Ireland won the toss and elected to bat on a day when the temperature reached 33 degrees, not an easy introduction for the team having travelled 7 hours to Abu Dhabi and then spending 8 hours sat on a plane having had to divert to Al Ain airport due to fog at Abu Dhabi.
Choudhry and Shantry opened the bowling on a very dry pitch. In the first over Choudhry removed the Warwickshire opener Porterfield caught by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and went on to take 3 further wickets for figures of 4-30 off his 4 overs.
Brett D’Oliveira also returned economical figures of 2-18 from his 4 overs and combined with Captain Daryl Mitchell's figures of 0-15 from his 4 overs restricted Ireland to 127-7 from their 20 overs on a sluggish pitch.
In return, Mitchell and Kohler-Cadmore opened the batting and got off to a good start reaching 27 before Kohler-Cadmore was caught and bowled by Sorensen for 25 from 16 balls which included 5 fours.
Mitchell and Kervezee moved the total onto 61 before Mitchell was caught behind off the bowling of McBrine for 15 in the 9th over before Fell was then caught pulling left arm spinner Dockrell to deep mid-wicket for just 2.
Whiteley replaced Fell and along with Kervezee put on 56, taking the total to 125 before Whiteley was caught and bowled by Dockrell for 22 from 25 balls.
Kervezee reached an excellent 50 from just 42 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes before Andrew struck the winning runs with a straight driven four. Kervezee finished on 54 not out.
A good start for Worcestershire against a strong Ireland side who travel on to participate in the t20 World Cup tomorrow.
Worcestershire take on the Netherlands tomorrow in the next t20 match before Netherlands also head to the t20 World Cup.