Ireland failed in their quest to win a first bilateral series against a Full Member nation as they were beaten by West Indies by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 International.
The men from the Caribbean made just 96-9 in Jamaica, but the tourists failed to reach their small target under difficult batting conditions at Sabina Park in Kingston.
Ireland won Wednesday's opening match of the series on the same ground, but Phil Simmons' charges couldn't repeat the trick as they finished on 85-8.
Ireland won the toss and elected to field before restricting West Indies to under 100 as Alex Cusack picked up a career-best four for 11 with his medium pace.
Darren Sammy and William Porterfield are in the middle now for the toss.... pic.twitter.com/rosKNaw3Dx— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) February 21, 2014
After putting on 27 for the opening wicket in the first four overs, the home batsmen struggled on a slow pitch with Andre Fletcher top-scoring with just 19.
Only three times has a bowler bowled 4 overs in a T20I and conceded less runs than Alex Cusack has just now.— SL Cricket Blog (@SLCricketBlog) February 21, 2014
However, the Irish found conditions just as difficult and were 29-5 in the 11th over as under-fire home captain Darren Sammy picked up two wickets.
Only Ed Joyce, playing his 100th match for Ireland, and Gary Wilson made it into double figures with the latter top-scoring in the match.
Wilson went for 35 in the 18th over, and the visitors needed 20 off the final over.
Dwayne Bravo, who removed Wilson with a slower ball, saw Cusack hit the first delivery for four, but two balls later, he ran out Max Sorensen to seal the victory.
|Smith||c Porterfield||b Cusack||11||8||17|
|Fletcher||c Wilson||b Cusack||19||2||15|
|Samuels||c Wilson||b Thompson||10||27||16|
|Simmons||lbw||b K O'Brien||12||32||18|
|Dwayne Bravo||run out (Porterfield)||10||4||13|
|Sammy||run out (Stirling)||2||17||5|
|Ramdin||c Porterfield||b Cusack||5||12||6|
|Badree||c and b Cusack||5||7||6|
|Extras||0nb 2w 0b 0lb||2|
|Joyce||c Ramdin||b Narine||10||21||14|
|Wilson||c and b Dwayne Bravo||35||42||39|
|Poynter||c Samuels||b Sammy||2||5|
|K O'Brien||b Sammy||3||7||5|
|Thompson||c Smith||b Sammy||7||8||8|
|Cusack||run out (Dwayne Bravo)||8||6||6|
|Extras||0nb 0w 0b 2lb||2|
West Indies ended a run of five T20 defeats in a row as they look to build momentum ahead of the defence of their World Twenty20 title next month.
Sunday's one-off one-day international completes Ireland's tour.