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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  • POSTED BY marlboro19 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.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | February 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY T.O.T 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 :)

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 20, 2014, 16:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY gmoturu1 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.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 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???

  • POSTED BY maximm 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.

  • POSTED BY darrenb 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.

  • POSTED BY snowprince 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!

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 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.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | February 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY T.O.T 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 :)

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 20, 2014, 16:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY gmoturu1 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.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 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???

  • POSTED BY maximm 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.

  • POSTED BY darrenb 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.

  • POSTED BY snowprince 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!

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    When does beating the Worst Indies becomes a "famous win" for any team. Worst Indies players only play to their abilities (which is limited) when they are playing for other teams, other than the Caribbean Team. They will hustle in the field and run quick singles when playing in the IPL or Big Bash but not for the West Indies. Why? It's all about the $$$$....no pride, no shame

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | February 20, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    As I've said before the constituent parts of West Indian cricket are stronger than the West Indies as a whole. That is because the West Indies exists in name only whereas when players go onto the field to play for Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and T&T etc they are representing their countries and play under their flags and play with pride without the political infighting and selection problems that continually plague the composite team known as the West Indies. The sooner they are broken up into their constituent parts then the better these countries will be on their own and the better world cricket will be for it too. It will probably never happen, but if it doesn't then the problems that so many people have been complaining about on this site will continue to happen indefinitely and the West Indies as we know them will continue to wallow in the depths whilst countries like Ireland and Afghanistan leave them in the dust forever in a day. Sad day for the windies but great day for Ireland!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 20, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Ireland is better than Bangladesh, no show off or anything they play their game With effort and calmness, should replace Bangladesh in test status

  • POSTED BY afghan_cric_lover on | February 20, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    congrates ireland well played i think bangladesh nd Zembabwe will be knocked out from twenty20 cup by Afghanistan and Ireland in first round ,,

  • POSTED BY larathegreatone on | February 20, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Can the West Indies team get to any lower points. let's look at the WI performance. Gayle had no cricket before coming into the game. sad. Smith ok i will give him this one since he was doing well in the 50 over game. Samuels again had no cricket and since the t20 finals he has done nothing. time to make a decision. Simmons is a proven failure he has all the talent in the world but he has no brain. time for him to move on. Ramdin has been doing well lately. Bravo to me is a huge disappointment he is just not performing and keeps getting out with irresponsible shots. Future WI test captain i think not. Sammy is not 100% fit. Rampaul is not fit why no Santokie. Badree and Narine were consistent as usual. The problem remains the batting again the teams is depending on Gayle to perform and i never thought i would say this but Pollard was missed. you want to know the strange thing when the IPL comes around these same under performing players are going to perform like champs. God save the wi

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 20, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    awesome Ireland :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 20, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    ireland should have more bilateral limited over tours. bang and zim are too scares yo have bilateral tours with them as they are scared of losing. we dont want Ireland to be the next Kenya. showing all the potential only to be shunned by the cricketing world

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | February 20, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @CodandChips how can you say West Indies was not the best team when they beat the second best team in the last world T20 tournament. Ireland got a good win yesterday but needs to prove themselves more against more superior oppositions. Didn't they just get beaten twice by 2 West Indies domestic teams in the recent tournaments. Be logical when you are making your comments.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | February 20, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    West Indies just won a final in 2012. SL are the real T20 world champs!

  • POSTED BY The_Millinator on | February 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Ireland have beaten the world champions. That's all I have to say. COYBIG

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | February 20, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @wirus: the Windies are not the only ones with those problems; here in Australia we've been frustrated with out board and lack of any accountability (both over the recent "Big 3" coup and a string of poor administrative decisions) but there is pretty much nothing we can do either :( it's the same for all the boards as far as i can tell unfortunately.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 20, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST thanks for the mention. I also stated that West Indies were "massively overrrated" which got criticised.Yes they are the world champions, but I think they only won 1 match before the semis. Certainly weren't the best team in the tournament. If anyone needs more convincing, England nearly won the champions trophy, which proves you don't need to be the best to win. The poor standard of West Indies cricket has been obvious by the way they play ODIs and tests.

    Good luck Ireland. Keep it up.

