Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | IRE: 164/7 | RR: 8.20

  • AR Cusack0 (1b)
  • SR Thompson3 (6b)
  • T Panyangara4-1-37-4
  • TL Chatara4-0-20-1

The players looked a little bewildered for a few seconds, especially Thompson after the collision. Taylor knew all he had to do was hit the target as Thompson was still miles away.

A nerve-wracking game but Ireland will know they should never have got it this close. Some of those shots will be revisited. But credit to Panyangara for coming back after getting pasted in his first over. Stirling is the Man of the Match: Just glad we got over the line. We have played all over Bangladesh in the recent past. Wasn't really looking towards the final stages of the match.

Porterfield: "All credit to the way Zimbabwe bowled in the last few overs. There might have been a bit more for the seamers under the lights. We have to regroup and make it two from two."

Taylor: "Our batters didn't carry on after their starts, about 20 runs short. Proud of the way the boys fought. The ball started swinging and it made it a bit difficult for them. I decided to stay back to Panyangara for the last ball because I knew he was a good death bowler. Full and straight was the way to go. These things happen."

So two simultaneous matches going down to the last over. Pakistan edging past New Zealand in Mirpur. The matches continue today. Netherlands and UAE will battle it out at Sylhet in a short while from now. Do stay on for that.

Shenzy, Dublin: ""The Luck of the irish" - Happy St. Patricks Day to all from Dublin. The party has just begun :-)"

Thanks for your company for this one. We will see you soon.

19.6
1b
Panyangara to Cusack, 1 bye, they scramble through with a bye and Taylor fails to hit the target! Alex Cusack tries to force away a yorker outside off, he missed and so did Taylor with his under-arm throw to the striker's end, Thompson collided with a fielder as he completed the bye and by then Cusack was safe at the other end
19.5
1
Panyangara to Thompson, 1 run, it's a low full toss and he makes room and gets an outside edge to third man, good sliding stop restricts it to a single
19.4
W
Panyangara to Sorensen, OUT, and we have a run out in the middle of all this would you believe this! Sorensen digs out a yorker to mid-off and risks the single, the throw from Williams was accurate and Sorensen was miles short, he collided with the bowler but Panyanagara wasn't complaining
19.3
W
Panyangara to Joyce, OUT, and a magnificent inswinging yorker from Panyangara makes things interesting again! Joyce made a bit of room and exposed his stumps, he failed to get his bat down to dig it out, the ball just kissed the leg stump and knocked down the leg bail
19.2
1
Panyangara to Thompson, 1 run, this was full and wide and he makes room and almost pierces the gap at mid-off, they take a single

Azeem: "Ireland turned a mountain into a molehill and now theyre trying to make it into a mountain again."

19.1
1
Panyangara to Joyce, 1 run, pitched up on the pads and Joyce flicks this one over midwicket, fumble by Raza but only a single

So 4 needed off 6. Zimbabwe have done well to drag this to the last over. Panyangara to bowl the final over

END OF OVER:
19 | 3 Runs | IRE: 160/5 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 4.00)

  • SR Thompson1 (4b)
  • EC Joyce21 (26b)
  • TL Chatara4-0-20-1
  • T Panyangara3-1-34-3
18.6
0
Chatara to Thompson, no run, that ends a decent over, this was skidded on the pads and the batsman wasn't quick enough on the shot, hits the pads and rolls away
18.5
1
Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, another short slower ball, looked ungainly as Joyce pulled that to square leg
18.4
1
Chatara to Thompson, 1 run, slower ball shorter outside off and he punches it wide of point, they scramble the single, the throe was wide
18.3
0
Chatara to Thompson, no run, slower ball wide outside off, the off cutter and Thompson swings and misses

Did Taylor err by changing ends for Panyangara

18.2
0
Chatara to Thompson, no run, full on the stumps and driven down to cover
18.1
1
Chatara to Joyce, 1 run, gets forward and punches it wide of cover

END OF OVER:
18 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 157/5 (7 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.72, RRR: 3.50)

  • EC Joyce19 (24b)
  • T Panyangara3-1-34-3
  • SC Williams4-0-27-1
17.6
W
Panyangara to O'Brien, OUT, after the assault the bowler gets his wicket! Funny old over, this was pitched up and he stayed at the crease and lofted it down to long-off, the fielder was pushed back
17.5
4
Panyangara to O'Brien, FOUR runs, the bowler was unlucky there! This was full and swinging in and O'Brien gives that a heave, gets an inside edge that beats the keeper and short fine leg
17.4
1
Panyangara to Joyce, 1 run, he gets forward and takes a single to mid-off
17.3
1
Panyangara to O'Brien, 1 run, he goes airborne again, pitched up on the pads and chipped down to long-on, one bounce to the fielder
17.2
4
Panyangara to O'Brien, FOUR runs, 10 off 2! This was pitched up outside off and he stays at the crease and lofts him over mid-off, he knew the fielder was up, safe shot
17.1
6
Panyangara to O'Brien, SIX runs, beats deep midwicket! What a way to start the over, this was bowled short of a length, O'Brien stays at the crease and pulls in front of square, had the height and the distance was just enough to clear the rope

Panyangara returns

END OF OVER:
17 | 4 Runs | IRE: 141/4 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.29, RRR: 7.66)

  • EC Joyce18 (23b)
  • KJ O'Brien2 (5b)
  • SC Williams4-0-27-1
  • P Utseya4-0-38-0

Just four off that over

16.6
2
Williams to Joyce, 2 runs, he gives him room and he smashes that wide of cover and Raza dives at deep cover, fumbles but recovers
16.5
0
Williams to Joyce, no run, well bowled, fired that flat and he could only punch it down the track
16.4
1lb
Williams to O'Brien, 1 leg bye, drifts on the pads and he nudges it off the pads
16.3
0
Williams to O'Brien, no run, he makes room and punches it straight to cover, can't find the gap
16.2
0
Williams to O'Brien, no run, full and clipped towards midwicket

Half-century count

5

No. of fifties for Stirling in T20s, which is same as the all other Ireland batsmen put together

Tall order

156

Ireland's best score in the second innings to win a match. The highest they have scored in second innings is 172, against Canada, but they lost the match

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.900
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.540
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017