Ireland knock West Indies out of T20 World Cup

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Ireland have headlined the T20 World Cup 2022 so far with their nine wickets against West Indies, pushing the most successful side in the competition’s history out of the Super 12.

In winning the coin toss, West Indies opted to strike first in Hobart. Simi Singh and Barry McCarthy gave the Irish the lead, knocking out both openers on the power play, which slowed the pace of the runs.

As wickets continued to drop at the other end, Brandon King posted a respectable first innings tally for the Windies with his 48-ball-62 that included six fours and a high.

Odean Smith went hand in hand towards the end with his 12-for-19 cameo as the 2012 and 2016 winners completed their 20 overs at 146/5.

Just as they did with the ball, the Irish fly-half attacked the opposition from the start. Paul Stirling and skipper Andre Balbirnie 73 make 45 deliveries to start the pursuit.

Although Akeal Hosein provided the Windies with a breakthrough, it made no difference in the context of the game as goaltender hitter Lorcan Tucker then took the lead with Sterling, who then scored his 21st T20I fifty. The 32-year-old, who is also the fifth top scorer in the format, also broke the 3,000 point mark.

The defeat marked the sixth of West Indies’ eight matches in the competition since winning the 2016 final at Eden Gardens.

Brief scores

West Indies: 146 for 5 of 20 overs (Brandon King 62; Gareth Delany 3/16, Simi Singh 1/11)

Ireland: 152 for 1 of 17.3 overs (Paul Stirling 66 not out, Andy Balbirine 37, Lorcan Tucker 47 not out)

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