Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014


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T20I debuts AR McBrine (Ireland); T Kamungozi (Zimbabwe)

Twenty20 debut AR McBrine (Ireland)

Player of the match PR Stirling (Ireland)

Umpires SJ Davis (Australia) and M Erasmus (South Africa)

TV umpire BNJ Oxenford (Australia)

Match referee DC Boon (Australia)

Reserve umpire BF Bowden (New Zealand)

Opening batsman Paul Stirling made a half century Monday as Ireland produced a stunning three-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in Group B of the World Twenty20.

Stirling hit 60 off 34 balls with nine fours and a six, and despite a late flurry of wickets Ireland cruised to 164-7 off the last ball after Zimbabwe scored 163-5.

Stirling and captain William Porterfield (31) laid a solid platform in the run chase by adding 80 off 50 balls before fast bowler Tinashe Panyangara grabbed 4-37 but could not stop Ireland from scoring four runs in the last over.

“Just glad we got over the line,” Stirling said. “We have played all over Bangladesh in the recent past (but) I wasn’t really looking toward the final stages of the match.”

Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor top scored with 59 off 46 balls as spinners George Dockrell (2-18) and Andy McBrine (2-26) struck regularly to restrict their opponents.

Ireland won the ICC World T20 qualifier 2103 and is rated best among the minnow sides. They are tagged ‘’giant killers” and rightly so as in the past ICC events they have defeated some heavyweight sides. They even defeated WorldT20 champions West Indies recently during their tour to Caribbean. Ireland has some skilled batsmen in their ranks with Captain William Porterfield leading from the front. Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling are as good as their captain in this format.

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