ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 27th match, Group B

Ireland v West Indies

West Indies won by 44 runs

Devon Smith will take strike, Rankin will kick things off for Ireland. Two slips to start with.

Srini: "I too missed one invaluable trade. I am not gonna trust Gayle again. BTW, Sanjay Manjrekar trading cleverly... he trusted Pollard instead. Yesterday he hit jockpot by betting on Dilshan"

Allyn: "Being Irish, I think that it is good for the Windies that Gayle doesn't play - he wouldn't be switched on for a game like this. Having watched the pre-match interviews, I have a suspicion that the Windies don't believe that they are genuinely in for a match here and might be in for a shock today. Come on Ireland!" I beg to differ. Sammy and Sarwan, at the pre-match press conferences, have said the right things about "not taking Ireland lightly" and so on and so forth.

Time for the anthems. They are done. Play to start in four minutes.

Matt: "No, please no! Gayle must play I just transferred him into my fantasy team and I don't have many trades left. He should bat one handed - he would still do well" Sorry mate. Take consolation in the fact that You are Not Alone.

By the way, this is Sid Talya and I'll be sharing commentary duties with Nitin Sundar. Siddarth Ravindran's bulletining this match.

Nagraj sends me this: "the Irish fans are walking in, sadly without their favourite ale. instead they have to do with the fizzy soft drink"

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Chris Gayle is suffering from an abdominal strain, he's not playing. So Nagraj's doubts have been confirmed. Shivnarine Chanderpaul will open with Devon Smith. Andre Russell's been picked and West Indies have stuck to two spinners - Benn and Miller. Andre Botha comes in for Johnston. Look out for the XIs above, they'll be updated in a bit.

Toss: Porterfield has won the toss and opted to field. They like chasing, these Irish. Also, it's a morning start, so there is a bit of assistance the bowlers can expect out of the conditions in the early hours. Trent Johnston misses out after picking up an injury in the previous game.

8.55am Nagraj Gollapudi, our man in Mohali, tells me Chris Gayle didn't walk out to train this morning. Will he play or will he not? A bit of uncertainty there.

8.50am: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the Group B clash between Ireland and West Indies in Mohali. West Indies won't be expecting a cakewalk here despite seeing off Bangladesh and Netherlands with little fuss. Ireland have been, by far, the best of the lesser teams this tournament, and they have a historical edge over their opponents today. Want to know more? Well, check this out.

0.1

Rankin to Smith, no run, short and wide and he goes after it, not as much bounce as he expected, slashes hard, misses

0.2

Rankin to Smith, no run, short and wide, connects this time, slashes it hard into the ground but straight to point

0.3

Rankin to Smith, no run, more on a good length this time, in the channel outside off, shoulders arms to leave it through

0.4

Rankin to Smith, no run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and turns it towards midwicket

Meety: "I think the loss of Johnston for Ireland cannot be underestimated. That being said Gayle is a bigger loss for the WINDIES. Makes this match even harder to pick! The WINDIES are due for a shocker sometime soon!"

0.5

Rankin to Smith, no run, in the corridor again, a bit of width but Smith's not taking risks yet, leaves it be

0.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, back of a length on the off, stands tall and knocks it down in front of point, starts off with a maiden

There is more grass on this track than most others in India. However, we are still to see some movement

End of over 1 (maiden) West Indies 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
DS Smith    0* (6b)      WB Rankin    1-1-0-0
S Chanderpaul    0* (0b)     

Cusack to bowl now, no chicken dancing Johnston sadly for Ireland

1.1

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length outside off, Shivnarine Chanderpaul drops his hands on that one and lets it through

1.2

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length on the off, gets back and punches it towards extra cover

1.3

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, much fuller this time, on a good length just around off stump, steps forward with a closed face and taps it back down the pitch

1.4

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, held it back this time, rising up well to Chanders who drops it in front of the bowler, disciplined stuff so far from the Irish

1.5

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length on middle, accurate, on middle and off, Chanderpaul gets back and presents the full face

Batting outside the crease is Chanders

1.6

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, a touch fuller, on middle and leg, pushes Chanders back and he meets it with a firm defence into the leg side, but two maidens in a row

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
S Chanderpaul    0* (6b)      AR Cusack    1-1-0-0
DS Smith    0* (6b)      WB Rankin    1-1-0-0

There's another change for Ireland - Gary Wilson has come in for Andrew White

2.1

Rankin to Smith, no run

2.2

Rankin to Smith, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side

2.3

Rankin to Smith, no run, back of a length again, pushed back and Smith, though firm in defence, is yet to open his account

2.4

Rankin to Smith, no run, lands on a good length this time, times it well trying to push it towards mid-on

2.5

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, first runs for the Windies, short of a length, it's chopped down behind point towards third man for a single

2.6

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, pushing it through on middle and leg, Chanders shuffles a hint and works it towards midwicket

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 1/0 (RR: 0.33)
S Chanderpaul    0* (7b)      WB Rankin    2-1-1-0
DS Smith    1* (11b)      AR Cusack    1-1-0-0

Matt: "I can't believe Miller is playing. Bishoo is a much better bowler and has been in good form lately."

