King missed the Zimbabwe game due to an illness but he showed no signs of rust as he seamlessly switched into hitting mode. Right from the moment he lunged out to drill an extra-cover drive to the boundary off the first ball, he meant business.
When Ireland came out to chase, their approach was evident. Stirling kept attacking the spin of Akeal Hosein with ferocious sweeps, while Andy Balbirnie took advantage of Pooran's punt of bowling Odean Smith - and not Jason Holder - in the powerplay.
When Hosein had Balbirnie caught at point for a 34-ball 37 in the eighth over, there was a ray of hope for West Indies. They didn't concede a boundary between overs 7.5 and 10.2 - the only time when they appeared to have any semblance of control.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo