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Phil Dawkes, Jamie Lillywhite and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

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  2. Post update

    That is almost it from us at the end of another superb day of World Cup cricket. This tournament continues to surprise, delight and emotionally drain in equal measure. You can join us again from around 21.30 GMT tonight for New Zealand v Afghanistan, followed by Australia v Sri Lanka (online, mobile, tablet and also Radio 5 live sport's extra) I suggest you do.

  3. Captain's view

    More from Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor on his 121: "It's frustrating to have got out when I did. I would've wanted to carry on for a bit longer."

    On John Mooney's catch on the boundary to dismiss Sean Williams: "It looked pretty clear to me and you take the fielder's word in those circumstances and you move on."

  4. Captain's view

    Ireland captain William Porterfield: "We had to be on the money and thankfully we got over the line. Alex Cusack didn't let us down - fantastic effort from him."

    On whether John Mooney's foot touched the boundary when he caught Sean Williams for 96: "It's very hard to tell when you're on the line. I haven't seen a replay. Whether or not he did or didn't, it was a great catch.

    "It's still in our hands. We've go game to game. We can go to Hamilton against India and get two points there - that's our next goal."

  5. Post update

    Ireland are in fourth place in the group with six points - the same as South Africa and Pakistan. They have to play the latter in their final group game on 14 March after facing India. You might want to make sure you catch that.

  6. Captain's view

    Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor: "Ireland were a little bit more hungry and they deserved the win. We haven't been in this position much before in a tight position where we need to held our nerve and it's hurting a lot. But, credit to Ireland for the way they played.

    "We were poor in the field, I didn't think we were hungry, our energy levels were low and it's not something I can comprehend.

    "We've got one game left, so we need to pull our socks up and play with some pride."

  7. Man of the match

    More from Ireland's Ed Joyce on his earlier 112: "I had a lot of luck early on before I got to about 30 or 40. But, we took a few chances and got away with it and I ended up playing well towards the end.

    "Andrew Balbirnie played fantastically as well towards the end of the innings, so he deserves a lot of praise too."

  8. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Oliver Clements: Best match of the World Cup so far.

  9. Final scorecard

    Ireland beat Zimbabwe by five runs

    Ireland 331-8 (50 overs): Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Zimbabwe 326 all out (49.3 overs): Taylor 121, Williams 96

    Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Raza 12), 32-2 (Chibhaba 18), 41-3 (Masakadza 5), 74-4 (Mire 11), 223-5 (Taylor 121), 259-6 (Ervine 11), 300-7 (Williams 96), 305-8 (Panyangara 5), 325-9 (Chakabva 17), 326-10 (Mupariwa 18)

    Bowling figures: Cusack 9.3-2-32-4, Mooney 10-0-58-2, K O'Brien 10-0-90-2, G Dockrell 10-0-56-1, McBrine 8-0-56-1, Stirling 2-0-26-0

    Zimbabwe won toss

    Full scorecard

  10. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "When the human brain gets under pressure we do strange things and that's why we love the game. I hope Australia can provide as much entertainment in the next game."

  11. Man of the match

    Man of the match Ed Joyce, who scored 112 for Ireland: "We certainly did need those all runs playing a team with three spinners and three medium pacers.

    "We knew we'd have to bowl and field well to defend that target. I thought the boys did really well at the end to hold it together.

    "Alex Cusack has got a cool head, a great guy to have bowling that last over. I'm glad he was the one bowling at the end there with Will Porterfield under that last catch."

  12. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sam Rogers: Do you think Eoin Morgan is considering playing Ireland from now on?

  13. Post update

    Finally, I can breathe again. That game took more twists and turns than a snake on a roundabout. Ireland seemed to have it won, then they didn't, then they did again, then didn't and finally, dramatically, decisively, they did.

    It is three wins now for Ireland in this tournament, making it their best ever World Cup and they are on the verge of reaching the quarter-finals.

  14. Champagne moment


  15. WICKET

    Mupariwa c Porterfield b Cusack 18 (Zim 326 all out)

    Six runs needed by Zimbabwe. One wicket by Ireland. It is the latter who strike as Mupariwa hits a full Cusack ball high and straight and into the hands of captain Porterfield to end the most wonderful of cricket matches.


    Porterfield celebrates
  16. Zim 326-9)

    Chatar gets a single as the ball is chopped on to his own legs and just misses the stumps.

  17. WICKET

    Chakabva b Cusack 17 (Zim 325-9)

    More drama! Cusack bowls Chakabva off an inside edge. Out comes the last man Chatara to join this most sensational of matches.


