ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 5th Match: All-round Ireland stun West Indies

Stirling was named Man of the Match for his innings of 92

Stirling was named Man of the Match for his innings of 92

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A superb all-round performance by Ireland saw then stun the West Indies by four wickets at the Saxton Oval in Nelson.

Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien all excelled with the bat as they made 92, 84 and 79 not out respectively.

However, West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons and all-rounder Darren Sammy deserve a lot of credit for scoring 102 and 89 respectively.

Ireland captain William Porterfield would have been thrilled with his decision to bowl first after his bowling attack reduced the West Indies to 87/5 in the 24th over.

Simmons and Sammy stemmed the bleeding with a 154-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Sammy was caught by George Dockrell at deep midwicket off the bowling of John Mooney.

Sammy’s brilliant knock of 89 came off 67 balls and included nine boundaries and four sixes.

Sammy made the highest score by a number seven batsman in World Cup history

Sammy made the highest score by a number seven batsman in World Cup history

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Simmons and Andre Russell kept the runs flowing with a 61-run partnership, during which Simmons registered his second ODI century, before he was caught by Dockrell at deep cover off the bowling of Max Sorensen.

Simmons’ magnificent innings of 102 came off 84 deliveries and included nine boundaries and five sixes.

Simmons celebrates after scoring his second ODI century

Simmons celebrates after scoring his second ODI century

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Thanks to Simmons and Sammy, the West Indies finished on 304/7 off their 50 overs.

Dockrell was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mooney, Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 305 to win, Ireland got off to a great start as Porterfield and Stirling amassed a 71-run partnership before Porterfield was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Gayle for 23.

Stirling and Joyce built on Ireland’s strong start with a 106-run partnership, during which both batsmen recorded their half-centuries, before Stirling was caught behind off the bowling of Marlon Samuels.

Stirling’s excellent knock of 92 came off 84 balls and included nine boundaries and three sixes.

Ireland’s dominance with the bat continued as Joyce and Niall O’Brien put together a 96-run partnership, during which O’Brien brought up his half-century, before Joyce was caught by Darren Bravo at deep cover off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

Joyce’s superb innings of 84 came off 67 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Joyce played some glorious shots during his knock of 84

Joyce played some glorious shots during his knock of 84

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Andy Balbirnie only made nine runs before he was caught by Bravo at deep midwicket off the bowling of Taylor.

Gary Wilson scored one run before he was caught by Gayle at silly mid-off off the bowling of Taylor.

Kevin O’Brien failed to trouble the scorers as he was run out by Dwayne Smith for a golden duck.

Despite the late flurry of wickets, Niall O’Brien kept his cool and carried Ireland to a four-wicket win with 25 balls to spare.

O’Brien ended up making 79 off 60 balls, which included 11 boundaries.

O'Brien smashed 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 79

O’Brien smashed 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 79

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Taylor was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Gayle and Samuels claimed one wicket each.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was disgusted with his side’s performance, and said: “It was a tough loss and obviously putting up 300 should have been enough, but it wasn’t today. They came and added impetus for us (Lendl and Sammy) towards the end, but it wasn’t enough. We tried to be better with our bowling at the Powerplay and the death overs, but we weren’t able to pull them back. I think we just need to be a bit more precise when we set fields. We are just giving away too many boundaries during the middle overs.”

Porterfield was ecstatic to have beaten the West Indies, and said: “It is obviously fantastic to win. This sets us up nicely for the next few games. Belief has been growing within the squad for a long time and we know what we are capable of, not just in this game but the other games in the competition as well. 300 was probably about par as we knew the pitch was good with a very quick outfield, so we felt it was well within grasp. Stirling and Joyce kicked on beautifully for us before Niall finished off the chase. I believe Ireland can qualify for the knockout stages. We are going into different conditions as we move on to Brisbane now. We just want to keep proving ourselves to the others.”

Stirling with named Man of the Match, and said: “Great to get that first win of the competition and hopefully we can make it two for two in a week’s time. It was a good toss to win and insert West Indies, we realised that and got early wickets.”

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