Ireland in West Indies, 3 T20I Series, 2020

West Indies vs Ireland - 3rd T20I

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts

Date & Time: 20 January 2020

West Indies 140/1

RR: 12.72 | West Indies beat Ireland by 9 wickets

commentary

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West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard says, he is pleased with how they pulled things back, it is a small ground and it is not easy to contain but they did well. He feels they are on track and doing well at the moment, they are showing good intensity but they need to keep going. Mentions Simmons is a joy to watch when he is in that mood, for a little man he can hit them really long but he needs to be consistent and always give us good starts. Further adds, the batting throughout has been very consistent, the bowling though has to be tight.

Ireland skipper, Andy Balbirnie, says they were under par, they were outclassed in all the departments today. States the manner of the dismissals were very soft and it is very disappointing, however, they can take positives from drawing a series against the Windies. Ends by saying there are a few players who impressed and he hopes the others can learn too.

Man of the Series, Kieron Pollard, says the team wanted him to do a job with the ball, you need to come out of your comfort zone and deliver and he did so. States they need to bowl better with the new ball, they can't let the teams get off to fliers which could be dangerous against better oppositions. Mentions he uses his experience in his bowling and that is why he is doing well. He hopes the younger guys can also learn from the experience.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Lendl Simmons, says it was a good surface, after the rainfall, it was sliding onto the bat. States his role in this team is to go hard in the Powerplay and it is just about knowing your game now. Mentions he just wanted to go out and express himself, he did not get a score in the first game and he is happy with this performance. Ends by saying he is looking ahead for the T20 World Cup and they are preparing for that.

Credit though has to be given to the Windies bowlers! They were the one who set this victory up. They pulled things back outstandingly after O'Brien and Stirling got Ireland off to a flier. They did really well to pick up wickets at regular intervals and restrict Ireland to a below par score which they easily chased.

Chasing 139, one partnership is all you need and the Windies openers delivered. The two added 133 with Simmons being the mainstay and Lewis playing second fiddle. The latter fell 4 short of a half ton but Simmons stayed till the end and remained unbeaten 9 short of a ton. A destructive performance by him.

That was some hitting! Brutal stuff from Simmons, just the 11 overs to chase 139. WOW! Yes, the target was always under par but not many thought the Windies would do so quickly. Their players have rose to the occasion in this must-win game and ensured that they do not lose the series.

10.6
6
S Singh to L Simmons, SIX! Simmons ends it in style! He gets a gift to do so! A full toss on middle, Simmons pulls it well over the square leg fence. WEST INDIES WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND WITH 54 BALLS TO SPARE!
10.5
1
S Singh to N Pooran, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long off for one.

Nicholas Pooran is the new man in with only 6 required.

10.4
0
S Singh to E Lewis, OUT! In the air... taken! Stop the press, the Irish have broken through! A little too late but something to rejoice for them. Lewis walks back 4 short of a half ton. A good innings from him, played second fiddle to Simmons but has done his job. Simi slows it up and lands it on middle, Lewis looks to play the slog sweep but gets a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards the leg side. Wilson calls for it and takes it.
10.3
4
S Singh to E Lewis, FOUR! Just a maximum away! Shorter and on middle, it is hit hard down the ground towards the long on fence.
10.2
6
S Singh to E Lewis, SIX! 10 more needed now! Singh angles it into the batter, Lewis hits it high and handsome over the long on fence.
10.1
0
S Singh to E Lewis, On off, Lewis pushes it to covers.

Simi Singh is back on! This could well be the last over of the game, especially after looking at the way the two are smashing the ball.

