George Dockrell played under pressure as the situation was critical for Ireland to win with his partnership with Curtis Campher in their T20 World Cup Campaign over Scotland in Hobart.
Scotland beaten by six wickets thanks to Ireland’s 119-run stand.
Ireland can still advance to the Super 12s if they beat the West Indies on Friday.
“It’s a lot of pressure but that’s why you play these games,” Dockrell said.
“We were backing ourselves. We knew we had to come here today to win.”
Dockrell took the crease in the 10th over, with Ireland trailing by 61-4 and the prospect of a second disappointing T20 World Cup group stage exit in as many years looming.
However, the Dubliner, who made 39 off 27 balls, was part of a stunning partnership that gave Ireland’s campaign new look.
Campher, who also had the most runs (26) in Ireland’s opening loss to Zimbabwe on Monday, finished with an unbeaten 72 from 32 deliveries to lead his team to their most successful chase in a T20 World Cup.