24 February 2014
West Indies cruise to victory
Dwayne Bravo stars with both bat and ball as Ireland go down by four wickets in one-off ODI
Dwayne Bravo picked up three wickets and smashed a 29-ball 35.
Dwayne Bravo starred with both bat and ball as West Indies beat Ireland by four wickets in the one-off One-Day International at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday (February 23).
Bravo picked up three wickets in Ireland's modest total of 202 in 49.2 overs. He was well supported by Jason Holder and Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner, who picked up three and two wickets respectively. Chasing 203, West Indies cruised home in just 36.4 overs, with Kieran Powell top scoring with 57.
Dwayne Smith, playing his first ODI since December 2012, smashed a 53-ball 55. Powell and Smith added 100 runs for the first-wicket in 16.5 overs, but West Indies lost three quick wickets for just eight runs as Ireland smelt an opportunity. Bravo walked in at a precarious 108 for 3 and brushed aside any hint of pressure by scoring 35 off just 29 balls to set West Indies on its way to victory.
"I had a decent start with the ball and the luck went my way so I was happy with the way things ended," said Miller, who played in an ODI for the first time in over three years. "I thought I bowled well. Well enough to get the figure I had. It was a great to see we scored the runs quite comfortably in the end. I have not played here for West Indies since 2010 so I was really looking forward to the challenge of playing in front of my family and supporters. It is always a good feeling at home – it gives you an extra push."
Miller said the pitch wasn't as tough to bat on like in the Twenty20 Internationals. "It offered some spin but it was not sharp spin so I had to get the ball in the right areas and force the batsmen into error," he said. "Early up, (Gary) Wilson batted well and deserved his half-century. He gave us a few worries so I knew I had to pull things back when I got my turn with the ball."
West Indies travel to Antigua to play the first of three ODIs against England starting on Friday. The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is ahead of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6.
West Indies squad for England ODIs: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy,Lendl Simmon, Dwayne Smith.
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