World Twenty20: Will Porterfield relieved after Ireland's win over Zimbabwe
Ireland captain Will Porterfield admitted nerves nearly got the better of him towards the end of the win over Zimbabwe.
Last Updated: 18/03/14 9:43am
Porterfield's side needed only seven runs from the final two overs, and three from the last six balls bowled by Tinashe Panyangara, but they were lucky to get away with victory without the need for a Super Over.
They eventually scrambled a single off the final ball to get to their target of 164 for victory, with Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor missing out on a run-out from his position as wicket-keeper after Alex Cusack's swing and miss.
Porterfield said: "I was fine up until about three balls to go.
"Obviously it had got a lot closer than we would have liked, especially getting down to needing seven off the last two (overs), but all credit to the way Zimbabwe bowled in the last few overs.
"They took those few wickets and put us under pressure."
Man-of-the-match Paul Stirling, who smashed a superb 60 off only 34 balls, feels Ireland will have to improve against the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates later in the week to secure a place in the tournament proper.
"To get off to a good start was the plan but we haven't really done that recently. We're thankful that it came off today," Stirling said.
"I think I had to keep playing my natural game (after losing Porterfield) and keep being aggressive and hopefully get that run rate up to the rate that we required - and I'm just glad we got over the line.
"We knew how important this game was and we now know how important the next two games are coming into Wednesday and Friday."
Taylor was clearly disappointed, not only with the result but his inability to hit the stumps from less than 10 yards on the match-winning Irish run.
"I was backing myself to hit the stumps," he said.
"He's such a good death bowler (Panyangara) I just thought maybe full and straight - if he had got it right - and unfortunately I missed the stumps but that's the way it goes and we're going to come back stronger for the next game."