Paul Stirling’s an unbeaten 65 from 52 balls guided Ireland to an eight-wicket win over Kenya in Mombasa and with it the series win. Stirling’s man of the match performance included nine fours.
He shared an opening 63-run partnership with skipper William Porterfield 22 to set Ireland up for victory inside the opening eight overs and in the process took the game away from the hosts.
Earlier on Kenya had seemed to put up a good total on a wicket that has restricted batsmen in this series thanks to David Obuya’s (28) and Rakep Patel’s 27 contributing handsomely to the total of 131, but they had to bowl tightly to stay in the game. Ireland though looked switched-on from the offset achieving the required run-rate with some ease and commanding their way to Kenya’s target with 15 balls to spare.
The last T20 match between the two sides will be more of a formality and a chance for Kenya to avoid a series whitewash at the hands of their visitors.