9.6
6
B McCarthy to L Simmons, SIX! Just the 16 more needed now! A short one around middle, Simmons smashes it well over the mid-wicket fence. Another huge over.
9.5
4
B McCarthy to L Simmons, FOUR! Now a boundary! Over the off side. It is full and outside off, Simmons lofts it over covers and bags a boundary.
9.4
6
B McCarthy to L Simmons, SIX! Another biggie! Full and right in the zone for Simmons. He easily lifts it well over the long on fence. 8 sixes for him now.
9.4
0
B McCarthy to L Simmons, Very full but very wide outside off. Wided.
9.3
0
B McCarthy to L Simmons, The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side.
9.2
2
B McCarthy to L Simmons, A full toss around off, Simmons drags it towards mid-wicket. It is in the gap so two taken.
9.1
1
B McCarthy to E Lewis, A full ball on off, Lewis happy to stroke it gently to covers and turn the strike over.
8.6
6
M Adair to L Simmons, SIX! Just the 36 more needed now. One more short ball, this time Simmons gets hold of it as he hits it well over the long on fence.
8.5
1
M Adair to E Lewis, Full and outside off, it is hit hard through covers for one.
8.4
1
M Adair to L Simmons, The batsman has just lofted it over mid off. They pick up a single.
8.3
6
M Adair to L Simmons, SIX! Dealing in sixes is Simmons! A short ball on middle, LS pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
8.2
0
M Adair to L Simmons, A yorker now on middle, LS jams it out back towards the bowler.
8.1
0
M Adair to L Simmons, Simmons comes down the track but Adair bowls a short slower ball. LS smashes it back to the bowler.
7.6
4
J Little to E Lewis, FOUR! Shorter in length and outside off, this is hammered through extra cover and it races away to the fence. 50 more needed.
7.5
0
J Little to E Lewis, Shorter and outside off, Lewis goes after it with not much foot movement, he gets beaten.
7.5
0
J Little to E Lewis, A bumper but way too short! Wided.
7.4
1
J Little to L Simmons, Fuller and on the pads, this is worked down to long on for one.
7.3
6
J Little to L Simmons, SIX! Fifty for Simmons! He gets there in style! A short ball on middle, Simmons pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. He was given a chance and he made use of it. He would love to be there till the end now.
7.2
1
J Little to E Lewis, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. They pick up a single.
7.1
6
J Little to E Lewis, SIX! Powered! A short ball, it is the slower one. Lewis waits for it and hammers it over the long off fence. Raining boundaries here. The Windies are in a hurry to end this game.
6.6
0
S Singh to L Simmons, A dipping low full toss, it is hit back to the bowler.
6.5
1
S Singh to E Lewis, Shorter outside off, this is cut through covers for one.
6.4
1
S Singh to L Simmons, The batsman has picked it early and slogged it through the leg side. They pick up a single.
6.3
6
S Singh to L Simmons, SIX! All the way! Simmons makes room and Singh fires it on the leg pole. Simmons heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for one more maximum.
6.2
1
S Singh to E Lewis, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
6.1
4
S Singh to E Lewis, FOUR! Nicely played! Very full and on the pads, Lewis sweeps it nice and fine on the leg side and bags a boundary.

Simi Singh is on now!