Cusack coming round the wicket

3.1

Cusack to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off, gets on the back foot and taps it in front of extra cover

3.2

Cusack to Smith, no run, forces it off the back foot, not much room being provided here, gets back and punches it to extra cover

3.3

Cusack to Smith, no run, getting it to nip in just a hint, draws the batsman forward this time, defended solidly towards the bowler

3.4

Cusack to Smith, FOUR, nicely timed, shortish and a bit of width, Smith rocks back and just eases it between cover and point, came off the meat, nicely placed

3.5

Cusack to Smith, no run, much fuller, strayed in line slightly there, on middle and leg, turned away but straight to midwicket

3.6

Cusack to Smith, no run, pitches it up just a hint and Smith pushes it firmly in the direction of mid-off

End of over 4 (4 runs) West Indies 5/0 (RR: 1.25)
DS Smith    5* (17b 1x4)      AR Cusack    2-1-4-0
S Chanderpaul    0* (7b)      WB Rankin    2-1-1-0

4.1

Rankin to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, Rankin bowls it full on Chanders' pads, tickled away behind square wide of fine leg for a couple of runs, off the mark is Chanders

Michael: "Looking for Sammy to do well in this match, to follow up from his performance against Bangladesh. Will be kicking myself for not having him in my Fantasy team if he does, though!!"

Some problem with the sightscreen which has now been sorted

4.2

Rankin to Chanderpaul, FOUR, lovely drive from Chanders, lands on a good length and he just eases into the drive, cracking it between extra cover and mid-off

4.3

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, pitched up on middle, driven firmly down the ground but mid-on does well, diving to his right to save a couple of runs

4.4

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, lands on a good length on the off, gets across and knocks it towards cover

4.5

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off, shoulders arms to that one

4.6

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, struck on the pads, a touch too high, drew him forward with that good-length delivery, tried to close the face did Chanders but missed, was struck outside the line as well

End of over 5 (6 runs) West Indies 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
S Chanderpaul    6* (13b 1x4)      WB Rankin    3-1-7-0
DS Smith    5* (17b 1x4)      AR Cusack    2-1-4-0

5.1

Cusack to Smith, no run, back of a length from round the wicket, gets back and jabs it to midwickt

5.2

Cusack to Smith, no run, a bit more effort on that one from Cusack, short and wide and he goes for the cut, misses

Just the one slip now

5.3

Cusack to Smith, no run, a fraction overpitched but Smith can't beat the infield, driven firmly but straight to mid-off

5.4

Cusack to Smith, 1 run, goodish length outside off, in that channel, gets forward, opens the face and guides it to third man for a single

5.5

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length outside off, keeps a fraction low this time, Chanders leaves it be

5.6

Cusack to Chanderpaul, FOUR, superbly timed, good length on middle, gets forward, closes the face and punches it down the ground, past the bowler and the diving mid-on, gradually getting into his groove here

End of over 6 (5 runs) West Indies 16/0 (RR: 2.66)
S Chanderpaul    10* (15b 2x4)      AR Cusack    3-1-9-0
DS Smith    6* (21b 1x4)      WB Rankin    3-1-7-0

6.1

Rankin to Smith, no run, it's driven back firmly towards Rankin who fields well on his follow-through

6.2

Rankin to Smith, 1 bye, angling it away from the legt-hander, good length and Smith tries to caress that one through extra cover, beats the swing of the bat does Rankin, the keeper fumbles and concedes a run

6.3

Rankin to Chanderpaul, 1 run, chopped down towards third man for a single

6.4

Rankin to Smith, no run, accurate line from Rankin, on middle and off, did not provide any width this time and Smith could only defend it back to the bowler

6.5

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, stands tall and chops it down to third man

6.6

Rankin to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length in the corridor, left alone to the keeprr

Ireland would have banked on some movement early on. But it's a bright and sunny morning, so there is no movement in the air or off the pitch, not so far at least. Credit to them that they've kept things quiet by being disciplined

End of over 7 (3 runs) West Indies 19/0 (RR: 2.71)
S Chanderpaul    11* (17b 2x4)      WB Rankin    4-1-9-0
DS Smith    7* (25b 1x4)      AR Cusack    3-1-9-0

7.1

Cusack to Smith, 1 run, short of a length on middle, gets on the back foot to tap it wide of midwicket for a single

