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West Indies v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mohali

Pollard and Smith power Windies to victory

The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

March 11, 2011

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West Indies 275 (Smith 107, Pollard 94, O'Brien 4-71) beat Ireland 231 (Joyce 84, Wilson 61, Sammy 3-31, Benn 4-53) by 44 runs
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One of Kieron Pollard's many hits to the fence included a one-handed six, Ireland v West Indies, Group B, World Cup, Mohali, March 11, 2011
Kieron Pollard smashed 94 off 55 deliveries to transform the game © AFP

West Indies opener Devon Smith made a maiden century but his effort was overshadowed by Kieron Pollard, who bludgeoned a limited Ireland attack all around Mohali to muscle his side to a tall total. Pollard's effort helped to quell the criticism over his lack of performances at the international level, and gave West Indies their third win in four matches, putting them in prime position for a quarter-final spot.

A fluent Ed Joyce steered Ireland's sprightly reply but they lacked the spark needed to chase down the substantial score, though for the fourth match in a row they showed they aren't out of their depth against top teams. They kept fighting even when hopes of a victory were lost, reducing the margin of defeat to 44 runs and ensuring that their net run-rate didn't take too big a hit.

The decision to replace the injured Chris Gayle with bowling allrounder Andre Russell meant West Indies had a long tail, and no batsman of note below No. 5. That meant Ireland would have been the happier side when West Indies crawled to 142 for 3 by the 35th over. The batsmen gambled by taking the batting Powerplay then; a wicket at that stage could have scuppered the innings, but Ireland couldn't make the vital breakthrough and were helpless as the power of Pollard helped ransack 55 runs in five overs to shift the balance of the game.

Ireland had two opportunities to remove Pollard in the Powerplay: John Mooney narrowly missed a direct hit from square leg when Pollard had given up hope of making his ground in the 37th over, and Gary Wilson shelled a catch at long-on after hurtling across to get to a skier in the next over.

Over the next 45 minutes Pollard made them regret those misses with his now familiar brand of hitting, mainly muscling boundaries in the arc between long-on and midwicket. Boyd Rankin, Ireland's quickest, was brought in to handcuff Pollard, but his short ball was walloped to midwicket and an attempted yorker was pummeled down the ground. Rankin was rattled by the ferocity of the second hit, muttering to himself as his fractional mistake was punished.

A drive to midwicket in the 42nd over brought up Pollard's half-century off 35 balls - he celebrated by kissing an arm band bearing the injured allrounder Dwayne Bravo's number - but he was just warming up. The wickets tumbled at the other end, but there was no stopping Pollard, who capped a frenzy of hitting with 20 runs of an O'Brien over, which included a monstrous one-handed six that easily sailed over deep midwicket.

O'Brien had taken four wickets for the first time in his one-day career, but the Pollard assault ruined his figures. Pollard was also in line for the second quickest World Cup hundred -after O'Brien's epic against England last month - but fell attempting a six over long-off.

The pyrotechnics at the end made up for a dull start to the match in front of a nearly empty stadium when the West Indies openers treated the dibbly-dobbly attack with undue caution. There were only six fours in the first 15 overs on a track that, despite plenty of grass, afforded little movement for the seamers.

West Indies were dawdling at 3.5 runs per over when O'Brien struck in the 25th, getting Chanderpaul first, and Darren Bravo for a duck three balls later. Smith persevered and he stepped up his strike-rate in the Powerplay with a series of fours, reaching his hundred in the 39th over. It didn't thrill the watchers, but for a side which has only managed four centuries in their last 28 matches, it was an important innings.

Soon after, Kevin O'Brien struck twice in an over for the second time, though that didn't stop the runs. Puzzlingly, Ireland used their best bowler, left-arm spinner George Dockrell, for only three overs.

Ireland's chase got off to a terrible start as Paul Stirling's poor World Cup continued, dismissed in the second over. Joyce walked in and caressed his first two deliveries for four and Ireland sprinted to 35 for 0 in five, before Darren Sammy reeled off three maidens in a row and, combining with the pacy and accurate debutant Russell, created the pressure that led to William Porterfield's dismissal.

