West Indies draw T20I series with Ireland

An outstanding 91-not out from Lendl Simmons helped West Indies make light work of Ireland’s above average total of 138 in the third and final T20I match of the series in St. Kitts.

Lendl Simmons 91*
Simmons scored 91* off just 40 balls.

Thanks to Simmons’ 40-ball knock which included 10 sixes and five fours, the hosts won the match by a massive margin of 9 wickets with 54 balls to spare.

Thanks to this victory, West Indies now draw the series with Ireland 1-1. After having been stunned in the series opener by just 4 runs, the second match produced no result due to rain and scrubbed West Indies’ hopes of going into the series final on level terms.

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In that second match, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard had been on top of his game, though with the ball in hand. He delived his career-best spell, taking four wickets at expense of 25 runs. But eventually his efforts went in vain because of the shower.

Talking about this match, Kevin O’Brien was the top-scorer for his side with 36 while Andrew Balbirnie was the second highest. But apart from these two, no other Irish batsmen could contribute anything of note. Hence their innings ended on 138 in 19.1 overs.

Pollard was once again the top bowler of his side, taking three for 17. Dwayne Bravo also grabbed equal number of wickets for 19 runs.

In reply, it was almost all about Simmons, who unfortunately missed out on a hundred. His opening partner Evin Lewis was also solid on his way to 46 before falling to Simi Singh in the 11th over.

Earlier West Indies had whitewashed Ireland in the three-match ODI series.

Brief Scores: Ireland 138 in 19.1 overs (Kevin O’Brien 36, Andrew Balbirnie 28; Kieron Pollard 3-17, Dwayne Bravo 3-19) lost to West Indies 140/1 in 11 overs (Lendl Simmons 91*, Evin Lewis 46) by 9 wickets.

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