1st T20I, St George's, Jan 15 2020, Ireland tour of West Indies
(20 ov, target 209)204/7
Ireland won by 4 runs
player of the match
end of over 208 runs • 2 wickets
WI: 204/7CRR: 10.20 
Hayden Walsh0 (1)
Khary Pierre0 (0)
Josh Little4-0-29-3
Craig Young4-0-31-2

4.45pm That's it from me, then. We'll have the match report up soon, in case you missed all the excitement that just went down in Grenada. Lots of cricket to come over the next few weeks, and we'll be bringing you all of it as always. Until we meet next time, goodbye!

Paul Stirling is the player of the match. ""It was a really good pitch," he says. "We probably put about a par score on, which showed in the end. I wouldn't say we were nervous, but they seemed to be up with the rate all the way through, until it flipped in the last over. A huge difference in mindset [between T20s and ODIs]. Here you have the chance to express yourself. In 50-over cricket you have to bat a little longer. It's quite a daunting task when you see the big lads come in, how hard and how far you hit it, so it was important that if we got a wicket, we put a squeeze on in the next few overs."

Mohit : "Can't stop my tears from flowing!! Great win ..richly deserved . Following the match through cricinfo at night 2.30 am in india Ireland you deserve it."

Mark: "Amazing! It looked as if that McCarthy over had settled it. Kudos to Ireland for managing bring it back."

4.36pm What a match. It seesawed so much, almost every over, and Ireland - who got a long way ahead early on in the match and seemed to keep losing momentum steadily thereafter - end up with just enough left in the tank to deny West Indies. We usually focus a lot on the finish of T20 games, and this was an exciting finish too, but Ireland won it right at the start, with that barnstorming 95 from Paul Stirling and his rollicking opening stand with Kevin O'Brien. West Indies did brilliantly to fight back from there, but that opening stand ensured Ireland had juuuust enough.

Little to Walsh, no run

is this a wicket? Does it matter? It's full, angling in and close to off stump, and Walsh has a big slog across the line but he can't find the desired connection, and the ball is past his bat and into the keeper's gloves, low. Josh Little has done just enough in the last over, and Ireland have held on for a narrow, yet massive win

He brought them desperately close, but he couldn't win it. Now it's up to Hayden Walsh, who's crossed over. Khary Pierre is at the non-striker's end. A sixer to win it, a four to tie. Little goes over the wicket to the left-hander.

Little to Bravo, OUT

Back of a length, angling into off stump, and Little has got his man! Bravo looks to whip over deep midwicket, hits it reasonably well, but not well enough, and Delany takes the catch a few yards in front of the rope

Dwayne Bravo c Delany b Little 9 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

Five off two...

Little to Bravo, no run

back of a length, shuffles across to flick and misses. Hits his thigh pad and rolls into the square leg region, but he declines the leg-bye

Little to Bravo, 2 runs

goes full now, on middle and leg, driven firmly towards long-on, along the ground, and they were always going to run the second, just to keep Bravo on strike. Stirling's throw to the keeper's end was pretty decent, but Little can't collect cleanly, and a run-out is missed with Walsh quite a bit out of his crease

Little to Bravo, SIX runs

wow. Length ball, angling into off stump, and he barely moves. Just stands there, keeps a steady base, and half-pulls, half-whips over the midwicket boundary. Incredible shot under pressure

Well, well. Dwayne Bravo is on strike now with 13 needed off five. Hayden Walsh is the new man in. Little goes round the wicket to Bravo.

Little to Rutherford, OUT

The field was set for a wide line, but he bowls this fairly close to off stump, back of a length. It wasn't necessarily a great delivery, but Rutherford didn't quite middle his leg-side slog. Clears his front leg, connects only halfway cleanly, and long-on, moving to his left, takes a fairly straightforward catch

Sherfane Rutherford c Dockrell b Little 26 (13b 0x4 3x6) SR: 200

Ireland have only used five bowlers. Josh Little has one over left, and he'll bowl the last over. West Indies need 13. The left-armer will bowl from over the wicket, with fine leg and third man inside the circle. Square leg is in the circle too. Deep backward point and deep point are back.

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 196/5CRR: 10.31 RRR: 13.00 • Need 13 runs from 6b
Sherfane Rutherford26 (12)
Dwayne Bravo1 (3)
Craig Young4-0-31-2
Barry McCarthy4-0-55-0
Young to Rutherford, 1 run

full on off stump, driven along the ground, hard, to long-off, and Rutherford keeps the strike

Little mid-pitch conference between the batsmen.

Young to Bravo, 1 run

shortish slower ball outside off, whip-pulled in typical DJB fashion to deep square leg

Young to Bravo, no run

length ball outside off, driven firmly again, on the up, but straight to extra-cover once more

Young to Bravo, no run

full outside off, driven firmly but too close to extra-cover

Phew. 15 needed now, off 10 balls, and in walks Dwayne Bravo. Playing his first game for West Indies in three-and-a-half years. He kept them in the game with the ball. Can he win it for them with the bat?

Young to Pooran, OUT

shortish on leg stump, here's another late twist. Opens up for a half-sweep, half-pull, but he hits it in the air and too close to the man at deep backward square leg

Nicholas Pooran c Delany b Young 26 (23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 113.04
Young to Rutherford, 1 run

full on leg stump, almost a yorker. Looks to flick, closes his bat face early, and the ball rolls into the covers off the leading edge

Craig Young, from over the wicket.