Windies Overcome Irish Scare
Windies Overcome Irish Scare, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
The Windies have been riding the momentum of a great stretch of wins, in their journey through the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier, and now have their eyes set on topping the Super Six. Their journey was made no easier by a tough Ireland side in Match 13.
A Frightening 5-Wicket Collapse
If finishing at the top of their group was on the minds of the Windies, their early string of dismissals didn't do much to show it. They suffered an unbelievable collapse early into the match's progress, which saw the score at a dramatic 83 for 5.
Ireland has proven themselves to be the dark horse on several occasions, with perhaps their most memorable upset being launched at the 2007 T20 World Cup, hosted in the West Indies. Therefore, the tension almost made it difficult for the Windies to breathe, after they surrendered those 5 wickets.
Powell Prodded On Impressively
24-year-old right-hand batsman, Rovman Powell, would present himself as the man on the mission of "turning the tables", starting his journey out patiently, but eventually putting on a run above a century, and guiding the Windies to 256/8.
Skipper, Jason Holder, did his bid to score 54 runs, before being dismissed in the 39th over, courtesy of a catch by William Porterfield. Holder should've held back just a little as he approached a short delivery by right-arm fast-medium bowler, Tim Murtagh; he ended up edging it high in the air for a patiently timed catch.
Shimron Hetmeyer had also made a commendable contribution early on, scoring 36 runs before he departed in the 18th over.
Roach and Williams Close the Show
It was left up to Kemar Roach and Kesrick Williams to close the show, so to speak, as the batsmen of Ireland were not allowed to make much progress with the bat. Each man took 4 wickets for himself, with the skipper making his presence felt once more with 2 of his own, to round out a productive assault.
Perhaps the most critical blow to the hopes and dreams of Ireland for this match, was the dismissal of Ed Joyce, who was set to press an advantage of 63 runs, which he landed during a 64-run partnership with Niall O'Brien. It was a pace-attack by Roach that saw Joyce being the third of his four overall victims, setting in motion a downward spiral the Ireland would not overcome.
The Windies face Netherlands next, while Ireland are down to face UAE on the 12th.