Chanderpaul continues fine form in Windies win – Digicel Match Report
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in splendid form, as he led the West Indies to yet another victory in the Digicel-sponsored Supreme Ventures Sports Betting Jamaica Cricket Festival, as the Caribbean side prevailed 18 run victors in their Twenty20 contest at Sabina Park on Saturday.
Chanderpaul was in the mood as he struck the ball all over the park in his entertaining knock of 64, that featured eight fours and two sixes, in 64 balls, which powered the West Indies to 171 for 7 in their allotment of 20 overs.
In their reply, Ireland could only manage 153 for 7, as the Windies secured yet another victory in the pre-ICC World Twenty20 Tournament.
After a tame start from the regional team, Chanderpaul took the initiative and applied relentless pressure to the Irish bowlers before he went for one shot too many and was caught by John Mooney in the mid-wicket region off the bowling of Gary Kidd on the last ball of the 14th over.
His opening partner, Andre Fletcher, didn’t last that long as he was removed in the sixth over, Mooney once again providing the catch, this time off the bowling of Peter Connell.
Wavell Hinds looked good for his 45 which came from 29 balls (3×4, 2×6) but there were no other meaningful contributions by the regional batsmen as the Windies lost their last four wickets for a mere 33 runs.
Alex Cusack was the pick of the bowlers, closing with figures of 3 for 19, with Connell (1 for 20) and Kidd (1 for 26).
The visitors wasted little time as they signaled their intent from the very first over with captain, William Porterfield, and Paul Stirling leading the charge. The Irish were scoring 10 runs an over in their first four overs and were threatening to steal an upset, even at that early stage.
Niall O’Brien was a constant threat for the Irish as he punished the Caribbean bowlers with a bruising 62 off 44 balls to push the visitors within touching distance of the Windies tally.
Stirling (33) was next to go, after he was brilliantly run out by Chanderpaul who was fielding in the backward point position.
Chanderpaul was pleased with his innings and was happy with the result as the team continues its preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament which gets underway in the region April 30.
“It was a great game, both sides played well. We lost Fletcher early but Wavell came and really batted well and it all finished up nicely for us. We lost too many wickets in and could have made some more runs there towards the end,” Chanderpaul said. “We have been playing well and preparing well. Winning is good for us and is good for our confidence.”
Irish captain, Porterfield, was disappointed having fallen short of the target, but was heartened by the effort being shown by his team.
“We played pretty well and it was an improved performance in certain areas. We got off to a very good start but that run out really changed the game for us and we kept losing wickets at bad points,” said Porterfield.