Trinidad & Tobago v Ireland, Port of Spain April 24, 2010

Paul Stirling powers Ireland to victory

Cricinfo staff

Ireland 105 for 1 (Stirlin 57, Porterfield 36*) beat Trinidad and Tobago 104 (Dockrell 3-20) by nine wickets
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Ireland bounced back from their nine-wicket defeat against Trinidad and Tobago two days ago by handing out the same result on the home side in the rematch. Paul Stirling powered them towards the target of 105 with a rapid 57 from 41 balls after the bowling attack had put in a much improved performance.

Boyd Rankin, who was dispatched for 40 in two overs earlier in the week, removed the dangerous William Perkins and conceded just 12 runs in three overs. George Dockrell also took two important scalps in his first spell as the home side floundered having opted to bat first.

Trent Johnston produced an economical four-over spell to keep the pressure on while the Ireland fielders created two run outs in a professional display. Dockrell returned to claim his three wicket and Peter Connell closed out the innings with a ball remaining.

The asking rate was never an issue for Ireland but they didn't hang around in the chase. Stirling played his shots as William Porterfield opted for the anchor role in an opening stand of 100 in 14 overs which took Ireland to the brink of victory. Stirling was the one man to fall, stumped off a wide as he charged Sherwin Ganga.

The gloss was taken off the victory, though, by the news that Alex Cusack has been diagnosed with shin splints and his bowling role is uncertain for the World Twenty20.