Kevin O'Brien registered his career-best bowling figures © Getty Images
Kevin O’Brien registered his career-best bowling figures © Getty Images (File Photo)

An all-round seam bowling performance from Ireland helped them bowl Nepal for 53, their lowest T20I score, en route to an eight-wicket victory at Belfast in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015. Three wickets each in frugal bowling spells from Kevin O’Brien and Stuart Thompson, and two wickets from John Mooney got the opposition succumbing without much resistance, with the stark lower-order collapse of five wickets for three runs. The chase had the opener Niall O’Brien getting out in the second over, but some big hits from No 3 Paul Stirling in a partnership of 49 with captain William Porterfield got the chase covered. Stirling got out with the scores tied, and Kein O’Brien, the eventual man of the match, got them to the target at the completion of the eighth over. SCORECARD: Ireland vs Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, Belfast

Nepal started their innings slowly, after being asked to bat by the hosts, but their opener Sagar Pun hit a few boundaries to get them going, but he didn’t last long, getting out to Mooney, who also dismissed the No. 3 Pradeep Airee, for a duck. At 38 for 3, Gyanendra Malla and captain Paras Khadka got out within three balls of each other, after which a 12-run stand for the sixth wicket followed. Sharad Vesawkar, after scoring 6, got out with the score at 50, and the tail was mopped up within the next three overs, for three runs.

With this result, Ireland have now won three out of three played matches, and Nepal lost their first game in the tournament. Both teams keep their positions in the points table intact; Ireland are at the top, and Nepal are at No 4.