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Right then, West Indies qualify for the final with this win. That means only one out of Bangladesh and Ireland can come in. Ireland will hope for Bangladesh to lose both their remaining games, one of which is against Ireland themselves. The next game though is West Indies versus Bangladesh on the 13th of May, Monday at 1045 local (0945 GMT) where the former will be looking for revenge for the earlier loss in the series. If Bangladesh win that one, Ireland will be out of reckoning. Do join for us that one then. Till then, it is goodbye from us. Cheers!
Victorious West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that it is a very good victory. Credits Sunil Ambris and all the other batsmen who supported him. Tells that he was happy to bowl first but in the end, it was one of those wickets where one had to see how it plays. He mentions that they want to keep improving every game and that it was really nice to see the boys chase a daunting target of 300-plus which gives them confidence going ahead.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that it is a tough loss. He feels that the wicket was slightly tricky to start with and praises his batsmen who batted well. He reckons that the pitch slowed up a bit and bowling became tough and that the total just wasn't enough. Showers praise on Andy Balbirnie saying he is world class and that he has been in great form, and it is great for him and the side. Signs off by telling it was a good game of cricket.
Sunil Ambris is the Man of the Match. He says that he is very, very happy to have won the game for his side and tells that he is very lucky to have got the opportunity to bat in that spot (opening). Reckons the pitch was a really nice one to bat on. Signs off by saying that this kind of batting performance definitely spurs one on.
Well about the bowling of Ireland, not much can be said. It was always going to be tough to bowl on this surface and that was exactly what happened. They got carted all around the field by Ambris and co. and in the end, failed desperately in the attempt to defend 327. Rankin did get 3 wickets but was very expensive just like the others who did not look like having too much of an impact. All this meant that West Indies recorded their highest ever run-chase in ODIS! Stay tuned for the presentation.
Chasing 328, the away side needed a good start and that is what they got scoring 73 runs in the Powerplay. Hope did not last too long post that but almost every batsman who came in contributed. Sunil Ambris though took the opportunity by the scruff of the neck and ensured he made it count. An incredible 148 off just 126 balls along with significant knocks from others meant that the boys from the Caribbean got over the line with ease.
This has been a brilliantly engineered chase. West Indies have coasted to victory and go to the top of the table after 3 games played. They also confirm a place in the final with this win. Credit to a brilliant hundred by Sunil Ambris. He totally guided the chase and the rest played around him.
47.5BRankin to JCarter
FOUR! That is it! It is all over here for Ireland! A superlative chase from the West Indies. THEY WIN BY 5 WICKETS with 13 balls to spare! Coming to the winning shot, it was not too convincing but no one cares. A length ball outside off, Carter looks to cut but gets an outside edge that goes just wide of the keeper's reach for a boundary. Celebrations in the West Indies' camp.
Fabian Allen is the new batsman in but he will not be on strike as the batsmen crossed ends when the catch was taken.
47.4BRankin to JHolder
OUT! Oh no, what an anti-climax. Holder goes for the grandstand finish but ends up holing out. A length ball outside off, Jason looks to clear the long off boundary with a lofted shot but fails to time the ball as well as he would have liked it. The ball ends in the hands of Porterfield. Ireland live another ball.
47.3BRankin to JHolder
FOUR! A short delivery which has been pulled away ferociously. The ball has crossed the ropes in a canter. Four runs have been signalled by the umpire. What a shot. Just 1 needed now.
47.2BRankin to JHolder
SIX! Holder seems to be in a hurry to end this game. A length ball outside off, Jason lofts it over long off. High and handsome over the boundary ropes for a maximum. The umpire raises his arms in the air to signal a six.
47.1BRankin to JCarter
Length delivery outside off, Carter guides it towards third man for a run.
Boyd Rankin now comes back on.
46.6JLittle to JCarter
Length delivery on middle, Carter flicks it towards square leg for a single. 19 runs have come from the last two overs. West Indies need just 12 runs to win the match.
46.5JLittle to JCarter
FOUR! A desperate effort in the deep but the ball has gone to the boundary. A fuller slower ball on the pads, Carter sweeps this aerially through backward square leg. The ball goes to the right of O'Brien who tries to keep it in but can't do so.
46.4JLittle to JCarter
Full on middle, Carter flicks it to mid-wicket.
46.3JLittle to JCarter
FOUR! That has just dropped the dropping shoulders of the Irish even further. A short ball on middle, Carter pulls it through square leg and finds the rope. Brilliant shot and at much-needed time.
46.2JLittle to JHolder
Length delivery on off, Jason plays it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
46.1JLittle to JHolder
Short delivery on middle, Holder pulls it over mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
Joshua Little comes back on for his final over.
45.7GDockrell to JHolder
Full on off, Holder drives it towards mid off for a single.
45.6GDockrell to JHolder
WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Holder lets it go.
45.5GDockrell to JCarter
50 partnership between Jonathan Carter and Jason Holder. Tossed up on off, Holder plays it towards covers for a single.
45.4GDockrell to JHolder
Floated on middle, Carter flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
45.3GDockrell to JCarter
Has he kept that inside? A valiant effort from Kevin O'Brien at long on. A flighted ball from Dockrell on middle, Carter hits it to the right of long on where the big, burly guy runs and stops the ball but not fully. He manages to pull back the rolling ball back in just in time. Saves 3 runs for his team as the batsmen have only run one. 300 comes up for West Indies!
45.2GDockrell to JHolder
Full on off, Holder drives it through covers for a run.
45.1GDockrell to JCarter
Short on off, Carter makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
44.6MAdair to JHolder
Short of a length, jammed away to deep cover for a couple of runs. Dockrell runs to the ball to keep it in but fails to stop 2. 13 runs off this over, probably the game-deciding one. Just 31 needed now in 30 balls.
44.5MAdair to JHolder
Pushed uppishly towards long on. Couple of runs are taken as the fielder in the deep fumbles. Sloppy from Ireland at this stage in the game.
44.4MAdair to JHolder
SIX! Fuller length and it is punished! Adair looks on in despair. A half-volley outside off, Holder lifts the ball high and handsome over long off. Pressure-releasing hit!
44.3MAdair to JHolder
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
44.2MAdair to JCarter
Chipped over mid-wicket for three runs! Excellent running and fielding both! The fielder in the deep runs to his right and saves a run for his team with a brilliant stop.
44.1MAdair to JCarter
Fuller length ball outside off, driven to mid off by the lefty. No run taken.
Mark Adair replaces Joshua Little.
43.6GDockrell to JCarter
Tossed up on off, Carter plays it towards covers for a single. 7 runs have come from the over. West Indies need 44 runs in 36 balls to win the match.
43.5GDockrell to JHolder
Full on middle, Holder drives it towards mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
43.4GDockrell to JHolder
Floated delivery on middle and leg, Holder nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
43.3GDockrell to JCarter
Tossed up on middle, Carter plays a reverse sweep towards point for a single.
43.2GDockrell to JHolder
Flighted delivery on middle, Holder drives it towards mid on for a single.
43.1GDockrell to JCarter
Tossed up on middle, Carter flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
George Dockrell is back on.
42.7JLittle to JHolder
A great effort in the deep there and George Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien have combined to save 2 runs here for their team. Fuller one outside off, Holder drives this uppishly through point. Dockrell from deep cover runs to his left and stops the ball with a dive and just before touching the rope, throws the ball to O'Brien there. He has done really well as the replays too show the ball has been kept it! Two valuable runs saved.
42.6JLittle to JCarter
Full on middle and leg, Carter flicks it towards square leg for a single.
42.5JLittle to JCarter
WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Carter looks to go after it but misses it.