Ireland keep their hopes of making it to the Quarter Finals alive after their runs win over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Hobart. With this win, Ireland are in the fifth position of the points table with the same number of points (six points from four matches) as South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies but with the worst run-rate among the teams. Yet again, Ireland were part of a thrilling finish in this World Cup as they managed to get the remaining two Zimbabwe wickets while defending just 7 in the last over bowled by Alex Cusack.
Chasing 332 to win, Zimbabwe were in the driver’s seat as skipper Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams were threatening the African side home. But in the end, the controversial decision of Sean Williams turned the match on its head. Williams lofted a Kevin O’Brien delivery towards the deep square-leg region where John Mooney took the catch with just millimetres off the boundary ropes. Replays suggested that Mooney’s shoes slightly touched he ropes while the ball was in his hands. But just because the batsman left the ground, he was given out by the third umpire. Taylor scored 121 while Williams stroked his way to a fluent 96. Alex Cusack was the best performer with the ball for Zimbabwe as he picked up 4 wickets for 32 runs.
Earlier, asked to bat, Ireland posted a mammoth 331 on the board courtesy a ton from former England International Ed Joyce and stylish 97 from Andy Balbernie with some late contributions from Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien. Tendai Chatara was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers with figures of 3-61 in 10 overs.
Now, the match between Pakistan and Ireland on March 15 at the Adelaide becomes a virtual knock-out for both the teams. Ed Joyce was named as the Man of the Match.