Ireland were denied an historic first series victory over full-member opposition after falling short when chasing just 97 to win the second Twenty20 international against West Indies in Jamaica.
Having won the first match with a six-wicket victory on Wednesday, Ireland looked on course for a record-breaking triumph when they limited the reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions to 96 for nine at Sabina Park.
Seamer Alex Cusack claimed superb figures of 4-11 - including a rare maiden over in this format - as six Windies batsmen got into double figures without reaching 20.
But Ireland could not get over the line, making only 85 for eight in reply as the West Indies bowlers held their nerve in a nail-biting run chase to secure an 11-run win and tie the two-match series 1-1.
Ireland never recovered after slumping to 29 for five, with captain William Porterfield, Ed Joyce and the big-hitting Kevin O'Brien among those to fall .
Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson gave Ireland a glimmer of hope with 35 off 39 balls but when he was the seventh wicket to fall in the 18th over, caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo, the tourists' bid was all but over.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy took 3- 22, while Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine all backed him up with miserly spells.
The two teams meet again on Sunday in the sole one-day international of Ireland’s trip.