifth-wicket stand of 149 with Sean Williams (96) gave Zimbabwe hope.

However, a see-saw match turned back the non-test nation’s way when Williams was given out caught right on the boundary by John Mooney. There was a suggestion that Mooney may have touched the rope in completing the catch, which would have been a six to Zimbabwe.

But while the umpires’ review was in progress, Williams – whose runs came from 83 balls with seven fours and two sixes – walked off the field, effectively making the decision for the officials and Zimbabwe were 300 for seven.

Big-hitting from tailender Tawanda Mupawira got the target down to seven off the last six balls with two wickets standing.

However, seamer Alex Cusack had Regis Chakabva playing on with the first ball of the 50th over and, two deliveries later, Mupawira holed out to Ireland captain William Porterfield in the deep as the Irish won with three balls to spare.

Cusack finished with fine figures of four for 32 in 9.3 overs as Zimbabwe, who tied a World Cup match with Ireland in 2007, saw their bid for a last eight place come to a dramatic end.

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