all over! Johnston clears up Bashar, captain to captain, with a good length delivery on off stump, that sneaks past his ugly swipe and castles him! Ireland win by 74 runs and the crown erupts!
Great scenes at the Kensington Oval. Everyone on their feet, Irish, West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, whatever. Cheers, whoops, tears, bugles, drums, all out in appreciation of a good day's cricket. Johnston, stump in hand, leads his band of merry men off the field, acknowledging the supportive crowd. Bashar lopes off, head down. Bangladesh have beaten India and South Africa, but came up short against Ireland. Some sloppy cricket from them.
Ireland were lead by their captain from the toss, and thanks to Porterfield, Kevin O'Brien and Johnston himself, put up a very good total. Their bowlers backed up the batting effort, the fielding was enthusiastic, the body language better than their opponents. This win will do them plenty of good. The Irish supporters out here should be proud of their side. Irish eyes are smiling, truly.
Well, its been fun for me. Hope you enjoyed the commentary. I'll see you tomorrow - for my third stint in a row, whew! - as I bring you all the action from whats been billed as a finals' dress rehearsal, Australia v Sri Lanka at St George's. Its a 13:30 GMT start, as always, so bring your drinks, popcorn, friends, jerseys or whatever floats your boat and join me for another day's cricket.
Until then, be good, and on behalf of the whole Cricinfo gang, cheers!
Wait a second, you thought I wouldn't tell you who the Man of the Match was? How could you? Its Porterfield, for his fine innings of 85. Now go in, and I will definitely see you all tomorrow.
good length outside off stump, he gets forward and just pushes to cover
Successful over from McCallan
tossed up, spins away from his forward prod
tossed up on off stump, defended
Out lopes the No. 11, Shahadat Hossain. Any instructions from his captain? Not that I can see.
bowled! You-miss-I-hit kinda stuff! McCallan changes the pace, firing it in quicker on leg stump, Razzak exposes the stumps, swings at it, misses, and the base of leg stump is hit. Ireland one wicket away from their second win over Test-level competition
quicker, spins into him and he just manages to get bat on it, chopping to point
flatter, he comes out and swings again, inside-edging onto his boot
tossed up, he swings across the line to midwicket
We're into the home stretch now, folks. McCallan comes back on.
short and wide, he cuts, Porterfield dives, cant stop it, its in the gap and runs away for four
another slow, dibbly one down leg stump
overpitched, Bashar drives back to Johnston on the bounce
wayward delivery down leg stump
fuller on off stump, played to midwicket for one, the ball bobbed up and landed safely
shorter one, pulled uneasily through square
fuller on off stump, Bashar lunges over it, gets an inside-edge to midwicket, sets off, then sends Razzak back when he's well down the track, but Mooney from mid-on cant hit the stumps
back of a length, pitches and seams away, squaring him up, balls clips the glove and runs wide of the 'keeper
full and wide, and Razzak drives in the air over point for one out to the sweeper
quicker, fuller, outside leg stump, raps him and Botha asks - nay, yells - the question but Bowden says nope
back of a length outside off stump, he goes back and hammers it down past the stumps to long-off
good length outside off stump, steered to backward point