Ireland stun West Indies in dramatic T20I clast
Ireland have stunned the T20 world champions West Indies, that too on their home soil, as the tourists edged out the home team by four runs in a dramatic first T20I in Grenada.
This is Ireland’s only second win over the West Indies in the 20-over format, with their previous success coming in Kingston in 2014. They also beat West Indies once in the 50-over format back in 2015.
In reply to Ireland’s 208 for seven, the West Indies innings ended at 204 for the loss of exact same number of wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
Batting first, Ireland received a huge 154-run opening partnership thanks to Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien. This was Ireland’s highest ever papartnership for any wicket in that form of cricket.
While O’Brien made a solid 48 off 32 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes, Stirling fell just five runs short of a century. His 47-ball innings contained 6 fours and 8 sixes.
However, Irish wickets fell regularly thereafter, and the hosts looked quite well placed to reach their target comfortably, until they started losing late wickets.
Evin Lewis top-scored for West Indies, as he made 53 off 29 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. 31 (15 balls) was the next highest score from the captain Kieron Pollard. Josh Little ended with figures of three for 29 for the tourists.
Earlier Ireland had suffered a crushing 3-0 whitewash to West Indies in the recent ODI series, though they missed out on a glorious chance to take victory in the second match.
The final two T20Is between the two teams will take place in St Kitts and Nevis on Saturday and Sunday.
Scores: Ireland 208-7 (20 overs): Stirling 95, O’Brien 48; Bravo 2-28 beat West Indies 204-7 (20 overs) E Lewis 53, Pollard 31; Little 3-29 by 4 runs.