ICC World T20 2012: Ireland set 165-run target against Bangladesh in warm-up tie

Paul Stirling cracked five sixes and as many boundaries to score a quickfire 71 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 17, 2012

Paul Stirling s stunning knock of 71 propelled Ireland to 164 for sixagainst Bangladesh in their ICC World T20 warm-up game at the Moors Sports Ground in Colombo.

Bangladesh s decision to bowl first after winning the toss as Ireland openers William Porterfield and Stirling punished their bowlers.

Stirling cracked five sixes and as many boundaries to score a quickfire 71, which came from just 41 balls.

Porterfield scored 17 off 11 balls, which included two boundaries.

Bangladesh got their first breakthrough when Porterfield was run out in the fifth over.

After his dismissal, Stirling joined forces with Ed Joyce to take their side forward.

Stirling and Joyce added 64 runs for the second wicket, which helped Ireland set a huge first innings total.

Brief Scores: Ireland 164 for 6 from 20 overs (Paul Stirling 71, Ed Joyce 39, Shakib-al-Hasan 2 for 21, Mashrafe Mortaza 2 for 33) vs Bangladesh.

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