Kenya v Ireland, 3rd T20, Mombasa February 24, 2012

Ireland complete series whitewash

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 107 for 9 (Joyce 38, Ngoche 4-14) beat Kenya 105 for 7 (C Obuya 42, Dockrell 2-13) by two runs

Runs from Gary Wilson and Ed Joyce combined with some tight bowling at the death helped Ireland sneak a two-run win over Kenya and wrap up the Twenty20 series 3-0.

With 13 balls of the innings remaining, Kenya had six wickets in hand and only 11 runs required for victory. But after Tanmay Mishra was dismissed for 37 off the final delivery of the 18th over, Ireland ruthlessly strangled the lower order. George Dockrell removed Ragheb Aga and conceded just four off his final over, leaving John Mooney to defend seven: he leaked four, and had Alex Obanda caught, to seal a nail-biting win.

Kenya had failed to defend the same total in the first T20 on Wednesday but looked to be well set for a consolation victory at 59 for 2 in the 13th over. However, Boyd Rankin's dismissal of Collins Obuya for 42 checked the hosts' progress and despite a 35-run partnership between Mishra and Aga, Ireland held their nerve.

The tourists' effort had been built on solid middle-order contributions from Wilson and Joyce but they were the only Irishmen to reach double-figures on another spin-friendly pitch. Slow left-armer Shem Ngoche claimed his best T20 figures of 4 for 14 but in the end the 55-run stand between Wilson and Joyce provided the central plank of Ireland's victory.

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  • Mark on February 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    A remarkable finish. Kenya managed just 8 from their last 2 overs (Ireland had managed 10 and that 2 run difference was the margin of victory). Remarkable death bowling when the home side had everything in its favour, including wickets in hand. A good match to win. Ireland desperately need more matches against England and sides touring the British Isles to keep progressing.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    IrelandCricketFan, we also had TJ rested, Tim Murtagh not playing neither did we have Cusack...

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Johnboy had a nightmare over in the 11th - great captaincy by Will (I have to confess I was not convinced at the time!) to show faith in Mooney's ability to redeem himself. What a come-back from a bowler - could any bowler have done more at a critical moment. Great stuff Johnboy! That's exactly the Irish fighting spirit that cricket fans world-wide love. I read in the commentary somewhere that Ireland batted first because they wanted practice at defending a total... they certainly got that :)

  • Peter on February 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Well done. Ireland are head and shoulders above anyone else at this level and deserve far more exposure against full members. This was without Niall O'Brien, one of our best batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Wilson and Joyce stayed strong again in the middle, well done to Dockrell/Mooney/Boyd also...

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