After deciding to bat, the USA fell to 16-4, but Sushant Modani (50 off 39 balls) and Gajanand Singh (65 off 42) put up 110 off 70 balls for the fifth wicket. Marty Kain (39no off 15) then came on to help the hosts to a 188-6 victory.

At the start of the reply, Ireland opener Paul Stirling smashed 31 off 15 balls, while Lorcan Tucker top-scored with an unbeaten 57 off 49 balls, but no other batter hit more than 19 as the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals and finished on 162-6. Ireland’s defeat came after a first-round departure from the recent T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, where they were eliminated from the Super 12 stage after losses to Namibia and Sri Lanka.

On Thursday, Ireland takes on the United States in another Twenty20 match before the two teams play three one-day internationals on December 26, 28, and 30. Andy Balbirnie, Ireland’s skipper, was removed for four after opening the batting with Stirling “It got off to a great start, but from there it was really cruel stuff from us, and it wasn’t good enough.

“We knew it was a good pitch and that if we wanted the 10 wickets, we’d have to fight hard for them. We didn’t take advantage of enough opportunities and didn’t bowl well enough.