Ireland beat West Indies to set up series decider

This was the second time Ireland beat West Indies in an ODI after they successfully chased down 300-plus in a World Cup match in Nelson, New Zealand in 2015.

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Ireland have beaten West Indies by five wickets (DLS) in the rain-affected second ODI at Sabina Park, Kingston to level three-match series 1-1.
After a Covid delay, through which Ireland are without regular captain Andrew Balbirnie, the second and third ODIs were scheduled with one-off T20I cancelled.
Paul Stirling, who was also positive during the USA tour prior to this, came back to lead Ireland for the first time. He won the toss in first attempt and sent the hosts to bat first.
Craig Young delivered three early wickets for Ireland, taking out Shai Hope, Justin Greaves and Nicholas Pooran. Andy McBrine also came into the act as West Indies lost their seventh for 111.
Romario Shepherd resisted the Irish, joined by Odean Smith for the ninth wicket to frustrated the tourists quick runs. Smith played an entertaining knock of 46 runs off just 19 balls, striking 5 maximums aside 2 fours. Shepherd scored his maiden ODI fifty - 50 off 41 with 7 fours. 
The duo took West Indies' score to 229 in 48 overs. McBrine was the pick of Ireland bowlers for his four for 36.
Stirling and William Porterfield gave Ireland a flying start (37 in five overs). McBrine contributed with the bat too, making 35 off 45. Just as Ireland were cruising through, rain interrupted when they were on 157/4 after 31.2 overs.
The target was revised to 168 in 36. Harry Tector, who played well for his unbeaten half-century of 75-ball 54, took the Irish over the line with 21 balls remaining. 
This was the second time Ireland beat West Indies in an ODI after they successfully chased down 300-plus in a World Cup match in Nelson, New Zealand in 2015. 
The series decider is on January 16 with 10 World Cup Super League points at stake.