7.2

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short ball on the off stump, punched firmly towards mid-off

7.3

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and knocks it in front of point

7.4

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, slightly short on middle, Chanders gets on the back foot and dabs it towards midwicket

7.5

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length, tries to force it off the back foot past mid-off, does not connect well enough, rolls down to that fielder

7.6

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, slower one bowled full on the off, driven down towards mid-on, another quiet over, good stuff

End of over 8 (1 run) West Indies 20/0 (RR: 2.50)
S Chanderpaul    11* (22b 2x4)      AR Cusack    4-1-10-0
DS Smith    8* (26b 1x4)      WB Rankin    4-1-9-0

8.1

Rankin to Smith, no run, good length on middle and off, gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

8.2

Rankin to Smith, no run, pitched on a good length and there's a bit of width this time, tries to cream it through cover but doesn't make contact

8.3

Rankin to Smith, no run, fullish on middle, gets across, closes the face and pushes it back to the bowler

8.4

Rankin to Smith, 2 runs, excellent fielding by Dockrell at third man, it flew off the outside edge as Smith slashed hard at that one, Dockrell moved to his right, his wroing side, and dived full length to palm it inside the ropes and restrict them to a couple

8.5

Rankin to Smith, no run

8.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, short of a good length, carried well to the keeper, just a fraction outside off there, couldn't free his arms there, left alone

End of over 9 (2 runs) West Indies 22/0 (RR: 2.44)
DS Smith    10* (32b 1x4)      WB Rankin    5-1-11-0
S Chanderpaul    11* (22b 2x4)      AR Cusack    4-1-10-0

9.1

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run

9.2

Cusack to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, pushed away into the off side

9.3

Cusack to Chanderpaul, 1 run

9.4

Cusack to Smith, no run, slower one bowled full on middle and leg, pushed back down the pitch

9.5

Cusack to Smith, 1 run, dropped, Smith charges forward and cracks that hard towards extra cover, Stirling's perfectly placed there but it came at him quickly and he was unable to react quickly enough, tried to take it over his head but couldn't hold on. A tough chance but we've seen them being taken

9.6

Cusack to Chanderpaul, FOUR, drops it on the leg side and Chanders has no trouble helping it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 10 (6 runs) West Indies 28/0 (RR: 2.80)
S Chanderpaul    16* (26b 3x4)      AR Cusack    5-1-16-0
DS Smith    11* (34b 1x4)      WB Rankin    5-1-11-0

John Mooney into the attack now

10.1

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, pushing it full on the off side, tries to drive through the line, gets a thick inside edge and wide of midwicket for a single

10.2

Mooney to Chanderpaul, 1 run, angles it towards middle and off, Chanders gets across to work it past midwicket, gets a thick leading edge as he turns the face a little too early, a single down to third man

10.3

Mooney to Smith, no run, on a good length towards middle, worked away towards midwicket

10.4

Mooney to Smith, no run, fullish on the off, he's bowling it much fuller than the others, gets forward and pushing it towards mid-off

10.5

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, back of a length on middle, gets back and turns it away wide of square leg for a single

10.6

Mooney to Chanderpaul, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and knocks it down in front of extra cover

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 31/0 (RR: 2.81)
S Chanderpaul    17* (28b 3x4)      JF Mooney    1-0-3-0
DS Smith    13* (38b 1x4)      AR Cusack    5-1-16-0

Andre Botha into the attack now. Change from both ends. The second Powerplay was taken at the start of the 11th over.

11.1

Botha to Smith, no run, short on middle, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

11.2

Botha to Smith, FOUR, edged, lands on a good length, was trying to swing it away over midwicket, the length wasn't quite right for that shot, produces an edge and third man is a little wide, four streaky runs

11.3

Botha to Smith, no run, pushed it fuller on middle, mistimes an attempt flick towards midwicket

11.4

Botha to Smith, 1 run, slower one there, cut away after landing on a good length, placed behind point for a single

Shishank: "One thing i really like about Associate teams is that most of the players have multiple skills. Take Cusack for example.The other day against England he batted beautifully with Kevin, and now you see him opening the bowling for Ireland.If these guys get more exposure i think they can rule the world."

11.5

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, slower one driven down the ground to mid-off, Rankin scores a direct hit at the non-striker;s end off a needless throw, they get a single off the ricochet

11.6

Botha to Smith, 1 run, bowled on a length on middle, pushed uppishly past the bowler towards long-on for a single

End of over 12 (7 runs) West Indies 38/0 (RR: 3.16)
DS Smith    19* (43b 2x4)      AC Botha    1-0-7-0
S Chanderpaul    18* (29b 3x4)      JF Mooney    1-0-3-0

Alter: "Talking of fantasy FAILs, I watched yesterdays game relishing the fact that Dilshan was my Fantasy captain. I logged in after the game to see how far up the ladder I went only to discover to my horror that I had not made my captain change for the game. Apparently, I had dreamt it! GRRRAH!"

