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West Indies vs Ireland, 2nd ODI

Ireland in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2020 | 2nd ODI | Thursday 9th January | 17:30
 Match Ended
West Indies
242/9 (49.5) RR:4.85
Ireland
237/9 (50.0) RR:4.74
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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.

6 49.5
Mark Adair to Sheldon Cottrell

SIX! Sheldon Cottrell, you beauty! A tail-ender has finished the game for West Indies. A length ball, outside off, Sheldon backs away and lofts it as clean as a whistle over extra cover! Time for the salute, young man, because WEST INDIES WIN THEIR FIRST ODI SERIES AT HOME SINCE 2014! And how! By a solitary wicket!

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