West Indies vs Ireland, 1st ODI

Ireland in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2020 | 1st ODI | Tuesday 7th January | 17:30
 Match Ended
West Indies
184/5 (33.2) RR:5.52
180 (46.1) RR:3.89
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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.

4 33.2
Barry McCarthy to Evin Lewis

FOUR! Heartbreak for Lewis! He just looks disheartened. How close was this? Full and outside off, a touch wide, Lewis throws his bat at it and seems to connect well too. The ball is high in the air but when the parabolic trajectory is completed, the meeting point of the ball and the ground is, agonizingly for Lewis, a metre inside the ropes! One bounce and into the ropes goes the ball. Oh bother, WEST INDIES WIN BY 5 WICKETS but Lewis loses by a run!

2 33.1
Barry McCarthy to Evin Lewis

Full delivery on off, Lewis drives it through point. The batsmen get two runs. He moves to 95. Can he get a hundred? West Indies need only 1 run to win the match.

Over: 33 | Maiden Over
0 32.6
Boyd Rankin to Kieron Pollard

On a good length on off, Pollard comes forward and blocks it.

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