  18. Zim 325-8 (need 7 off 6 balls)

    Kevin O'Brien continues and continues to concede boundaries. Mupariwa may be the number 10 but he hits very cleanly to smash two consecutive fours through extra cover before hammering a six over deep square leg. And like that, Zimbabwe are favourites. Amazing!

  19. Zim 306-8 (need 26 off 12 balls)

    Tawanda Mupariwa comes out to try and save Zimbabwe. Mooney concedes a single to Chakabva but then bowls a crucial dot ball to the new man. Great over.

  20. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you ever wanted a man under a catch, it's William Porterfield. In cricketing terms, it was an easy catch. But even the way he took it, you can see there's so much pressure."

  21. WICKET

    Panyangara c Porterfield b Mooney 5 (Zim 305-8)

    Ireland strike again to edge themselves closer to victory. Mooney is hammered down the ground by Panyangara but straight down the throat of captain Porterfield, who makes no mistake with the catch.


    Porterfield celebrates
  22. Zim 301-7

    This is an incredible game. Tinashe Panyangara is the new batsman. Are we going to see another twist?

  23. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have to confess, I thought it was six from the moment it hit the bat. That is a fantastic piece of work but John Mooney. What a piece of judgement. He was within a whisker..."

  24. WICKET

    Williams c Mooney b K O'Brien 96 (Zim 300-7)

    What drama! Chakabva hits O'Brien for four from the first ball of the over before the bowler almost runs out Williams at the striker's end with a throw that misses by inches. Then, Williams hammers what initially looks like a certain six but dips and is caught on the very edge (about an inch judging by the replay) by Mooney. The game swings back in Ireland's favour. And what a game this is!


    Mooney catch
  25. Zim 293-6 (Runs required 39)

    Porterfield turns back to his top man Cusack and is rewarded with an initially economical over that is let down by Niall O'Brien who stupidly kicks the ball at the stumps as Zimbabwe attempt a quick single and propels the ball for two more over-throws.

  26. Post update

    Alan Lewis

    Ex-Ireland captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Williams was a great foil for Taylor and Chakabva has been a great foil for Williams. But with the run rate required at 10, it's evenly poised. The one thing you can say about Ireland is they do entertain."

  27. Zim 283-6 (Williams 88, Chakabva 9)

    Williams is the main man for Zimbabwe. After a tidy first three balls (going for three) from McBrine, the batsman drops to one knee and hammers a six into the stands behind backward point. Chakabva hasn't hit cleanly yet but he is running hard and dives to beat a throw at the striker's end for another vital single.

  28. Zim 273-6 (Runs required 59)

    Ireland were 271-3 at this stage. However, they had more batsmen at their disposal and it is a lot harder chasing in these circumstances. Williams is doing his best to keep the Zimbabwe chase alive as he whips a ball off Mooney off his hips for four during an over that goes for 11.

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    Ben Willmott: Every time I ask my boss a question at work and wicket falls... For Ireland's sake I need to ask more questions.

  30. Zim 262-6 (target 332)

    The new man is Regis Chakabva, who averages 16.39 with a strike-rate of 54.47. Not the stats of a man who is likely to finish this game successfully for Zimbabwe. Looks like it is down to Williams. The run-rate required is exactly 10 an over.

  31. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Karen Lynch: Oh my word, what a good 'can they/can't they' match. Wouldn't want to call this one.

  32. Post update

    Brett Geeves

    Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "If the reverse-sweep comes off you look like champion; if it doesn't you look like a grade player. Ervine was batting nicely - he didn't need to take risk; all he needed to do was rotate the strike."

  33. WICKET

    Ervine c N O'Brien b McBrine 11 (Zim 259-6)

    The costly O'Brien is taken out of the attack and replaced by McBrine, who makes a big impact by dismissing Ervine. Questions have to be asked of the batsman. Was there really any need to try and reverse sweep? The fact that it went straight to the hands of Niall O'Brien proves not.


  34. Zim 257-5 (Runs required 75)

    Mooney does a superb job for Ireland with a succession of full deliveries that, despite their most creativ efforts, the Zimbabwe pair are unable to get away. Just the three runs from the over. That is gold dust at this stage of such a game.

  35. Zim 254-5 (Ervine 8, Williams 72)

    Kevin O'Brien continues to leak runs. Four runs come from his first three balls before the fourth is pulled for four by Ervine. The big bowler tries to make amends by collecting a prod from Ervine and running out Williams at the striker's end but the batsman is in, as a replay confirms. To add to the bowler's woes his final ball is punched down the ground by Williams and is allowed to cross the boundary by a misfield at long-on. Ireland can ill afford such generosity.

