Ireland in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 07 January 2020
RR: 5.52 | West Indies beat Ireland by 5 wickets
Right-o! 1-0 to the ever improving West Indian side under an inspiring Kieron Pollard. Ireland do not have much time for a turnaround, as they have to get ready for the second ODI by Thursday, 9th January, which will be played at this same venue. The game begins at 1.30 pm local (1730 GMT). Do join us. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
ALZARRI JOSEPH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Feels that this has been a very good start for him in 2020 and he wants to stay focussed and build on this. Praises his coach Winston Benjamin and everyone else in the coaching staff to advice him whenever he had questions. On his bowling in this game, Joseph says that he just stuck to his plans and bowled accordingly. On his comeback from injury, Alzarri puts it down to the support from his team's staff.
Earlier in the day, the West Indies showed excellent bowling skills as they dismantled the Irish for a below-par 180. Alzarri Joseph used the pace and bounce on the track to his advantage and took 4 wickets, running through the visitors.
Ireland could not have much with the ball in this game. They needed early wickets and they did get one, in the form of Shai Hope but could not quite build on it. Simi Singh created a bit of a stir by taking 2 wickets in 2 overs but nothing apart from that.
In fact, in the entire innings, only Lewis played well. The others just played around him. He has scored more than 50 percent of the runs and the hosts needed just one good partnership. That they got, in the form of the 71-run stand for the second wicket between Lewis and King. That more or less sealed the chase. Yes, there was a bit of a collapse after that, as Windies blindly threw their wickets away but Evin Lewis ensured that he carried his bat through to win his team the game. Towards the end, he ran short of runs to get to his century but he will be satisfied with the way he played here.
So West Indies approached the chase of 181 as one should, when approaching a mediocre total. It was not a very low total, nor a very high one. It was one of those in-betweens, where teams often struggle to pace their innings. But not this West Indian team. Evin Lewis came out all guns firing and kept the chase well in control.
Lewis is on his haunches. Bitterly disappointed. The dressing room of the West Indies has its hands on its head. So near, yet so far. Kieron Pollard now walks across slowly to pat him on his back. Now, Lewis smiles.
Kieron Pollard, the skipper, is the new batsman in.
Rankin is back on. 5-0-24-0 are his figures so far.
Barry McCarthy is back on. 5-0-28-1 are his figures so far.
Roston Chase is the new batsman in.
Andy McBrine is back on. 3-0-10-0 are his figures so far.
Nicholas Pooran is the next batsman in.
Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.
Drinks Break! West Indies have lost just one wicket and have been going strong. Lewis and Brandon King are looking solid and would look to finish the chase as quickly as they can. On the other hand, Ireland need quick wickets to put pressure on the hosts.
Boyd Rankin is on.
Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders will be outside the 30-yard circle.
Mark Adair is the first bowling change.
Brandon King walks in at number 3, replacing Hope.
Barry McCarthy to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. The Irish players are out in the middle. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis will open the batting for West Indies. Andy McBrine will start the proceedings for Ireland.