Wilson and Porterfield power Ireland to series triumph
Ireland 104 for 1 (Wilson 51*) beat Kenya 175 (Obanda 59, Rankin 3-40) by 52 runs (D/L method)
Ireland wrapped up a comfortable series win, beating Kenya by 52 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method, after dismissing the tourists for a below-par 175 in the second ODI in Dublin.
Boyd Rankin took 3 for 40 at the top, helping to reduce Kenya to a shaky 66 for 4, but Kenya's Alex Obanda fought back for the visitors with a powerful 59 from 78. He put on 34 with Collins Obuya before he became Rankin's third victim, caught by Regan West who himself went on to take 2 for 36 in a tidy spell of bowling.
Kyle McCallan also impressed, picking up 2 for 30, as Kenya - in spite of an entertaining 48-ball 40 from Nehemia Odhiambo - were rolled for an unsatisfactory 175.
William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, ensured his side got off to a flier with three bullet fours off one Thomas Odoya over, sharing in a superb opening stand of 102 with Gary Wilson, who excelled with 51 from 61. Wilson, strong on the drive, took Odoya for four through extra cover and, in the next over, lofted him over the top for four more. And when Porterfield took Odhiambo for four fours in one particularly wayward over, Ireland were well on course for a thumping victory.
After smashing Steve Tikolo for six over his head, Porterfield fell the very next ball one short of a deserved fifty, and the rain then came tumbling down at the end of the over to halt proceedings. By now, however, Ireland were miles ahead in the eyes of Duckworth-Lewis, and after one hour and twenty minutes, the match and series were duly awarded to Porterfield's side.
The two sides meet again tomorrow for the third and final match.