Ireland pulled off the first biggest upset of ICC World Cup 2015 as riding on the great work from George Dockrell, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien, they defeated West Indies by 4 wickets with 25 balls to spare at Nelson.
Chasing a target of 305, Stirling got Ireland off to a flier as along with skipper William Porterfield, he added 71 runs inside first 14 overs before the latter lost his wicket to part-time offie Chris Gayle. Ed Joyce, the former England player who represented them in 2007 World Cup, came in at number three and carried on the blitzkrieg with Stirling and the duo put on 106 runs for the second wicket in 14 overs that shifted the game in Ireland’s favour. Stirling scored 92 off just 84 balls before losing his wicket to Marlon Samuels. He hit nine 4s and three 6s in his match-winning innings. Niall O’Brien, Ireland’s hero in their famous Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup, carried on the good work with Joyce and played an unbeaten 79-run knock to guide the team to another famous victory by 4 wickets.
Earlier after being put into bat, West Indies got off to a worst possible start as they lost their first 5 wickets for just 87 runs before Lendl Simmons and all-rounder Darren Sammy saved them from the blushes with their 154-run partnership. Sammy played a swashbuckling innings of 89 off just 67 balls before becoming John Mooney’s first and the only victim. Simmons then got a great support from Andre Russell as the duo added 61 runs in the final overs to take the team’s score to 304. Simmons scored his first hundred of the World Cup before getting out on the second last ball of the team’s innings.
Brief Scores: West Indies 304/7 (Simmons 102, Sammy 89, Dockrell 3-50) lost to Ireland 307/6 (Stirling 92, Joyce 84, Niall O’Brien 79*) by 4 wickets