... IT NEARLY DOES! NEARLY! But it doesn't. Fullish, slanting away from off stump, and Lewis launches a big drive over extra-cover, only for the ball to land inches... INCHES... in front of the boundary. Lewis finishes unbeaten on 99
7.45pm And that concludes our live coverage of the first ODI. West Indies take a well-deserved 1-0 lead into the second match of the series, which will also be played at Kensington Oval, on Thursday. Do join us for that. Until then, goodbye!
Alzarri Joseph is the player of the match. "For me, it's a really good start to the year," he says. "It's just about putting in the hard work in training and doing the yards. My personal coach, Winston Benjamin, whenever I have something going on, I turn to him for advice. I kind of had an idea of how I wanted to bowl today, and I just kept it simple and bowled to my plans."
Nick P: "Feel like Lewis might have some words with Chase in the dressing room" -- Can you blame him for playing that lovely drive? I mean, give me a half-volley like that in the same situation, and I would (try to, and fail to) play that exact same drive.
7.35pm A most excellent finish to the game, but century or not, this was a lovely innings from Lewis, full of glorious strokeplay, especially square of the wicket on the off side, and through the covers. There were a couple of injudicious dismissals from the West Indies batsmen, but Ireland simply didn't have enough runs on the board. This was a pitch with some steep bounce in it, but otherwise it was pretty good to bat on.
Dylan Laubscher: "actually a two and a six for Lewis would be easier to help him get to 100.. he cannot trust partner to block out over.. what if bowler bowls a wide or no ball" -- Yup, it could just work out that way...
full, slanting away from off stump. Lewis drives with an open face, and he threads it past backward point, but has he hit it too well? Will third man, sprinting to his left, be able to stop the boundary? He does, and Lewis is on strike with the possibility of a century still alive
shuffles down the pitch to a length ball outside off, and defends into the point region
The captain walks in.
whoa, that came out of nowhere. This pitch has always had this in it. Digs it in short, and gets it to bounce brutally in the fourth-stump channel. Chase tries to sway away, tries to pull his hands out of the way, but can't prevent the ball kissing his gloves on the way through to the keeper
back of a length, angling in towards off and middle, defended to midwicket
back of a length on off stump, gets back and across to defend into the on side
So if Chase plays out a maiden, and if Lewis takes a single next over and the remaining five balls are dots, Lewis will have a chance to get to his hundred with a six.
back of a length close to off stump, defended into the point region
bouncer over off stump, sways his upper body away from the line to ignore it
back of a length, angling away from off stump, opens his bat face to steer towards backward point
shortish in the corridor, jumps to ride the bounce and dabs to third man
Replays show Lewis looking ever so slightly displeased as the ball ran away to the boundary.
full, a bit of width, and Chase leans into a flowing drive, with high left elbow, to beat cover diving to his right
bouncer over off stump, sways away and leaves it alone
full, angling down leg, can't connect with the flick. Was probably looking for the yorker
shortish, gets up near Lewis' stomach, swivels to pull along the ground to long leg
fullish, angling into leg stump, clipped to deep square leg
back of a length outside off, dabbed down to third man
back of a length, not far outside off. Waits a little longer this time and chops to third man
back of a length outside off, punched to point
short outside off, stops on Lewis a bit. Wants to cut this through point, but he ends up chopping into the covers instead
full on middle and off, driven to mid-off