Twenty20: West Indies beat Ireland, NZ beat Sri Lanka

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West Indies were given a brief scare by 17-year-old spinner George Dockrell before thrashing Ireland by 70 runs on day one of the ICC World Twenty20. The hosts were 93-6 with four overs remaining in Guyana after Dockrell had taken 3-16 with his slow left-arm. But Darren Sammy clicked into gear with 30 off 17 balls to help them achieve a respectable enough total of 138-9. It was the St Lucian’s night as he took 3-7 and held four catches as Ireland crumbled to a dismal 68 all out. In the first match of the same group that also features Paul Collingwood’s England, West Indies won the toss, and as Sri Lanka had done on the same wicket four hours earlier elected to bat first. But whereas Sri Lanka was unable to defend their score of 135-6, overhauled as they were by New Zealand in a final-over thriller, the Windies ultimately beat the Irish underdogs with total comfort. Sri Lanka’s 135-6 in Guyana was constructed around a brilliant 81 from 51 balls by Mahela Jayawardene. Jesse Ryder hit 42 from 27 balls as the Kiwis started the chase brightly but they lost their way mid-innings. Jacob Oram revived them with two sixes, and McCullum’s blow off Lasith Malinga saw them home by two wickets. It was an absorbing start to the Caribbean tournament, and provided an exciting conclusion to match those in both the 2007 and 2009 World Twenty20 openers

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