Twitter reacts as Sunil Ambris fires Windies into the finals of the Tri-series

Twitter reacts as Sunil Ambris fires Windies into the finals of the Tri-series

The Caribbean lads pulled off a sensational five-wicket win in Dublin, chasing a mammoth total set by the spirited Irish.

Sunil Ambris
Sunil Ambris. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was another comprehensive batting performance from Windies, who had a different protagonist dealing with the opposition. Ambris struck a 126-ball 148 as the Caribbeans pulled off a sensational five-wicket win in Dublin, chasing a mammoth total set by the spirited Irish.

William Porterfield decided to promote James McCollum to the opening position alongside Paul Stirling, a move which paid no dividend. McCollum departed very early in the innings, leaving a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Balbirnie and Stirling. The experienced duo played delightful cricket on a deck which played beautifully for the batters and kept the scorecard ticking.

After a cautious start to their partnership, they started accelerating. The run-rate was still under six after the 20th over, but they set a brilliant platform for the next batsmen to come and score quickly. Stirling and Balbirnie completed the fifties in the meantime but their 146-run partnership came to an end with Stirling’s 77-run knock coming to an end.

Skipper Porterfield failed in the number four position as he departed soon. But Kevin O’Brien scored a brilliant fifty and added 84 runs for the fourth wicket. Balbirnie completed a century during this partnership before getting dismissed for 135 off 124 balls. Kevin O’Brien and Mark Adair later ensured that they went past the 300-mark and registered 327 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Ambris shows some Caribbean class

This was precisely what the fans have been witnessing from Windies batsmen, a unique flair which you don’t see from the rest. Sunil Ambris put up a quintessential Caribbean masterclass with the bat as the 328-run target looked pretty mediocre for the visiting nation.

Shai Hope kept watching the drama unfold from the other end whilst the opener went on about his innings with pure brutality. He maintained a strike rate in excess of hundred throughout the innings to keep pace with the required run-rate and completed a fifty. His 84-run stand with Shai Hope to an end with Hope falling prey to Boyd Rankin.

That didn’t stop Ambris from firing all cylinders as he stitched a 128-run partnership with Roston Chase, where once again he was the aggressor. He completed a brilliant century and fell just two runs short of a well-deserved 150. Although he got dismissed with over 75 runs to get, Jonathan Carter and Jason Holder saw their side home, thus sealing a place in the semifinal with a five-wicket win.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to this high-scoring encounter

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