    Personally, I withhold praising West Indies for arranging this.3 matches isn't much, plus 3 domestic games. If West Indies cricket wasn't in such a dire state, and if they didn't have a series vs England and a WT20 to warm up for, would this be happening.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Ireland may not be that recognized in world cricket,but the truth is they have a lot of talents.Beating the WI is no surprise. WI was once a world power is now history. Their administration and coach has played a major role in the disintegration of WI cricket.For the longest while they have been whipped around the world and this is far from over.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | February 20, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Not that big an upset for those that follow cricket closely both Cod and Wirus called it.I was disappointed Santokie didn't start when he has consistently been the stand out T20 bowler domestically. I couldn't tell 100% from the stream but it looked like Sammy was limping/struggling ? if so it's ridiculous he's rushed himself back what else is absurd is W.I have chosen the squad for WC before Ire Eng tours and some guys in WC squad are not in this squad, Charles an Cottrell and when you think it can't get any worse Cottrell has never played a T20I game is not in the squad yet is off to Bangladesh ? Equally saddening as mentioned before is the scheduling of T20's midweek during the day giving no atmosphere or home support and to top it off no TV coverage. All in all it's one big tragic comedy of errors and to think this is the state right now when they're World Champs things are unlikely to get any better and forget defending the title I'll be surprised if W.I make it out the group.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | February 20, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Weren't they also just battered by the likes of Jamaica in 50 over matches? All this talk of test status because they win a t20 game!!

  • POSTED BY BMGhorse on | February 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    I think it's time they were given test status and allowed an amnesty on Irish players that have played for England.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | February 20, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    As predicted in my post yesterday, WI struggled and lost. Is anyone really surprised? Out of form players. Disunity and confusion. No investment in youth. Now here is another prediction: nothing will change. Having already chosen their squad for the world cup, all they can do is play each match until eliminated. Only WI choose squads for upcoming series before the current one is done, hence no way of measuring form. Only WI keep recycling the same players who fail repeatedly. Only WI have a board and management structure that is in no way accountable to the fans. Only WI reward coaches and other staff for failure whilst kidding themselves that good days are ahead. So, only WI will continue to decline, while others like NZ, Bangladesh and even Ireland rise and rise.

  • POSTED BY Duffman67 on | February 20, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Sustainability? There were only 2 players last night from the 2007 team that beat Pakistan -and Ireland continue to be competitive 7 years later. And thats without regular matches against the 'big' teams. Imagine what they could do if they get these kind of matches regularly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Ireland deserve test status

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | February 20, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    I hope we can learn something from Ireland. Our colombo track bullies are getting bullied by minnows. Well truly we are the minnows. We haven't won a single test series since 2000. And on top of that we cheat as well. An embarrassed SL fan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Tremendous win for Ireland, I didn't see that coming with their lead up form!

    @QTS, I don't think sustainability will be any problem at all. Look at this team for instance. No Rankin, no Mooney, no Johnston, no Niall O'Brien and they still come up with a win, these guys were all a big part of the Irish team 2 years ago. Mooney and O'Brien I assume will come back at some stage but it just speaks volumes about their depth and amount of talent coming through that they can win matches like this without those four guys. If only someone waved a magic wand and gave Morgan and Rankin back to them! Young blokes like Stirling and Dockrell have big futures ahead of them and I'm sure more will follow.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Congratulations to Ireland, I am from the West Indies , but cannot say that I am a West Indian fan because of the poor management and selection of players to represent the WI. Butts, Sammy and Gibson needs to go now in order for WI cricket to take off. Just imagine Ireland lost to Guyana but won against the WI that has no Guyanese in the team . The team was loaded with known recycled failures at the International Level and players such as Sammy and Gayle who has not played cricket for sometime. The WI selectors and management just continue to refuse to groom young players but instead continue to recycle chronic failures. The only treatment to this chronic disease is to instantly sack Buts, Sammy and Gibson all architects of the destruction of WI Cricket. The words of Holding and Tony Cozier continue to fall on deaf ears. I appeal to the WI people to stay away from the games .

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I am not amused. As far as T20 is concerned, a better team does not always win. It is like a lottery. Frankly speaking it is anybody's game on that particular day.

