Ireland in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 09 January 2020
RR: 4.85 | West Indies beat Ireland by 1 wicket
Right! A series win at last in ODIs for the Men from the Caribbean at home. And it has come at a time when their cricket is on a rise. Kieron Pollard continues his impressive display as a captain and will be gunning for a rare whitewash. Ireland, on the other hand, will be hurting. It will hurt for the next couple of days. But they need to lick their wounds and get ready for the third and final ODI in Grenada on Sunday, 12th January 2020 at 9 am local (1300 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
ALZARRI JOSEPH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He is relieved about the win. On his bowling, Alzarri says that the wicket looked a bit more even than the previous game, hence he had to alter his plans. Stresses that he always has full support from his captain and the team management. On the message in the dressing room when coming out to bat, Joseph says that the message was to play sensibly. On his lofted shots over mid off, AJ says that he was just trying to play every ball on its merit. On his skill as an all-rounder, Alzarri says that he always practises hard in the nets. On the series win, Joseph says that the series is won but the series is not done yet, with one more match to go.
Earlier in the day, Alzarri Joseph ran through the Irish batting line-up to inflict a middle order collapse. Though the visitors did well to bat out their 50 overs, they were eyeing 275-280 at one stage. Even after all this, they could still have won, had their fielding been better.
Hayden Walsh and Khary Pierre provided one of the most astounding lower order rearguard action adding 52 for the 8th wicket, in just 61 balls. And then, Alzarri Joseph did his bit, hanging around in a 32-run stand with Walsh. All this would have been for nothing had Mark Adair affected even one of the two run out chances in the final over.
The first rain break proved to be dismal for the Windies. They lost Pooran on the second ball after resumption and Pollard fell too. 140/4 suddenly became 148/7 and the match seemed to be gone. The rain came again and this time, the Irish were 30 runs ahead on DLS. Going early then? Think again.
The 52-run stand for the 4th wicket seemed to put West Indies on track but at that time, Shai Hope lost his wicket. Then came the irreplaceable Kieron Pollard. On a wicket where everyone was struggling, he started to time his shots from ball 1, registering a quickfire half century stand with Pooran. But it was at that point of time that the heavens opened.
If you remember what Alzarri Joseph said in the interview at the innings break, he mentioned that Ireland had got 20 runs extra. We did not believe it then. We have to believe it now. What an accurate judgement. With the pitch slowing down, West Indies struggled on it. They were 3 down in no time but Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran revived the game.
If you look at the last over itself, three back-to-back mistakes by Mark Adair who had a horror game. First, he missed a run out of Cottrell on the third ball. Then, he missed his run out again on the fourth ball. And finally, when a yorker was needed to the number 11, he bowled a length ball. Even if credit is to be given to Mr. Cottrell, what are the chances that with the field up, a length ball won't clear the field? 0-10. And Adair suffered. Got to feel for them but they alone are responsible for this heartbreak.
Phew. 599 balls bowled. 479 runs scored. 18 wickets lost. Wonderful game of cricket. Deserved no winner perhaps with both teams fighting hard. But inexperience at this level cost Ireland as they committed too many mistakes at the death due to nerves.
Is that the game? The substitute fielder Gary Wilson has produced an exceptional fielding effort. There is a run out appeal against Sheldon Cottrell. Referred upstairs. Has Mark Adair dropped the ball? Cottrell is not even in the frame but the bowler has lost control of the ball. Have the stumps been broken with the hand or has the ball deflected onto the stumps? Very close. Would be very harsh on either batsman or bowler to be adjudged out or not out. NOT OUT is the call.
Right. We are down to the final over of the match. Mark Adair will be bowling it but he has also been the most expensive bowler for Ireland. 7-0-42-1 so far. Of course, leave out Gareth Delany. Adair just has 4 runs to defend.
Sheldon Cottrell is the last man in. Nail-biting finish.
Mark Adair is back on. 6-0-33-0 so far.
Andy McBrine returns. 8-0-35-2 so far.
Mark Adair is back on. 5-0-32-0 so far.
Barry McCarthy returns. 8-1-25-2 so far.
Run out appeal! Has Joseph plonked his bat in? Nope. The replays show that the batsman is safe.
Drama! There is a massive appeal for a catch down the leg side against Hayden Walsh. The umpire has signalled a wide and Balbirnie has signalled for the review. Ultra Edge detects nothing.
Powerplay 3 is signaled. Five fielders will be outside the circle till the end of the innings.
Alzarri Joseph is the new man in.
Boyd Rankin is back on. 7-0-26-1 are his figures so far.
Andy McBrine is back on. 4-0-12-1 are his figures so far.
Mark Adair is back on. 3-0-16-0 are his figures so far.
We are back! That did not take long, did it? Here is Simi Singh again.
8.12 pm local (0012 GMT) - The rain seems to have subsided. The groundstaff is taking the covers off.
8.06 pm local (0006 GMT) - Well, the groundstaff is getting ready. The drizzle has returned and we are set for another break in play. Yes. The covers are being called on. It is not very heavy but heavy enough to take the players off the field. Ireland will not mind this one bit. This second rain interruption sees them 30 RUNS AHEAD on the DLS. The scoresheet says West Indies need to be 187 with the wickets lost and the overs bowled. But we may not be too far from a resumption.
Hayden Walsh walks in at number 9, replacing Shepherd.
Khary Pierre walks in at number 8. Upto the youngsters now to take West Indies home.
Barry McCarthy has been brought back on. 5-1-14-1 so far.
Romario Shepherd gets a chance to showcase his talent with the bat.
The players are back out in the middle. Boyd Rankin to finish his pending over.
UPDATE - 7.36 pm - Play is scheduled to resume at 7.45 pm local (2345 GMT). So don't go anywhere!
Where are they running? Oh my... it has started to rain. It is pretty heavy and the umpires are taking the players off the field. We understand that as per the DLS method, the Windies need to be 119 at the moment, with the wickets lost and the overs faced. Comfortably placed they are. The rain does not look too heavy and a resumption should be on soon.
Boyd Rankin is back on. 4-0-11-1 are his figures so far.
Captain Kieron Pollard walks in at number 6, replacing Hope.
Huge moment in the game. Shai Hope has been adjudged LBW! He has taken the review though. Looks plumb to the naked eye. Spinning down the leg side as per Ball Tracker, no wait! Something is clipping the leg stump, it is umpire's call!
Drinks Break! Just like Ireland, West Indies getting a bit of recovery after losing some early wickets. Two of their best batsmen, especially in ODI run chases are out in the middle, in the form of Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope. The required run rate is rising slowly but has not gone out of contention. West Indies are a batsman low tonight, so they will look forward top these two scoring the bulk of the runs. Meanwhile, Gareth Delany is into the attack.
Simi Singh introduced now.
Mark Adair is into the attack. He does not look a 100 percent, taking injections just before this game on the ankle.
Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders will be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Nicholas Pooran walks in next at number 5, replacing King. A slightly less depth in the batting tonight because of the absence of Roston Chase.
Boyd Rankin is into the attack.
Brandon King is the new batsman in.
Shimron Hetmyer walks in at number 3, replacing Lewis.
Barry McCarthy to bowl with the second new ball.
We are all ready for the second half of this contest. The Irish players spread themselves out in the middle. Following them are the West Indian openers, Shai Hope and errr... where is the second? Here he is. Seems like Evin Lewis forgot something because both batsmen started to come out at the same time but then Lewis went back. Now, he is back in. Andy McBrine to start off proceedings for the game. Hope to face. Here we go!