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737dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Joyful Ireland deepen West Indies turmoil

Ireland put the world in the cup as the obliging West Indies sleepwalked to an embarrassing defeat during which only Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons seemed awake in rescuing them from 87 for 5

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LMP Simmons
LMP Simmons
102(84) 9x4 - 5x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 18 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
12 2 13 25 6 12 3 29
PR Stirling
PR Stirling
92(84) 9x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
5 12 22 14 8 4 3 24

Best performances - Bowlers

GH Dockrell
GH Dockrell
O10
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
JE Taylor
JE Taylor
O8.5
M0
R71
W3
Eco8.03
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

6.55 pm: Well that is all she wrote at the Saxton. Ireland pull away with a famous victory, winning this one by four wickets, as they get their tournament off to a rollicking start. West Indies, well, they will have to go back and try to arrest this decline in performance as they regroup ahead of their next clash against Pakistan in Christchurch. I suspect their will be a grisly post-mortem following all this...And can we call Ireland giantkillers anymore? The rest of the teams in the group better start paying attention.

This is also the first time a team has won chasing in the tournament, so that should put that theory, to rest. And spare a thought for Holder, who was making his World Cup captaincy debut. It's alright Jason, cricket can be like that sometimes..

Well that is it from us. We sincerely hope you enjoyed our coverage of today's epic encounter. Till the next time, this is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo. Have a Guinness, will you?

William Porterfield, Ireland captain: It is obviously fantastic to win. This sets us up nicely for the next few games. Belief has been growing within the squad for a long time and we know what we are capable of, not just in this game but the other games in the competition as well. 300 was probably about par as we knew the pitch was good with a very quick outfield, so we felt it was well within grasp. Stirling and Joyce kicked on beautifully for us before Niall finished off the chase. I believe Ireland can qualify for the knockout stages. We are going into different conditions as we move on to Brisbane now. We just want to keep proving ourselves to the others.

Jason Holder, West Indies captain: It was a tough loss and obviously putting up 300 should have been enough, but it wasn't today. They came and added impetus for us (Lendl and Sammy) towards the end, but it wasn't enough. We tried to be better with our bowling at the Powerplay and the death overs, but we weren't able to pull them back. I think we just need to be a bit more precise when we set fields. We are just giving away too many boundaries during the middle overs

Don't forget to tune into our latest live showing of Match Point, which is set to begin momentarily. We should be getting more quotes from the match presentation, so don't go anywhere just yet!

Paul Stirling, Man of the Match: Great to get that first win of the competition and hopefully we can make it two for two in a week's time. It was a good toss to win and insert WI, we realised that and got quick early wickets.

The Man of the Match is Paul Stirling for his valuable 92 at the outset to set this up for Ireland

6.43 pm: A famous victory at the Saxton Oval as the World Cup is treated to their first upset, although maybe not so seeing the way Ireland bossed this affair. They began with a disciplined bowling performance that rocked West Indies to 87 for 5, before giving it away towards the end, but they have managed to redeem themselves with this wonderful chase.

Another World Cup, another huge Irish upset. Phil Simmons, their West Indies-born coach, will be mighty pleased with his boys.

6.41 pm: St. Patrick's day is just a month away, but you wouldn't have guessed it as Ireland celebrate like it is 1979. The Irish contingent within the crowd is having a whale of a time as well. The giant-killers do it once more as they add West Indies to their series of conquests as they continue to assert the qualities of the Associates. A famous victory in Nelson for the Shamrock Nation, shaped by the bats of Paul Stirling (92) and Ed Joyce (84), and it wouldn't have been complete without an O'Brien contributing, in this case, Niall with his unbeaten 79. They played with fearlessness and positivity, reminding the bigger nations about what cricket is really all about.

45.5
4
Taylor to Mooney, FOUR runs, Mooney hits the winning runs as Ireland cricket reaches greater heights! ends up getting away this pull which catches the edge to fly over the keeper to the boundary
45.4
0
Taylor to Mooney, no run, looking for the blockhole as this is drilled straight to mid-off

Cries of "Ireland, Ireland" going across

45.3
1
Taylor to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, manages to chip this fuller one over to the man at long off as there were some premature roars of celebration, but its not over yet folks
45.2
1
Taylor to Mooney, 1 run, able to scurry a single as this is worked away to the leg side to get Niall back on strike, much to the crowd's relief
45.1
0
Taylor to Mooney, no run, attempts a ramp to this shortish length that flies outside off to the keeper at a good height

Taylor to bowl with Mooney on strike

END OF OVER:
45 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | IRE: 301/6 (4 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 0.80)

  • Niall O'Brien78 (59b)
  • John Mooney1 (1b)
  • Kemar Roach6-0-52-0
  • Jerome Taylor8-0-65-3

Ireland need just the boundary now, although West Indies will be looking to keep them away from that for as long as possible

44.6
0
Roach to NJ O'Brien, no run, loud call for no as he defends this one on middle and off towards the off side
  • Ireland 'no fear' approach pays off

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons has never seen his team play better and believes the aggressive mindset, which appeared to take the beleaguered opposition by surprise, will become their trademark

  • Ireland gatecrash the cartel

    Tim Wigmore suggests that Ireland's display in knocking over West Indies so comfortably was another example of their "relentless harassment of cricket's cosy cartel"

  • Clinical Ireland are giantkillers no longer

    The days when all Ireland victories are termed a shock have long gone. Their defeat of West Indies was their most clinical performance against a "major" nation

  • West Indies unravelling at alarming rate

    It is little surprise that a team which pulled out of a major bilateral tour only four months ago, and against India of all opposition, continues to be the subject of murmurings of further discontent

  • West Indies v Ireland - #BendTheRules Moments

    #BendTheRules moments from the Group B match between Ireland and West Indies played in Nelson on Monday.

Sterling Stirling

92

Runs scored by Stirling, the highest for an Ireland opener against a top-eight nation in World Cups

Ireland open up

71

The opening standing between Porterfield and Stirling, the highest for Ireland against a top-8 team in World Cups

Fast Finish

198

Runs scored by West Indies in the last 20 overs of the innings, the second most for them since 2001

Miserly McBrine

26

Runs conceded by Andy McBrine, the third-fewest by an Irish bowler against a Test nation

Playing a lot of catch up

18

Number of times since 2012 that West Indies have lost five or more wickets for 100 runs or less, the most for any team

Gayle's slow blow

55.4

Chris Gayle's strike rate during this innings (36 off 65 balls), his lowest against a non-Test nation (min. 50 balls)

A Young Venue

3

Number of ODIs played at the Saxton Oval, Nelson, two of those involving West Indies.

Gayle stops blowing

18.7

Chris Gayle's batting average since 2013, the worst for any top-order batsman (min. 20 innings)