12.1

Mooney to Smith, no run, bowled it full outside off, it's square-driven but straight to the fielder at point

12.2

Mooney to Smith, no run, round the wicket, on a good length, keeps its line, tries to smack it through cover but can't connect

12.3

Mooney to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, pushed down towards mid-off, not the happiest man right now is Smith, the pressure's building gradually

12.4

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, a single through cover, just pushed through the gap and into the deep

12.5

Mooney to Chanderpaul, 1 run, slightly short on the off, gets across and works it away through square leg for a single

12.6

Mooney to Smith, no run, beaten, good length again and he tries to drive it through extra cover, fails to make contact yet again

End of over 13 (2 runs) West Indies 40/0 (RR: 3.07)
DS Smith    20* (48b 2x4)      JF Mooney    2-0-5-0
S Chanderpaul    19* (30b 3x4)      AC Botha    1-0-7-0

13.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, pitched up outside off, leans into the drive does Chanders but finds Stirling at extra cover

13.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nicely timed, pushed through firmly down the ground but mid-off runs to his left, tumbles and keeps them to a single

13.3

Botha to Smith, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off, chopped down towards third man for a single

13.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, can only squeeze it to cover

13.5

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, shortish on the off, opens the face and guides it down to third man for a single

The lower tiers at the PCA have a few people but for the most part, it's a poor turnout

13.6

Botha to Smith, 1 run, pushed down towards mid-off off the front foot, pitched up on the off

End of over 14 (4 runs) West Indies 44/0 (RR: 3.14)
DS Smith    22* (50b 2x4)      AC Botha    2-0-11-0
S Chanderpaul    21* (34b 3x4)      JF Mooney    2-0-5-0

Rajat: "Is there a player with Chanderpaul's batting stance, Malinga's bowling action and Kamran's fielding capabilities?"

14.1

Mooney to Smith, no run, Aiming for the blockhole and almost gets it right, digs it out towards mid-off

14.2

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, knocks it down behind point to sneak a quick single

14.3

Mooney to Chanderpaul, 1 run, round the wicket to Chanders, on middle and leg, pushed past the vacant midwicket region for a single

a slightly deep slip in place

14.4

Mooney to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, knocks it down in front of point

14.5

Mooney to Smith, no run, a goodish length this time, gets forward and plays it to cover

14.6

Mooney to Smith, FOUR, Smith finally connects well, short ball, a touch too short and it;s there for the taking, rocks back and pulls it fiercely to beat deep midwicket to the boundary, 50 up for the Windies, it's been difficult but they're there without any damage

One of the rare bad balls bowled by the Irish

End of over 15 (6 runs) West Indies 50/0 (RR: 3.33)
DS Smith    27* (55b 3x4)      JF Mooney    3-0-11-0
S Chanderpaul    22* (35b 3x4)      AC Botha    2-0-11-0

15.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, slower one bowled short on the off, mistimes a punch towards cover

15.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, pitched up on the off, driven towards extra cover

15.3

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, tries to open the face there to squeeze a single to third man but ends up playing it in front of the wicket

15.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pitched up and Chanders sense a chances, drives it well but mid-off dives to his right to keep it down to just a single

15.5

Botha to Smith, 1 run, strays on the pads, turned away past square leg for a single

15.6

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, cramping him for space there, on middle, Chanders pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies 52/0 (RR: 3.25)
S Chanderpaul    23* (40b 3x4)      AC Botha    3-0-13-0
DS Smith    28* (56b 3x4)      JF Mooney    3-0-11-0

16.1

Mooney to Smith, FOUR, four, four, full and Smith finds the gap, picks it well off the length and beats the diving mid-on fielder to find the boundary

16.2

Mooney to Smith, no run, good length on middle, gets forward and defends it solidly back to the bowler

16.3

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, short ball outside off, guides it down to third man for a single

16.4

Mooney to Chanderpaul, no run, shortish outside off, tries to be a little cheeky, aiming for a late cut there but can't connect

16.5

Mooney to Chanderpaul, no run, it was the legcutter from round the wicket, gets forward and defends it with bat close to pad

16.6

Mooney to Chanderpaul, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, cut away towards third man for a single

End of over 17 (6 runs) West Indies 58/0 (RR: 3.41)
S Chanderpaul    24* (43b 3x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-17-0
DS Smith    33* (59b 4x4)      AC Botha    3-0-13-0

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17.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length on the off, dropped in front of point

A packed field on the off side for Chanders

17.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length outside off, cracked straight to point off the back foot

17.3

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, good length on middle, presents the full face as he drives it back to the bowler

