A Stirling contribution and West Indian implosion as Ireland win opening T20I

    Paul Stirling (File photo credit: Peter Della Penna)

    There was no lower order miracles this time for West Indies as a batting collapse led to defeat to Ireland by four runs in the first T20I.

    They were set a target of 209 after Ireland made 208/7 on the back of Paul Stirling’s 95 from 47 balls.

    Dwayne Bravo on his return to international cricket was the pick of the bowlers with 2/28 in four overs.

    The West Indies’ chase was moving along nicely as they got to 194/3 but then Nicholas Pooran was removed in the 19th over.

    Eventually the equation would come down to 13 runs from the last over to be bowled by Josh Little.

    The left-armer then got the wickets of Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo to successfully defend the target – the West Indies fell short by 4 runs.

    Stirling was named Player of the Match.

    Ireland, who were whitewashed in the ODIs, now lead the three-match T20I series 1-0.