Ireland in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
Date & Time: 12 January 2020
RR: 5.47 | West Indies beat Ireland by 5 wickets (D/L method)
That's it from the ODI series then. West Indies have equalled Sri Lanka in terms of points in the ICC ODI rankings with this 3-0 series win. Now, it is time for some T20I action as both West Indies and Ireland take on each other in a 3-match series, the first one of which will be played on the 15th of January. The game will begin at 1300 local (1700 GMT). We will love to have your company for that game. Till then, take care!
West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard, starts by saying that he is really pleased with the performance. Credits the bowlers for superb outings in all the games. Feels that they were accurate with their lines and lengths. Praises the batting from centurion Lewis and lauds King and Pooran for their contributions. On the team changes, Pollard replies that they have had discussions on the changes in the dressing room. Talking about Hetmyer missing out from this game, Pollard tells that it is good for West Indies cricket as it tells the dynamics of the side.
Ireland skipper, Andy Balbirnie tells that they were outclassed by the West Indian bowlers. Feels that 250-260 should've been a good total. Adds that he is really proud of the boys and they will continue working hard. On the positives from the series, Balbirnie believes that the second game was a big positive. Feels they had a chance to win the game but they missed out on that one. Finishes by saying that they have the right balance in the squad and they have brought in some freshness to the T20I squad.
EVIN LEWIS IS NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH AND SERIES! Tells that he certainly is a relieved man as all the hard work he put in the nets came off today. Shares that his approach has not changed and adds that there was some spin but it was a really good wicket for batting. On his missed chance of scoring a century in the first ODI, Lewis says that he was determined this time to execute his plans and is delighted to score his maiden century in the Caribbean. Lets everyone know that the captain and coach are backing the players well and all their hard work in the nets is coming off nicely.
Ireland were extremely poor with their batting approach and apart from Andy Balbirnie, there was no fight shown by them. Hayden Walsh had a brilliant game where he claimed the third 4-wicket haul by a West Indian bowler in this series. During the chase, Evin Lewis displayed excellent form and stroked his third ODI ton. His partnerships with Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran were enough to see West Indies home. There was a rain interruption as well which got the target reduced to 197 in 47 overs but that didn't have much impact on the outcome.
A walk in the park for West Indies! They were not convincing in the last match but have produced a clinical win here to complete a clean sweep. The hosts never got pushed in this match. First, their bowlers were right on the button to restrict Ireland to a paltry total and then their batsmen stepped up to scale down the target without breaking a sweat.
Barry McCarthy to bowl the final over of the match, in all likelihood.
Roston Chase comes in next.
Romario Shepherd walks out to the middle, ahead of skipper Kieron Pollard. The skipper wants the young guns to take the side home.
Andy McBrine is back on. 7-0-37-1, his figures.
Craig Young is back into the attack. 5-0-32-0 are his figures so far.
Andy McBrine will bowl from the other end.
We are all set to resume! The Irish players are making their way back to the field followed by Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran. Simi Singh will finish his over. The revised target is 197 in 47 overs. 51 more required for West Indies.
Update 1532 Local (1932 GMT) - Good news, the covers have come off and the game should resume anytime soon. There are some wet patches near the boundary line getting the attention of the groundsmen. Stay tuned for more updates...
A big chunk of dark cloud is approaching the stadium. It's still bright and sunny but it has started to drizzle. Slightly strange as the umpires have called for covers under bright sunshine. And now... it's spitting down as the players leave the field. West Indies are 58 runs away from clean sweeping Ireland. They are also 58 runs ahead of the par score according to the DLS method. Lewis on 84 will be praying that the match resumes soon. Stay tuned...
Simi Singh is back on. 6-0-19-1, his figures so far.
Nicholas Pooran walks in at no. 5.
Mid off drops back.
Barry McCarthy comes back too. 4-0-26-1 from his so far.
Andy McBrine returns. 3-0-15-0 are his numbers so far.
Mark Adair is into the attack.
Drinks! West Indies are enjoying a decent position in the game. Lewis is going along nicely while King who joined him after the dismissal of Ambris is looking solid too. Ireland need wickets quickly or else these two can run away with the game really quickly. Let's see if the visitors find some inspiration in the coming hour and have some say in this match.
Who let the dogs out...Woof, woof, woof, woof! A stray dog has come out on the ground, strolling around. Everyone is watching the smooth sprint. Now, the groundsmen have managed to shoo it away.
Powerplay 2 is signaled. A maximum of four fielders can now be stationed outside the circle. Simi Singh, meanwhile, will continue with a slip for the new batsman.
Brandon King replaces Sunil Ambris in the middle. Craig Young is back on as well.
Simi Singh comes into the attack.
A short cover in place for Sunil Ambris as Barry McCarthy returns to over the wicket for the right-hander.
A short backward point in place as McCarthy runs from 'round the wicket for Evin Lewis.
Craig Young is into the attack. 1 slip in place for him.
LBW Shout! Up goes the finger. Shai Hope is not looking too confident here. He walks up to his partner and has a chat. Takes the DRS after that. The Ultra Edge finds no wood and the Ball Tracker returns three reds.
The wind has picked up. Let's hope all the clouds will get blown away.
Barry McCarthy to bowl from the other end.
There is some drizzle in the air!
Back for the run chase, folks! There is no rain threat currently as the sun is out but there are a few clouds around too. Out come the Irish players on the field. They were dismal with the bat and now will have to bowl out of their skins to make a match out of this one. West Indies are opening with Shai Hope and Evin Lewis and would hope that their openers provide a good start, unlike the last two ODIs. Spin to begin for Ireland. It's Andy McBrine to roll his arm. A slip in place...