West Indies set ODI run-chase record

West Indies’ Sunil Ambris bats, during the fifth one day international cricket match between England and the West Indies, at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Friday Sept. 29, 2017.
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A maiden century by Vincentian Sunil Ambris helped West Indies to their highest successful run chase to make 331 for 5 to beat Ireland by five wickets in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) Tri-Nation Series in Ireland.

The opener smashed 148 at Malahide Cricket Ground as the regional team surpassed Ireland’s 326 for 5 with 13 balls to spare.

Ireland’s Andy Balbirine struck 135 to give his team hope of a first win in the tournament but they slumped to a second loss to the Windies in a week.

The victory secures a place for the West Indies in this Friday’s final.

Ireland won the toss and decided to bat first which looked to have paid off as they set a formidable target and just four runs short of their ODI record total.

The in-form Balbimie put on a 146-run partnership for the second wicket with opener Paul Stirling (77).

Ambris put on a first-wicket stand of 84 with Shai Hope (30), who along with John Campbell made a record opening stand against Ireland last Sunday.

Paceman Boyd Rankin (3-65) was the best of the Irish bowlers.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel took 2 for 62.

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