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

Pollard makes the difference

Kieron Pollard's stunning 94 was the innings which allowed West Indies to take their two points against a spirited Ireland team

S Rajesh

March 11, 2011

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Worm for the Ireland-West Indies match, Mohali, March 11, 2011
Ireland were ahead of West Indies' score for much of the chase, but in the last 15 overs West Indies scored 59 more runs © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Kieron Pollard saved West Indies' blushes after Ireland pushed them all the way with another whole-hearted performance in Mohali. In 31 previous ODI innings, Pollard had a highest score of 62 - which was one of only two half-centuries in this format - and his average stay at the crease was a mere 20 deliveries per innings.

From West Indies' point of view, Pollard could not have chosen a better time to get his highest in ODIs. His 94 from only 55 balls was the difference between the two teams. Leave aside his contribution, and West Indies' run-rate for the innings was 4.43; Ireland's innings run-rate was 4.71.

For much of the run-chase, Ireland were ahead of West Indies' total at the same stage. After 35 overs, Ireland were 157 for 3, compared to West Indies' 142 for 3 - 15 runs to the good, same number of wickets in hand.

From there, things took a sudden turn as Pollard turned it up a couple of gears, while Ireland lost a couple of key wickets - including Gary Wilson's to a shocking umpiring decision by Asoka de Silva - and completely lost their momentum. After the 35th, West Indies had seven overs when they scored ten or more runs; Ireland only had one such over.

The way the two teams used the batting Powerplay was also key: West Indies's sequence from those overs was 12, 12, 10, 12, 9. Ireland, on the other hand, took their Powerplay when they'd already lost nine wickets, and most runs they managed from one of those five overs was nine.

West Indies' and Ireland's innings
  First 35 overs Last 15 overs
West Indies score 142 for 3 133 for 7
Ireland score 157 for 3 74 for 7
West Indies 4s/ 6s 12/ 1 12/ 5
Ireland 4s/ 6s 16/ 1 8/ 0
West Indies and Ireland in the batting Powerplay
  Score 4s/ 6s Dot balls
West Indies 55 for 0 6/ 2 7
Ireland 28 for 2 4/ 0 14

More stats from the match

  • Pollard's knock is the second-fastest among innings in this World Cup which have lasted at least 50 balls. Pollard's strike rate for his innings was 170.90, which is marginally behind Kevin O'Brien's 179.36 for his 63-ball 113.

  • Devon Smith's 107 is his maiden ODI hundred, and it continues an impressive recent run: in his last 12 innings, he averages 39.66, with one century and three fifties. His overall ODI average is only 27.59.

  • Two bowlers took four wickets in the game, but Kevin O'Brien's was a fairly expensive effort - it cost him 71 runs in nine overs. His economy rate of 7.88 is the second-highest for bowlers who've taken four wickets in a World Cup game, next only to Chris Mpofu's 4 for 62 in seven overs against Sri Lanka yesterday. Three of the four most expensive efforts have come in this World Cup.

  • West Indies managed only 28 runs in the first ten overs, which equals the lowest for one of the Full Member teams in this World Cup. Australia had scored 28 after ten overs in their first game against Zimbabwe.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
West Indies 158 24 6 28/0 22/0(11-15) 55/0(36-40) 78/7 0/3
Ireland 173 24 1 40/1 17/1(11-15) 28/2(45-49) 40/5 1/3

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

POLLARD may not be your ideal cricketer, but he has talent. HE IS YOUNG and has a while to mature.HIS batting position in the team is vital to his meaningful role in the team. HIS bowling and fielding is OK. #5 is not a bad start. OF course his positioning may depend on the state of the innings. LET US give him all the support, POLLARD VS PATTHAN, SUNDAY CANT MISS THAT.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

POLLARD is an improving player.A more than useful bowler, a very good fielder and most important, where you put him to bat.#5 is ok; of course this depends on the state of the game.SEE how INDIA use PATHAN. A word of advice to WI, PLEASE dont wait until over #40 to take the 2nd POWERPLAY.THAT PP is for batsmen, not tailenders. BEFORE the advent of the 2nd PP teams made 100 plus in the last 10 overs. ONCE YOU HAVE TWO SET BATSMEN take your 2nd PP. TAKE my humble advice.

Posted by Finn on (March 12, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

Lets see him do it agains a top nation, then we will be able to see his true class. If he wants to get more of an opportunity batting then he should go up the order but he hsan't shown enough consistency to do that

Posted by Amila on (March 12, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Great hitting from Pollard. Think who should have gone for the 100 though because he won't get many opporunities batting from lower down. However, the only challenging team he batted against so far was RSA and he got out the first ball. He also struggled in Sri Lanka. How he go against England would be the next real test because his defence isn't great and for a big hitter he get bowled and LBW a lot. Hope Windies realize that he is not a complete cricketer till he plays Test Cricket. He still has a good 10 or so years ahead of him and he needs to play all 3 formats to be the player he can be.

Posted by STEVE on (March 11, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

yeah yeah we won......thats all that matter...teammmmmmmmmmmmm work

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