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Ireland shocks West Indies with a historic win

Ireland stunned the Windies in their opening match after they chased down a record total of 304 making them the first ever side to chase a total of more than 300 in World Cup history.

Asking Windies to bat first, Irish bowlers made scoring difficult for the West Indian batsman. The Windies were in bad situation when the top order collapsed and at one point they were at 87/5.

Simmons smashed a century with equal support from Sammy who scored 89 to stable the innings with Russell chipping in with his 27 helped West Indies score a total of 304.

Ireland in reply looked strong and confident. Opener Stirling scored 92 and shared in a 106-run partnership with Joyce at 84 while Niall O'Brien added 79 not out to guide Ireland to 307 for six in 45.5 overs.

Irish looked a bit dwindling towards the end of the innings losing three quick wickets in just 17 balls. But John Mooney did the same what he did against England four years ago, struck the winning runs taking Ireland to one of their greatest win conquering over the two time world champions West Indies.

It is the third successive World Cup they have beaten a test-playing team after victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2007 and England in 2011. 


Scoreboard: /icc-cwc-2015-live/results-folder/5th-match-pool-b-ireland-v-west-indies/

Picture Gallery:

1. Captains at the toss.


2. Gayle ducks this one.


3. George Dockrell celebrates with his mates after he claimed Marlon Samuels wicket.


4. Sammy pulls this in style.


5. Lendl Simmons leaps in joy after bringing up his ton. 


6. Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons shared 154 runs partnership for the sixth wicket.


7. William Porterfield smacks this one with a pull.


8. Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien put on 96 runs partnership. 


9. John Mooney celebrates after hitting the winning runs.


10. John Mooney and Niall O'Brien share a moment after the victory.


11. Darren Sammy congratulates Niall O'Brien.


12. Paul Stirling signs off with the Player of the Match award.