Live Cricket Score Ireland 219/8 in 50 overs: Gary Wilson has been the saviour for Ireland today, as with his unbeaten innings of 70, Ireland have been able to put up a score of 219 for eight in their allotted 50 overs. For Zimbabwe, John Nyumbu and Wellington Masakadza were the pick among the bowlers with two wickets each. BATTING: Gary Wilson 70 (88), Andy McBrine 23 (14)
Live Cricket Score Ireland 181/8 in 46 overs: Gary Wilson has completed his half-century but Ireland have lost wickets in a heap. They were looking all set to post a total in excess of 200, but with only three wickets in hand and not much batting left, they do not look like getting to a competitive total. BATTING: Gary Wilson 56 (73), Andy McBrine 2 (2)
Live Cricket Score Ireland 137/4 in 35.4 overs: Gary Wilson and Ed Joyce added more than 80 runs for the fourth wicket, and have put Ireland in the commanding position for now. They should be able to get more than 200 with enough bating left in their bank. Joyce has fallen to John Nyumbu after a fine half-century, which was studded with two boundaries and a six. BATTING: Gary Wilson 37 (47)
OUT! Ed Joyce c Elton Chigumbura b John Nyumbu 53 (88)
Live Cricket Score Ireland 70/3 in 20 overs: Andrew Balbirnie found the going tough as he could manage only five runs from the 23 balls that he faced. It will be crucial for Ireland to preserve wickets and make good partnerships for strong totals. For now, Gary Wilson and Ed Joyce are at the crease.
Live Cricket Score Ireland 40/2 in 10 overs : Ireland have lost both their openers as their captain William Porterfield was dismissed for 9 off 31 balls, whereas Paul Striling fell for 24 off as many balls, with the help of five boundaries. For Ireland, Ed Joyce and and Andrew Balbirnie are on strike. For Zimbabwe, it has been a mixed start, but the key will be to keep picking early wickets.
TOSS: Zimbabwe have elected to field against Ireland in the first ODI at the Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura (c), Malcolm Waller, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Wellington Masakadza, John Nyumbu
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Gary Wilson(wk), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Thompson, John Mooney, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine
Elton Chigumbura’s Zimbabwe captain will want his team to get their act together. Playing against Ireland might give them a real chance of beating them. Elton has often been the lone fighter for Zimbabwe and he will want more support from the likes of Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams. Ireland will hope they can string in a good performance against the hosts. The conditions are likely to be assisting the slower bowlers and Ireland will hope George Dockrell and do the job that Pakistan spinners were able to do, of putting pressure on the hosts with a series of good overs backed up by the good fielding. William Porterfield and Ed Joyce along with Paul Stirling will be expected to carry forward the batting powers.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
Ireland: William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson(wk), John Mooney, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Stuart Poynter, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson.