West Indies outplay Ireland by 70 runs

PROVIDENCE: West Indies defeated Ireland by 70 runs in a low-scoring match on the first day of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Saturday.

The Irish team could not resist the West Indies pace attack whereas Gary Wilson was the only batsman to enter into double-figures with 17 runs. However, the top-scorer of the Irish innings was Mr Extras (19).

Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul were the mist successful bowlers taking three wickets each for eight and 17 runs, respectively, while Dwayne Bravo claimed two for five.

Earlier, minnows Ireland bowlers did a commendable job restricting hosts West Indies to 139 runs for nine wickets here in the second match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Saturday.

Batting first after winning the toss, none of the West Indies batsmen could make any significant contribution as the team lost nine wickets for 139 in the allotted 20 overs.

Their main scorers were Darren Sammy (30) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (24).

For Ireland, George Dockrell captured three for 16 while Andre Botha, Alex Cusack and Boyd Rankin took two wickets each.

Dwayne Bravo is captaining the West Indies side in absence of Chris Gayle, who was injured with stiff neck

West Indies went into this match without off-spinner Sulieman Benn and fast bowler Jerome Taylor as both had shoulder injuries, with Taylor also sidelined with a twisted

Ireland, coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons, had no injury problems.