Windies pull off victory v Ireland to level T20 series

KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies leveled the two-match Twenty20 International series after defeating Ireland by 11 runs Friday at Sabina Park in Kingston.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the Man-of-the-Match award after taking 3-22 to help restrict Ireland to 85-8 in search of 97. Gary Wilson top scored for Ireland with 35.

Earlier, West Indies, asked to bat first, struggled on a slow-paced surface and were held to a meagre 96 for 9 off the allotted 20 overs — their second lowest Twenty20 International score.

Andre Fletcher, brought in for his first game of the series, top scored with 19. Ireland medium pacer Alex Cusack grabbed 4-11.

The Ireland team created history by winning the opening encounter on Wednesday by six wickets after restricting West Indies to 116-8.

West Indies left-handed batsman Christopher Gayle, who played the first match after returning from injury, along with seamer Ravi Rampaul, were left out of this encounter.

Batman Andre Fletcher and left-arm swing bowler Krishmar Santokie were brought in.

The Ireland team was unchanged.

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