Hobart: Ireland maintained their bid for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals by holding their nerve to beat Zimbabwe by just five runs in a Pool B clash in Hobart on Saturday.
Their latest victory over a Test nation left Ireland as one of three teams in the group on six points behind defending champions India, the already-qualified group leaders with four sides going through to the last eight.
Ireland batsman Ed Joyce (L) and teammate Andrew Balbirnie takes a run at the Bellerive Oval ground during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and Zimbabwe in Hobart. AFP PHOTO
That left Zimbabwe needing to set a new record by a team batting second to win a World Cup match.
Zimbabwe, who had to win to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, were in dire straits at 74 for four.
But stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor's 121 and his fifth-wicket partnership of 149 with all-rounder Sean Williams (96) gave them hope.
They got their target down to seven off six balls with two wickets standing but Alex Cusack struck twice in the final over to seal a dramatic win.