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West Indies Thrash Ireland By 70 Runs

West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs as the hosts got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start under the floodlights on Saturday. Qualifiers Ireland were bowled out for just 68, inside 17
PTI May 01, 2010 7:33 IST
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West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs as the hosts got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start under the floodlights on Saturday.

Qualifiers Ireland were bowled out for just 68, inside 17 overs, with man-of-the-match Darren Sammy taking three wickets for eight runs to add to the all-rounder's top score of 30 in West Indies' 138 for nine.

Ireland saw 17-year-old off-spinner George Dockrell take three for 16 after West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, deputising for the injured Chris Gayle, won the toss and batted.

But their top order had no answer to fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who sparked Ireland's collapse with three for 17.

Kemar Roach struck the first blow when he had Ireland captain William Porterfield caught at second slip by Sammy for four.

Sammy again showed safe hands when he caught Paul Stirling for naught off Rampaul in the next over and when Rampaul had Niall O'Brien caught behind for six, Ireland were 11 for three.

A rain break offered brief respite but Ireland were soon in more trouble at 16 for four when Alex Cusack edged to Sammy.

The all-rounder came on in the ninth over and any doubts about the man-of-the-match award were settled when he removed Kevin O'Brien first ball.

Sammy took a fourth catch to get rid of Gary Wilson and ended the match when he bowled Dockrell, in a stark reminder of cricket's highs and lows, for a duck.

Extras, with 19, was the best score of an innings where Wilson made 17.

The Netherlands got last year's World Twenty20 off to a shock start by beating England at Lord's and Ireland were dreaming of another giantkilling at the halfway stage.

Dockrell, a 17-year-old off-break bowler, struck twice in three balls to remove opener Andre Fletcher and senior batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan before having Narsingh Deonarine caught behind.

The West Indies, without captain and dynamic opener Gayle due to muscle stiffness, saw senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (14) fall first, immediately after striking two successive fours off Boyd Rankin.

It was a similar story for Bravo (18), who a ball after hitting Alex Cusack for six gave the Brisbane born all-rounder a return catch.

Dockrell then took centre stage, having Fletcher, opening in Gayle's place, caught for 19 at deep backward point.

And, two balls later, Dockrell struck again when Sarwan was caught for 24 to leave the West Indies 77 for four.

West Indies face England on Monday with Ireland up against the same opponents on Tuesday in the final Group D match.