Joyce and Niall O'Brien steadied Ireland, adding 44 trouble-free runs before Niall played down the wrong line to Sulieman Benn. Joyce and Wilson then forged the biggest partnership of the innings to keep Ireland afloat, but just as Wilson picked up the pace with a huge six and two reverse-swept fours, Joyce was dismissed. Kevin O'Brien fell to a spectacular diving catch from Pollard and with that Ireland's hopes were washed away.

A controversial lbw decision by umpire Asoka de Silva, which wasn't reversed on referral, ended Wilson's stay in the 42nd over, but by then Ireland were hurtling towards their third defeat, and now need two wins to qualify for the next stage.

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Posted by Narine on (March 14, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

To the WI selection panel & team please do not let England off the hook, they will be coming out hard for WI. Please play the following players against England. GAYLE, SMITH, BRAVO, SARWAN, POLLARD, SAMMY, THOMAS, BISHOO, RUSSEL, BENN & ROACH....Please pick this mix!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 14, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

I believe Windies will make it to the finals if every man pulls his weight with Gayle Back my team would be Gayle Smith Bravo Sarwan Chaunderpaul Pollard Thomas Sammy Russel Ben and Roach. My reason for that team is we cannot go up against England with 5 batters and a long tial we need 6 batters with thomas and Sammy at 7 and 8, and then the bowlers with GAYLE back we dont need another spinner for Gayle will play that roll. Chaunderpaul has not made a big contribution with the bat but before this world cup is over he will come GOOD it might just be against England. Dont take England for garnted they are still a dangerous team this match is do or die for them and they will be coming at us with all what they got we got to play the right team to defeat them. Make no bones about it Chaunderpaul might be out of form but he is a player of CLASS form is Temporary but CLASS is PERMINANT,once he is selected in the squard and he is not injured he should play. Mark my words time will tell.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Y is it that bishoo not playing as yet? they need to play him he is one of the the best young spinner in world cricket ,if u dont believe me look up his status.he need to play if west indies was too win more games.and with the team that Ncassie mension ,its the perfect one.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

west indies always produced great players , and its still continuing , pollard is one of them with great skill to hit big sixes and take the team on his own, with player like gayle ,pollard ,bravo,and roach west indies has great chances to b the champion again , best of luck west indies

Posted by PATRICK on (March 13, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Great knocks Smith and Pollard. But I do not agree about everyone taking their responsibility. The score should have been well out of Ireland's reach but the last 6 batters fell very cheaply. I am not expecting big scores but a 20 or so from a couple of these guys would have made the total unreachable. Apart from Roachy, everyone else in the line-up can aparently hold a bat. We can go all the way if this happens.

Posted by Stephen on (March 13, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

Hats off to NCassie as he has done a yoeman job in possibly selecting the best W.I.Paper Team available at present. It is most notable that you have kindly included our Captain in that list.Keep your eraser handy as Shiv and Sarwan may soon become victims of their own recklessness.What amazes me is the ability of premier batsmen to fall from grace without showing a willingness to negate their follies. I remember many years ago one H.A.Gomes was dropped after being out of form for some time.His solution was to spend many long hours at the Arima(Trinidad) nets, most times being bowled by the local stragglers.He regained his Test place and went on to score 4 additional Test centuries.I can only toast to the day when West Indies Cricket will once again ascend the pinnacles of success and touch the blue hues of heaven.

