|West Indies 229 (48 overs): Berger 50, Smith 46; McBrine 4-36, Youth 3-42|
|Ireland 168-5 (32.3 overs): Tector 54 *, McBrine 35; Pipe 2-51|
|Ireland won by five wickets (DLS method)|
Ireland won their second rain-affected one-day international game with the West Indies in Kingston to tie the series at 1-1.
The Windies were knocked out for 229 in 48 overs and Ireland looked on course for the win at 157-4 after 31.2 overs in response when the rain showers arrived.
When play resumed, Ireland’s adjusted Duckworth-Lewis-Stern goal was 168 on 36 overs, leaving them with 11 more passes on 28 balls.
They reached 168-5 on the 33rd to win by five wickets.
Thursday’s win saw Ireland repeat their precedent famous victory on the West Indies, which they achieved during the 2015 World Cup.
The West Indies won the opening ODI between the teams by 24 points on Saturday, before the second meeting was delayed by two days due to coronavirus cases in the Irish camp.
The decisive match will take place on Sunday at the same location in Sabina Park, the scene of Ireland’s memorable St. Patrick’s Day victory over Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup.
Paul Stirling returned to captain the Irish squad for the first time in an ODI in the absence of regular skipper Andrew Balbirnie, who was one of four Irish squad players to miss the game after contracting Covid-19 .
Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh and Ben White were also left out while Stirling was back in action after missing the first ODI because he and Shane Getkate were isolating themselves in Florida after testing positive for Covid in the recent round of Ireland versus the United States in Florida.
Ireland opted to line up after winning the draw and the hosts got off to a promising start with a 38-wicket debut partnership before Craig Young quickly withdrew their top three.
Shocked at 43-3, the West Indies still struggled at 111-7 in the 34th when Shamarh Brooks, who had stabilized the ship in mid-innings, fell in weight to George Dockrell for 43.
A 58 ninth-wicket partnership between Romario Shepherd (50) and Odean Smith (46) helped their team recover with 27-year-old pitcher Shepherd making his first ODI in half a century with 41 balls.
Spinner Andy McBrine finished with numbers 4-36, Young taking 3-42.
The chase in Ireland interrupted
Stirling and William Porterfield’s opening partnership fell through with the sacking of the first for 21, but not before Stirling mustered the 18 points he needed to become the first Irish hitter to reach 5,000 ODI points.
Ireland continued to build stable partnerships and maintain their racing pace, but their momentum was cut short when the rain stopped playing with them seemingly under control.
When they returned after more than an hour their goal had been drastically reduced and helped by a nice unbeaten 54 from top scorer Harry Tector, they comfortably completed their win with 21 balls to go despite losing Dockrell for five. .
Tector hit four fours and a six, shining again after hitting 53 in the opening ODI while McBrine added to his exceptional effort with the ball contributing 35 to Ireland’s total.
The series is part of the World Cup Super League, with both teams looking to earn points to secure an automatic qualifying berth for the 2023 World Cup in India.