Today in the fifth game of world cup 2015 along with the first successful run chase of this cup came the first upset of the tournament. Match between Ireland and West Indies ended with Ireland notching up a resounding victory over their test playing rivals West Indies. This is the third consecutive world cup when Ireland has been able to pull off an upset, with the win against Pakistan in 2007 edition and against England in the 2011 cup. This victory also means that Ireland becomes the only team in the world cup history to successfully chase three 300+ scores ever.
Toss: Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The Irish skipper was not disappointed as Kevin O’Brien got the dangerous D. Smith caught by J. Mooney in the 8th over itself. Bravo was sent back without even facing a single ball by a brilliant throw by McBrine in the same over. Samuels and Gayle also departed quickly and West Indies was left reeling at 90 for five at the end of twenty four overs, giving winds to the fear of bundling before the stipulated quota. But then Simmons and Sammy joined forces and stitched together a gigantic 154 run partnership in 127 balls, propelling west-indies to a 300+ total.
Ireland started their innings on a very positive note with their openers gathering 71 runs for the first wicket. Ireland lost their captain potter-field for 23 in the 14th over. But Stirling and Joyce carried on the good work with quickfire half centuries and added 106 for the 2nd wicket. They were also helped by some really wayward bowling from the West Indies pacers. After Stirling departed, narrowly missing a well deserved century at 92, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien displayed brutality with the cricket ball smacking it all around the park and snatched the game from the Windies. There was a slight glitch towards the end, but Niall O’Brien was there to see his side through.
Paul Stirling was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant display with the bat that took Ireland home.
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