sealed with a six, Sheldon Cottrell! He sized up for the big shot by opening his stance, got a full delivery outside off and he tonked it over the covers. The Kensington Oval has erupted, Ian Bishop is screaming on the mike
Alzarri Joseph is the Man of the Match, his second in as many matches: "Relieved about the win but it's a team game, we all put in the effort. The wicket was a bit more even than the first game, so I assessed early and bowl to the plan. As I said in the first game, we have full support from the captain. We wanted to bat sensibly and get to the score. When I went out to bat, there were a lot of balls to get there and I was looking to play ball every ball on merit. The win means a lot to everyone, but it's not finished, we have one game to go."
10.05pm That's all we have from this epitome of a nail-biter. the third ODI is a dead rubber now. Thanks everyone for tuning in, and to West Indies and Ireland for drilling it with drama. It's goodbye from Vishal and Alagappan. Ciao!
Noman: "It's 6AM here in Dubai and I'm watching this epic match, what nail biter. Credit to Irish players for the fight"
John: "Was the run out really that inconclusive?" It was very very close, the commentators Ian Bishop and Niall O'Brian agreed that it wasn't conclusive and I think the umpire wouldn't have been wrong to have gone either way.
9.49pm Such drama, so many mix-ups, there was comedy too, a close run-out call, horrible confusion and nerves, and all this in the last over. In the end, West Indies take the series. Some of the West Indies players have stormed out to hug Walsh and Cottrell, Pollard is walking out casually like he's on some Trinidad beach. Let's not forget Walsh's contribution here, he stayed very composed till the end (except denying that second on the fourth ball) and eventually too them through. West Indies' tail also showed the fight they needed for that one-wicket win.
Ireland's bowlers has a very impressive day, they were accurate, they didn't give many loose balls, kept taking wickets, but towards the end they conceded a few too many extras that cost them.
Alex97: "As a windies fan i would say ireland deserved this win... heartbreaking "
oh my goodness, there's more drama. We're not done yet! Walsh struck the full toss into the covers and didn't take off for the second at all, but Cottrell turned around and ran three-fourths of the second. The throw is in at the bowler's end when it should have been at the keeper's, Cottrell is on another planet, but the bowler doesn't collect the ball, he loses balance, Cottrell slips while turning around and he eventually makes it by the time the ball reaches the keeper's end.
Phew, that seemed like an eternity . Walsh on strike
that's very close, has Cottrell made it at the bowler's end? He pushed the ball down the ground, short cover put in a dive to his right and quickly threw the ball too, at the bowler's end. Hardly any time for Cottrell to make it. Direct hit and he was gone. Cottrell's bat is nowhere near the crease when the bails are dislodged but the third umpire wants to make sure that the ball is still in the bowler's hand when the stumps are broken. He's asking for different angles, he wants the zoom, he wants to rock and roll. Give him everything, I say! We have the zoom and it seems that the ball is popping out of the hands when the stumps are broken. The ball is hitting the stumps, in my view, this should be out. I wonder if Ruchira Palliyaguruge would have taken so much time and replays if so much was not at stake. Oh, he says the evidence is not conclusive, because he's not sure if the ball was in the hands or not when the stumps were broken. He gives the benefit of the doubt to the batsman, not out it is, the match goes on!
Mid off is in, long on is deep, Five in the circle
tries a yorker and Walsh drives it down to long on
Five off five now. Mid off drops back now
low full toss driven down hard and mid-off goes to his left to fire in a throw
It's come down to the last over. Get yourself some water or use the washroom quickly if you have to. This could be over soon. Adair runs in
covers the stumps by moving across and defends the flatter delivery by closing the face of the bat
full on off, he drives it to mid off
No. 11 on strike, two balls to go and then the last over. Balbirnie calls some of the fielders inside. Midwicket and long-on still in the deep
driven down to long off and they've taken a single
on middle and leg, he drives it back, it deflects off the bowler's right hand but goes to cover
goes back this time and defends in front of off
leans forward and taps the ball to point
A low-scoring ODI has come down to this: six runs and one wicket. Walsh on strike, McBrine with the ball. Will he go for the big shot? Around the wicket, no slip
full on the stumps and flicked along he ground to midwicket. The fielder dives to his left to get both hands
One wicket away and one shot away
tries to target the stumps but it's gone towards leg stump, he's stuck on the pad in front of leg, no run
Cottrell has two balls to face if he doesn't go off strike. Can it get any closer?
"This is what I wanted. How exciting for ODI cricket." All because of you, Alex
and he's chipped a catch to midwicket because of the pace variation! Slower delivery, short too, so it takes time to reach Joseph who has opened his stance already and then slaps the ball gently to midwicket. Like a friendly slap
and again, this time a more elegant straight drive! Pitched up, in the slot, and he drove that with a complete straight bat, high elbow and what not
smashed down the ground for a cracking four! That's the shot of a top batsman. It wasn't all that full, but it was in that line outside off and Joseph swing hard down the ground with a big follow through
on length on the stumps, driven into the covers
has the keeper dropped it? Joseph went back to push it on the off side, the ball turned from back of length, the pad in front of off stump, some gap between bat and pad and the ball may have taken the inside edge. Replays are not really conclusive
this time Joseph takes it on the pad as the ball turns when he goes on the back foot
sharp turn outside leg and it's a wide down the leg side