The Netherlands chased down a sizeable target to win today's match against Ireland at Malahide and leave the GS Holding T20 Tri-Series table in the balance.

Ireland captain Gary Wilson won the toss and elected to bat first, with his side recording a competitive total of 181-7 from their 20 overs.

However, the home side must have gone in to the innings break underwhelmed, given that they were 128-2 in the 12th over.

Andy Balbirnie followed up his 64 yesterday with 45 from 26 to continue his great year with the bat.

Harry Tector was in sublime form in only his second international, with the 19-year-old racking up 60 from 40 balls.

A rash of late wickets and tighter Dutch bowling restricted Ireland from capitalising on their fast start, but 181 still would have seemed defendable.

In response, Mark Adair struck early, removing Tobias Visee for a duck.

However, Max O’Dowd (69 from 45 balls) and Ben Cooper (91 from 56 balls) took the game away from Ireland with a 144-run stand.

Despite three late wickets to George Dockrell (3-23), the Dutch side claimed the victory with five balls to spare.

Ireland and the Netherlands are now top of the table, both with one game in hand.

Scotland are two points behind but have two still to play. The next match in the series takes place between Scotland and Netherlands on Thursday at 1.30pm with free entry to all fans and a live stream available on Cricket Ireland’s YouTube channel.