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West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope smashed career-bests of 179 and 170 respectively, and broke numerous records en route to leading their side to a 196-run win over Ireland.
Being put in to bat first, Campbell and Hope took the attack to Ireland’s bowling attack from the get-go and began building a formidable partnership.
The pair kept the runs flowing at a very healthy rate as Ireland tried to do everything possible to get a breakthrough.
Ultimately, Campbell and Hope amassed a 365-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed the 150-run mark.
Ireland finally got their first breakthrough in the 48th over when Campbell was caught by Ireland captain William Porterfield at mid-off off the bowling of Barry McCarthy for 179, which came off 137 balls and included 15 boundaries and six sixes.
Furthermore, this was the first time in ODI history that both openers have made 150 in an innings.
Three balls after Campbell’s dismissal, Hope was on his way back to the pavilion as he was caught by Lorcan Tucker at deep square leg off the bowling of McCarthy for 170, which came off 152 deliveries and included 22 boundaries and two sixes.
Even though West Indies skipper Jason Holder was sent packing for one run, the men from the Caribbean still finished on 381/3.
McCarthy was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Mark Adair chipped in with one.
Chasing 382 to win, Ireland were dealt a big blow on the seventh ball of their innings as Paul Stirling was clean bowled by Kemar Roach for a golden duck.
Roach struck again in his next over as Porterfield was caught by Sheldon Cottrell at short fine leg for 12.
Tucker failed to trouble the scorers as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Cottrell for a duck.
With Ireland struggling at 21/3, Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson amassed a 131-run partnership before O’Brien was dismissed by Ashley Nurse for a 77-ball 68, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Wilson went on to score 30 before he was caught by Roach at mid-on off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.
Nurse subsequently proceeded to carve through Ireland’s lower order, which led to them being bowled out for 185.
Nurse was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Gabriel took three, Roach got two and Cottrell claimed one.
Campbell was named Man of the Match.