West Indies v Ireland, 1st T20, Kingston February 19, 2014

Joyce leads Ireland to another famous win

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Ireland 117 for 4 (Joyce 40*) beat West Indies 116 for 8 (Cusack 2-17, O'Brien 2-17) by six wickets
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Ireland reaffirmed their reputation for giant-killing acts on the ground where they first shook up the established order as Ed Joyce's unbeaten 40 led them to a first international win over West Indies. Joyce and Andrew Poynter laid the main plank for victory during a 58-run stand, after their bowlers had done superbly to restrict a rusty West Indies, as Ireland issued another warning that they will not be in Bangladesh just to make up the numbers next month with a win over the World Twenty20 champions.

Sunil Narine, ranked the world's No. 1 T20 bowler, had to wait until his 23rd delivery to take a wicket - deceiving Poynter with a carrom ball - and he was one of several West Indies big guns to be successfully spiked. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and the captain, Darren Sammy, have not played much cricket in recent weeks and their return from various injuries was painful on several levels.

Kevin O'Brien, one of two survivors from the team that beat Pakistan at Sabina Park during the 2007 World Cup, hit the winning runs but there was no exuberant celebration this time, just handshakes for the opposition and the knowledge of another job well done, another point made. Zimbabwe, the Full Member in Ireland's qualifying group at the World Twenty20, which begins in just over three weeks, will have been looking on nervously.

Ireland were quickly on the back foot in their chase, openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling dismissed inside eight balls, but Joyce and Gary Wilson steadied things, adding 29 in 5.2 overs. The required rate rose above a run a ball after Wilson was bowled, coming down the pitch and aiming a heave at Samuel Badree, but Joyce played a cool hand, ably assisted by Poynter in only his fifth T20.

They put on the decisive stand, by far the highest of the match, with Poynter hitting six boundaries - including two in an over off both Sammy and Ravi Rampaul - on a pitch that West Indies' batsmen had struggled to master. Poynter was bowled by Narine for 32, his highest T20 score, but the target was in sight and O'Brien, like seven years ago, was still there at the end. With five balls and six wickets in hand, Ireland had change to spare.

Ireland's bowlers made a solid start after West Indies chose to bat, despite Dwayne Smith finding his range with a six in each of Stirling's opening overs. Tim Murtagh removed Smith, caught in the deep hitting to leg, and Gayle then chipped Alex Cusack to long-on for a subdued 18 off 19 balls on his return from injury. That turned out to be the highest score of the innings, as Ireland kept a lid on the hosts for the duration.

At the halfway stage, West Indies were 58 for 2, going at less than a run a ball, and it got worse when George Dockrell had another big hitter, Marlon Samuels, stumped. West Indies were being throttled by a battery of miserly medium pace and another partnership failed to achieve escape velocity when Dwayne Bravo sliced to third man trying to hit Max Sorensen on the up.

Lendl Simmons was caught in the deep and two overs later Tim Murtagh yorked Andre Russell for 15, making him the fifth batsman to reach double figures but not pass 20. Two more wickets fell but 27 runs from the last three overs took West Indies scrambling beyond three figures, though it looked a barely respectable score. Ireland have shown by now that respect is the least they deserve.

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  • amit on February 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    We don't need to pull down BD or Zm to give Ireland a Test status. The problem is that the current situation demands a two-tier test grouping , with BD, ZM, IR, and AFG in the second tier , but BD is clinging on to it's "full" test status like an addict clings to his last supply of dope. There will be no improvement unless BD is convinced that being in 2nd tier will eventually help them.

  • Dwight on February 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    well done Ireland! give this country full status already...Ireland is oozing potential

  • Kashif on February 20, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Yaaaaayyyyyyy :) Ireland would perhaps be a test playing country within the next 24 months, although I really hope and wish it happens sooner than that - thank you lads for making us proud :)

  • jnjn on February 20, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    congratulations to Ireland from an Indian fan.also waiting for Gayle to come good next match.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Cricket is baffling to me...wonder why ever improving teams like Ireland and Afghanistan are given so limited opportunities and teams like Bangladesh that do not want to rise from dead for 10 years or more have been given test status...gone are the days when people appreciate Bangladesh beating a test playing nation once in a year...They need to win at least 2 out of 10 matches against test playing nations, if thats too much an ask..hand the test status to much higher potential nations Ireland or Afghanistan.

  • Girish on February 20, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    don't call it famous. they are a very good team. Way better than Bangladesh & Zimbabwe IMO. Though this thread is related to Ireland's win, I want to say something about Bangladesh. The way their players celebrate after taking a wicket as if they are Heroes rather than focusing on finishing the game is pathetic. Had it been Ireland in the same position as Bangladeshis were in the last two T20s & first ODI they would have won. Pity the way WI are playing. If they are at-least half as good as 1980's team, cricket would be awesome again.

  • Farhan on February 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Well Done Ireland. However im a little shocked here. Ireland lost 3 ODIs in this tour and they were against Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobaco A & Guyana. How on earth WI managed to lost to a team that couldn't beat those associates? Does it shows ireland's improvement and dire situation of WI cricket???

  • Maxim on February 20, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Otis Gibson and clyde butts two below average cricketers continues to take West Indies on the path their cricketing career went...down down down. Another team would have fired the coach already.

  • Darren on February 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    It is really annoying to see all these comments about Ireland losing to regional teams & trying to dimish our win yesterday as a case of the Windies being in dissaray and nothing to do with Ireland being a quality side.

    Yes we got beaten heavily by some regional teams but lets have a bit of perspective on those games please.

    1) We were missing Joyce & Stirlo from those games and Mooney clearly wasnt right either given the subsequent events 2) The Irish team had not played an over of cricket outdoors in 8 weeks leading up to the tournament where as the regional teams were well preped 3) They were playing in unfamiliar conditions they were not used to 4) They were blooding players like Young & McBrine who had 1 list A game between them prior to the tournament (Neither of whom made the team yesterday)

    Ireland used the regional tournament as preparation for the 3 games v the Windies. The results of those are largely irrelevent and not the main aim of this tour at all.

  • reuel on February 20, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    The WI squad for this series is very puzzling to say the least. I can't believe that Christopher Barnwell was not selected. Furthermore, I can't believe that Santokie didn't get a chance to play toady. I don't know what else this guy has to do to get a good run. Regardless if WI had defended the 116 runs they just made, their batting performance and shot selections were dismal to say the least. They need at least two good batsmen to hold the innings together and Sarwan should be one of those choices. Why play a team full of so called "big hitters" when they can't even score at a run a ball agains a team like "Ireland" and then ridicule Sars and Chanderpaul for scoring slowly. This is just madness on the selectors part. These two guys should be in the ODI team no questions asked! As for Chanderpaul, he just get better with age as does Misab of Pakistan. It is just so sad to see all of Chanderpaul's experience being under utilized. The coach and selectors needs changing asap!

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