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Sunil W. Ambris ton helps WI to highest ODI run chase

- beat Ireland by 5 wickets
MALAHIDE, Dublin, Ireland- A maiden century from Sunil W. Ambris helped West Indies to their highest successful ODI run chase as they made 331-5 to beat Ireland by five wickets in their Tri-Nations Series match in Malahide, Ireland, on May 11, 2019.

The opener hit a brilliant 148 at Malahide as the tourists surpassed Ireland's 327-5 with 13 balls to spare.

A classy 135 from Andy Balbirnie gave Ireland hope of a first win in the Tri-Nations series but they slumped to a second loss to the Windies in a week.

The victory secures a place in next Friday's final for the West Indies.

They are back in action on Monday May 13, 2019 against second-placed Bangladesh, who will face the Irish two days later.

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

Good but not good enough innings for Ireland

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

The batting woes of William Porterfield, who moved from opener to number four, continued with the Irish captain dismissed for just three.

Kevin O'Brien's 63 from 40 balls and a brisk, unbeaten 25 from Mark Adair helped the hosts to one of their best ODI innings.

Shannon Gabriel took 2-62 but it was tough going for the Windies attack at the sun-kissed ground north of Dublin.

However, it proved mighty difficult for the Irish bowlers as they were once again put to the sword by the tourists.

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

Royston Chase added 46 and Jonathan Carter's unbeaten 43 came off just 27 balls, while Ambris finally departed after hitting a six and 19 fours.

Irish paceman Boyd Rankin (3-65) was the best of Irish attack which failed to contain the Windies on a batsman-friendly pitch. (BBC Sport)

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