Written by Lahiru Fernando
16 Feb, 2015 | 12:46 pm
Pakistan in 2007, England in 2011 and now West Indies in 2015. The Irish shake things up once again as they beat West Indies by 4 wickets with 25 balls to spare.
West Indies, who were invited to bat first by Ireland, posted a score of 304 runs for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of the 50th over.
The Windies top order crumbled as Dwayne Smith’s wicket fell for 18 runs and Chris Gayle for 36 runs in 79 deliveries. Darren Bravo was run out for a duck as Marlon Samuels only managed 21 runs at the expense of 49 deliveries.
The West Indies innings was rescued by Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons who put up a crucial 154 run Partnership in 21.1 Overs as Simmons reached his century in 83 deliveries followed by Sammy’s 89 runs in 88 deliveries.
At the Irish bowling camp,John Mooney, Max Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien claimed a wicket each as the slow left-arm orthodox bowler George Dockrell claimed three WI wickets maintaining a healthy 5 run an over economy.
Ireland, who took the field in reply to the West Indies 304/7, had an amazing start as the run chase built up on three successful top order partnerships between openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling for 71 runs, Stirling and Ed Joyce for 106 runs followed by a 96 run partnership between Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien.
The three partnerships saw Ireland at 273 for the loss of just 3 wickets at 39.2 overs before the next three wickets began to fall rapidly within just 13 runs.
Niall O’Brien saw the Irish innings through with an unbeaten 79 runs as John Mooney hit the winning boundary to claim another big victory for Ireland.
For West Indies, Gayle and Samuels claimed a wicket each as the Right-arm fast bowler Jerome Taylor claimed 3 wickets while giving away 71 runs in 8.5 overs
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