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245/10 (49.1)
West Indies won by 24 runs.
 
And just like that, the Windies have taken a one-nil lead in the three-match ODI series against the Irish. They will be eyeing a series win next up but one cannot rule the Irish out just yet. But that's it for this game's coverage. Until next time, this is Dwijesh along with my colleague Raghav signing off! Take Care and Good Bye!
Kieron Pollard (West Indies captain): The win is important. Even though we lost the toss and the way the Irish used the conditions, we did well. The same should continue going forward in the series as well. The partnership between myself and Brooks was something we needed but we left a few runs out there. We need to get better as a team. The bowlers did a decent job even though the pitch was good for batting.  At 165/2, I had to go to my best bowlers. Joseph, Akeal and Romario were good, they put pressure on the Ireland batters, which led to the win. 
Andy Balbirnie (Ireland captain): The fielding effort was good but we could have done better with the ball. Wickets falling in succession turned the tide. It was a bit disappointing for me and Harry, we wanted to stay till the end but we can improve going forward. We felt in control and the pitch was also good, the Windies bowled well but I think we are still a bit rusty and can do better. A lot of distractions off the pitch for us but happy to play some cricket!
Shamarh Brooks: Happy with the start but a bit disappointing not to have scored a hundred. It was all about an opportunity (on having to transition from Test to ODI cricket). The Irish bowlers were good with the ball using the conditions well but as it went on, the conditions improved and enjoyed batting with the captain!
Shamarh Brooks is the player of the match for his 89-ball 93 on ODI debut!
What a win, what a win for the West Indies! They have fought hard and won this match by 24 runs. 270 was pretty much defendable on this surface but considering the start Ireland were off to, it was not going to be an easy task for the West Indies.

Despite getting rid of William Porterfield in the second over itself, West Indies were on the back foot for the first half. Balbirnie and McBrine added more than 60 runs together for the second wicket before the latter was retired hurt. Harry Tector scored a beautiful half-century and added 100 odd runs with Balbirnie.

However, they both fell quickly and within 3 overs, all three off McBrine, Balbirnie and Tector were back in the shed. The match had slipped out of Irish hands as they kept losing wickets from there. Mark Adair and George Dockrell gave the supporters something to cheer about in the end and almost kept the hope alive for Ireland as the equation came down to requiring 25 runs off the final over.

A great performance nevertheless from the visitors. As for West Indies, their bowling unit stepped up at the right time. Three wickets apiece from Joseph and Shepherd while Odean Smith bagged two scalps helped West Indies clinch the victory!
49.1 Odean Smith to Josh Little, WICKET! West Indies complete a solid win over the Irish by a margin of 24 runs! It was a short ball bowled at Little, who awkwardly pulls it to Pooran at deep midwicket, who takes a very good catch running forward. With this, West Indies take the lead in the series!
Odean Smith [5.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack.

25 runs are needed off the last over.


Massive hit from Adair to bring an end to that over. Mathematically, Ireland are still in the match but they need a miracle from Mark Adair to chase this down now.
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0 /0 score
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cricket ball icon Romario Shepherd
48.6 Romario Shepherd to Mark Adair, SIX! A full-toss from Shepherd and Adair gleefully accepts with a cold-blooded hoick over long-off for a big six!
48.5 Romario Shepherd to Mark Adair, a similar ball bowled outside off, Adair has a big swing at it but fails to make contact
Equation: 31 from 8

Adair backs himself to chase it down by not taking a single, he needs five big hits here.
48.4 Romario Shepherd to Mark Adair, a length ball bowled across the batter, who blasts one towards extra cover but denies the single
48.3 Romario Shepherd to Mark Adair, a wide yorker from around the wicket from Shepherd, Adair tries to get underneath it but fails to make contact
Joshua Little, RHB, comes to the crease.
48.2 Romario Shepherd to Craig Young, WICKET! A full ball bowled at the stumps, Young chips it straight towards Pollard, who will not drop such chances in his sleep. Windies just another wicket away from a win now!

Young c Pollard b Shepherd 0(2b 4x0 6x0)
48.1 Romario Shepherd to Mark Adair, a full-toss bowled outside off, Adair blasts it straight to Pollard at long-off for a single
Romario Shepherd [8.0-0-43-2] is back into the attack
Mark Adair turns the single down and takes up the responsibility to deal with West Indies in the final couple of overs. He has the ability to hit big sixes and he needs to show the power-hitting ability today. 
48
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237 /8 score
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cricket bat icon Andy McBrine
34 (50)
cricket bat icon Mark Adair
8 (3)
cricket bat icon Craig Young *
0 (1)
cricket ball icon Alzarri Joseph
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