  36. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andy Donley: Almost not in Zimbabwe's best interests to win - if Ireland go out it's easier for the ICC to justify the 10-team tournament next time.

  37. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 241-5 (40 overs) - target 332

    Batsmen: Williams 65*, Ervine 3*

    Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Raza 12), 32-2 (Chibhaba 18), 41-3 (Masakadza 5), 74-4 (Mire 11), 223-5 (Taylor 121)

    Bowling figures: Cusack 8-2-24-2, Mooney 7-0-40-1, K O'Brien 7-0-51-1, G Dockrell 10-0-56-1, McBrine 6-0-41-0, Stirling 2-0-26-0

    Ireland 331-8: Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Full scorecard

  38. Zim 241-5 (Runs required 91)

    Ireland need to hold their nerve and be sensible now. Cusack shows them the way with five neat balls that go for just three before then offering a warning of what can happen if you err as his final ball is whipped away through mid-wicket for four by Williams.

  39. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the way Porterfield is going about this powerplay. He could just put his men in the ring but he's trying to swarm the batsmen and put them under pressure."

    Listen to ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary by clicking on the audio icon.

  40. Zim 234-5 (Required run-rate 8.90)

    The Ireland fans are singing again, but they are silenced as Williams launches a short ball from Kevin O'Brien over midwicket for six. Ervine is handed strike and top-edges one just short of the fielder sprinting in from deep square-leg. Williams adds another two from the final ball with a whip to leg.

  41. Zim 224-5 (Williams 51, Ervine 0)

    Taylor's wicket overshadowed Williams reaching his 50 from the first ball off that Cusack over. He is now the senior man with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He is joined by Craig Ervine. The game was slipping away from Ireland but they are back on top now.

  42. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A very good bit of bowling, a slower ball out of the side of the hand, Taylor didn't pick it - the lack of pace did him completely. That's just the tonic for Ireland. This chase suddenly looks twice the size it was."

  43. WICKET

    Taylor c K O'Brien b Cusack 121 (Zim 223-4)

    Huge wicket for Ireland. the danger man is gone. It is his first real loose stroke as he mis-times another lofted drive and pops it high into the air for O'Brien to run in and claim in the mid-wicket area. Suddenly, what was looking like an achievable target seems much further away for Zimbabwe.


  44. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Desmond Cassidy: I think Ireland's inadequacies in the bowling department are exposing themselves very vividly..Zimbabwe winning this at a canter.

  45. Zim 222-4 (Runs required 110)

    Having shown respect to Cusack, Taylor targets Dockrell and hammers two mighty sixes over mid-on, either side of picking up two with a drive through extra-cover. He ends the over with another hit over mid-on, this time for four. Big over for Zimbabwe - these are very worrying times for Ireland.

  46. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Taylor has played magnificently, but you can see from his shape that he's not the fittest bloke out there. That's when tiredness comes into it, you make a little mistake..."

  47. Zim 204-4

    We are into the powerplay and Ireland decide to bring back their best bowler of this innings, Cusack. He starts really well, with three successive dot balls that lift the required run-rate to 9.00 before Williams pokes one away for a single and then Taylor lofts a drive through cover for two. One final single means the over goes for just four. If Ireland aren't going to get a wicket with a good ball, they need to frustrate these two and force a poor shot.

  48. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Mackley: I'm sorry Ireland. You were controlling the game until I tuned in and started watching.

  49. What you may have missed

    Pakistan recorded their third successive victory with an unlikely 29-run win over South Africa in a rain-reduced Pool B match in Auckland.

    South Africa's target was revised to 232 from 47 overs but, although star batsman AB de Villiers made 77, he was the ninth wicket to fall as his team were all out for 202.

    Left-arm seamers Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz took three wickets apiece.

    Pakistan celebrate against South Africa
  50. Zim 200-4 (Williams 48, Taylor 100)

    The run to bring up his hundred is almost Taylor's last as he goes down to sweep Dockrell's last ball, misses and is greeted by a huge appeal from the Ireland players. It is given not out on the field but Ireland review it and are dismayed when Snicko shows that no contact was made with either bat or glove.

    Brandon Taylor
  51. 100 for Taylor

    Zim 199-4

    What a superb knock this has been from Taylor. He brings it up with a flick towards short fine leg.

