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13 July 201521:50

Medium pacers lead Ireland to massive win

Host makes short work of 54-run target after restricting Nepal to the smallest total in the tournament so far

Medium pacers lead Ireland to massive win - Cricket News

Kevin O'Brien (3 for 8) accounted for middle-order batsmen Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar and Binod Bhandari.

The Ireland medium pacers, led by Stuart Thompson and Kevin O'Brien, bowled Nepal out for just 53, in 14.2 overs, in a Group A match at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 before its batsmen sealed an eight-wicket win at Civil Service Club in Belfast on Monday (July 13).

Thompson and Kevin O'Brien bagged three wickets each after John Mooney (2 for 7), Alex Cusack and Craig Young crippled the top order to reduce Nepal to 28 for 3 by the sixth over of the innings.

Paras Khadka's side, which was unbeaten in the tournament before this match, failed to recover from those early setbacks, with only two batsmen – Khadka (10) and Sagar Pun (20) – managing to reach double figures. Nepal’s 53 all out was the smallest total in the tournament so far.

Ireland read the home conditions well and sent Nepal in to bat under overcast conditions, and took a vice-like grip on the match from the start. Kevin O'Brien (3 for 8) accounted for middle-order batsmen Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar and Binod Bhandari, while Thompson wrapped up the tail in his 3.3 overs with figures of 3 for 10.



Though already comfortably perched at the top of the group table, Ireland grabbed the chance of improving its net run-rate, chasing the small total down in just eight overs, Paul Stirling (29 in 21 balls) and William Porterfield (18 not out in 20) leading the way.

Sompal Kami, the right-arm medium pacer, dismissed Niall O'Brien (3) and Stirling to return figures of 2 for 28 in his three overs, but that was as good as it got for Nepal.

Ireland, now five points clear of second-placed Papua New Guinea, will lock horns with the Jack Vare-led side in Belfast in its next match on Wednesday while Nepal takes on Hong Kong at the same venue later in the day.