ICC World Twenty20 2012 September 10, 2012

Ireland warm-up with a win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland showed useful form in their second warm-up game in Sri Lanka ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 which starts next week. Phil Simmons's men thumped a Sri Lanka A side by seven wickets with more than five overs to spare.

Ireland had received a boost at the weekend when Australia slipped below them in the world rankings. Sri Lanka A made 104-9, with Alex Cusack (3-11) and Boyd Rankin (2-13) the pick of the Ireland bowlers off their four over spells. Tim Murtagh took his first wicket in Ireland colours, going for 24 in his four over spell. Angelo Perera made 32 for the Sri Lanka A, and captain Thilana Kandamby, 21.

Ed Joyce scored a rare T20 half-century, making 53 off 39 balls, while he and Kevin O'Brien - who thumped 28 off 19 balls - saw Ireland home. Sachithra Senanayake took 2 for 13 off three overs for the hosts.

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  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Good Job! Keep it up!!! I am very hopeful on Kevin O'Brien.. He should do wonders in this world cup!!!

  • Peter on September 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Good work lads. Keep her lit.

  • pradipto on September 11, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Good job Ireland, If u can thump Bangladesh, that might just wake the ICC up albeit a practice game. Who knows, may be Australia or WI. Hope u guys do well

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Nice to see Ed scoring a brisk half century. Also good to see Kevin getting some form back and all the lads getting time in the middle. Each warm up game is getting harder. Now with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe coming up, with both games good challenges for Ireland...

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