World Cup 2007: Day 3 - Ireland vs Zimbabwe - Notes
You would be forgiven if you thought that St. Patrick's day came a couple of days early this year. The green brigade cheered and celebrated every move that their team made and that vociferous support was largely instrumental in the Irish team pulling off a dramatic tie. Zimbabwe was cruising along quite well and at one stage required just 19 runs off 40 odd balls with 5 wickets in hand. Brendan Taylor then got runout at the non-striker's end and Zimbabwe started to lose the momentum dramatically. 9 were needed off the last over, they managed 8 off the first five but Stuart Matsikenyeri (who played really well for his 73) just could not get the ball away for a single. It was a fiting end for an entertaining game - both the teams dropped too many chances and played badly enough to lose. Ireland just did slightly better to hold their nerves when it really mattered. Jeremy Bray won the MOM award for carrying his bat earlier in the day.