The West Indies lost by five runs to Ireland on Tuesday in the first Twenty20 series in St George. Rajasthan Royals won by BPL in the BPL when national team lost to Andre Russell.
Andre Russell played an incredible innings yesterday in the BPL. Rajasthan Royals lost 4 wickets for 4 runs when they were batting against Chittagong Challengers. You still need 5 runs in 5.4 overs to get to the final. The Caribbean star finished the match with 8 balls to spare, scoring an unbeaten 5 off 22 balls!
Rajshahi scored 4 runs in the last 4 overs to put Russell in the final. This is the highest score of any team in the last 4 overs when the BPL chase runs. Of this, Russell’s only contribution is 5. However, it is not uncommon for Russell to be upset despite playing a match-winning innings. The West Indies lost in the first Twenty20 series against Ireland in St George tomorrow. Although the West Indies jersey has not been seen for a while, the Marquette all-rounder has been. He last played for the Caribbean team at the World Cup. That match against Taunton was against Bangladesh. Incidentally, the last T20 was played against Bangladesh, in that 20. He may not be in the West Indies squad. But the West Indies’ loss to Ireland could be touched on him.
West Indies have the reputation of ‘powerhouse’ in Twenty20 cricket. They are the current world champions in this edition. Ireland is far behind in comparison. But the irresistible uncertainty that cricket is a game has proved to be irresistible. Earlier, they had taken 20 runs in 5 wickets. The West Indies lost the chase by only 5 runs. If you look at the last five overs of the Caribbean innings, Russell is worse off. Dwayne Bravo-Kieron Pollard could not cross the 5-run distance with 5 wickets in his hand!
Bravo has returned to international cricket in the West Indies jersey after 28 matches. But in the last over, he was able to keep Farata memorable as he could not match the 5-run equation. Rather, the record book page will be remembered by the Irish who went down to bat earlier in the match. The record of scoring the highest run in the international Twenty20 power-play that they have re-entered!
Ireland’s two openers Paul Sterling and Kevin O’Brien scored four runs in the first over of the team’s innings. This is the highest run scored in the international Twenty20 power play. Irish Opener Paul Sterling scored 5 off 24 balls in the power play. It is also the highest individual run record in the international Twenty20 power play. Sterling, who was dismissed for 4 runs off 5 balls, did not see a century. In the West Indies, none other than Evin Lewis got FIFTY.
Ireland lost the series 1–0, but Ireland went on to win the T20 series 3–1.