5.6
0
C Young to L Simmons, Well fielded! Shorter and outside off, it is guided towards point where Stirling dives to his left and stops it. Saves three for his side. End of the Powerplay. West Indies are 57 for 0 after it. Another 82 needed.
5.5
0
C Young to L Simmons, A good short one outside off, Simmons looks to pull but misses.
5.4
4
C Young to L Simmons, EDGY FOUR! Short and outside off, Simmons cuts but it flies off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
5.3
0
C Young to L Simmons, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery.
5.2
6
C Young to L Simmons, SIX! That dropped catch is costing a lot, consecutive maximums! This time over the off side. short and outside off, Simmons slaps it over covers for a biggie.
5.1
6
C Young to L Simmons, SIX! That is a huge hit! Length and on middle, Simmons tonks it over the long on fence.
4.6
4
M Adair to E Lewis, FOUR! Safe again! A short ball around off, Lewis looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes over mid on. Balbirine hares after it. It lands ahead of him. He slides and tries to push it back but the ball rolls back towards the ropes. Balbirnie looks to push it back but fails to do so.
4.5
0
M Adair to E Lewis, Ball hits the batsman low on the pads.
4.4
1
M Adair to L Simmons, DROPPED! The skipper, Balbirnie is the culprit! Can't out down catches when you are defending a low total, especially such catches. A slower one on off, Simmons looks to go big but is early in the shot. He hits it high up in the air towards mid off. AB looks to take it but spills it.
4.3
1
M Adair to E Lewis, One more single as this is hit hard towards covers.
4.2
1
M Adair to L Simmons, Shorter, this is slapped wide of mid off for one.
4.1
1
M Adair to E Lewis, In the air... safe! A full ball outside off, Lewis looks to go big but ends up slicing it over covers for one.
3.6
0
J Little to L Simmons, That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad. A good comeback from the bowler after going for a boundary on the first ball.
3.5
1
J Little to E Lewis, Lewis makes room and Young follows him with a short one, it is mistimed towards mid on for one.
3.4
0
J Little to E Lewis, On off, kept out.
3.3
1
J Little to L Simmons, One more short ball, Simmons pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
3.2
0
J Little to L Simmons, A slower bumper, it is pulled towards short fine leg.
3.1
4
J Little to L Simmons, FOUR! Full and outside off, this is creamed through the covers for a boundary.

Joshua Little is into the attack.

2.6
6
S Singh to E Lewis, SIX! Gets hold of this one! Short of a length delivery on middle, Lewis pulls it over the deep square leg region for a maximum.
2.5
2
S Singh to E Lewis, EDGED BUT SAFE! Floated ball on middle, Lewis looks to slog it away but it goes off the top edge but luckily it lands safely in the deep mid-wicket region. The fielder makes a terrific stop just before the ropes. The batters take two.
2.4
0
S Singh to E Lewis, Flatter delivery on off, Lewis punches it to cover where Adair makes a good diving stop.
2.3
0
S Singh to E Lewis, Floated on middle, Lewis defends it back to the bowler.
2.2
2
S Singh to E Lewis, Floated on middle, Lewis looks to heave it away but it takes the inside half of his bat and goes towards deep mid-wicket. Two taken.
2.1
1
S Singh to L Simmons, Flatter delivery on middle, Simmons pushes it down to long on for a single.

Simi Singh is into the attack.

1.6
1
B McCarthy to L Simmons, Full delivery on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. A big, big over for the hosts.
1.5
0
B McCarthy to L Simmons, On off, Simmons drives it down to mid off.
1.4
4
B McCarthy to L Simmons, FOUR! Excellent batting! Short of a length ball on off, Simmons just guides it through the gully region for a boundary.
1.3
4
B McCarthy to L Simmons, FOUR! Bashed! Full delivery outside off, Simmons drives it through the cover region for a boundary.
1.2
6
B McCarthy to L Simmons, SIX! High and handsome! Short delivery on middle, Simmons stands tall and pulls it over the deep mid-wicket region for the first biggie of this innings.
1.1
0
B McCarthy to L Simmons, Short of a length ball on off, pushed to cover.
0.6
0
P Stirling to E Lewis, BEATEN! Floated ball outside off, Lewis looks to defend but misses it altogether. Good start from Stirling.
0.5
1
P Stirling to L Simmons, Floated on middle, Lendl pushes it to cover for a single.
0.4
0
P Stirling to L Simmons, Flatter one on middle, Lendl pushes it back to the bowler.
0.3
0
P Stirling to L Simmons, Flighted ball on middle, Simmons defends it to point.
0.2
0
P Stirling to L Simmons, Loopy delivery on middle, Lendl is solid in defense.
0.1
0
P Stirling to L Simmons, Floated ball on middle, Simmons defends it to mid on.

The run chase is all set to get underway! Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons make their way out to the field to resume the innings. Paul Stirling starts with the ball.