Windies chase record target successfully against Ireland

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    Sunil Ambris plays a cut shot during his maiden ODI century.

    Tri-Nations Series, Malahide
    Ireland 327-5 (50 overs): Balbirnie 135, Stirling 77; Gabriel 2-47
    West Indies 331-5 (47.5 overs): Ambris 148, Chase 46; Rankin 3-65
    West Indies win by five wickets

     

    Sunil Ambris helped the West Indies to their highest successful ODI run chase, making 331-5 to beat Ireland by 5 wickets at the Malahide Ground, Dublin.

    Ambris hit 148 as the tourists surpassed Ireland’s 327-5 with 13 balls to spare.

    He put on a 1st wicket stand of 84 with Shai Hope (30).

    Hope is remembered in this series for making a record opening partnership with John Campbell against Ireland last Sunday.

    Batting first, a classy 135 from Andy Balbirnie gave Ireland hope of a first win in the Tri-Nations series, but they slumped to a 2nd loss to the Windies in a week.

    Balbirnie had put on a 146-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with opener Paul Stirling (77).

    The victory secures a place for the Windies in next Friday’s final.

    They are back in action on Monday against 2nd placed Bangladesh, who will face Ireland two days later.

    Sunil Ambris receives his Player of the Match award.