Ireland Stun World Champions Windies By Four Runs In T20 Opener
Zeeshan Mehtab 3 days ago Thu 16th January 2020 | 12:25 PM
Ireland rode a career-best 95 from opener Paul Stirling before keeping their nerve in a nail-biting final over to pull off a four-run win over world champions West Indies in the first Twenty20 match on Wednesday
St. George's, Grenada, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :Ireland rode a career-best 95 from opener Paul Stirling before keeping their nerve in a nail-biting final over to pull off a four-run win over world champions West Indies in the first Twenty20 match on Wednesday.
The burly Stirling steered Ireland to 208-7 in their 20 overs.
However, the home side appeared comfortably on course for victory -- bringing up their hundred inside 10 overs with just two wickets down -- until the game was decided in the last over.
Needing 15 to win, all-rounder Josh Little (3-29) got rid of the dangerous Dwayne Bravo, one of two wickets to fall in the last over.
With five needed off the last ball and seven wickets down, Hayden Walsh could only wave his bat into thin air in a desperate attempt to win the game.
It was Lewis's sixth T20 half-century and followed knocks of 95 and 102 in the one-dayers.
But the Irish fielders continued to hold their catches to take the game into the last over.
Earlier, Stirling carted six fours and eight sixes in his 47-ball innings for his seventh T20 half-century.
He put on 154 for the first wicket with fellow opener Kevin O'Brien (48).
Ireland made 100 off just 6.3 overs and 150 in the 12th over before the West Indies bowlers applied the brakes after the openers fell within two runs of each other.
But the veteran star recovered to finish with 2-28 off his four overs, clean bowling O'Brien.
Leg-spinner Walsh took 1-25, his sole victim being Stirling caught at deep-midwicket going for the big shot which would have brought him a century.
The second and third games in the series take place on Saturday and Sunday in St Kitts.