Posted by abid on (March 12, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

great win, now v can say windies playing like a team . everybody taking there responsibility . one change miller out gayle in , russel impress me good bowler , hope to see same performance against england , best of luck west indies , go west indies go

Posted by Narine on (March 12, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

WI need to play hard and select a strong team against the English to secure a quarter final spot. My eleven if I had to pick should be; Gayle, Smith, Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Thomas, Sammy, Bishoo, Russel, Benn & Roach.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

I hope that the critics are taking note. Everyone was on Devon Smith's case, saying that he should not be on the team. But by now i know a lot of them are swallowing their pride. He is not only the one on the team with the highest score so far, but he is also the leading scorer. So to you Devon Smith's critics out there, what is your case? Where are the so called big guns, with the exception of Darren Bravo and Pollard in the two last games. Well done Windies keep up the good work.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

I think that with the present state of West indies Cricket, Kiron Pollard must be guaranteed a permanent place in the WI first eleven. He has what the best batsmen in West Indiies cricket were renowned for - 'intimidation'. The names of Richards, Lara and Sobers intimidated bowlers around the world. They are now being very much intimidated by Kiron Pollard - his body language shows that he knows it; and that's what is giving him the confidence to perform. In fact, he is right there with Virender Sehwag, Chris Gale and Dilshan as the batsmen in the world who put fear into bowlers all over the world. He should be given a permanaent position on the WI team, in all forms of the game. I do not agree that Chanderpaul should be written off. The Great Sachin Tendulkar is the best example of players whom the experts like to write off. But Tendulkar is now having the best period of his career, even though he was written off a few years ago. Give 'The Tiger' a chance to come back like Tendulkar.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

First of all lets face reality, w/indies biggest concern is my favourite player s/chanderpaul I have to question why is he playing in the squard if he is so much out of form. I think the coach really needs to address this or that might be our downfall in the world cup. A replacement like kirk edwards cannot do the team anymore harm than good as chanderpaul puts so much pressure on the team its ridiculous and we saw it again yesterday when he opened the batting 50 dot ball in the first 10 overs and only scored 35 runs in 62 balls . No matter how good we are batting whenever he comes to the crease everything goes to a stand still. Against england and india the team should be gayle, smith, bravo, sarwan, pollard,thomas, sammy,russel, benn, roach, bishoo. Bravo got out early yesterday cause when he came to the crease he was under so much pressure that he looked lost with the score on 89 in the 25 over. Don't think the w/cup is where shiv should be trying to find form.

Posted by Steve on (March 12, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

@Gnana Murugan Subramaniam: totally agree. The result of this crucial game for Ireland swung on yet another dreadful decision by the worst umpire in international cricket. If he wasn't playing a shot then I must not have been watching cricket for the last 30-odd years.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 3:09 GMT)

Happy to post win or lose. Without Pollard we could have won but he is one of the giants of the new game, congrats to him. The bad umpiring call (and it was) could have, might have, but probably didn't change the game. Pollard did. Its a sign of Irelands progress that I am gutted today - beating England and maybe a win v Netherlands was the least of our aspirations and I think our performances have borne that new higher expectation out. Forget the test status, forget the next world cup .. any chance that some of the big teams might give Ireland a few ODI's every year for the next 5 years? Give us a chance please that's all we ask - we are worth more than one or two tail end England tour games aren't we?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Glad to see that Smith is playing some good cricket and proving to all who said that he should not have being the team that he is not dead weight, the same can't be said of Chanderpaul and Sarwan. One of them will have to make way for Gayle when he come back, seems like Chanderpaul, he look out of sorts in the one day game. Chanderpaul should now be thinking about his retirement and give some of the young hungry player a chance. Good luck Windies win or loose I support 100%.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

As a fellow Jamaican i am also mystified as to how Nikita Miller is on this team. He doesnt spin the ball so he is merely bowling slow balls and he is a genuine tailender so how does he earn his place in the starting 11 ?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 1:24 GMT)

Wilson got a bad one from Asoka. Asoka has a history of giving decisions against weaker sides at crucial moments. Ask any BD fan. Asoka cost us Test wins against Pak and Eng. The fellow is plain incompetent. Indeed, if I am correct, he got dropped from the elite list in the past, and only the good Lord knows how he got back into it. ICC- please drop Asoka for good.

Posted by Stephen on (March 12, 2011, 1:11 GMT)

miller should definitely be dropped.....then again so too sammy

Posted by Sean on (March 12, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

"Interesting how someone could come to the conclusion that a batsman is not offering a shot to a medium pace bowler when he is 61 not out, striking the ball beautifully and with the team requiring almost 10 runs an over."

