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01-May-2010 01:00:00 GMT
West Indies v Ireland, World Twenty20, Providence

All-round Sammy Steers West Indies Hammer Ireland

Guyana: Darren Sammy (3-8) and Ravi Rampaul (3-17) took three wickets each to help West Indies register a thumping 70-run victory against Ireland in their Twenty20 World Cup opening clash in Guyana on Saturday.

All Windies bowler performed brilliantly after their batmen post a modest 139-run target for the Irish side. Stand-in skipper Dwayne Bravo (2-5) took two wickets whereas speedster Kemar Roach (1-12) and spinner Nikita Miller (1-18) shared a wicket each.

Chasing a modest target, Ireland lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to create any momentum in their run chase. Gary Wilson top-scored for Ireland with a slow 34-ball 17 and he was only Irish batsman to post a double digit figure.

Sammy showed his all-round colour in the match and grabbed three wickets, took four brilliant catches and top-scored for the hosts with a quick-fire 17-ball 30.

Dwayne Bravo added more agony to Irish side as the stand-in Windies skipper struck twice in an over to get rid of Trent Johnston (5) and Gary Wilson (17) in the thirteenth over.

Darren Sammy scalped Kevin O’Brien (9) in the ninth over to jolt the Irish run chase as Ireland were reduced to 39/5 in 8.1 overs.

Pacer Ravi Rampaul struck again soon after the match started after rain delay to take his third wicket of the match as he dismissed Alex Cusack (2) in the fourth over.

Rain stopped the match just after the Irish were left tottering at 13/3 in 2.3 overs by the two opening pacers of the hosts. Though, no overs will be deducted due to the delay.

Chasing 139-run target, Ireland lost three quick wickets early against West Indies.

Rampaul struck twice in his first over to dismiss Niall O'Brien (6) and Paul Stirling (0) and reduced Ireland to 11/3 in 1.5 overs.

Ireland lost skipper Porterfield (4) early to Windies speedster Kemar Roach who struck with the second ball of the innings.

Earlier, 17-year-old George Dockrell (3-16) led brilliant Ireland bowling to restrict hosts West Indies to 138/9 in their Twenty20 World Cup opening clash in Guyana on Saturday.

Dockrell, the youngest player of the tournament, scalped the wickets of Narsingh Deonarine (10), Ramnaresh Sarwan (24) and Andre Fletcher (19) and conceded just 16 runs in his four overs.

For Windies, Darren Sammy top-scored with 30 off just 17 balls and hit two fours and two sixes in his quick-fire inning.

West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals and their main batsmen failed to contribute against the minnows in front of their home crowds.

Boyd Rankin scalped Denesh Ramdin (1) after young left-arm spinner George Dockrell struck twice in the previous over to send Ramnaresh Sarwan (24) and Andre Fletcher (19) back to the pavilion.

Windies lost stand-in skipper Dwayne Bravo (18) and Shivnarain Chanderpaul (14) early to give Ireland the initial advantage.

Ireland’s Alex Cusack struck in his first over to get rid of Bravo, who hit two huge sixes in his 10-ball cameo, to put hosts on the back-foot.

Boyd Rankin dismissed the local star Chanderpaul in the third over to reduce West Indies to 19/1. Chanderpaul slammed two consecutive fours before getting out in the very next ball.

Earlier, West Indies stand-in skipper Dwayne Bravo won the toss and decided to bat against Ireland.

Brief scores
West Indies
138 for 9 (Sammy 30, Dockrell 3-16)
Ireland 68 (Sammy 3-8, Rampaul 3-17)
Result West Indies won by 70 runs
MOM Darren Sammy (West Indies)

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