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Sammy dismissed Poynter, O’Brien and Thompson
West Indies captain Darren Sammy took three wickets in quick succession to help his side beat Ireland by 12 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Jamaica.
Sammy’s heroics also meant that the West Indies ended the series as a 1-1 draw after Ireland pulled off a shocking win in the first Twenty20 International.
However, Ireland pace bowler Alex Cusack deserves a huge amount of credit as well as he ripped through the West Indies’ batting line-up with four wickets.
Ireland captain William Porterfield will have been pleased with his decision to bowl first as West Indies opening batsman Andre Fletcher was caught behind off the bowling of Cusack for 19.
Dwayne Smith only made 11 runs before he was caught by Porterfield at point off the bowling of Cusack.
Marlon Samuels failed to have an impact as well as he was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Thompson for 10.
Dwayne Bravo also made 10 runs before he was run out by Porterfield.
Lendl Simmons scored 12 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Kevin O’Brien.
All-rounder Andre Russell mustered eight runs before he was clean bowled by Tim Murtagh.
Sammy failed to save his team as he was run out by Porterfield for just two runs.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin only scored five runs before he was caught by Porterfield at deep midwicket off the bowling of Cusack.
Cusack struck again in his next over as Samuel Badree was out caught and bowled for five runs.
Thanks to a spectacular bowling performance by Ireland, the West Indies were restricted to 96/9 off their 20 overs.
Cusack was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Murtagh, O’Brien and Thompson chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing a simple target of 97 to whitewash the West Indies, Ireland got off to a shoddy start as opening batsman Paul Stirling was clean bowled by Krishmar Santokie for two runs.
Porterfield only made five runs before he was cleaned up by Badree.
Ed Joyce managed to score 10 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sunil Narine.
Andrew Poynter failed to have an impact with the bat as he only scored two runs before being caught by Samuels off the bowling of Sammy.
Things went from bad to worse for Ireland as O’Brien was clean bowled by Sammy for three runs.
Thompson did not fare any better as he was caught by Smith at deep square leg off the bowling of Sammy for seven runs.
Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson gave Ireland a major boost with his knock of 35 off 39 balls, which included four boundaries, before he was caught and bowled by Bravo.
Cusack scored eight runs before he was run out by Bravo.
Needing 20 runs off the last over, Ireland only managed to score eight runs, leaving them 12 runs short of their target.
Sammy was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Santokie, Badree, Narine and Bravo snapped up one wicket each.