17.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, still can't beat the infield, excellent fielding at cover point as the fielder dives full length to his left, just the single

17.5

Botha to Smith, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on for one more

17.6

Botha to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, driven through the line wide of long-off for a couple more

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies 62/0 (RR: 3.44)
S Chanderpaul    27* (48b 3x4)      AC Botha    4-0-17-0
DS Smith    34* (60b 4x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-17-0

Kevin O'Brien to bowl now

18.1

KJ O'Brien to Smith, SIX, connects superbly, trying to get a move-on now, pitched on a length and he picks it well, depositing it over long-on for a meaty six

18.2

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, misses out this time, short ball on the off, pulled hard but straight to midwicket

18.3

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, slower one, the offcutter, on a good length on the off, defended in front of point

18.4

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, pushed through towards extra cover

18.5

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, slower one bowled full on middle, drives it firmly but can't beat midwicket

18.6

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, shortish outside the off stump, the slower one bowled from round the wicket, run down to third man to keep the strike

End of over 19 (7 runs) West Indies 69/0 (RR: 3.63)
DS Smith    41* (66b 4x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-7-0
S Chanderpaul    27* (48b 3x4)      AC Botha    4-0-17-0

19.1

Botha to Smith, 1 run, eased down towards long-off for a comfortable single

19.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, slower one bowled short on middle, took forever to get to Chanders, mistimes it back to the bowler

19.3

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, whipped to midwicket

19.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, runs it down to third man for a single

19.5

Botha to Smith, no run, slower one again, provides a bit of width this time, chopped towards point

19.6

Botha to Smith, 1 run, short on middle, pushed that past the bowler in the direction of long-on

End of over 20 (3 runs) West Indies 72/0 (RR: 3.60)
DS Smith    43* (69b 4x4 1x6)      AC Botha    5-0-20-0
S Chanderpaul    28* (51b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-7-0

Jeff: "Rajat, for a while it seemed there was such a player, but then it turned out to be another of Alter's dreams."

20.1

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, runs it down delicately to third man for a single

20.2

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, no run, goodish length on the off, pushed uppishly but gets to the extra cover fielder on the bounce

20.3

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, no run, holding back the pace again, on a length around off stump, pushed gently to cover

20.4

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, 1 run, manages to squeeze that past the fielder at cover for a single

20.5

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, big backlift there, tries to crack it down the ground past the bowler, can't quite connect well, mistimed

20.6

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length on middle and leg, pushed down towards long-on for a single

End of over 21 (3 runs) West Indies 75/0 (RR: 3.57)
DS Smith    45* (72b 4x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-0
S Chanderpaul    29* (54b 3x4)      AC Botha    5-0-20-0

James: "@Rajat - Simon Katich is similar to Chanderpaul and Shaun Tait is similar to Malinga, but I think Kamran is one of a kind."

Stirling into the attack, some spin now

21.1

Stirling to Smith, 1 run, shortish outside off, cuts it down past point into the deep for a single

21.2

Stirling to Chanderpaul, 1 run, loopy full toss on middle, punched down towards long-on for one more

21.3

Stirling to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and forces it to cover

21.4

Stirling to Smith, no run, keeping it tight on middle and off, gets forward and defends it back to the bowler

21.5

Stirling to Smith, no run, fullish on middle, driven back to the bowler

21.6

Stirling to Smith, no run, and again, tossed up, bowled full again, presents the full face but it's back to Stirling

End of over 22 (2 runs) West Indies 77/0 (RR: 3.50)
DS Smith    46* (77b 4x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0
S Chanderpaul    30* (55b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-0

22.1

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on a good length on middle, pushed down to long-on for a single

22.2

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, short ball on middle, turned away to midwicket off the back foot

22.3

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, cut down to third man for a single

22.4

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, 1 run, closes the face, fetches it from the off stump to glance it down to fine leg

22.5

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, short of a good length, nudged down towards point

22.6

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, slower one bowled short on the off, punched off the back foot to extra cover

End of over 23 (3 runs) West Indies 80/0 (RR: 3.47)
DS Smith    47* (81b 4x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-13-0
S Chanderpaul    32* (57b 3x4)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0

Chanders has taken his helmet off

23.1

Stirling to Chanderpaul, no run, tossed up on middle, driven straight to midwicket

23.2

Stirling to Chanderpaul, no run, goodish length from round the wicket, steps forward and pushes it to cover

23.3

Stirling to Chanderpaul, 1 run, fullish on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

23.4

Stirling to Smith, FOUR, streaky way to get to a half-century, comes down the track to deposit that over long-on, trying to force the issue, was fortunate to get an inside edge past the short-fine fielder for a boundary, a laborious half-century to ODI standards

