Chasing 305 for the win, the Irishmen scored 307 for six in 45.5 overs to record their fifth World Cup victory overall. “We tried to be better with our bowling at the Powerplay and the death overs, but we weren’t able to pull them back,” Holder said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “I think we just need to be a bit more precise when we set fields. We are just giving away too many boundaries during the middle overs.” ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE
Opener Paul Stirling led the charge for the Irishmen, smashing 92 off 84 balls and was given brilliant support by Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O’Brien (79 not out). Riding on a 154-run stand between Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89), the West Indies made 304 for seven. The 23-year-old Holder felt their bowlers should have defended the total.
“It was a tough loss and obviously putting up 300 should have been enough, but it wasn’t today. They came and added impetus for us (Lendl and Sammy) towards the end, but it wasn’t enough.” Ireland had previously defeated Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and the Netherlands in World Cups.
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