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West Indies Record Chase Helps Win over Ireland

West Indies Record Chase Helps Win over Ireland Photo: TT
West Indies defeated Ireland again

West Indies beat Ireland by five wickets in Dublin, setting a record for the highest ever successful run chase for the side from the Caribbean.

From their last match Ireland brought in Boyd Rankin for LorcanTucker. The West Indies were unchanged.

Ireland won the toss in Dublin and opted to bat first. They suffered an early loss when McCollum was caught behind off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell but Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie then put on 146 for the second wicket. Stirling was caught by Cottrell off Shannon Gabriel for 77, having hit 2 sixes, and the bowler then had William Porterfield caught by Ashley Nurse.

However, Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien shared a stand of 84 for the 4th wicket, with Balbirnie completing an excellent century before he fell for 135, having hit 4 sixes and 11 fours, caught by Jason Holder, with Jonathan Carter the bowler.

O’Brien and Mark Adair added 42 before O’Brien fell for 63 to the bowling of Holder, having struck 3 sixes, leaving Adair who finished on 25 not out, together with Gary Wilson, to help their side close on 327 – 5 at the end of their 50 overs.

In reply, Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris put on 84 for the opening West Indian wicket, until Hope was caught by McCollum off Rankin for 30. Then Ambris and Darren Bravo combined, until Bravo was caught by a substitute fielder off the bowling of Stirling for 17. Roston Chase and Ambris shared then a stand of 128 for the third wicket, until Chase, who had reached 46, was bowled by Little.

At the end of the following over, Rankin had Ambris caught for 148, having struck one six and 19 fours, but Holder and Carter then effectively guided their side to victory with a partnership of 75 for the fifth wicket. Holder, who had produced 2 sixes, fell to the bowling of Rankin, but Carter, who finished on 43 not out, saw his side home with more than 2 overs still to be bowled.

Sunil Ambris was named man of the match for his innings.

Rajeev mcallister
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