Windies chase down easily in a run fest encounter
Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie struck his 4th ODI century to propel Ireland to a commendable 327 for 5 against the Windies in the fourth game of the tri-series in Dublin. Balbirnie shared a 146-run partnership with Paul Stirling to set the platform and later added another 84 with Kevin O’Brien which launched Ireland in the death.
O’Brien and Stirling offered Balbirnie wonderful support. After the early dismissal of James McCollom, dismissed by the fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, Balbirnie and Stirling dictated terms and flayed the Windies attack in the next 27.1 overs.
Balbirnie took his time and played himself in, while Stirling was the brisk scorer in the partnership. Spinners Ashley Nurse and Roston Chase were dealt with disdain by Stirling.
Meanwhile, Gabriel brought Windies back with back-to-back strikes. Stirling, who had batted wonderfully against the short ball top-edged a hook shot to fine-leg, after which Ireland skipper William Porterfield fell in the next over which turned out to be a massive blow for the Irish.
Not that O’Brien’s efforts took the shine off Balbirnie’s knock, who brought up his hundred in the 38th over of the match. Three of his four sixes came after he had surpassed the three-figure score.
In the end, Ambris’ 148 overtook Balbirnie’s 135 and Windies won the match convincingly yet again against Ireland.
Ireland327/5 in 50 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 135, Paul Stirling 77; Shannon Gabriel 2-47) lost to West Indies 331/5in 47.5 overs (Sunil Ambris 148, Roston Chase 46; Boyd Rankin 3-65) by 5 wickets.