Smith, Pollard take Windies to 275 vs Ireland

Published: Friday, March 11, 2011, 13:31 [IST]
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The West Indies overcame a slow start and built up momentum through their innings, reaching 275 all out against Ireland. Opener Devon Smith shared in a 89-run opening stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul before building partnerships with the rest of the top-order as he notched up a 107. Then Kieron Pollard led a late surge making 94 off 55 balls to ensure the Windies move past 250. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien was perhaps the most effective bowler for his side taking 4 wickets, but was very expensive going for 71 runs in his 9 overs (scorecard/ball-by-ball).

Smith, Pollard take WI to 275 vs Ire

The Windies innings got off to a slow and circumspect start. Opening Irish bowlers Boyd Rankin and Alex Cusack, did a good job containing Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Devon Smith in the early overs.

In the 10th over, with the score at a mere 23/0, Paul Stirling dropped Smith at extra cover off the bowling off Cusack. Then Smith cracked a four of first-change bowler John Mooney to bring up his side's 50 in the 15th over.

The runs kept coming in at a trickle for the West Indies who reached 87 in 24 overs before Kevin O'Brien struck. The seamer first got rid of Chanderpaul when he had him caught at extra cover for 35 and then three balls later, bowled Darren Bravo for a duck.

Then Ramnaresh Sarwan and Smith took their side over 100 in the 27th over and pressed on. But in the 32nd over, off-spinner George Dockrell foxed Sarwan for 11 when the latter holed out to long off. The Windies were in a spot of bother at 130/3.

Smith started to up the scoring rate when he slapped Mooney for two fours in the 36th over to take the Windies past 150. Then new batsman Kieron Pollard cut loose, smashing Kevin O'Brien for two sixes in the 37th over. Then two overs later, Pollard went after Rankin, clobbering him for two consecutive fours.

In the 41st over, Pollard again got stuck into O'Brien, striking him for two boundaries as the score ticked over 200. In his next over however, the bowler returned to remove Smith for 107 and three balls later, Darren Sammy for 4.

Then Rankin dismissed wicketkeeper Devon Thomas for 2 and the Windies were 228/6 in 45 overs. But Pollard wouldn't back down. He clobbered Mooney for a maximum and boundary in the 46th over and then knocked a four off Rankin.

But Ireland's most expensive over was yet to come. In the 48th over, Pollard hammered Kevin O'Brien for a four and two sixes off three consecutive balls.

However, Mooney brought the Irish misery to an end when he dismissed Pollard for 94 off 55 balls, before getting rid of Andre Russell in the next ball. The wickets of Suleiman Benn and Kemar Roach fell in the last over as the West Indies were bowled out for 275 in exactly 50 overs.

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