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Ireland shock Windies

Kingston: Ireland added to their list of giant-killing victories with a six-wicket win over World Twenty20 champions West Indies in the first T20 International at Jamaica’s Sabina Park on Thursday.

It was at the Kingston venue where Ireland dramatically defeated Pakistan in World Cup match back in 2007.

And seven years on from that success, Ireland upset one of the sport’s ‘big boys’ once again, with former England batsman Ed Joyce making a decisive 40 not out.

After the West Indies elected to bat, a good all-round Ireland effort on the field saw the hosts restricted to 116 for eight in their 20 overs.

Tim Murtagh, Alex Cusack and Kevin O’Brien took two wickets apiece, with Cusack capturing the prize scalp of danger man Chris Gayle for a meagre innings top score of 18.

Ireland collapsed to 37 for three in reply.