England v Ireland - 3rd One Day International: Royal London Series
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland punch gloves during the Third One Day International between England and Ireland in the Royal London Series at Ageas Bowl on August 04, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
England v Ireland - 3rd One Day International: Royal London Series

Ireland's sensational nine-wicket victory over the West Indies saw the two-time champions on their way out of the T20 World Cup.

It was a must-win game for both teams, and the men from Ireland triumphed in a spectacular fashion. For the West Indies, it was a demoralising defeat and one that will cause Cricket West Indies to review their current T20 setup.

Having won the toss and deciding to bat first, the West Indies lost both openers in the powerplay. Evin Lewis and Brandon King rebuilt the innings, but Lewis fell to Gareth Delany as the Irish off-spinner arrested the scoring. Delany would finish with figures of 3-16 from his four overs, including removing the dangerous Nicholas Pooran for 13.

Despite King batting through the rest of the innings for a creditable 62 from 48 deliveries, the West Indies mustered 146 from their 20 overs. It always appeared to be a below par score, but the West Indies felt another Alzarri Joseph hostile spell would soon redress the balance.

The Irish openers Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie came to the crease and started with real intent. Knowing that the forecast for Hobart was for rain, they had the focus of keeping ahead of the DLS target should inclement weather descend. Scoring 16 runs from the second over, including a six from Balburnie, set the Irish well on their way.

By the time Ireland lost their first wicket in the eighth over, the European Nation was already on 78 and looking good for the win. With the experience of Stirling at the crease, Ireland comfortably negotiated the total without further loss to inflict a heavy defeat on the 2012 and 2016 champions.


For the West Indies, they will need to go back and take stock. Losing Shimron Hetmyer before the tournament started was a big blow, but there are more issues to deal with than batting.

Ireland moves forward to the Super 12 stage and will look for more wins against more formidable opposition. The Irish are in Group 1 for the Super 12 stage, with Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka their opposition.

Their first game will be off another short turnaround, with a clash against fellow qualifiers Sri Lanka in Hobart scheduled for Sunday afternoon, before they head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a clash with England on Wednesday.

If teams take the boys in green for granted, Ireland has the personnel to take advantage.