Ryan Burl's 30* off 11 balls, Craig Ervine's 54 hand Zimbabwe T20I series
Earlier, Burl also grabbed two wickets, as the bowlers combined to restrict Ireland despite Harry Tector's 47
Zimbabwe 144 for 6 (Ervine 54, Burl 30*, White 2-26) beat Ireland 141 for 9 (Tector 47, Madhevere 2-8, Jongwe 2-23) by four wickets
Player of the Match Ryan Burl went 6, 6, 4 off George Dockrell when Zimbabwe needed 23 off 15 balls and the game was in the balance. In the end, he finished with 30 not out from 11 deliveries to turn the screws in the chase of 142, as the hosts sealed the series 2-1 in Harare. That followed a haul of 2 for 28 with the ball, as the Zimbabwe bowlers combined to restrict the visitors to 141.
It was a tricky situation on a pitch that continued to produce middling scores following totals of 114 and 144 in the first two games. Craig Ervine's 54 off 43 balls set the base for Zimbabwe, for whom the required rate had touched nine an over when they had another 30 deliveries remaining. Ervine was involved in crucial partnerships of 42 for the second wicket with Innocent Kaia when Zimbabwe lost their first wicket in the third over.
Another quick partnership of 24 from 14 balls was important from a situation of 92 for 4, as held the innings together before Burl, who also won the Player-of-the-Series award, got down to finish the game off.
Earlier, it took a 70-run union between Harry Tector and Curtis Campher to help Ireland to a competitive total after they were 19 for 3 at one stage. Wessly Madhevere had struck in the first over to remove Ross Adair, and ended with 2 for 8 when he got rid of Tector for 47. But it was Burl who had dismissed Campher for 27 to break Ireland's momentum, and drag Zimbabwe back in the match.
Dockrell and Mark Adair added 31 to pump some life back into Ireland's innings, but 141 proved short in the end, as Burl's exploits ensured Zimbabwe won the match with an over to spare.