Kenya v Ireland, 2nd T20, Mombasa

Stirling stars as Ireland seal series

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 23, 2012

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Ireland 132 for 2 (Stirling 65*) beat Kenya 131 for 7 (David Obuya 28, Stirling 2-21) by eight wickets

Paul Stirling sparkled with ball and bat as Ireland brushed aside Kenya despite an improved performance from the hosts. The eight-wicket win with 15 balls to spare gave Ireland the series with a game to spare, following a chase that scarcely came under pressure.

William Porterfield set the base for the chase with a quick 22. In Stirling's company he added 63 in 7.2 overs, before Ragheb Aga found a way past Porterfield. Kevin O'Brien could not contribute much, but Gary Wilson provided Stirling with the support he needed to seal the game. Stirling's 65 came off 52 balls and featured nine fours. Wilson carted two fours and a six to finish with 22 scored at run-a-ball.

Earlier, a number of Kenya batsmen wasted starts as their innings fizzled to 131 for 7. David Obuya top-scored with a sluggish 28, and Rakep Patel provided some sort of thrust with 27 off 22 balls. Three other batsmen scored at least 13, but could not press on. Stirling was the main antagonist, as he picked up the first two wickets to fall in a four-over spell that yielded only 21. But his more telling contribution came later with the bat.

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