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Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 3rd T20 Match, Group B, ICC World Twenty20 2014

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Ireland won by 3 wkts | Ireland Vs Zimbabwe Live Score, 3rd T20 Match, Group B

The first match of the double header was a cracker and we will now shift our focus to the two associates in the group. Change tabs as UAE and Netherlands lock horns in the second match of the day in a while. For now, cheers and bye..
Taylor: 'Felt we were 20 runs short, the guys fought hard. Always backed ourselves to defend the total, but they started off really well. Panyangara brought us back into the game though. I thought I could make a direct hit (on the last ball), unfortunately, I missed the stumps. We need to do much better in our next two games.'
Porterfield: 'I am happy with the end result, but we should have never made it tough on ourselves. Happy with the way the spinners pulled things back, it was a pretty good wicket. We knew how important this match was, we want to do even better in the next match and try and make it two wins in a row.'
Stirling: 'We had to get to a good start. We had good partnerships up front. You got to play your natural game and be aggressive. Just happy that we got over the line. We have played in Bangladesh in recent times, we knew we have to be ready for all sorts of conditions. Wasn't watching the game towards the final stages. We knew how important this game was. Waiting for the other games now.'
Paul Stirling is the Man of the Match for his knock of 60
The openers started off brightly, particularly Paul Stirling, who notched up his 5th T20I fifty. At the halfway stage, they were cruising towards victory. Panyangara went for 18 runs in his first over, but led the fightback for his team with crucial wickets. Kevin O'Brien all but sealed victory with a short cameo, but Zimbabwe never gave up. They needed to defend only 7 runs from the last two overs and ended up nearly doing it. Will this loss cost Zimbabwe? We will get to know in a few days time.
A cracking finish to the game. Ireland will feel they should have never taken the game to the last ball, Taylor and Zimbabwe will rue the missed run-out chance that would have taken the game to a super-over, but in the end Ireland have just about managed to scrape home.
End of over 20, 4 runs (1 1 W W 1 1b )
IRE: 164/7
Alex Cusack - 0(1) This over: 0 runs
Stuart Thompson - 3(6) This over: 3 runs
Tinashe Panyangara
(4.0 - 1 - 37 - 4)
19.6 Tinashe Panyangara to Alex Cusack 1b
byes, 1 run, collision between the non-striker and the fielder, but Ireland have won, this was full and just outside off, Cusack swung hard and missed, the batsmen run for the single. Brendan Taylor has a shy at the striker's end and misses, Thompson collides with the fielder as he looks to complete the single, but both batsmen make their end
Everyone are inside the ring now
19.5 Tinashe Panyangara to Stuart Thompson 1
1 run, low full toss from Panyangara, Thompson looks to drive and gets a thick edge towards third man, they decide against a second run, scores are level now
Alex Cusack, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19.4 Tinashe Panyangara to Max Sorensen W
out Sorensen Run Out!! Another Irish wicket falls. This was a low full toss from Panyangara, Sorensen drives it towards mid-off and scampers for a quick single, Williams rushes in from mid-off and makes a direct hit at the bowler's end, no chance for the batsman. 2 needed from 2 balls now. Sorensen run out (Sean Williams) 0(1)
Max Sorensen, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19.3 Tinashe Panyangara to Ed Joyce W
out Bowled!! Is there a twist in the tale? A superb inswinging yorker, right on the base of leg stump, Joyce fails to dig it out, the ball kisses the leg stump on its way to the boundary. Ireland have lost their main man, but they are just 2 runs away. Ed Joyce b Panyangara 22(28)
19.2 Tinashe Panyangara to Stuart Thompson 1
1 run, low full toss from Panyangara, Thompson drives it wide of mid-off where Sibanda puts in a despairing dive to save the boundary

Match details

Toss : Ireland won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Steve Davis (Australia)

TV umpire : Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

Match referee : David Boon (Australia)

Teams

Ireland : William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson(wk), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Thompson, Max Sorensen, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine.

Zimbabwe : Brendan Taylor(c & wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Sean Williams, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Tendai Chatara.

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