    Taylor century
  52. Zim 198-4 (Taylor 99, Williams 47)

    Stirling bowls and Taylor opens his shoulders and smashes the second six of his innings, which just beats the outstretched hand of the diving Mooney. He follows this up with a four over mid-off, two from a top-edged sweep and a single. The charge is on and Taylor is leading it.

  53. Zim 184-4

    Taylor has yet to play an uncontrolled shot but has amassed 86 in 70 balls, three of which come from a fine sweep that is flicked back just before it touches the rope. Williams is also pulling his weight - he has 46 from 49.

  54. Zim 180-4 (Runs required 152)

    Taylor moves into the 80s with an almost effortless lofted drive over mid-off for four off McBrine. A couple of singles bring up the 100 partnership - one which is threatening to be a sensational match-winning one. To underline this, Williams goes down on one knee and swipes McBrine's last ball through mid-wicket for four.

  55. Zim 169-4

    Ireland could need every run at their disposal and Cusack does superbly to save two with a sliding stop on the midwicket boundary. A leg-bye and two further singles gives Zimbabwe five for the over. The run-rate rises but, crucially, these two batsmen remain.

  56. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 164-4 (30 overs) - target 332

    Batsmen: Taylor 77*, Williams 36*

    Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Raza 12), 32-2 (Chibhaba 18), 41-3 (Masakadza 5), 74-4 (Mire 11)

    Bowling figures: Cusack 5-2-11-1, Mooney 7-0-40-1, K O'Brien 5-0-37-1, G Dockrell 7-0-32-1, McBrine 5-0-30-0, Stirling 1-0-12-0

    Ireland 331-8: Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Full scorecard

  57. Zim 164-4 (Taylor 77, Williams 36)

    Porterfield is desperately searching for a breakthrough and turns back to the spin of McBrine. It is a decent over that goes for four runs, but poses no genuine threat to either Taylor or Williams. There are 20 overs to go and the required run-rate is 8.40.

  58. Post update

    Brendan Taylor graphic
  59. Zim 160-4 (Runs required 172)

    O'Brien gets another (possibly a last) chance to impress in this spell. He is not helped in the field, though, as Taylor pokes at a decent ball that is heading to point but somehow nips past him and rolls to the boundary. O'Brien hits Williams' pads with his last ball but his appeal is in vain. There are a few grimaces amongst the Ireland players now. They know they need to make something happen in their favour. And soon.

  60. Post update

    Gerard Whateley

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This might be another night where we see the changing face of cricket, where all the old numbers and records are diminished in relevance."

  61. Post update

    Brett Geeves

    Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Quite often, all a player like Taylor needs is somebody to stick with him and let him have the strike. It's difficult to build an innings when wickets are falling around you. He has that opportunity tonight."

  62. Zim 152-4

    Taylor looks completely in control here. He is playing a sensible and highly effective innings. He scores another boundary by steering a lose ball from Mooney past short fine leg and down to the rope. Taylor hasn't scored an ODI century since 2011, but he is looking good for one here.

  63. Post update

    Brett Geeves

    Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "These two have made the game look easy. They have taken control and have just knocked the ones and twos into gaps. They've also been able to pounce on the bad balls and put them away to the boundary when they come."

  64. Zim 144-4 (Williams 32, Taylor 62)

    Porterfield makes it double bowling change that dumps the spin option entirely. Back comes O'Brien but he starts badly with a short ball that Williams pulls powerfully for four. He also ends poorly with a full toss that Taylor hammers through cover for another boundary. This is a crucial period of the game now. If these two stay at the crease then Zimbabwe will get very close. Momentum is building.

  65. Post update

    Brett Geeves

    Ex-Australia pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's good from Ireland to bring the opening bowler back into the attack. It's worth taking the risk to try and take that extra wicket because 130-odd for five breaks this wide open for Ireland. These two have batted really well, though. They have consolidated really nicely."

  66. Zim 133-4

    Porterfield brings an end to the spin and recalls opener Mooney to try and break this now established partnership. It doesn't change the Zimbabweans from their current course but does slow their momentum, with just two singles coming from the over.

  67. Zim 131-4 (Runs required 201)

    Dockrell continues and Williams takes a risk with a paddle up and over the keeper. It was premeditated and brings him a single. Taylor drives into cover to add another two and the pair plunder a further single apiece to keep the scoreboard ticking.

  68. 50 for Taylor

    Zim 125-4

    Spinner Stirling comes into the attack for his first over but drops his second ball way too short and is punished appropriately by Taylor, who smashes the ball to cow corner for four. The Zimbabwe batsman, who has already passed the 5,000-run ODI mark during this innings, brings up his 50 with a flicked single. Another Taylor run later in the over brings up the 50 partnership between himself and Williams (off 45 balls).

