World T20: Ireland beat Zimbabwe in thriller

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014 13:17 hrs

Ireland clinched a dramatic last-ball victory over Zimbabwe in their World Twenty20 opener in Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe were going at almost 10 runs an over before being pegged back and they posted 163-5 from their 20 overs.

Paul Stirling's quick-fire 60 put Ireland in control and they required four runs from the final over to win.

Two wickets fell, and with a run needed from the last ball Stuart Thompson scampered through to take Ireland to 164-7 and a three-wicket win.

Earlier, Zimbabwe set a moderate target of 164 in the third match of the fifth ICC World Twenty20 first round at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Monday.
Zimbabwe made 163/5 with the help of a brilliant 59 by their captain Brendan Taylor after Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field first.
No other batsman could make any significant contribution as the second top scorer was Elton Chigumbura who scored an unbeaten 22, followed by Hamilton Masakadza (21).
Taylor, leading from the front, hit six fours and two sixes in his 46-ball innings.
For Ireland, George Dockrell and Andy McBrine claimed two wickets each for 18 and 26, respectively.

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