West Indies vs Ireland, 1st T20I

    Ireland in West Indies, 3 T20I Series, 2020 | 1st T20I | Wednesday 15th January | 17:00
     Match Ended
    West Indies
    204/7 (20.0) RR:10.2
    208/7 (20.0) RR:10.4
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    Right then, a run-fest comes to a close. Paul Stirling set the stage on fire with his remarkable knock and powered Ireland to a total which eventually proved to be enough to edge out the home team. The action now shifts to St Kitts where both the remaining T20Is of this series will be played. The first one is on 18th January at 1800 local (2200 GMT). Do join us for the coverage. Cheers!

    Man of the Match, Paul Stirling, says it was a really good pitch and they put up a good score and felt they were in the game throughout. Further adds the Windies were up with the rate all the time and it was touch. Mentions that they enjoyed the game and he is happy to get over the line. Also says, you have different mindsets in a T20 game as there is more freedom in this format. Ends by saying they needed to keep taking wickets and it is a daunting task to watch those big men come in but they tried to take wickets at frequent intervals.

    Let's talk about the last 4 overs of the run chase. It was pulsating. With 45 needed off 24 balls, Ireland started to gain control. They even went on to get a firm grip once George Dockrell bowled a 2-run 17th over, making the required equation - 43 off 18 balls. Just when we thought that Ireland will dictate terms, Nicholas Pooran and Sherfane Rutherford smashed Barry McCarthy for 27 runs in an over to nearly put the chase to bed. 16 off 2 overs is pretty straightforward to achieve in this format but West Indies somehow managed to throw it away. Craig Young came up with a superb penultimate over where he removed Pooran and gave away only 3 runs. Nine times out of ten, a team will score 13 runs in the final over with Dwayne Bravo and Sherfane Rutherford in the middle. But that didn't happen this time around. Joshua Little kept his calm and bowled a tidy last over to take Ireland over the line.

    It was a see-saw battle in the literal sense! The pendulum kept swinging from one side to the another and there was never a moment that a team entirely felt in control. Chasing 209 was never going to be easy but given the firepower that West Indies possessed in their batting line-up, the run chase was always on. They initiated decently in the Powerplay, not going hammer and tongs like the Irishmen and laid the foundation. Evin Lewis once again looked in supreme touch but once he got out, Ireland started to grow in the match. However, Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer's counter-punch kept the visitors on the edge of their seats.

    What a nail-biter! Phew...that went right down to the wire and eventually, Ireland managed to hang onto this match by the skin of their teeth. They needed this win after getting thumped in the ODI series and will be delighted to come out on top in a crunch game.

    Over: 20 | 8 Runs
    0 19.6
    Joshua Little to Hayden Walsh

    A swing and a miss! IRELAND HAVE WON THE FIRST GAME OF THE SERIES! It is a full ball outside off, Walsh looks to heave it over the leg side but misses. Pindrop silence here in the stadium and understandably so, their team has lost by 4 runs!

    Khary Pierre walks in but it will be Hayden Walsh to face the final ball.

    W 19.5
    Joshua Little to Dwayne Bravo

    OUT! CAUGHT! Bravo gone and Ireland are ecstatic. They are on the verge of upsetting a top team in the international arena. Good length ball on off, Bravo looks to heave it away to the leg side but it takes the top edge and goes towards deep mid-wicket. Gareth Delany comes under it and takes a simple catch. 5 required from the final ball.

    0 19.4
    Joshua Little to Dwayne Bravo

    Good length ball down the leg side, Bravo looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad. The ball rolls to the leg side. Walsh wants the single but Bravo sends him back.

    2 19.3
    Joshua Little to Dwayne Bravo

    Two taken! Excellent running! That would have been a run out though had the bowler collected it, pressure gets the better of him. It is full and on middle, this is hit down to long on. They take one and then go for the second. The fielder fires it to the bowler who fails to collect it.

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