    Brendan Taylor
  69. Email

    Ian, Barcelona: Doesn't it say something about the English mindset that they continue to exclude James Tredwell, relying on four similar seamers, while the Irish rely on George Dockrell as one of their front line bowlers? This stubborn faith in seam when other countries, including associates, show how valuable spin can be is testament to wilful blindness on the part of the English selectors.

  70. Zim 113-4 (Williams 20, Taylor 45)

    The experienced Taylor is a calming presence for Zimbabwe. As long as he is out there, especially with the able Williams, Zimbabwe have hope of achieving this huge ask. Dockrell bowls a tight line but the pair are able to work him around for three singles before Taylor adds another three with a sweep.

  71. Zim 106-4 (Target 332)

    Williams continues his recent assault with reverse-sweep through backward point for four off the spin of McBrine. At this stage in their innings, Ireland were 87-2. Less runs, but crucially they had the extra wickets in the tent, allowing them to push on with more confidence later.

  72. Zim 100-4

    Cheers Jamie. Fine spell sir. Take your cap and have a rest down at fine leg.

    Right, where are we? Well, it is all going very nicely for Ireland. They have set Zimbabwe a total that requires a record World Cup run-chase to beat and have taken four wickets in the 20 overs of the response. Ireland are on course for a victory that will take them level with South Africa on six points, while Zimbabwe are facing elimination from the tournament.

    Williams looks to change the script with a hit over mid-wicket for four to take his team to three figures.

  73. Scorecard update

    Zimbabwe 94-4 (20 overs) - target 332

    Batsmen: Taylor 39*, Williams 7*

    Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Raza 12), 32-2 (Chibhaba 18), 41-3 (Masakadza 5), 74-4 (Mire 11)

    Bowling figures: Cusack 5-2-11-1, Mooney 5-0-30-1, K O'Brien 3-0-20-1, G Dockrell 4-0-13-1, McBrine 3-0-20-0

    Ireland 331-8: Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Zimbabwe won toss

    Full scorecard

  74. Zim 94-4 (238 required from 30 overs)

    Taylor pased 5,000 ODI runs early in his innings today, only the fourth Zimbabwean to achieve the feat, and a more profitable over sees him sweep McBrine for the first six of the innings. Can he mastermind a sensational victory? he may have to beat his current highest ODI score of 145. To see if he can we join Phil Dawkes.

  75. Zim 83-4 (Taylor 30, Williams 5)

    A fourth over without a boundary. Dockrell keeping things in good order and the fielders maintaining the pressure on the batsman. Required rate above eight now.

  76. Zim 79-4 (required rate 7.90)

    McBrine continues with his buoyant little approach to the crease. There's a slip in place. Just a handful of singles are scored and the rate is climbing ever higher.

  77. WICKET

    Mire c Cusack b Dockrell 11 (Zim 74-4)

    But the breakthrough does not take much longer, a much more straightforward catch at backward point. Not the best delivery from Dockrell, a little short and wide, but it nets him a 56th ODI wicket, in his 46th match.


    Mire gets caught
  78. Dropped catch

    Zim 74-3 (Taylor 26, Mire 11)

    The Zimbabweans have only passed 330 three times, however, and they have been against minnows Bermuda, Namibia and Kenya. They're ahead of Ireland at the 15 over stage though, they were only on 56 at that point of their innings, but had only lost one wicket. Should have been a fourth wicket for the Irish, Mire lacing spinner McBrine to extra cover where Kevin O'Brien cannot hold on, the big all-rounder ruefully inspecting his fingers.

  79. Ireland v Zimbabwe latest

    Back at the Bellerive Oval, Brendan Taylor is looking in sublime form, a glorious lofted straight drive off Kevin O'Brien takes him to 22 and Zimbabwe are 68-3 after 15 overs, but a long way from their target of 332.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    NjirihMagu: The moral of the game between Pakistan v South Africa teaches us that write off Pakistan at your own peril. This is how they won it in 1992.

    Ilyas Najib: I did the Brett Lee chainsaw celebration as the final South African wicket fell and my word did it feel good.

  81. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Sarfraz Ahmed is the first Pakistan keeper to take six dismissals in an ODI innings. He equals the record in all ODIs which has now happened 15 times."

  82. Post update

    So this leaves Pool B in a fascinating state. India are already through having won four out of four, but Pakistan are now behind South Africa on run-rate, both have six points from five matches, West Indies on four from five and Ireland on four from three.

