As expected, West Indies didn’t have to break a sweat in the first ODI against Ireland. They registered an easy win after the likes of Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph brought up special efforts. However, there are a few things that they’d be really disappointed about. The poor performance from the middle-order plus their shot selection is something that the team management would want to address going ahead.
Coming to this game, Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first on a very good batting surface. Yet, they failed to make the most of the opportunity. It wasn’t really that sort of a surface that the batsmen had to be wary. They could comfortably hit through the line and score some big runs. But they seemed to have gotten into a shell and took a too defensive approach. As the pressure built up, the false shots eventually came.
All the top-four batsmen got starts but none could stay in the middle for a long time. All of them fell under 20 runs. Towards the end, Lorcan Tucker and Mark Adair scored handy 31 and 29 runs respectively before the team was bowled out for 180 in 46.1 overs. Alzarri Joseph picked up four wickets while Sheldon Cottrell and Hayden Walsh accounted for two each.
Evin Lewis falls agonisingly short of a well-deserved century
The ever-consistent Shai Hope fell early in the chase for West Indies. He was dismissed by Barry McCarthy for 13 runs. After the fall of the first wicket, there was a good partnership between Evin Lewis and Brandon King. The latter took his time but failed to stay in the middle right till the end. After he crawled his way to 20 off 40 balls, he got out to Simi Singh.
Then, three more wickets fell at regular intervals. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase got out to poor shots after getting starts. However, Evin Lewis kept going strong. When 3 more runs were required for the win, he was on 93.
He took a double and then needed to hit a six to complete his ton. But he could only get a four and remained unbeaten on 99. West Indies, though, completed the chase in 33.2 overs with 5 wickets to spare.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Evin Lewis – 99* (99). A flawless one day innings from Lewis.
Lewis scored heavily off the seam bowlers, scoring 56 from 48 deliveries of seam. He pounced on anything short and scored at a strike rate of 180.00 against any ball pitching shorter than 8m #WIvIRE pic.twitter.com/3TlIas2yUo
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) January 7, 2020
Unbeaten on 99 in a run chase (ODIs) :
Richie Richardson (w)
Alistair Campbell (w)
Brad Hodge (w)
Virendra Sehwag (w)
Malcolm Waller (w)
Calum MacLeod (w)
Swapnil Patil (L)
Jason Holder (w)
Evin Lewis (w)
— 100मेsh (@SomeshBijarniy1) January 8, 2020
Evin Lewis remains unbeaten on 99* as West Indies beat Ireland by 5 wickets and take 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. #WIvIRE
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 8, 2020
Evin Lewis finishes unbeaten on 99 off 99 balls as he hit a four when he was batting on 95 with the scores level.
The last West Indies batsman to score a century in a successful ODI chase at home was Chris Gayle during the 2013 Tri-series vs SL. #WIvIRE
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 7, 2020
Evin Lewis when he sees that 💯 emoji pic.twitter.com/UrWf9dOyue
— jaskier (@_euanito) January 7, 2020
Hard luck boi Evin Lewis but still a great knock !
— Jason Koylass (@JasonCK26) January 7, 2020
It has ended up being slightly harder work than it might have been, but that is a thumping win for West Indies. Well played Evin Lewis. Top innings.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) January 7, 2020
Evin Lewis is the 3rd West Indian and 9th batsman overall to be stuck at 99* in a run-chase in ODIs.
The last batsman was his teammate Jason Holder against PNG in 2018. #WIvIRE
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) January 8, 2020
99* to Evin Lewis 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Well done WI! Great way to start off the series pic.twitter.com/CbSjz9hGTE
— DaniciaJay (@daniciajay) January 7, 2020
— ॐStacey Lalchanॐ (@staceylalchan2) January 7, 2020
Scores are level, Evin Lewis on 95. the ball to land inches… INCHES… in front of the boundary and he remains unbeaten on 99. #WIvIRE
— Neil (@neilghosh) January 8, 2020
Deserved a hundred but certainly a well played 99* from Evin Lewis 👏🏾
— Joel Manning 🇧🇧 (@joelmpm) January 7, 2020
📈 RESULT…and an interesting finish
Evin Lewis was on 95* with one run to win. To bring up his century and win the game he needed to hit a six. He went for it…and connected…but the ball landed 5 metres short. 99* will do.
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) January 7, 2020
Well I hate losing but did kinda feel for Evin Lewis a tiny bit just falling short of his ton off that last ball (not too much though..) #WIvIRE
— Laura Caughey (@el_cee17) January 7, 2020
Never seen a man so disappointed in hitting a winning 4 😂😂😂 well played Evin Lewis! #99 @windiescricket
— Donald Oliver (@donaldoliver) January 7, 2020
Hard luck Evin Lewis still a quality 99. Great opening batsman from ever since!
— Bumper Doctor 🇹🇹 (@AvinashJr2) January 7, 2020
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