Check out the facts and figures about the first exciting game of this year’s ICC World T20 happening in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe and Ireland dished out a nail biting finish in the end. Take a look how the game went on.

 Paul Stirling against Zimbabwe - ICC World T20 2014

ICC World T20 | First Round – Match 3 | Zimbabwe Vs Hong Kong

Venue: Sylhet Stadium, Sylhet

Toss:Ireland, who chose to bowl first

Playing XIs

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Brendon Taylor, Sean Williams, Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Timycen Maruma, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi

Ireland: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Thompson, Max Sorensen, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine

Mini Score Card:

Zimbabwe 163/5 (20) – Brendon Taylor 59 (46) | George Dockrell 2/18 (4)

Ireland 164/7 (20) Paul Stirling 60 (34) | Tinashe Panyangara 4/37 (4)

Result:Ireland won by 3 wickets

Points:Ireland 2, Zimbabwe 0

Man of the match: Paul Stirling (Ireland)

Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) | Marais Erasmus (South Africa) | Bruce Oxenford (3rd– Australia) | Billy Bowden (Reserve-New Zealand)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

How they played the game

Powerplay:Zimbabwe- 56 runs, 1 wicket | Ireland 61 runs, no wicket

First 50 runs:Zimbabwe – 33 balls, Ireland 32 balls

First 100 runs:Zimbabwe – 74 balls, Ireland 62 balls

150 runs:Zimbabwe – 116 balls, Ireland 104 balls

Best Partnerships:

Zimbabwe – 2nd wicket | 42 runs off 27 balls | Contributors: Brendon Taylor 22 (13) and Hamilton Masakadza 18 (14)

Ireland – 1st wicket | 80 runs off 50 balls | Contributors Paul Stirling 46 (27) and William Porterfield 31 (23)

Boundaries

Zimbabwe– Fours 13 (Taylor 6, Masakadza 3, Raza 2, Williams and Sibanda 1)

                   SIXES 6 (Taylor and Chigumbura 2, Williams and Maruma 1)

Ireland – Fours 17 (Stirling 9, Porterfield and Poynter 3, O’Brien 2)

               SIXES 3 (Porterfield, Stirlin and O’Brien)

Important facts about the match

  • The game was played on Irish festival ‘St. Patrick’s Day
  • Tinashe Panyangara gave 18 runs in his first over but then in next over after switching over the ends took two wickets for no runs.

Quote from the match

“I think we were 20 runs short” – Zimbabwean Captain, Brendon Taylor

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