KINGSTON: Harry Tector's unbeaten 54 helped Ireland to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in a rain-affected second One-day International at Sabina Park on Thursday to set up a series decider this weekend.
Victory saw Ireland square the three-match contest at 1-1 ahead of the teams’ return for a now decisive finale on the same ground on Sunday.
Ireland, set a revised target of 168 from 36 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after a rain delay of more than an hour, finished on 168-5 with 20 balls to spare.
This ODI was rescheduled from Tuesday, when Ireland were too depleted to field a side because of five coronavirus cases and two injured players. Four weren’t available on Thursday, including captain Andy Balbirnie.
They had been chasing 230 at the start of their innings and were well-placed at 158-4 when play was halted midway through the 32nd over.
By that stage, Tector had already completed his second fifty of the series following the 53 he made during a 24-run defeat in the first ODI, with the 22-year-old hitting four fours and a six.
George Dockrell fell after the resumption but by then Ireland were just three runs shy of victory.
Earlier, Romario Shepherd’s maiden ODI fifty helped the West Indies recover to 229 all out.
The two-time world champions collapsed to 111-7 after losing the toss but a ninth-wicket partnership of 58 between Shepherd (50) and Odean Smith (46) took the West Indies past 200 before they were bowled out with two overs left in their innings.
Shepherd, best known as a pace bowler, completed his first fifty in nine matches at this level off 41 balls, including seven fours.
But having made exactly 50, he was bowled by Andy McBrine, the off-spinner returning fine man-of-the-match figures of 4-36 in 10 overs.
Ireland paceman Craig Young (3-42) removed the West Indies’ top three, before number four batsman Shamarh Brooks made 43.
This series forms part of the World Cup Super League, with both teams looking to gain points to earn them an automatic qualifying place for the 2023 World Cup in India.
S. Hope c Rock b Young 17
J. Greaves b Young 10
N. Pooran lbw Young 1
S. Brooks lbw Dockrell 43
R. Chase c Stirling b McBrine 13
K. Pollard c Dockrell b McBrine 1
J. Holder c Rock b Little 3
A. Hosein c Adair b McBrine 11
R. Shepherd b McBrine 50
O. Smith c Campher b Little 46
A. Joseph not out 4
EXTRAS (LB-2, NB-1, W-27) 30
TOTAL (all out, 48.0 overs) 229
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-38 (Hope), 2-42 (Greaves), 3-43 (Pooran), 4-91 (Chase), 5-93 (Pollard), 6-104 (Holder), 7-111 (Brooks), 8-143 (Hosein), 9-201 (Smith).
BOWLING Little 10-1-40-2, Adair 9-2-42-0 (9w), Young 8-1-42-3 (3w, 1nb), McBrine 10-2-36-4 (3w), Campher 8-0-56-0 (2w), Dockrell 3-0-11-1 (1w).
W. Porterfield c Pollard b Chase 26
P. Stirling c Holder b Hosein 21
A. McBrine c Joseph b Shepherd 35
H. Tector not out 54
C. Campher b Hosein 12
G. Dockrell c Pooran b Pollard 5
G. Delany not out 1
EXTRAS (LB-7, NB-2, W-5) 14
TOTAL (for five wkts, 32.3 overs) 168
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-37 (Stirling), 2-60 (Porterfield), 3-104 (McBrine), 4-157 (Campher), 5-165 (Dockrell).
DID NOT BAT : N. Rock, M. Adair, C. Young, J. Little.
BOWLING: Hosein 8-0-51-2 (1nb), Holder 7-1-35-0 (2w), Joseph 6-1-32-0 (2w), Chase 5-0-19-1, Smith 2-0-8-0 (1w), Shepherd 4-0-12-1, Pollard 0.3-0-4-1 (1nb).
RESULT: Ireland won by 5 wickets (DLS Method)
SERIES: Level at 1-1.
UMPIRE: Joel Wilson and Leslie Reifer (both West Indies).
TV UMPIRE: Nigel Duguid (West Indies).
MATCH REFEREE: Richard Richardson (West Indies).
Published in Dawn, January 15th, 2022