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | February 20, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Congrats to Ireland but I would be more convince that there are ready if they can win the next t20 against the W.I

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Is anyone surprised?W.I. will continue down the path to failure until the present system is totally revamped.The odd victory will continue to keep some hope alive only to be dashed by a string of failures.Coach and selectors must go and a proper structure to nurture cricketers from school level onwards must be implemented.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | February 20, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @Vikram Maingi: Ireland has an impressive record against Test nations but a problem might be sustainability. Does Ireland have guaranteed public support and pipeline of players after the current players retire? If their performance drops for some reason for a prolonged period, would the people still show interest in the sport? That was never a problem with Bangladesh where cricket by far the most popular sport. On the contrary, it was a crippling problem with Kenya, where the team performance diminished after the ban on Odumbe, and public interest almost disappeared, preventing the team to rise again. It is worth noting that Afghanistan is not in risk of it.

  • POSTED BY NumberXI on | February 20, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    I don't know if Zimbabwe have much to be nervous about, but I am pretty certain England will be nervous that if Ireland keep going like this, they may end up losing one of their key sources of players.

  • POSTED BY Roysingh1972 on | February 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    How come Guyana and Jamaica, beat the Irish in the ODI and West Indies lost to them? It should be a better team for the windies, but then again it is the West Indies! Unbelievable

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 20, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    ICC needs to be quicker on making decisions and handle situations rather than concentrating on collecting money. A team that had reached second round of WC 2007, performed superbly in WC 2011 did not play more than 3 international matches against major teams. Look at Bangladesh, how they got mature and fight to major teams after getting more and more chances despite complete initial failure for a decade. Kenya played semifinal in WC 2003 but still didn't play any international match against major teams post the world cup. Netherland beaten England in T20 WC 2007 but didn't get chance then after to play. Hope this in-form Afghanistan get enough chances to keep the rhythm with winning stream.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 20, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Cricinfo should now avoid calling Ireland wins famous win particularly against minnows like WI, Zimbabwe. They had beaten Pak, England, Bangladesh and have all measures of playing more international matches to be more mature as Bangladesh did.

  • POSTED BY german1 on | February 20, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    I was shocked to see Santoki not selected to play!! As for the big money men, there was no money on the line only pride for country so why bother?? Save the big performances for the IPL , etc

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @Vikram Maingi: I liked the fact that you are supporting IRE but your statistics goes against IND a lot. IND could get any win for 30 yearssss, not 30 months or days. In order to get a test status you need to have a first class cricket tournament and BD had that when they got the test status but IRE doesn't have any 1st class league in the country. IRE didnt win t20 against BD and based on the t20 you cannot give them the test status! let them play 4 day matches to see how they do then ICC will take a step regarding their test status. BD played against MCG home and away matches and did very good and had a 1st class league in the country, thus they got the test status. BY 2020-2024 BD will be a giant team whereas IND has had dominence in the cricket after 50 years and that just because they have a lot of money for cricket. Recently IND played 7 matches with NZ and lost 5, draw 1 and tied 1. ENG lost all matches in the ashes with AUS, coudn't even compete in any match at all.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Ireland beats West Indies in West Indies Now Ireland has wins against Pakistan, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in international matches. How long will ICC wait to announce a test status for Irish Cricket Team? Bangladesh got it by the virtue of a solitary victory, which was against Pakistan in 1999 World Cup. Their horrendous performance continued for the next few years, as they did not win even a single match in 2003 World Cup, not even against associate nations.

  • POSTED BY Ali-Sajid on | February 20, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Well done ireland keep it up and prove yourself in the world t20 as well. Hoping you reach the quarters atleast :).

  • POSTED BY okeabhijit on | February 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Ireland deserve Test Status in next 2 years.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | February 20, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Congrad Ire! you did it in their den. I am not surprised if you start beating us quite comprehensively with our current form. We are trying to achive our first away win since 2011.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | February 20, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Congrad Ire! you did it in their den. I am not surprised if you start beating us quite comprehensively with our current form. We are trying to achive our first away win since 2011.

