Opener Lendl Simmons smashed blistering 91 runs to see West Indies register a thumping nine-wicket win against Ireland in the third T20 game of the series played on Sunday.
The day started with West Indies Skipper Kieron Pollard winning the toss and opting to bowl first in decent batting conditions at Warner Park.
But his decision backfired as Ireland got off to a flying start and added 50 runs in 3.4 overs. The experienced duo of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo led the fightback for West Indies and dismissed Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien to see Ireland lose their openers in the initial five overs.
Pollard bowled well and dismissed Gareth Delaney and Harry Tector to see Ireland lose momentum in their innings. The visitors went from 50 to 0 to 76 for 4. Mark Adair, Captain Gary Wilson and Simi Singh gave their wickets away to see Ireland fall into further trouble. Andrew Balbirnie played well for the side but no support from the other end. He scored 28 runs off 23 balls with the help of three boundaries.
All-rounder Kevin O’Brien played another decent innings for Ireland and finished the innings with the top score of 36 off 18 balls with the help of six boundaries and one six.
Host West Indies register comfortable nine-wicket win over Ireland in the third and final game of the T20I series played at Basseterre in St Kitts
Tail-ender Barry McCarthy also delivered a crucial cameo of 18 runs off 13 balls to see Ireland post 138 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
For West Indies, medium pacer Kieron Pollard was the star of the show as he claimed figures of 3 for 17 in his 4 overs. He was well supported by Dwayne Bravo, who finished with figures of 3 for 19 in 3.1 overs. Romario Shepherd and Sherfane Rutherford claimed one wicket each.
In reply, West Indies never looked in trouble and chase down the target with 54 balls and nine wickets in spare, courtesy breathtaking 133-run opening partnership between Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis
Lendl Simmons completed his 7th century in T20 format for West Indies and finished with unbeaten 91 runs off just 49 balls with the help of five fours and ten sixes. He was well supported by Evin Lewis, who chipped in with 46 runs off 25 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.
With this result, West Indies managed to draw the T20I series against Ireland. Lendl Simmons was named player of the match, while captain Kieron Pollard was named player of the series.