Gnana Murugan Subramaniam, I guess you haven't actually seen "the stroke". You can view it here (the only online place I could find the clip): http://www.dailymotion.com/jellofingers#videoId=xhjk64

Note that the ball hits the pad and would have gone on to hit the stumps long before Wilson puts his bat down in a defensive position (that isn't really playing the ball) behind his front pad. Wilson couldn't have been seriously making a stroke with the bat hidden beyond his front foot and long after the ball hit him because there is no such stroke in cricket. Just because a guy is on 60 doesn't mean he can't make mistakes and unfortunately Wilson just didn't time it right and made no real attempt to play the ball.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 23:38 GMT)

India and England lay in wait for the WI and we will(at least me) start becoming converts if Pollard puts up a strong performance against either team. The WI is still not through yet so they will have to finnish well against the aforementioned teams. Again as I said I wouldn't single out Miller but Bishoo could be given a game, its neither here nor there. Chanderpaul hasn't fired, but I wouldn't kick him to the curbs. Without his runs we would probably have lost the match and against stronger bowling lineups he will definitely be needed. Smith definitely deserves credit and has scored a lot of runs(I realise most posts were very critical of him) although the next match is against Eng. and Swann has gotten him out a couple of times. We expect nothing less than a victory against Eng and also another victory against India in the final group match.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

the umpirre bashing isn't going to do any good. I"m sure any WIndian who remembers the 96 WC on the same ground will tell you that Ian Bishop got a shocker LB when the Shane Warne delivery pitched miles outside leg stump. This I remember clearly. I still don't know why Miller is being made a scapegoat. For a momment there the bowlers(even Roach)looked ordinary. He was taken out of the attack several times. Been seemed to be flighting the ball TOO much initially and got spanked. He has to realise that he is sooo tall that flighting most deliveries just turns them into half vollies. Miller also dropped a c&b chance which could have made the margin even greater. All the bowlers looks out of control except Sammy and Russel, so Miller wasnt the only culprit. Make no mistake we (WI fans) want Pollard to do well, in fact we won the game because of his innings. But pretournament we would have said quick 60,70 and 80 against Ir, and Neth would be expected by Pollard. contd.

Posted by Fitzherbert on (March 11, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

Pollard should be given a run in tests. He is a more than a capable batsman and a brilliant fielder. Sammy continues to impress as a captain and Devon Smith is solid as a rock. The plucky Irish have nothing to be ashamed of. They fought to the end. Why are people attacking umpire Da silva? The law is clear that if you don't offer a shot and the ball would have hit the stumps you are out once it is not pitched outside the legstump. Da silva and the third umpire got it right. The umpires have to stick to the rules. Emotion has no part to play in this.

Posted by Arun on (March 11, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

Beautifully paced innings, unlike afridi, he didnt try smashing every ball, he even played a deft shot, good timing, really sad that he didnt get his hundred, it will come in this CWC 2011, Russel also bowled well, next match they should try bishoo instead of miller and Gayle should replace Russel(Sad decision but Shiv needs to be in middle order to stop the fall, if any(for sake of safety)), England after having lost against bangla they will come hard, but windies can do well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

it was ..superb inning...under pressure....pollard..just rocks

Posted by Trevor on (March 11, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

Well done to the the WI, however, there are some changes that needs to be made if there ae going to advance and compete againts the higher ranked teams. Firstly, it must be demonstrably clear to the selectors that Shiv is not paticularly suited for ODIs, he is simply wasting too much deliveries and is a drag on the teams run rate. Niketa Miller needs to be replaced with Bishoo, his impact has been negligable at best so far. Like what I saw of Russell, controlled and accurate, right type for this format. I know these decisions is based on the selectors perspective, but these things seems very obvious to a lot of us.

