Ireland won the toss and elected to send West Indies in to bat and the decision looked to have paid off when the West Indies were restricted to just 5-87 after 23.3 overs, but Ireland were unable to take advantage of their early advantage and a massive partnership between Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) gave their side the upper hand.
The West Indies finished with 304 from their 50 overs and were well-backed by punters, but Ireland got off to a flying start and they were always ahead of the run rated required after opener Paul Stirling scored 92 runs from 84 balls.
Stirling was ably assisted by Ed Joyce (84 from 67) and Niall O’Brien (79*), while the West Indians bowlers struggled to make any inroads and were not helped by some extremely poor fielding.
Ireland gave their supporters a scare when they lost four wickets for less than 20 runs, but O’Brien was able to steer the minnow to yet another World Cup upset at the end of the 46th over.
Ireland captain William Porterfield was thrilled that his side was able to begin their 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign with a victory, but he revealed after the game that he was not surprised by the result and said that his side were going into every game thinking that they could win.
“I actually hate the term upset,” Porterfield said.
“I don’t see why a team has to be an associate team, it has to be a full member.
“It’s ranked one to whatever, but it’s not like that in any other sport.
“I don’t see it as an upset.
“We prepared for this game to win and we’re going to prepare for the UAE game to win and South Africa and so on.
“It’s where we’re at, we’re looking to pick up two points in every game and as long as we’re doing the right things then that will happen.”
Ireland have the chance to continue their winning start to the tournament when they take on the UAE at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday February 25, while West Indies face a tough assignment against fellow opening game losers Pakistan at Hagley Oval on Saturday.
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