Ireland beat West Indies in T20 thriller

Ireland have earned a thrilling four-run victory in their T20 opener against the West Indies in Grenada.

Chasing 209 to win after Ireland set up their innings with a record 93-run power play, the hosts needed 13 to win off the final over on Wednesday but lost Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo.

Bravo, recently recalled to the T20 squad, had earlier hit a six off the second ball of the over to give the West Indies hope.

But he was caught by Gareth Delany off Josh Little with one ball remaining and the hosts could reach only 7-204.

Evin Lewis top-scored for the Windies with 53 and Kieron Pollard hit 31 while Little claimed three for 29 for Ireland.

Victory at the National Cricket Stadium was revenge for Ireland after the West Indies completed a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series on Sunday.

They reached 7-208 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Opener Paul Stirling hit 95 off 47 balls, including eight sixes, while Kevin O'Brien made 48 before being bowled by Bravo.

O'Brien's dismissal sparked a mini-collapse of four wickets for 10 runs, with Ireland recovering from 4-164 to post a winning total.