West Indies v Ireland: In-form Tector relishes Kingston decider

Harry Tector became a key batsman for Ireland after making his debut in 2019

Irish rising star Harry Tector is confident of securing a series win against West Indies in Sunday’s ODI Final at Sabina Park.

The 22-year-old hit a sixth ODI in half a century from his last nine games to help the Covid-hit tourists level the three-game streak on Thursday.

“I can’t wait for Sunday’s game,” Tector told Radio Ulster’s Sportsound.

“We showed in both games that we are more than capable of beating them and that’s the plan for Sunday.”

Tector finished 54 unbeaten as the Irish claimed a five-wicket victory to make it 1-1 after losing a close opener by 24 runs.

It was carried out without four players – including skipper Andrew Balbirnie and caretaker manager David Ripley – after testing positive for Covid-19.

Pandemic issues

It was the latest setback in a tour of the United States and the West Indies that was badly hit by Covid-19 problems.

Paul Stirling will once again captain the team in Balbirnie’s absence as the Irishman aims for a first ODI series victory since 2019.

“It’s been unprecedented, but that’s just the times we live in,” Hector said of the Covid-affected tour.

“Credit goes to the entire team and staff behind the scenes. It was a collective effort to overcome the hurdle of case processing and a difficult bubble.

“I think Thursday’s win was just a reward for the way we mingled and helped each other, it was a great win. I’m enjoying my stick at the minute and I’m well placed in one day cricket.

“We should probably have a 2-0 lead now and the series should be sealed. But that’s how it went. With the first game, a lot of that responsibility is on my shoulders for not got us across the line.”

He added: “We were in a similar position against South Africa in the summer (Proteas won the last game to draw 1-1) – this time we want to go and win a series and that’s where we’re concentrating now.”

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