Windies chase improvement as final beckons

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

The rain arrived two days earlier this year so it should be all systems go at Malahide today (10.45am) with Ireland facing the West Indies in the fourth match of the Tri-Series, also involving Bangladesh.

If you can't watch live, the match is available to be watched on-demand via ESPN+.

Ambris is not part of West Indies' World Cup squad, and while Balbirnie is going to be in Ireland's squad whenever they play - they aren't going to play in the World Cup.

West Indies beat Ireland in their first meeting of the tournament at Clontarf last Sunday when Shai Hope and John Campbell posted the highest opening stand in ODI history of 365.

The wicket didn't yield Ireland's progress though - Mark Adair was promoted up the order to join O'Brien for the last six overs with 257 on the board. "The difference between Friday's match [against England] and today was that on Friday everything stuck which is great for us on the day, but today everything went just out of reach - they didn't really give any chances".

"We were well placed at one stage to chase a total of 330, but perhaps the start we had losing early wickets made it hard of course to chase 380".

Balbirnie has rapidly pushed his way to the front of the rank of Ireland batsmen.

"I can't explain how I'm feeling, to be honest".

"The Windies game was disappointing but we've the chance to rectify things".

West Indies captan Jaosn Holder.

In the second ODI of the series, the Windies fell to Bangladesh, who chased down 261 with five overs to spare.

Ambris batted till the 40th over, and all through, he kept West Indies abreast of the required run rate. "He's the quickest West Indian to 2000 runs, which is a really phenomenal feat".

"So I'm very, very positive that we can bounce back against Ireland and when we play Bangladesh the second time around, we will put up a much better performance". "But hopefully, we can get him back on the park and firing on all cylinders once more", Holder said. It's something that I've been working towards, something that I wanted to achieve.

Carter formalised the result when he edged Rankin just wide of the 'keeper for four to third man, as the Windies completed just their second ever 300-plus chase in ODIs.

Realistically they had little alternative with only the games against England and the West Indies to judge their original selection on, and the only two players who failed to live up to expectations were William Porterfield and Lorcan Tucker.

Other reports by iNewsToday