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Ireland registered a thrilling win, staying in the hunt for quarter finals

Asked to bat first Irish started off shaky but Ed Joyce made 112, and unfortunate Andy Balbirnie who was run out three short of a maiden hundred helped Ireland post a total of 331/8, their highest one-day international.

In reply Zimbabwe required the highest chase in World Cup history and a win to keep their quarter finals hopes alive. Brendan Taylor and Left-hander Sean Williams shared a 149 run partnership. Taylor played a brilliant innings to hit 121 from 91 balls including 4 sixes and 11 fours, while Williams was dismissed on 96.

With just 7 runs needed from the final over Irish men handled the pressure well and claimed two wickets as the Zimbabweans were bowed out for 326.



Picture Gallery

1. Ed Joyce celebrates his century, he struck three sixes and nine fours.


2. Ed Joyce and Andrew Balbirnie put on 138 for third wicket.


3. Solomon Mire attempts a catch at the boundary.


4. Brendan Taylor runs-out a diving Andy Balbirnie.


5. Ed Joyce became only the fourth Irish player to score a World Cup century.


6. Brendan Taylor celebrates his 91 ball 121 runs.


7. Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams put up 149 runs partnership.


8. Kevin O'Brien brings out his funny side while celebrating a wicket.


9. George Dockrell rejoices after having Solomon Mire caught for 11.


10. Kevin O'Brien has his hands aloft after having Sean Williams dismissed.


11. Ed Joyce signs off with the Player of the Match award.