Sikandar Raza holds nerve to deny Ireland
Sikandar Raza produced a fine knock under pressure to guide Zimbabwe to a 1-0 series lead against Ireland in Harare
5.35pm Though Raza's knock sealed the result, the character of this game was decided by the spinners on both sides. Zimbabwe's combination of John Nyumbu, Sean Williams and debutant Wellington Masakadza took a combined 5 for 125 in 29 overs, while George Dockrell was a handful in the afternoon and Ireland's slow bowlers kept Zimbabwe to 117 for 4 in 30 overs. Read all about the day's action in my match report, which will be up presently. Your commentator today has been Liam Brickhill at Harare Sports Club. Thanks for tuning in, and please do catch our coverage of the next match on Sunday. It's sure to be a cracker! Goodbye
5.15pm Joyous celebration from Zimbabwe's supporters in the ground as Raza and Panyangara embrace in the middle of the pitch. What a match. Ireland fought the hosts for every single run, but Zimbabwe have squeaked home. I need to lie down.
It was said before the match that there is very little indeed to separate these teams, and that's proved to be the case. Their two innings followed remarkably similar courses. Ireland were 39 for 2 in the 10th over, Zimbabwe were 44 for 2 in the 9th. Ireland were 158 for 5 in the 40th over, Zimbabwe were 152 for 5 in the 34th. Ultimately, Raza's frenetic innings at the death proved the difference, and he's named Man of the Match
Vee: "Good to see two evenly matched international sides fight it down to the wire. Close matches like these are what the true international die hard fans want to see. All the way from the West Indies, best of luck to both teams! "
jason gridley: "Raza is a special bloke. Won't be surprised if he ends up leading the side soon. Good role model too "
2 off 7, last ball of the over. Yet another Zimbabwe v Ireland game goes down to the wire. Why don't these teams play each other more often?
Raza is eyeing the deep midwicket boundary.
One hit will do it.
In case you're wondering, the light is still good at Harare Sports Club!
george: "a late wicket could make it interesting!"
Zimbabwe need five runs in two overs. There's singing and dancing down at Castle Corner. Porterfield brings the field in with Panyangara on strike.
Six singles in that over. Ireland have to push for the wicket now, and they have Panyangara on strike.
7 off 14 now. Singles will win it for Zimbabwe
Long-off comes up to mid-off now. Third man goes out.
11 off 18, two wickets in hand. A long conference between O'Brien and his captain. Fine leg and third man are up. Long-on and long-off are out.
Dan: "Oh God. I can't read this anymore! Too tense. I'm not even any of these teams' supporters"
The crowd at Castle Corner are all on their feet, and very vocal.
What's more, Tinashe Panyangara will now be on strike.
Sanjay: "Almost every Zimbabwe vs Ireland ODIs produced nail bitters.. New Rivalry in cricket?"