Opener Evin Lewis missed a century by one run but thanks to his unbeaten 99, West Indies beat Ireland by five wickets in the first ODI international cricket match at Kensington Oval here on Tuesday.
Left-handed batsman Lewis hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 99-ball innings. West Indies won by scoring 184 runs for five wickets in 33.2 overs after Ireland were bowled out for 180 runs.
Lewis had his chance to score his third ODI century. The scores were evened out and Lewis needed five runs to score a century. The left-handed batsman Barry McCarthy hit over extra cover, but could only manage four runs. For Ireland, off-spinner Simranjit “Simi” Singh took two wickets for 44 runs.
Earlier, Ireland bowled out for 180 runs in the 47th over in front of the pace bowlers of fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph (4 for 32), Hayden Walsh (2 for 30) and Sheldon Cottrell (2 for 39). Wicket-keeper batsman Lorcan Tucker was Ireland's top scorer. He scored 31 runs.
Ireland's eight batsmen managed to reach double digits but did not play any major innings. Tucker and Mark Adair (29) played an important role in adding 54 runs for the seventh wicket to bring the team score to 150. The second match of the series will be played on this ground on Thursday.