DIVING STOP: Ireland wicket-keeper Gary Wilson dives to collect the ball while West Indies opening batsman Dwayne Smith, right, looks on, during their Twenty20 International at Sabina Park, Jamaica, on Wednesday. Ireland won by six wickets. The two sides meet again today in the second T20I, from 3 p.m. (TT time) at the same venue. —Photo courtesy WICB MEDIA

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COMING BACK HARD

Sammy plans to rebound after Windies outplayed by Ireland

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Captain Darren Sammy says he is making no excuses, and has admitted that West Indies were outplayed by Ireland in their opening match of a two-game Twenty20 series at Sabina Park on Wednesday.
Ireland scored a huge upset, trouncing the home side by six wickets after restricting them to 116 for eight in their 20 overs.
“Ireland played well and deserved their victory. We were a bit rusty and they came hard at us and in the end were the better team on the day,” Sammy said after the match, the first-ever T20 International at Sabina Park.
“We were outplayed today (Wednesday). We can’t make any excuses; we just have to get it right.”
The Irish innings was built around a solid 40 not out off 49 balls from Ed Joyce.
The experienced left-hander, who took home the Man of the Match award, added 58 for the fourth wicket with Andrew Poynter, who contributed 32 off 30 balls.
“We never took them for granted. We weren’t complacent. They bowled well against us and we just didn’t handle it as we should have,” said Sammy.
“Then, when we bowled, we did a good job of trying to defend a small target, but they had one good partnership of over 50 runs and that won the match for them.”
None of the West Indies batsmen crossed the 20-run mark, including Chris Gayle who top-scored with 18.
Gayle and Dwayne Smith who scored 14 put on an opening stand of 31 runs before the collapse began.
The two teams will play the second and final T20 International today at the same venue.
“We have to come back hard at them on Friday and put in a performance that shows we are worthy of being the world champions,” said Sammy.
—CMC
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