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Ireland Thrashed West Indies and Keeps the Series Alive

Irish bowlers blew away the big names in West Indian batting lineup

Roohan Adeel

Ireland defeated West Indies in the second match of the three-match ODI series and leveled the series by 1-1. Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl first. 

Craig attacked early

Shai Hope and Justin Greeves opened up the innings for West Indies. However, Craig Young broke the opening stand by departing Shai Hope for 17(37).  Craig Young also dismissed Greaves in the very next over. West Indies had a turbulent start with the bat as Young hauled his third consecutive wicket by dismissing Pooran. Sharmrah Brooks and Roston Chase brought up a partnership of 48 runs. 

Andy hauled four wickets

After Craig Young, it was Andy McBrine who thrashed West Indies batters by dismissing Chase and captain Pollard in a space of two overs. However, Romario Shepherd scored an incredible fifty under pressure. Odean Smith also lifted the side and took the total above 200. Smith smashed 46 off just 19 deliveries that include five massive sixes and two fours. Andy McBrine removed Shepherd to take his fourth wicket and wrapped up the innings for 229 runs.

Captain fantastic registers a new record

Due to bad weather conditions, Ireland made a quick start. Porterfield and Paul Stirling contributed 37 runs in their opening stand before Akeal Hosein gets Paul Stirling for 21(15). Captain Paul became the first Irish batter to complete 5000 ODI runs in his career. Porterfield looked for a boundary, but Pollard dismissed him by taking an easy catch. Andy McBrine performed brilliantly with the bat as well. He contributed 25 off 45 balls and Harry Tector got a lot of confidence from him to score his unbeaten half-century.

Rain-hit second innings

With the rain interrupting the game, the match was reduced to 36 overs and Ireland needed 11 more runs in 28 deliveries to finish the chase of 168 runs (D/L method). Harry Tector performed his job to finish the chase and Ireland won the match with five wickets and more than three overs to spare.

Irish team provide a tough time with the ball and rain helped them to finish the game. West Indies could have won the game if they managed to secure wickets early. The all-rounders from West Indies made a huge contribution to present a reasonable total.

Both teams are all set to play the third and series decider match between them.    

Player of the match

Andy McBrine was awarded ‘Player of the match’ as he hauled four crucial wickets and scored 35 runs to win the game.

Stirling said in the post-match conference:

"We're delighted with the way the lads responded, coming from a tough loss the other day. To come and put a performance in like this after the sort of off-field activities that have gone on, we're delighted to get the win." 

Scores in brief:

Ireland 168 for 5 (Tector 54*, McBrine 35, Hosein 2-51) beat West Indies 229 all out (Shepherd 50, Smith 46, McBrine 4-36) by five wickets (DLS method)

 

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