  83. Man of the match

    Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed is named man of the match after scoring 49 off as many balls and taking six catches behind the stumps.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam MacDonald: Maybe South Africa aren't unlucky, maybe they just can't handle pressure.

  85. Pakistan v South Africa final scorecard

    South Africa 202 all out from 33.3 overs (Pakistan won by 29 runs)

    Fall of wickets: 0-1 (De Kock 0), 67-2 (Du Plessis 27), 67-3 (Amla 38), 74-4 (Rossouw 6), 77-5 (Miller 0), 102-6 (Duminy 12), 138-7 (Steyn 16), 172-8 (Abbott 12), 200-9 (De Villiers 77), 202-10 (Tahir 0)

    Not out batsman: Morkel 6

    Bowling figures: Irfan 8-0-52-3, Sohail 5-0-36-1, Rahat Ali 8-1-40-3, Afridi 5-0-28-0, Riaz 7.3-2-45-3

    Pakistan 222 (46.4 overs): Misbah 56, Steyn 3-30

    South Africa won toss; match reduced to 47 overs because of rain

    Full scorecard

    Click on the 'Live Coverage' tab for Test Match Special commentary

  86. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I didn't think it was possible for Pakistan to defend a total like that but they picked up wickets and from nine overs on they held sway. At no stage, other than De Villiers, did the South Africa batsmen look comfortable at all. They bowled with real purpose. Once again, South Africa didn't cope with the pressure."

  87. WICKET

    Tahir c Sarfraz b Wahab 0 (PAKISTAN WIN BY 29 RUNS)

    But he cannot deal with the pace of the left-arm seamer, again upwards of 150km/h and plays a hesitant stroke which results in another catch for the keeper. So that's it, a superb contest comes to an end. Just as the rain begins to sweep across the ground too. Extraordinary scenes. Had he kept that ball out they might have come off!

  88. SA 201-9 (31 needed from 84 balls)

    Tahir has a best of 23 not out against Zimbabwe but has only reached double figures on one other occasion. His lack of footwork does not inspire confidence for South Africa supporters but he survives. Just.

  89. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dave Christensen: People complain there aren't enough close matches at CWC15 but as a fan, these tight games are unbearable. Come on SA!

  90. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Most dismissals by a keeper on World Cup debut:

    • 5 (4 catches & 1 stumping): JC Adams (WI v Ken, Pune, 1996).
    • 5 (all caught): Sarfraz Ahmed today
  91. Ireland v Zimbabwe latest

    Things are looking good for Ireland. They have reduced Zimbabwe to 41-2 after 10 overs - that is still 291 short of what would be a record World Cup run-chase, if managed successfully.

    John Mooney claimed the first wicket, having Sikandar Raza caught by Paul Stirling at slip for 12 before Alex Cusack got in on the action to dismiss the other opener, Chamu Chibhabha, caught by Will Porterfield for 18.

    The two men currently looking to rebuild the innings for Zimbabwe are Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza.

  92. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "De Villiers charged and was looking to go leg side, but the ball got too close to him and it took the top edge. He wanted to go over the man on the leg side who was up in the circle. It's a fifth catch for the wicketkeeper, who has been much tidier than Umar Akmal."

  93. WICKET

    De Villiers c Sarfraz b Sohail 77 (SA 200-9)

    But the Pakistan flags are out in force now. De Villiers had collected his seventh four with a thick edge but a swipe at Sohail results in an edge to the keeper with 32 still needed. Is that the end of South Africa's hopes? Another fabulous innings though. Scintillating stuff.

    de Villiers out
  94. SA 196-8 (De Villiers 73, Morkel 5)

    That's got some height on it, a full toss from paceman Wahab is effortlessly flipped off his pads by De Villiers several rows back, and he leans back to thump a short one for four more. The second over of the powerplay yields 11.

  95. SA 185-8 (De Villiers 62, Morkel 5)

    The batting powerplay begins and they really need to clone this man's hand-eye co-ordination. AB skips down the pitch at seamer Sohail Khan, bowling around 80mph, and away it goes over mid-on for four. Averaging 100 for the tournament now. Morkel keeps out the final ball, what a finish we have here.

  96. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was a Pakistan supporter, I wouldn't wave my flag just yet. AB de Villiers can still do something remarkable."

  97. Ireland v Zimbabwe latest

    Can Zimbabwe set a record for the highest successful chase in a World Cup? They are 18-0 after five overs in their Pool B game in Hobart. If Pakistan beat South Africa, defeat will send Zimbabwe out.

