The two oldest men in the Ireland squad delivered when it mattered. The victory over Zimbabwe would not have happened without them. But the most encouraging thing was the maturity shown by one of their youngest men.
In the end, Zimbabwe's tournament - and this match - came down to a matter of millimetres with Sean Williams caught right on the boundary
Stats highlights from the Group B match between Zimbabwe and Ireland in Hobart
Ed Joyce produced a match-winning 112 from 103 balls to help Ireland beat Zimbabwe by a narrow five-run margin in their World Cup 2015 Group B match played in Hobart on Saturday.
No. of Ireland batsmen to hit a World Cup ton before Ed Joyce in this game - Jeremy Bray, Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling.
No. of associate-member players to 500 World Cup runs before Ed Joyce. Includes the 152 runs Joyce scored for England.
Ireland's best score against Zimbabwe at the end of the 20th over in ODIs.
Zimbabwe's economy in the mandatory Powerplays - the best in this World Cup.
Number of ODIs Ed Joyce had played against Zimbabwe before today. This is his first game against them in 49 ODIs.
No. of World Cup games between Ireland and Zimbabwe, which ended in a tie. Zimbabwe have a 3-1 record otherwise.