  • POSTED BY RakeshDash on | February 20, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Good job Irish...well done

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | February 20, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Welldone Ireland, you beat the current T20 Champions, very good progress. I was fortunate enough to watch/enjoy the all time best fast bowling attack in the early to mid eighties but now its really painfull to see the boys from Carribean performing so poor in all formats of cricket. WICB president is happy that they will earn ---millions dollars in the upcoming years. So, money is more important than quality because I think after the retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, even it would be very difficult for WI to save test matches against bottom ranked teams.WICB try to find atleast one good bowler (not like legendary Tino Best) and a decent test batsman. Anyway, I think Ireland have a very good chance to qualify for the WT20 cup, as boycottians (Zimbabwe) are going through the tough period. Best wishes to both Ireland and West Indies for the next match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 20, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Ireland is a good. team if they play more cricket. then we found another great team like Australia england

  • POSTED BY ricardowill on | February 20, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    West Indies should play Holder and Cotteral consistently grooming them for the future. The team on paper looked very weak and result was not a surprise.

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | February 20, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Superb IRELAND. GO GO....Super

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | February 20, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    ireland far better than bangladesh, icc should scarp test status of bangladesh and make ireland immediately as full member.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | February 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Congratz Ireland ....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    WI will not be able 2 defend the t20 title

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Goes to show the game is 90% luck. Irish luck could win the T20 WC haha

  • POSTED BY rmcsr86 on | February 20, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    DOnt worry WI boys and dont need to worry . This team will definitely rock the T20 WC..................

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Congrats to Ireland, a team on the rise, on another historic win. This bodes well for world cricket; and it is about time that the number of top-tier established teams increase from 10, where it has stood for a long time.

    Ireland appears to have what it takes to join the big clubs and not just to make up numbers but to acquit themselves admirably as well.

    West Indies, on the other hand, have fallen on hard times and are a noticeably far cry from their heyday, from being supreme kings of the hill!

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | February 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Now, when will the BCCI permit Ireland to have their deserved test match status?

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 20, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Not a surprise given their abject performances of late, I don't think the Defending champions will be able to defend their title at the forthcoming WT20.

  • POSTED BY Not_Another_Keybord_Expert on | February 20, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Great job Ireland, it would be great for world cricket to see you guys get test status and with the improvement they have shown lately it should come in the not to distant future.

  • POSTED BY exuma on | February 20, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    What can you say about WI. It's only one match but the defending champions have loss to a team that could not beat a good regional team. On the brighter side, the only way now is up. Hopefully this will wake them up before the T20 World Cup. Too many big name and high paid players who are not performing. Exuma.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 20, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Congratulations! great win! Ireland must be a test nation after 2014.Andrew poynter look very good prospect. congratulations again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    ha ha ha its so funny to see this becose i sew a WI Fan mention b4 the match Ireland was a joke and there is no competition with them.. ha ha now wats happened?

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 20, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Interesting that Ireland struggled in the Regional50 against Domestic teams and then come out and pants the WI national team.

  • POSTED BY AussiePhoenix on | February 20, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Congratulations Ireland, great job. If only England weren't poaching your best players.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 20, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    That's why they did Darren bravo !

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Expected a better showing than what WI provided.Still not the correct team selected

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | February 20, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Congrat Ireland! Simply superb. You have done it in their den. We are winless in away matches for a long time. I am not surprised if you beat us one day.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Proud of the lads - great win. Joyce makes a big difference in stabilizing the middle order - great tight clever bowling - an all round well coached team playing to the top of their potential and a danger for any test nation not on its game. I fear retribution on Friday and Sunday, but we have a couple of our big hitters who could fire too ... look out for Stirling - he's due an innings and of course Kevin OBrien knows how to handle a bat. Great day!

  • POSTED BY WILAD on | February 20, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Total disgrace this team is. Gayle still not scoring. I bet he will blaze the IPL though. Smith continues his fine international career with another score under 20. Where is the heart?

  • POSTED BY Burbon on | February 20, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    This West-Indian team keep finding new ways to embarrass us.This Irish bunch participated in our domestic 50 overs competition and was thoroughly trashed by Guyana and Jamaica. Now they return a few weeks later to return the favor but this time the stakes were a much higher. So much for having some of the most expensive players in the IPL on your side.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 20, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Great victory for the men in green. They have proved themselves time and again. Now ICC should think about them seriously and give them more chances to play against the full members.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Fantastic result for the boys in green. Proof that they just need to play more cricket against the big boys as they are always competitive..

