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Ireland celebrates a historic ODI series win against the West Indies

Ireland won the three-match ODI series 2-1 after defeating West Indies by two wickets in the final one-day international match

Ireland celebrates a historic ODI series win against the West Indies

After winning the deciding one-day international at Sabina Park by two wickets, Ireland completed a historic series victory against the West Indies. Ireland won their first ODI series away from home against a full member with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the third ODI. It was also only their second series win against a full member, following a triumph against Zimbabwe at home in 2019.

Ireland reached a winning 214-8 in the 45th over after bowling out the West Indies for 212 in 45 overs. It was a stunning finale to a two-nation tour disrupted by COVID-19, which began with Ireland's own record loss in a Twenty20 match to the hosting United States. On Sunday, an over-eager William Porterfield was dismissed by the opening ball of Ireland's chase, but the rest of the batting was patient and practical. The well-balanced upper echelon completed its task.

Paul Stirling, the stand-in captain, struck 44 off 38 balls with five boundaries and a six before being caught in the slips by Jason Holder. Stirling was eliminated with a score of 73-2. After capturing four wickets, No. 3 hitter Andy McBrine struck 59 from 100 balls before being edged behind. He was out for the second time at 152-3 and was awarded man of the match for the second time in a row. He was also named Man of the Series as a result of this. He took 10 of the West Indies' 30 wickets in the series with his offspin.

4th place With his 52 off 76 balls, Harry Tector made his third half-century in three matches. When Tector was out for 197-6 in the 42nd over, Ireland was on the verge of victory. Akeal Hosein's two wickets in three balls added some late drama, but Ireland's victory was sealed with a boundary for the match and series with 5.1 overs to spare by tailender Craig Young.

All three ODIs were played at Sabina Park, where the West Indies won the first by defending 269 runs, lost the second by making 229 runs, and gave themselves little chance by putting up only 212 runs. West Indies got off to a great start thanks to opener Shai Hope. In the eighth over, his eighth boundary brought up the team's 50, and his ninth boundary in the tenth over brought up his own half-century, which he reached in 37 balls, the fastest of his career. West Indies went from 72 without loss to 119-7 in 17 overs when he was dismissed for 53 after top-edging a hook from Young to fine leg.

McBrine made an impact by lbwing Nicholas Pooran (2) and Shamarh Brooks (1), as well as getting an edge on skipper Kieron Pollard (3). Holder, who was dropped on 30, scored 44 before being run out, Hosein scored 23 before being caught and bowled by McBrine, and Odean Smith made an unbroken 20 for the West Indies, who didn't look like they'd get over 150.

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