Ireland equalised the three-match ODI series against West Indies after clinching a win in a rain-curtailed second encounter in Jamaica. The visitors were asked to chase a revised target of 168 runs in 36 overs.
Williamson Porterfield and Paul Stirling began the proceedings in a decent manner putting up a partnership of 37 runs in 5 overs before Stirling was sent back for 21 off 15 by Akeal Hosein.
The Irish side then lost Porterfield at a team team score of 60 but Andy McBrine and Harry Tector steadied the ship with a 54-run stand between them. While McBrine struck 35 in 45 deliveries, Tector remained unbeaten at 54 in 75 balls to anchor the side to a win by 5 wickets eventually.
Earlier, the West Indies didn’t really get into the groove with the bat and lost wickets at regular intervals to eventually get bundled out for 229 in 48 overs. The hosts were left tottering at 143/8 but it was Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith who chipped in with a partnership of 58 runs for the 8th wicket.
Smith eventually was dismissed for 46 while Shepherd went on to notch up a fifty. McBrine scalped a four-fer for Ireland while Craig Young scalped a three-wicket haul during the course.
The decider will now be played on Sunday in Jamaica.