Ireland beaten by T20 world champions Sri Lanka in Clontarf
Published 06/05/2014 | 18:26
The hosts had their illustrious opponents 95 for five and 176 for eight, but the momentum swung as Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara hit 43 from the final 22 balls and Ireland then slipped to five for two.
Stuart Thompson had Upul Tharanga (24) nicking to Wilson, making it 57 for three, and Dinesh Chandimal's innings of 39 was brilliantly ended by Kevin O'Brien's catch off his own bowling.
The key wicket of Angelo Mathews (30) came via a direct hit from Niall O'Brien but new man Kulasekara quickly lifted Cusack for a straight six.
Ashan Priyanjan made 31 from 44 balls, with four boundaries, before chipping Dockrell to Joyce at mid-on and Tim Murtagh (two for 21) removed Sachithra Senanayake for three.
But Dockrell haemorrhaged 17 runs in the 48th over including three successive boundaries for Mendis, who finished 18 not out from only nine balls with Kulasekara 42no from 34.
Ireland started badly as Stirling edged Kulasekara for four but was bowled next ball and the in-form Joyce failed to trouble the scorers, edging Suranga Lakmal to keeper Chandimal.
Porterfield and Niall O'Brien produced a handful of boundaries in a stand of 58 before the latter fell lbw to Mendis for 33.
Wilson (three) was shambolically run out and Kevin O'Brien holed out first ball off Lakmal, and when Thompson was trapped on the crease by Mendis, Ireland were 74 for six.
Their last hope went when Porterfield (37) hoisted Mendis to Perera at deep square leg, while Cusack made 10 before being yorked by Lakmal (three for 29).
Max Sorensen (17) was dismissed from the first ball after drinks and though Dockrell (18no) and Murtagh (10) at least went down fighting, the Middlesex paceman was trapped lbw by Senanayake after hitting two boundaries.