Posted by Richard on (March 11, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Ravi, I agree with u. why is miller even on this team, he's done nothing

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

gud win by wi...they should beat weak england very easily....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

2morrow india must win the match with south africa..........GO INDIA GO...........

Posted by Alexei on (March 11, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Good win for the Windies...finally we have someone other than Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul or Bravo playing a lead role in a match which cud be called match-winning performances.. WI should be tired of bits & pieces innings from these lesser established batsmen of WI cricket and now finally they are showing the selectors that they are capable of match-winning performances which justifies their selections Good to see Smith finally kicking to a ODI century..good to see Pollard really grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck but got too ahead of himself, trying to clear the ropes as soon as he got in touching distance of his oneday 1st ton For the next match, hopefully Gayle comes back in for Miller, we shud keep Russell

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

I agree about the info being lost in translation. Another possible solution would be to let the third umpire take the decision once it is referred(like in run outs). The current setup plays too much with the on field umpire's ego and often makes them feel that they have made a mistake.

Posted by Narine on (March 11, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Well done WI, keep up the hard work WWW is like a website with all those wins we don't often see this, but anyway England look out you are next....Go Windies!

Posted by Javed on (March 11, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

@riverlime amazing batting display from pollard and he did an great job to help the windies win this game but in the 31 innings before this game he averaged under 20. one good innings doesn't make up for 31 failed innings. he needs to be more consistent. These last two big scores of 94 and 60 came against Ireland and Netherlands. In 3 matches against Sri Lanka and SA he scored only 8 runs in total.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

Good win by the Windies with the bowlers holding their nerve but the result could have been very different if not for de Silva's howler. They should do away with the third umpire and jsut show the on field umpire the same replays that the public sees and based on that they can make a decision. Right now, there is too much scope for info being lost in translation.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Interesting how someone could come to the conclusion that a batsman is not offering a shot to a medium pace bowler when he is 61 not out, striking the ball beautifully and with the team requiring almost 10 runs an over.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

well done pollard and smith

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

they need to play bishoo instead of miller

Posted by Jabari on (March 11, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

The reason why people thought KP wasn't suited for ODI's is how good he hits in T20s and he is often mismanaged. Pollard has 3 hundreds and 5 fifties in 20 first class matches. He can play in the longer forms of the game.

Posted by joel on (March 11, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

Pollard played within himself, and gave us an idea of his capabilities with a composed innings. Without him the game would have been lost. WHERE ARE THE POLLARD-BASHERS NOW? Also, why play Miller, as a less effective version of Benn's left arm spin? Surely a leggie would have been a more attacking option, and given Sammy some practice in setting a field for him. (Both the captain and the leggie being relatively inexperienced).

Posted by Vipul on (March 11, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Ashoka is a terrible umpire. He is a disgrace to SL. The ICC needs to penalize bad umpiring not just players who questions terrible judgements. By not doing anything against terrible decisions, the umpires have nothing to fear. A terrible decision like this should not impact the result of the match but it did and on top of it qualifying for the next round. The ICC needs to have some resources to deal with this, including firing the umpire from all forms - just like what FIFA did to some of the referees.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

For all due credit to West Indies batting - shame on Ashoka DeSilva - he definitely needs a demotion from the elite panel! It was only his stupid ego about reversing his decision. That moment changed the game and robbed the momentum. And it's a shame .. cuz Pollard and Smith did a very good job with the bat and Roach is at long last a genuine quick as was the Caribbean wont once.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

A good win for the boys. Well Played to Pollard, for once he did something for the WI. Personally, I feel Portifield comments is trash because everyone knows his decision is final.Further, thee LBW laws needs to be revised and outlined beacuse in this tournament so far it seems it doesn't matter where the ball pitch as long as it is going to hit the stumps you're out. And if anyone should be complaining it should be WI because over the years we always hold the wrong end of the stick. Hope we beat ENG and IND and show the people we are the WI.

