Ireland suffered a shock defeat to USA in an historic Twenty20 international meeting between the sides in Florida.

The two-match series is the first time a full ICC member has faced the USA on American soil but it was the hosts who emerged victorious by 26 runs.

The USA lost four early wickets for just 16 runs in Lauderhill, including captain Monank Patel with only the second ball of the match, but rallied to post 188 for six from their 20 overs.

Sushant Modani and Gajanand Singh struck half-centuries while Marty Kain blasted an unbeaten 39 off 15 balls.

Ireland laboured in reply and captain Andrew Balbirnie was dismissed for four in the second over.

They came up short on 162 for six despite Lorcan Tucker hitting a 49-ball 57 not out.

Speaking after the match, Balbirnie summed up the performance, saying it was "pretty brutal stuff by us and not good enough" after a good start.

"Rustiness maybe but we can't afford to start like that first game. We've got to start better and we know that," he added.

The sides will meet again on Thursday at the same venue.

USA 188-6 (20 overs: G Singh 65, S Modani 50; B McCarthy 4-30)

Ireland 162-6 (20 overs: L Tucker 57*; S Netravalkar 2-26)