West Indies takes on Ireland in their next match of the tri-nation series on Saturday, May 11. On the other hand, Ireland's pacers didn't help their cause by bowling on the pads of the duo. 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. Despite losing batting partners at the other end, Ambris continued to play with freedom, collecting boundaries off Tim Murtagh and Mark Adair.
Roston Chase also joined in the act with a string of boundaries.
West Indies dominated their first meeting with Ireland entirely. At that stage, Rankin provided a window of opportunity for Ireland by prising out Ambris with a delivery that climbed awkwardly. Jason Holder, who bowled the 48th over was clubbed for three consecutive sixes before holing out off a bouncer.
Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Cottrell, Holder and Carter chipped in with one wicket apiece.
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He will probably be dropped from the team today, with James McCollum the obvious replacement at No.4 having scored 102 for the Wolves against Bangladesh last Sunday, and the Waringstown batsman is overdue his second one-day worldwide after being summarily dropped after his first-ball duck in India in February, only because Ireland needed three specialist spinners. Balbirnie shared a 146-run partnership with Paul Stirling to set the platform and later added another 84 with Kevin O'Brien which launched Ireland in the death. It was a curious tactic from the West Indies fast bowlers to bang it in short to a batsman who thrives on playing the cut and pull. Paul Stirling and Balbirnie then went about rebuilding the innings. O'Brien, who replaced Porterfield in the middle, was off the blocks quickly with a couple of fours off Roach.
"Shai has been our most consistent player over the last two years". For the Caribbean side, Gabriel was impressive and ended up with two scalps.
The win books West Indies place in Friday's Tri-series final and Ireland must beat Bangladesh on Wednesday at Clontarf and hope the Windies beat the Tigers here tomorrow to have a chance of joining them.