23.5

Stirling to Smith, 2 runs, swings it over midwicket this time but didn't time it well, long-on runs across and cuts it off

23.6

Stirling to Smith, no run, short ball outside off, chopped down towards point

End of over 24 (7 runs) West Indies 87/0 (RR: 3.62)
DS Smith    53* (84b 5x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    2-0-9-0
S Chanderpaul    33* (60b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    3-0-13-0

24.1

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, short ball outside off, swats it down the track to long-on and there's a shocking misfield by Rankin there, shocking because it's from an Irishman, concedes an extra run

24.2

KJ O'Brien to Chanderpaul, OUT, O'Brien has struck, a soft dismissal in the end, pitched up on the off and Chanderpaul drives it uppishly to find Porterfield at extra cover who takes a good, low catch

S Chanderpaul c Porterfield b KJ O'Brien 35 (102m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 56.45

The end of a slow opening stand, West Indies will hope to inject a bit of urgency in their innings here. It's not a bowler-friendly track as was expected at the start of play. Darren Bravo comes in

24.3

KJ O'Brien to Bravo, no run, good ball first up to the new man, aiming for the yorker, almost gets it right, dug out into the leg side, almost caught him on the shoe there

24.4

KJ O'Brien to Bravo, no run, full on middle, driven back confidently to the bowler, offers the full face

24.5

KJ O'Brien to Bravo, OUT, Gone! Timber! Full on middle and Bravo senses a chance, meaty delivery and he tries to blaze it down the ground, misses and the middle stump is out of the ground

DM Bravo b KJ O'Brien 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

He was expected to infuse the innings with some fluency but he's back in the pavilion now. In comes Sarwan

One slip in place

24.6

KJ O'Brien to Sarwan, no run, full outside off, driven sweetly but straight to cover, that over just spiced things up after a not-so-exciting run of play

End of over 25 (2 runs) West Indies 89/2 (RR: 3.56)
RR Sarwan    0* (1b)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-15-2
DS Smith    53* (84b 5x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    2-0-9-0

Cusack comes on to bowl

25.1

Cusack to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed towards extra cover

25.2

Cusack to Smith, 1 run, straight on middle, makes a bit of room and chops it behind point for a single to third man

25.3

Cusack to Sarwan, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, lands on a length, Sarwan closes the face just a hint and drives it to mid-on

25.4

Cusack to Sarwan, 1 run, short of a good length on middle and leg, turned away to fine leg for a single

25.5

Cusack to Smith, 1 leg bye, slower one bowled short on the pads, tries to whip it square, is struck on the thigh, they squeeze a leg bye

25.6

Cusack to Sarwan, no run, low full toss on the off, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 26 (3 runs) West Indies 92/2 (RR: 3.53)
RR Sarwan    1* (4b)      AR Cusack    6-1-18-0
DS Smith    54* (87b 5x4 1x6)      KJ O'Brien    4-0-15-2

26.1

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 2 byes, that didn't miss the leg stump by much, short of a good length, tried to chop it behind point, got an inside edge down to fine leg...or so we thought, that wasn't an inside edge but two byes, it was Niall O'Brien who fumbled

26.2

KJ O'Brien to Smith, FOUR, too short and it's dealt with, dropping it short outside off and Smith swings it away to find that gap between long-on and deep midwicket

26.3

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, low full toss on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

26.4

KJ O'Brien to Sarwan, 1 run, raises the pitch with a single to mid-on, pitched up and it's met with a gentle push

26.5

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, tickles it down to fine leg

26.6

KJ O'Brien to Sarwan, no run, the offcutter, bowled it full outside off, it's square-driven to point

End of over 27 (9 runs) West Indies 101/2 (RR: 3.74)
RR Sarwan    2* (6b)      KJ O'Brien    5-0-22-2
DS Smith    60* (91b 6x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    6-1-18-0

Where's Dockrell? There's sticking to Cusack for the time being

27.1

Cusack to Smith, no run, ooh, almost dragged it on, short of a good length and was looking to cut, got an inside edge onto his pads

27.2

Cusack to Smith, 1 leg bye, stifled appeal for lbw, good length on middle and leg, tried to hit it through the line, missed, was struck a little high on the pad and the angle would have probably taken it down leg, no referral

27.3

Cusack to Sarwan, no run, pitched up on the off, driven to mid-off

27.4

Cusack to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, goodish length on middle and leg, tries to whip it square, struck high on the pads again, gets a leg bye

27.5

Cusack to Smith, FOUR, misdirected and pays the price, full on leg stump and it;s tickled really fine, beat short fine leg to the ropes

27.6

Cusack to Smith, no run, short of a good length, punched to extra cover

End of over 28 (6 runs) West Indies 107/2 (RR: 3.82)
DS Smith    64* (95b 7x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    7-1-22-0
RR Sarwan    2* (8b)      KJ O'Brien    5-0-22-2