Posted by Nataraj on (March 11, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

another powerful hitting 94 of 52 balls by pollad. what an amazing power pollad he is

Posted by Mark on (March 11, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Another b minus performance from the West Indies. They just don't have the bowling fire power to trouble top class batting teams at this World Cup. On the upside it is good to see the underperformers like Smith - and I will include Pollard in that column based on his sub 30 international batting average - step up to the plate and perform for once. On the downside minus Pollard and Smith the other 8 contributed just 74. When you consider that the experienced Chanderpaul and Sarwan were in the 8, that means that against a quality bowling and fielding unit the West Indies could be swept for a minnow like sub 100 - 150 score. The corner has not been turned for West Indies cricket I'm afraid.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

go windies......... I knew you guys could have did it.

Posted by Sean on (March 11, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

Why does everyone like to rag on the umpires? Surely if TWO umpires look on a "stroke" twice and conclude he wasn't offering a stroke then Wilson was at best offering a half-hearted stroke (if he was really offering a stroke at all). According to the LBW laws a player is out even if the ball doesn't pitch in line if the player doesn't make a genuine attempt to play the ball and it doesn't seem like Wilson played any kind of convincing stroke. A lot of batsmen have a bad habit of simply pushing their bodies forward whilst simply holding the bat whenever a ball is pitched outside and then are lucky when the ball doesn't angle in towards the stumps when it hits their leg. Those kind of actions may sometimes result in runs if the ball hits the bat, but so would simply standing still and holding the bat out at an angle even before the bowler releases the ball if a batsman is lucky enough. Just because a ball might have come off the bat if it hit the bat doesn't mean a stroke was played.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

As has been said numerous times by those in the know, given a chance to come in with more than a handful of overs left, Pollard can actually build an innings. That's exactly what he's done twice now. His average of just shy of 20 is certainly not impressive but given where he's been batting for most of his career it is hardly a shock.

I think the criticism of not using Dockrell is a tad harsh. Ireland had no reason to change the attack when they were holding the WI to a shade over 3 an over. That only changed when Pollard came to the crease. Not sure anyone wants to treat a settled in Pollard to a dose of spin with 10 overs left.

Posted by King on (March 11, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

It was 50-50 until Wilson was given.

Posted by Earlla on (March 11, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

pollard played well today sending him up in the batting order is something windies should do more often....sorry he didnt get the 100 though .........but all in all he did well .....devon started slow but he got his 100 .............i like devon batting tatics but he needS to be more consistent in his batting....good luck west indies quarter finals time so saddle up n focus dont get carried away.......england and india are no threats i know by Gods grace we will thrash one or both ah them......i pray that my favourite player chris gayle gets well to blast off england and india innings.......ill keep u in prayers CG.....N THE WEST INDIES TEAM AT LARGE DO UR BEST N RISE BACK ON TOP......BLESS UP ....WINDIES ALL THE WAY.......

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

good show though but shiv and sarwan have to perform. pollard will not come for rescue all the times. and second is that this bowling attack is very good. if gayle comes drop one from shiv,sarwan or smith.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

nice played Pollard and Devon smith too.

Its now good contest, pollard in form with up the order gayle gives fast run scoring options for WI.

Best Luck...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT)

I have longed questioned the rationale of giving Pollard a few overs at the death. We are forcing him to be the slogger that we accuse him of being. He is capable of 60 - 70 ball hundreds. Give him the chance.

Posted by Jabari on (March 11, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

The Irish have made a very strong case for their inclusion in the next world cup. They played four full members so far and were in winning positions against all of them. Hats off to them.

Chanderpaul and Miller needs to be replaced if West Indies wants to win the tournament.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Congrats Windies. Russell should have been brought in much before in place of Nikita Miller. Hopefully, he will be brought in for the next match.

Posted by Chetan on (March 11, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

Why Dockrell bowled only 3 overs today?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Andrew Russel Bowled the Ball of the Match.Even Chanderpaul Struggling against Irish attack.Personally I want to See The Trio Fidel Edwards,Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach Spells.Peoples Said Keiron Pollard is not Suitable for ODI Matches But he Made That Statements False.Well Done Windies .Will Do Better.

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