Windies put Ireland to the sword
Hosts West Indies got their ICC World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start with a 70-run demolition of qualifiers Ireland in Group D, which also features England, at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Ireland were in the game when they limited the Windies to 138 for nine, with 3-16 from four overs for 17-year-old left-arm spinner George Dockrell.
However, the visitors were skittled for 68 in just 16.4 overs - the second-lowest score in the short history of Twenty20 internationals.
Man of the match Darren Sammy top-scored with 30, then claimed 3-8 in 3.4 overs and took four catches. Gary Wilson made Ireland’s only double-figure score with 17.
West Indies, missing captain Chris Gayle and Suliman Benn, chose to bat first before the floodlights came into full effect.
Opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck Boyd Rankin for consecutive fours but looped a catch to Wilson at cover-point on 14.
Andre Fletcher and stand-in skipper Dwayne Bravo upped the tempo before the latter was caught and bowled by Alex Cusack for 18.
Dockrell claimed two wickets in the 12th over, Kevin O'Brien catching Fletcher at long-on for 19 and Wilson holding Sarwan at long-off for 24.
Rankin snared Denesh Ramdin down leg before Dockrell struck again to have Narsingh Deonarine caught behind more conventionally to leave West Indies teetering at 93 for six.
However, a late burst from Sammy and Kieron Pollard added 32 in 13 balls before Andre Botha caught and bowled Pollard and accounted for Sammy at long-on in the 19th over to boost Ireland’s hopes.
In reply, captain William Porterfield found the third-man boundary from his side’s first ball but immediately fell to Kemar Roach, caught at second slip by Sammy.
Sammy was on the spot again next over as he pouched Paul Stirling at square-leg off Ravi Rampaul, who later in the over had Niall O'Brien caught behind as Ireland slumped to 11 for three.
Rain soon stopped play for 30 minutes but Duckworth/Lewis was not required.
Ireland slipped further into the mire when Cusack edged Rampaul to Sammy, again at second slip.
Sammy’s golden touch continued when he had Kevin O'Brien caught by Fletcher at long-on.
Ireland then folded as Wilson gave Sammy with his fourth catch, off Bravo who then bowled Trent Johnston.
Nikita Miller trapped John Mooney in front before Rankin and Dockrell edged Sammy behind to end proceedings.