Andre Botha brought on to replace Kevin O'Brien. No Dockrell yet

28.1

Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, slightly short on middle, turned away wide of square leg for a single

28.2

Botha to Smith, no run, slowed it up, shortish outside off, tries to dab it past point, misses

28.3

Botha to Smith, no run, goodish length outside off, drags it towards midwicket, can't beat the infield

28.4

Botha to Smith, 3 runs, short outside off, cut away towards deep point for a couple of runs, it's a direct hit from the deep and they take another one off the ricochet, they've referred it to the third umpire but he was miles in

28.5

Botha to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, back of a length on leg stump, off the thigh as he tries to work it to fine leg

28.6

Botha to Smith, 1 run, short outside off, cut down to third man for a single

End of over 29 (6 runs) West Indies 113/2 (RR: 3.89)
DS Smith    68* (99b 7x4 1x6)      AC Botha    6-0-25-0
RR Sarwan    3* (10b)      AR Cusack    7-1-22-0

Arjit: "I am out of Fantasy Cricket, seems like team management is conspiring hard against me...first of all, Gayle is not playing, then Bravo out on DUCK...& Ireland is not giving ball to Dockrell. HELL, i am out of this..."

Well, Dockrell's on. Finally

29.1

Dockrell to Smith, no run, comes down the track and tries to attack him straightaway, aiming to deposit him over midwicket, is struck on the pads

29.2

Dockrell to Smith, FOUR, it pays off this time, flighted and he accepts the challenge, comes down and smacks him with the turn over midwicket to find the gap

29.3

Dockrell to Smith, no run, bowled flat on middle, turned away to midwicket

29.4

Dockrell to Smith, 1 run, drops it gently in front of point, Sarwan calls and races through comfortably to the other end

29.5

Dockrell to Sarwan, no run, full on middle, driven towards midwicket

29.6

Dockrell to Sarwan, no run, tossed up on middle, gets across and turns it down to midwicket

End of over 30 (5 runs) West Indies 118/2 (RR: 3.93)
RR Sarwan    3* (12b)      GH Dockrell    1-0-5-0
DS Smith    73* (103b 8x4 1x6)      AC Botha    6-0-25-0

30.1

Botha to Smith, 1 run, short and wide outside off, cracked away to deep point for a single

30.2

Botha to Sarwan, FOUR, Sarwan steps up, made room, that was pitched on a length, was in the slot for the man and he smashed it over mid-on for a one-bounce four

30.3

Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single

30.4

Botha to Smith, no run, tight line this time, good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends to extra cover

30.5

Botha to Smith, 1 run, whipped off the back foot past midwicket into the deep for a single

30.6

Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, the legcutter, bowled from back of the hand, guided down to third man for a single

End of over 31 (8 runs) West Indies 126/2 (RR: 4.06)
RR Sarwan    9* (15b 1x4)      AC Botha    7-0-33-0
DS Smith    75* (106b 8x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    1-0-5-0

31.1

Dockrell to Sarwan, 1 run, flat but on a length, struck down to long-off for a single

31.2

Dockrell to Smith, 2 runs, fortunate is Smith, comes down the track to smash him over long-off, was much slower through the air, had a wild swing, got an outside edge and luckily for him it beat short third man

31.3

Dockrell to Smith, 1 run, bowled flat on the pads, flicked through square leg into the deep for a single

31.4

Dockrell to Sarwan, no run, saw him come down, held it back and bowled it flat, Sarwan offered the pad after dancing down the track

31.5

Dockrell to Sarwan, no run, fullish on middle, driven down to midwicket

31.6

Dockrell to Sarwan, OUT, Sarwan holes out, Dockrell strikes, tossed up and he was tempted, wasn't much intent in that shot however, was aiming at that gap between long-off and deep extra cover but didn't go where he intended, landed straight into the hands of Mooney at long-off

RR Sarwan c Mooney b Dockrell 10 (29m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

End of over 32 (4 runs) West Indies 130/3 (RR: 4.06)
     GH Dockrell    2-0-9-1
DS Smith    78* (108b 8x4 1x6)      AC Botha    7-0-33-0

A timely wicket but Ireland will run into some attacking batsmen in the middle now. They key to their performance so far has been their discipline and accuracy. West Indies struggled to force the pace, and it seemed they were saving enough ammunition for the late overs. Kieron Pollard is someone they would have banked on, so he's out in the middle. Boyd Rankin has been brought back. He has a slip

32.1

Rankin to Pollard, no run, beaten, good length outside off and there was a bit of movement off the pitch away from the batsman, Pollard fished for it and almost paid the price

32.2

Rankin to Pollard, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back to defend it back towards the bowler

