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Ireland continue build-up towards ICC World Twenty20 with comfortable victory over Sri Lanka 'A'

Updated: Monday, 10 Sep 2012 18:05

Ed Joyce to the fore in Colombo
Ed Joyce to the fore in Colombo

Ireland's chalked up a second win in two days as they comfortably defeated Sri Lanka 'A' in Colombo as they continued to build up towards the ICC World Twenty20.

Ed Joyce top scored with an unbeaten 53 from just 39 balls, while Kevin O'Brien struck a powerful 28 not out from just 19 deliveries as the win was secured with 5.4 overs to spare.

Alex Cusack (3-11) and Boyd Rankin (2-13) both impressed as Sri Lanka were restricted to a well below par 105-9 in their 20 overs.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said after the victory: "It's been a very strong performance by the team against a very good side. The bowlers all impressed to set up the win, and 105 was never going to be enough.

"Alex Cusack showed his all-round qualities taking three wickets to follow up his 73 which won the game for us on Sunday. Ed Joyce looked composed in his first innnings on tour, while Kevin (O'Brien) struck the ball very well. It all augurs well for the challenges which we will face in the coming weeks."