West Indies openers, John Campbell and Shai Hope set a world record One-Day International (ODI) stand of 365 to romp to an emphatic 196-run victory over Ireland in the first match of the Tri-Nation Series at the Clontarf Cricket Club, in Dublin, Ireland.
Campbell, who scored 179 and Hope who cracked 170 runs for the first wicket to propel West Indies to 381 for 3, their second highest ever One-Day International total.
Hope and Campbell became the second openers to both score 150 runs in an One-Day International.
They broke the previous highest One-Day International opening stand of 304 between Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq set last year.
The West Indies also became the second set of openers behind New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and James Marshall to both score 150 in an ODI.
Campbell and Hope became close to posting the highest ever partnership in One-Day Internationals, but fell just short of the 372 punt on by fellow West Indians Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels four years ago.
And had they batted out the 17 balls remaining prior to Campbell’s dismissal, they would have become the first set of One-Day International openers to bat through the entire first innings of an One-Day International.
With no real threats, Ireland’s bowlers were put to the sword by both Campbell and Hope.
In Ireland’s turn at the crease, fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell virtually decimated the Ireland batsmen. Ashley Nurse was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 51, while Shannon Gabriel took 3 for 44 and Roach 2 for 28. Ireland was bowled out for a paltry 185.