    Zimbabwe 18-0 (5 overs) - target 332

    Ireland 331-8: Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Zimbabwe won toss

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  98. SA 177-8 (55 needed from 102 balls)

    What a shot from Morkel, like Graeme Smith in his pomp, a scything cut to the fence by the left-hander, who averages eight and has a best of 25.

  99. WICKET

    Abbott c Younus b Rahat 12 (SA 172-8)

    But the plot thickens further. The dependable Abbott is no more. Not such a happy atmosphere now. Well caught low at second slip prodding off the back foot. Now what does AB do? Just Morkel and Tahir left. He's got to get back on strike for a start.

    Sohail wicket
  100. SA 168-7

    A third six brings up his fifty from 45 balls and he celebrates by sweeping Afridi for another maximum to become the leading runscorer in the tournament. Still the five powerplay overs to come incidentally, despite the reduction in the number of overs.

  101. Pakistan v South Africa scorecard update

    South Africa 154-7 from 30 overs (target 232 from 47 overs - Duckworth/Lewis method)

    Batsmen: De Villiers 43, Abbott 7

    Fall of wickets: 0-1 (De Kock 0), 67-2 (Du Plessis 27), 67-3 (Amla 38), 74-4 (Rossouw 6), 77-5 (Miller 0), 102-6 (Duminy 12), 138-7 (Steyn 16)

    Bowling figures: Irfan 8-0-52-3, Sohail 3-0-23-0, Rahat Ali 7-1-31-2, Afridi 4-0-15-0, Riaz 6-2-33-2

    Pakistan 222 (46.4 overs): Misbah 56, Steyn 3-30

    South Africa won toss; match reduced to 47 overs because of rain

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  102. SA 154-7 (De Villiers 43, Abbott 7)

    Rahat Ali is back in the attack, another left-arm seamer, around a foot shorter than the injured Irfan. A short and wide one is carved away by AB, just out of the reach of the sprawling backward point fielder for the maestro's fourth four. Abbott playing a useful, responsible foil and keeping them out.

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    Ilyas Najib: I'm already praying, come on Pakistan, we can do this.

  104. SA 148-7 (84 needed from 120 balls)

    Abbott gets a thin edge and the ball trickles away to the boundary, the fielder's trousers coming awry as he slides into the ropes. Admirable devotion to the cause but four more it is.

  105. Umpire review

    SA 142-7

    Afridi asks for a review as De Villiers makes no contact with his sweep. Big moment. The replays indicate the ball was missing off-stump by several inches so the star man remains on 38.

  106. SA 142-7 (90 needed from 126 balls)

    Irfan is patched up sufficiently and completes the over but he is going off now.

  107. SA 141-7

    But if AB goes it is surely game over and he nearly did, clipping the giant Irfan fractionally over the mid-wicket fielder. The big left-arm paceman is in trouble and the treatment does not look pleasant, the physio is manipulating Irfan's right buttock with his right elbow. He's been to watch that film they've all been talking about.

  108. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Kyle Abbott doesn't have the experience or status of Dale Steyn so I think he will put his body on the line and do whatever is needed. He has four first-class half-centuries to his name so he can do it."

  109. SA 139-7 (93 needed from 22 overs)

    Abbott is the new man, he averages 11. Just the one single to AB in the Afridi over and Abbott keeps out the rest. If someone can stay with AB the South Africans can still do this.

  110. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Dale Steyn had just been told to hang around and give his side a chance but he swung at three balls in a row. Once he edged behind, he turned around so he didn't have to catch his captain's eye."

  111. WICKET

    Steyn c Sarfraz b Irfan 16 (SA 138-7)

    Mohammad Irfan and Dale Steyn

    Steyn has a best of 35 against India in 2010. He's no classical strokeplayer let's make that clear, but an edge over slips and a tennis style smash bring him two more boundaries. But hang on, he's gone. Huge problems. Why keep swinging with two boundaries already scored in the over? Pretty awful agricultural swipe and a thin edge.

  112. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Dale Steyn thinks just trying to survive is beyond him and he's going to play some shots."

  113. SA 130-6 (required rate 4.65)

    Afridi bounds in with a slip and a leg gully in place, Steyn keeps the strike with a single from the final ball. Not sure that's part of the plan but the all-important wickets column remains at six.

  114. SA 128-6 (De Villiers 34, Steyn 7)

    Dale Steyn averages only seven from his 101 ODIs but he gets off the mark with a four over second slip off the gigantic Irfan, aided by a pretty awful piece of fielding on the boundary, while AB reaches 1,000 World Cup runs by pinching the bowling with a single off the final ball.

