Zimbabwe exact revenge for defeat in World Cup
Zimbabwe enjoyed a revenge win for their World Cup defeat to Ireland in Hobart as the lowest ranked Test nation and the leading Associate produced another thriller.
The final margin was two wickets with six balls to spare, close enough for Ireland to believe they can still win the three-match series which continues tomorrow morning.
The decision to omit Niall O'Brien - top scorer against Australia in August - remains the major talking point because Gary Wilson, rather than skipper William Porterfield, was sent to the post-match press conference.
The inclusion of Stuart Thompson as a fourth seamer in a team with three slow bowlers on a spinners' track came back to haunt the selectors. Thompson didn't bowl and was out for one.
Ed Joyce (53) and Wilson (70 not out) put on 83 for the fourth wicket but from 137 for three, Ireland lost five wickets for 39 and it needed 23 from 14 balls by No 10 Andy McBrine to get Ireland up to 219 for eight, thanks to 29 off the last two overs.