Tuesday, May 4, 2010

WC.T.20. Day.5. Matches 9 & 10

Match.9 : Zimbabwe vs Newzealand

Zimbabwe, came to the tournaments high on form, after beating Australia & Pakistan in warm up matches. They however came a cropper against Newzealand at Providence, Guyana, falling to 84 all out, one of the lowest scores in T.20.

The match was once again done in by the weather, and Newzealand 35 for 1, won the match by D/L method by seven runs. Taibu 21 of 14 and Masakadza 20 of 20 up the order, and Lamb 14 of 21 down the order, were the only worthwhile contributions. Nine wickets fell for 26 runs, and Zimbabwe crashed from 1 for 57 to 84 all out. Nathen McCullum 4.0.16.3, Styris 2.0.5.3, Vettori 3.1.0.10.2 & Southee 2.0.18.1 bowled well.

Newzealand were 36 for 1 in 8.1 when the weather intervened and the score was good enough to beat the Duckworth Lewis.
Match.10. England vs Ireland.

England 120 for 8 beat Ireland 14 for one by better run rate on a match ruined once again by the weather. Ireland won the toss and elected to field. England were 4 down for 49, when Pietersen was taken by Mooney of O'Brien in the tenth over. Morgan 45 of 27 and Wright 20 of 24 helped England to finish at 120 for 8 at the end of 20. Rankin 2 for 25, O'Brien 2 for 22, Johnston 1 for 14 and Botha 1 for 29 took the wickets between them.

Keeping Duckworth scores at their back of their mind, Bresnen and Sidebottom bowled excellent spells of 2.0.5.0 and 1.3.0.9.1, before the weather intervened and the game was abandoned as No Result. England got through by better run rate.

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