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    Jason Cole: Hmmm ... what's that I hear ... someone struggling to breath in Auckland ...?

  116. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    AB de Villiers

    "Some of De Villiers' shots are not from the coaching manual but come from the depths of his imagination and that does strange things to bowlers. Immediately they change their line."

  117. SA 120-6 (112 needed from 26 overs)

    Before we see how Zimbabwe's reply goes we need to get across to Eden Park where South Africa are in trouble. And yet the man with the golden bat, AB de Villiers, flicks the fastest bowler in the tournament, Wahab Riaz, for two leg-side sixes to revive the innings.

  118. Pakistan v South Africa latest

    SA target 232 from 47 overs (Duckworth/Lewis)

    Mohammad Irfan celebrates with his team-mates

    South Africa lose another wicket! Mohammad Irfan gets the better of JP Duminy and Wahab Riaz takes the catch in the deep.

    South Africa 102-6 after 19.4 overs and in deep trouble as Dale Steyn strides out to the middle to join his skipper AB de Villiers.

  119. Post update

    Zimbabwe reached 286 in 48 overs to beat UAE, compiled 289 in a losing cause against West Indies and have made over 300 on 20 occasions, most recently in 2011 when they stunned New Zealand by one wicket in Bulawayo.

  120. Post update

    Thanks Higgy. Well there was only been one score higher than that on this Bellerive Oval ground, and it was by Australia, against the poor old Zimbabweans in 2004, when Adam Gilchrist made 172.

  121. Post update

    Right then, with updates of the Pakistan and South Africa game and the resumption of the match in Hobart... here's Jamie Lillywhite.

  122. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was tough going at the start but Ireland played it quite well and realised wickets in hands was the most important thing. The dropped catches allowed Ireland to push on, Ed Joyce making the most of his luck, but Andrew Balbirnie really provided the momentum when it was needed."

  123. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Ireland's total was the 20th score of 300 or more in this World Cup.

    "Before today Zimbabwe had conceded 300 bowling first 41 times in ODIs. They have successfully chased 300 only once: 329-9 v New Zealand at Bulawayo in 2011."

  124. Scorecard update

    Ed Joyce

    Ireland 331-8: Joyce 112, Balbirnie 97

    Fall of wickets: 16-1 (Stirling 10), 79-1 (Porterfield 29), 217-3 (Joyce 112), 276-4 (K O'Brien), 308-5 (Wilson 25), 319-6 (Mooney 10), 322-7 (N O'Brien 2), 326-8 (Balbirnie 97)

    Bowling figures: Panyangara 9-0-69-1, Chatara 10-0-61-3, Mupariwa 10-0-56-0, Raza 9-0-51-0, Williams 9-0-72-3, Masazkadza 3-0-18-0

    Zimbabwe won toss

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  125. Player view

    Ireland's Ed Joyce, who scored 112: "I had a lot of luck getting up to 30 and 40 but I felt better after that and am delighted to get my hundred. I think our score is par, because it's a small ground and a decent wicket. It's a must-win game and hopefully we have enough to get over the line."

  126. Post update

    So, Zimbabwe will need 332 to win the match and stay competitive in the tournament.

  127. Ire 331-8

    Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore looks like he's going to give his side the hairdryer when they get back into the dressing room. His side have paid the price for a number of dropped catches and Ireland will be delighted to march off with a record 331 runs to their name.

  128. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cracking knock, it was desperation to get back on strike that made him come back. He hit it fairly well, the ball got there quickly, and by the time he got to turn, the ball was already in the fielder's hands, and with a fairly short boundary he never had a hope."

  129. Pakistan v South Africa latest

    SA target 232 from 47 overs (Duckworth/Lewis)

    Rahat Ali

    Rahat Ali bowls right into the blockhole of David Miller and traps him leg before wicket for a duck. The batsman decides to review it but there's no way out of this one, the ball slamming into the back pad and pretty central too.

    South Africa 77-5 now, having been 67-1. Pakistan bouncing around but South Africa looking shell-shocked. So much rests on De Villiers...

    "This is turning into a cracking match," cries Geoffrey Boycott on TMS.

  130. WICKET

    Balbirnie run out (Chakabva) 97 (Ire 326-8)

    What a shame. Andrew Balbirnie, who has struggled to get the strike in the last few overs, is run out for 97 off 79 balls following a fine throw from Chakavba at deep cover - despite a desperate dive. A maiden international hundred is so near yet so far.