  • POSTED BY nikhil_indian_fan on | February 20, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    well played ireland. the one very good aspect of t20 cricket is that even the low ranked or supposedly not so good sides also have a decent chance. if the underdogs play well it doesn't matter what rank they have they can beat anyone. good to see that new teams are emerging in cricket and this sport loved by us all is expanding.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Top stuff from Ireland.I really hope they receive test status they deserve.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    It is hard not to love the Irish. They are so gutsy - and continue to slay giants. It's a great narrative and I for one hope to see them elevated when viable to the highest levels of the game.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | February 20, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Well done Ireland. You're really avery good T20 side. Hoping to see this type of performances frequently in upcoming T20 world cup. Good luck!!

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | February 20, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Superb performance from Ireland. I think they are much better than BD. Unlike the BD team they seem to know how to handle tight situations. Ireland will perform better if they get more matches against full members.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    It is a absolute shame in the name of Cricket that Ireland is devoid of test status. They are losing their BEST players to English team. Cricket can never be a GLOBAL game now that SOPs(Quoting Izaz Butt) are in charge!

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Santokie has good case against W I cricket. He should take them to court! The best t20 bowler in the W I but cannot make the team. All would have played in the C P L. Santokie was the best player,but cannot make team. Amazing!

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | February 20, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    A fantastic performance by Ireland. Joyce came into the side for the first time on tour and it showed in their performance with the bat. Whilst Joyce was standing firm at his end and turning the strike over regularly, Wilson, Poynter and O'Brien were able to play their natural games at the other end and they recorded a very comfortable first-ever victory over the West Indies. After a slow start to the tour they have now won their last two games. With another T20 and the one-off ODI to come they will look to consolidate their progress and head off to Bangladesh for the qualifying round of the T20 World Cup full of confidence, match practice and form - everything their major opponents for qualification into the T20 World Cup, Zimbabwe, don't have.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 20, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    this really great performance by Ireland. I believe they have all the potential to get Test Status in near future. good luck Ireland. ....

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 20, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Ireland deserves probationary test status, if not more. So does Afghanistan. I don't see how they can be any worse than Bangladesh in the early 2000s.

  • POSTED BY Mr_V_S on | February 20, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Ireland seem to be improving quite a lot. I again wonder what if Morgan and Ranking were also in the team. World T20 should be a treat from competitiveness perspective.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 19, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    Ireland :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 19, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    im a BD fan, nd yes Ireland clearly deserve to win nd clinch d series. They have what it takes, unlike our non professional Tigers who can loose an easy winning Match. They should teach our Players to become mentally fit to handle Pressure! I hope Ireland wins d series. ...

  • POSTED BY Jama on | February 19, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Did i read Ireland getting a test status very soon. May god grant me my wish.

  • POSTED BY tommyhawk on | February 19, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    I'm not surprised that WI would lose with Gayle and Samuels in the side. Watch their performances carefully.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Gayle,Sammy and Samuels should have scrubbed off themselves with steelwool before they stepped onto the field.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Too many superstars and not enough team members.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 19, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Ireland also beat the West Indies in 1969!

  • POSTED BY dulabari on | February 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Congratulations Ireland from a BD fan. Even though Ireland won against West Indies, people will start saying Ireland should get the Test status and Bangladesh should be kicked out. I sincerely want Ireland to get the Test status. It will be good for Bangladesh and the cricket world.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | February 19, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Take a bow, Ireland. It's time the ICC starting giving you Test matches against the weaker Test nations as you're clearly among the most worthy of Test status in the years ahead. Think, too, if Test status came Ireland's way, how many very good cricketers in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand (for starters), with Irish ancestry and eligibility but not quite able to break into the Test sides of those nations, would happily throw in their lot with Ireland. We all know the Irish diaspora is enormous, so no reason why they can't hold their own, become a force.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Congratulations Ireland. A thoroughly well deserved win

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 19, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    This is why T20 cricket is the BEST form of cricket. It's the ONLY format that provides a level playing field and fair competition; way better than test cricket. This is also why teams like Ireland and Afghanistan should play more T20 matches against the so called 'big boys'. Cause, only then they can expose the frailties of the so called 'test nations'. Well done boys ! I was cheering for you all the way from Canada. The World T20 is surely going to be an interesting tournament with teams like Ireland and Afghanistan. Can't wait.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 19, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    It's not a upset anyway, Ireland deserves much more.

