Twitter Reactions: Ireland choke in the final stages as West Indies seal the series after a dramatic win

Twitter Reactions: Ireland choke in the final stages as West Indies seal the series after a dramatic win

The fans witnessed the first thriller of the decade.

Hayden Walsh
Hayden Walsh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The second ODI between West Indies and Ireland was one heck of a game. Just like a pendulum, fortunes kept swinging right through. In the end, it was the hosts who sealed it and prevented a huge upset. They had the luck in their favour and with nerves of steel, they helped themselves take 2-0 lead in the series. The Irish should have won this game but one decision from the third umpire didn’t go in their favour.

After choosing to bat first, Paul Stirling provided Ireland with a good start even though he lost a couple of partners early. There was a brief partnership between him and the former skipper William Porterfield who mustered 29 off 46 balls. Stirling was the fourth man to fall in the innings. But he did his part by scoring 63 off 79 balls.

Kevin O’Brien made a good contribution of 31 off 26 deliveries while Simi Singh scored 34 runs at a strike rate of 68. Small contributions from the lower order batsmen helped them get to 237/9 in 50 overs. Alzarri Joseph was the star again with the ball for the Men in Maroon as he took four wickets for just 32 runs in his 10 overs.

Hayden Walsh plays a gem of a knock under extreme pressure

In the chase, the Carribeans were reeling at 24/3 and they could only score 33 runs in the first 10 overs. After biding his time in the middle, Shai Hope got out for 25 runs (54 balls). Yet, a good partnership between Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard kept them in command. While the former scored 52 off 44 balls, the skipper raced his way to 40 from 30 deliveries. The troubles though, began when these two got out in consecutive overs.

At 148/7, it seemed as if there wasn’t a way for the West Indies to get over the line. However, Hayden Walsh took the onus upon himself and played a defining knock. Along with Khary Pierre (18 runs), he pushed the score to 200. Then, there was another 32-run partnership with Alzarri Joseph. Just when six more runs were required, the pacer fell after scoring 16.

Pressure built up in the last over when 5 runs were required with one wicket to spare. On the third ball of this over, there seemed as if there was a run-out. It appeared as if Ireland won the game but the third umpire gave the decision in favour of the hosts due to inconclusive evidence. On the penultimate delivery, Sheldon Cottrell wrapped things up with a six. Hayden Walsh remained unbeaten on 46 off 67 balls.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to this fabulous game: