West Indies skipper Jason Holder lauds Shai Hope's consistency

West Indies skipper Jason Holder lauds Shai Hope's consistency

The series will be the final one before West Indies head into the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England, where they open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31.

But a third-wicket stand of 128 between Ambris, playing only his fourth ODI, and Roston Chase (46) helped get the tourists back on track. Shai Hope, Jason Holder are the other usual picks. After the early dismissal of James McCollom, dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell, Balbirnie and Stirling dictated terms and flayed the West Indies attack in the next 27.1 overs.

In reply, Ireland were bowled out for mere 185 in 34.4 overs.

He received good support came from Paul Stirling (77) and Kevin O'Brien, who smashed 63 off 40 balls that included three consecutive sixes off paceman Holder. The batsman recorded his career-best score of 170 runs in the opening match against Ireland and along with fellow opener John Campbell, he registered the highest ever ODI opening partnership of 365 runs. Porterfield's scores of 17 and 12 in the first two games of the summer took his tally to 80 runs in eight Ireland innings in 2019 and, although the 34-year-old insists he is "feeling good" and is only one innings away from a big score, if he doesn't perform today or on Wednesday against Bangladesh, the selectors will have a major decision to make when picking the squad for the two ODIs against Afghanistan at Stormont next Sunday and Tuesday week.

The visitors grew increasingly frustrated, as Balbirnine, Stirling and Kevin O'Brien batted astutely to mount a challenging total. O'Brien, who had batted with great intent from the off, deposited Jason Holder for three sixes in a row in the 48th over. "I was always going at more than a run-a-ball, so it wasn't the hardest of innings", he said. He grabbed his chance though, and was confident right from the start, feasting on some ordinary bowling by Ireland to ensure West Indies' chase never flagged.

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Ambris and Shai Hope had gotten West Indies' reply off to the ideal start, and they were aided by Ireland's bowlers not being disciplined enough.

He added: "We just didn't show up against the West Indies and couldn't string many partnerships together with bat and ball".

West Indies dominated their first meeting with Ireland entirely.

On this day a year ago, Ireland were preparing to host their first day of Test match cricket, only for rain to delay the historic occasion by 24 hours.

"I started very fluent, so I wasn't bogged down, it was easy for me".

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