Ireland opener Paul Stirling was an opener in every aspect against Zimbabwe. The off-spinner opened the bowling and finished with figures of 4-0-24-0. It was a decent spell by any standard and in T20 format it is captain's assurance. The right-hander then opened the batting with William Porterfield and struck a belligerent 60 off 34 balls that contained nine fours and a six. Stirling successfully targeted the biggest strength in the Zimbabwe attack -- Prosper Utseya, who went for 38 runs in his 4 overs.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor could have been the hero of his side for scoring a composed 59 and marshalling his bowlers in defence of a competitive 163. But the wicketkeeper eventually ended up as the villain after failing to effect the crucial run-out in the last ball of the match that could have taken the game into the Super Over. Taylor grabbed the ball cleanly but his underarm throw from behind the wicket missed the stumps by a mile, allowing the Irish to scamper for the winning single.