Irish Cricket Has Beaten the World Champions

Ireland Men’s cricket team has beaten current T20 World Champions the West Indies in a record-breaking 4-run win at the National Cricket Stadium, Grenada.

Paul Stirling (95 from 47 balls) and Kevin O’Brien (48 from 32 balls) were outstanding, putting on 93 runs in the first six overs – a record high team score during the first powerplay in T20I cricket – and went on to strike a 154-run partnership in 12.3 overs.

This was a record T20I partnership for Ireland for any wicket and put the visitors in a commanding position.

The game was on a knife-edge as it went into the final over.

Needing 15 from the last six balls, two wickets fall and a six was hit, setting up the home team needing five off the last ball. That did not happen, so allowing Ireland to register only their second-ever victory over the West Indies in white-ball cricket.

“Everyone is ecstatic,’ said Ireland Captain Andrew Balbirnie after the game. “To show the bottle and come out against one of the top teams in T20 cricket and get a win was great for the vibe of the team.”

“It’s great to get a win obviously but you want to win a series and make history, so if we can do that in the next two games we can go home very happy.”

The second match of the T20I series will be on Saturday 18 January 2020, starting at 10 pm (GMT) at St. Kitts and Nevis.

For fans in Ireland and the UK, the second match will be televised on Sky Sports Cricket channel.

Ireland will play in the World Cup in this form of T20 Cricket in Australia in October and November later this year.

John Kenny who will be familiar to many for his work with RTÉ was in the commentary box for the game in some pretty distinguished local company.

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