Ireland battle to win over Nepal

  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 18:27 GMT

Ireland left it late to win their ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game against Nepal, but eventually triumphed in style.

William Porterfield: Saw his Ireland side triumph
William Porterfield: Saw his Ireland side triumph

Having lost the toss and been put in to bat, Nepal made 137-7 in their 20 overs, with Gyanendra Malla top-scoring with 47.

He put on 55 with captain Paras Khadka (31), while Andy McBrine, Kevin O'Brien and George Dockrell each took two wickets.

In reply, skipper William Porterfield (38) and Andrew Poynter (28) had Ireland going well at 78-2, before a slump to 102-5.

However, a sixth wicket partnership of 39 in just 2.5 overs between Gary Wilson and Stuart Thompson saw their side home to 141-5 and a five-wicket victory.

Thompson hit 21 not out from nine balls, including the winning four from the first ball of the last over, which followed back-to-back sixes from Wilson (29no) at the end of the 19th.