Zimbabwe were limited to 163-5 from their 20 overs after the African side made a good start as George Dockrell and Andy McBrine finished with two wickets.
We made a great start. We got it down to 60 off the last 10. I’m happy with the way things went
Ireland appeared to be cruising towards an emphatic win after Paul Stirling’s rapid 60, with the required run-rate a very attainable four runs per over.
However, a late flurry of Zimbabwe wickets left Ireland needing a run from the final ball and Stuart Thompson managed to seal victory as Ireland finished on 164-7.
“It was fine up until about three balls to go,” said Porterfield.
“Obviously they got a lot closer than we would have liked. Credit to the way Zimbabwe bowled in the last couple of overs. They took a few wickets and put us under pressure.
“We made a great start. We got it down to 60 off the last 10. I’m happy with the way things went.”
Man-of-the-match Stirling was happy with his opening partnership with captain William Porterfield, which lasted 80 runs.
“The plan was to get us off to a good start. Coming into this, we haven’t had too many partnerships up front which we know is quite big in Twenty20,” said Stirling.
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