  • POSTED BY irishmancricfan on | February 19, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    Great result for ireland. Well deserved

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    This was very poor from WI but nothing should be taken away from Ireland, this was a fine bowling performance against and extremely powerful, and deep, T20 batting line-up at home. There is really nothing more that can be said about their elevation that hasn't already been said, but suffice it to say that Zimbabwe will not be the only tam who should be very worried about this Irish team

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    woww what an amazing victory...beating the t20 world champions...absolutely wonderful...beating a team with gayle,bravo,samuels,smith,russel and co. in t20 is not easy for any team and here ireland have just stream rolled them...the message is clear...ireland is fast becoming one of the top teams..no one can take them lightly anymore..

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | February 19, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Ireland, but since no one outside Sabina Park saw them win, is it really a "famous" win? If India and Australia sleep through six cable channels of moribund highlight re-runs while Ireland beats the world champions on no TV channel or web stream, does anybody actually see it? I know Scotland beat Namibia because I saw it broadcast live on the internet. As for this match which Ireland allegedly won in Jamaica, I just don't really know.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | February 19, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    As long as Gibson continues to be West Indies coach - this downward spiral will continue.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    Nice to see the time Ireland have spent together in the West Indies paying off.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Respect indeed but we must beat teams with way more funding from the ICC to even have a chance of test cricket....Ireland should get TEST STATUS now and let the others fight it out against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.......

  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | February 19, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Wonderful. First of all, sincere thanks to West Indies for giving us a game when so few others will take the risk. Next, great to see the boys doing such a professional job. No fireworks, no histrionics, just keeping an eye on the run rate and getting it done. When Stirling comes off (and he will, in one of the two games left), our run rate will be somewhat different. Finally, great mix of experience and fresh faces. Joyce shows his continued worth and great to see Poynter doing his stuff.

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  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | February 19, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Wonderful. First of all, sincere thanks to West Indies for giving us a game when so few others will take the risk. Next, great to see the boys doing such a professional job. No fireworks, no histrionics, just keeping an eye on the run rate and getting it done. When Stirling comes off (and he will, in one of the two games left), our run rate will be somewhat different. Finally, great mix of experience and fresh faces. Joyce shows his continued worth and great to see Poynter doing his stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Respect indeed but we must beat teams with way more funding from the ICC to even have a chance of test cricket....Ireland should get TEST STATUS now and let the others fight it out against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    Nice to see the time Ireland have spent together in the West Indies paying off.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | February 19, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    As long as Gibson continues to be West Indies coach - this downward spiral will continue.

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | February 19, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Ireland, but since no one outside Sabina Park saw them win, is it really a "famous" win? If India and Australia sleep through six cable channels of moribund highlight re-runs while Ireland beats the world champions on no TV channel or web stream, does anybody actually see it? I know Scotland beat Namibia because I saw it broadcast live on the internet. As for this match which Ireland allegedly won in Jamaica, I just don't really know.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    woww what an amazing victory...beating the t20 world champions...absolutely wonderful...beating a team with gayle,bravo,samuels,smith,russel and co. in t20 is not easy for any team and here ireland have just stream rolled them...the message is clear...ireland is fast becoming one of the top teams..no one can take them lightly anymore..

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    This was very poor from WI but nothing should be taken away from Ireland, this was a fine bowling performance against and extremely powerful, and deep, T20 batting line-up at home. There is really nothing more that can be said about their elevation that hasn't already been said, but suffice it to say that Zimbabwe will not be the only tam who should be very worried about this Irish team

  • POSTED BY irishmancricfan on | February 19, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    Great result for ireland. Well deserved

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 19, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    It's not a upset anyway, Ireland deserves much more.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 19, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    This is why T20 cricket is the BEST form of cricket. It's the ONLY format that provides a level playing field and fair competition; way better than test cricket. This is also why teams like Ireland and Afghanistan should play more T20 matches against the so called 'big boys'. Cause, only then they can expose the frailties of the so called 'test nations'. Well done boys ! I was cheering for you all the way from Canada. The World T20 is surely going to be an interesting tournament with teams like Ireland and Afghanistan. Can't wait.