|First T20I, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada|
|Ireland 208-7 (20 overs):Stirling 95, O’Brien forty eight|
|West Indies 204-7 (20 overs)E Lewis fifty three, Pollard 31; Minute 3-29|
|Ireland make a selection by four runs|
Ireland edged out world champions West Indies by four runs in a dramatic first T20I between the sides in Grenada.
Ireland made 208-7, with Paul Stirling (95) and Kevin O’Brien (forty eight) placing on 154 for the gap wicket, the vacationers’ highest ever partnership for any wicket in that invent of cricket.
Wickets fell continually thereafter and the hosts looked well positioned to meet their target until losing late wickets.
Evin Lewis top-scored with fifty three, Josh Minute ending with figures of 3-29.
Ireland had suffered a 3-0 whitewash to West Indies of their present ODI series, lacking a soft chance to exhaust victory within the second match either facet of heavy defeats.
The closing two T20 video games will exhaust grief in St Kitts and Nevis on Saturday and Sunday.
The make a selection is handiest Ireland’s second over the West Indies within the 20-over format, their previous success coming in Kingston in 2014.
And it is handiest their third make a selection against WI in all dinky-overs cricket, having also won a one-day global in 2015.
Ireland’s flying originate
Openers Stirling and O’Brien got Ireland off to a flying originate, sooner than O’Brien used to be pushed aside for forty eight midway by technique of the thirteenth over, having hit two sixes and 4 fours off 32 balls.
Stirling raced to his half of century in precisely 20 balls and smashed eight sixes and six fours in his 95 off 47 balls, his highest T20 fetch.
The Irish batsman played a sweep shot but a top edge saw him caught within the discipline by Lewis off the bowling of Hayden Walsh.
At that stage Ireland gave the impression to be on target to better their file T20I fetch of 225-7 against Afghanistan in 2013 but had been unable to acquire on their flying originate as they’d contain loved, although ending up with a creditable total.
Gareth Delany used to be their subsequent highest scorer with 19, while Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre and Dwayne Bravo, taking half in his first West Indies game since 2016, took two wickets apiece.
The West Indies made steady development in reply but Minute claimed the wickets of Sherfane Rutherford and Bravo within the closing over and with five wanted to make a selection off the closing ball, the house facet had been unable so as to add to their tally.