5th T20I, Bready, Sep 4 2021, Zimbabwe tour of Ireland and Scotland
(20 ov, target 125)119
Zimbabwe won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
67* (57)
Player Of The Series
234 runs
end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 119/10CRR: 5.95 
Craig Young11 (9)
Richard Ngarava 4-0-14-1
Luke Jongwe 4-0-29-3

Balbirnie lifts the trophy, with his team-mates cheering. Himanshu's report will be up soon. Do read it if you missed the game. That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Andy Balbirnie: I think we you lose any game, it's a concern. The guys are well aware of. We came back really well after the first game. A bit of a blip today but really nice to win a series against a team like Zimbabwe. We know what to expect when we come against them next week in the one-dayers. Looking forward to that.

Paul Stirling is the Player of the Series. "Disappointing day today but overall it was good series," he says. "Always good to set the tone [with Kevin O'Brien] and I hope we keep doing it. Delighted to get back to the ODI format, a series two very similar teams."

Craig Ervine is the Player of the Match. "It was nice for Myers to stick around," he says. "We felt we were 25-30 runs short. When you score runs, you get the confidence, that's what we are lacking at the moment. We didn't have a good series but this win is very important just for the team morale, to take into the ODI series next week."

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Phineas: "Ireland is highly dependant on Stirling...this is a very good example" --- Or at least on top three.

6.23pm Zimbabwe started the series by defending a low-scoring contest. They ended it in the same way. But in between, they lost the three games to end on the wrong side of a 3-2 series result. It wasn't a big total but Jongwe and Tiripano rocked the chase by picking up two wickets each early. Getkate and Rock put the chase back on track and run rate was never a problem. But Zimbabwe struck back to dismiss both in successive overs. The lower order failed to step up as Zimbabwe wrapped a five-run win.

Azweer: "Ngarava turning out to be "A Master of defending" in the last over..."

Ngarava to Young, OUT

victory for Zimbabwe. Length ball on the stumps, Young moves across and looks to flick it uppishly but misses. The ball hits him on the thigh and drops near the stumps. Ngarava collects it in his followthrough and breaks the stumps with an underarm throw to find Little short

Josh Little run out (Ngarava) 3 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
Ngarava to Young, no run

fuller and wider. Young fails to get bat on it. He is distraught, on his knees

Young on strike for the first time this over. Six needed

Ngarava to Little, 1 run

walks across and hits this length ball just to the left of short fine leg

Ngarava to Little, no run

short of length angling in. Pace on. Looks to chop it away but misses

7 from 4

Ngarava to Little, 2 runs

fuller outside off, hits it hard towards extra cover, where the fielder gets a hand. But they are coming back for the second and they make it safely

Ngarava to Little, no run

fuller and wider outside off, reaches out for it but cannot connect

Young having a chat with Little. Ngarava to bowl the final over. Ireland need nine

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 116/9CRR: 6.10 RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 runs from 6b
Craig Young11 (7)
Josh Little0 (0)
Luke Jongwe 4-0-29-3
Donald Tiripano 4-0-31-3
Jongwe to Young, 2 runs

a slower one, fuller outside off. Smashed past the cover fielder, who gets a hand to it. They are coming back for the second, which means Little will be on strike for the next over

Ahsan Butt: "This chase is quite similar to the one that Pakistan botched against the same side not too long ago!"

Jongwe to Young, 2 runs

short of length outside off, cuts it towards deep extra cover and sprints back for the second

Jongwe to Young, SIX runs

fuller around off, gets under it, clears the front leg and smashes it for a straight six

Jongwe to Young, no run

a slower one. Swings across the line but the ball sneaks through to the keeper

Jongwe to Young, no run

length outside off, swings at it and misses

Jongwe to Young, OUT

length ball around off, pushes it back towards the bowler but Adair is desperate ton go to the other end and leaves his crease early. Jongwe fields the ball and breaks the stumps

Mark Adair run out (Jongwe) 8 (23m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

19 needed from 12. Two wickets in hand. Here's Jongwe