Emirates 24/7 ·

Ireland survived an inspired spell of swing bowling from Zimbabwe's Tinashe Panyangara to scrape through for a three-wicket win on the last ball of their Group B encounter in Sylhet on Monday. Chasing 164 for a St Patrick's Day victory, the associate nation seemed to be cruising against their test-playing opponents after opener Paul Stirling's 34-ball 60. Stirling hit nine boundaries and a six and with captain William Porterfield (31) added 80 runs for the opening wicket but Panyangara's double strike in the 15th over brought Zimbabwe back in the game. Panyangara (4-37), who was smashed for 18 in his first over by Stirling, also dismissed the dangerous Kevin O'Brien (17) in the 18th over and returned to bowl the final over of the innings with Ireland needing four runs for victory.