32.3

Rankin to Pollard, no run, short on the off, gets back and just drops it into the leg side hoping for a quick single but it's not there

32.4

Rankin to Pollard, no run, beaten again, a bit of movement away from the batsman and Pollard pushed inside the line to that one

32.5

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, thick outside edge, ooh, there is a slip in place and Ireland would have sensed a chance, was the slower one, went down safely to third man

32.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, nipped back in, Smith tried to cut that when there wasn't really much room, almost chopped it on but it bounced over the stumps, excellent over

End of over 33 (1 run) West Indies 131/3 (RR: 3.96)
DS Smith    78* (109b 8x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    6-1-12-0
KA Pollard    1* (5b)      GH Dockrell    2-0-9-1

Dockrell to Pollard now, should be fun

Anandh: "Dockrell comes aroud the wicket and gives the ball some air, allowing it to drift between the bat-pad gap of Pollard who is down the track and the ball spins enough to take the top of leg stump !! What a sight it would be..."

33.1

Dockrell to Pollard, 2 runs, well what happens is...he bowls it short outside off and it's cut down to deep point for a couple of runs

33.2

Dockrell to Pollard, 1 run, flat, and short on middle, punched down past the bowler for a single

33.3

Dockrell to Smith, no run, slowed it up and went straight on, Smith was playing for the turn and defended inside the line, missed

33.4

Dockrell to Smith, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side, called a wide

33.4

Dockrell to Smith, 1 run, short outside off, swatted down the track to long-on for a single

33.5

Dockrell to Pollard, 1 leg bye, gentle one on leg stump and Pollard tries to treat it gently, looking to close the face and nudge it for a single, clips the pads and they take a leg bye

33.6

Dockrell to Smith, 1 run, struck hard and flat but on the bounce to long-off, Smith wants to step it up now

End of over 34 (7 runs) West Indies 138/3 (RR: 4.05)
DS Smith    80* (112b 8x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    3-0-15-1
KA Pollard    4* (8b)      WB Rankin    6-1-12-0

34.1

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, bowled it short outside off, cut away down to third man for a single

34.2

Rankin to Pollard, no run, Pollard drives it uppishly, just wide of the outstretched arm of Rankin and on the bounce to mid-off

34.3

Rankin to Pollard, 1 leg bye, walks across to flick it over square leg this time, is struck on the pads but well outside the line, another leg bye

34.4

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, defended in front of point for a quick single

34.5

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, good length on the off, pushes it wide of mid-off for one more

34.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, short ball outside off, chopped down to point, Rankin continues to do a good job

End of over 35 (4 runs) West Indies 142/3 (RR: 4.05)
DS Smith    82* (115b 8x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    7-1-15-0
KA Pollard    5* (11b)      GH Dockrell    3-0-15-1

The batting Powerplay has been taken. Ireland respond that decision by bringing a medium-pacer, Mooney, on. A long-off and deep midwicket are two of the three fielders in the deep

35.1

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, short outside off, slapped down the ground to long-off for a single

A deep midwicket, long-on and a third man for Smith

35.2

Mooney to Smith, FOUR, there is a fielder in the deep on the leg side but this evades him comfortably, comes down the track does Smith and picks it him over mid-on

35.3

Mooney to Smith, no run, slowed it up, the offcutter bowled slightly short outside off, cut down to point

35.4

Mooney to Smith, 1 wide, well kept, good take behind the stumps by Niall O'Brien but it's down the leg side and a wide

35.4

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, good length on the off, pushed down the ground to long-off for a single

35.5

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, slower one bowled full outside off, dug out towards point

35.6

Mooney to Smith, FOUR, cashing in here, that was a poor ball from Mooney, short ball down the leg side and Smith had no trouble helping it to the fine-leg boundary, that was a freebie. The bowler admonishes himself, and rightly so

End of over 36 (12 runs) West Indies 154/3 (RR: 4.27)
DS Smith    91* (119b 10x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    5-0-29-0
KA Pollard    7* (13b)      WB Rankin    7-1-15-0

12 off the over, kicking off the Powerplay in fine fashion for the Windies. Kevin O'Brien to bowl now

36.1

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, dragged towards square leg

36.2

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, SIX, length ball and Pollard sends it into the stands, on middle and he picks it up beautifully, effortless shot, just a flick and it flies away over deep midwicket

36.3

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, no run, missed run-out, flicked to square leg and Mooney misses a direct hit as Pollard takes off for a single, he's sent back and he had no chance, missed opportunity for the Irish there

36.4

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, no run, banged it short on middle, the slower one, tries to pull it fine, misses out

36.5

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, no run, another slower bouncer, Pollard had anticipated that, targeted the deep midwicket boundary there but didn't connect

36.6

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, SIX, another length ball, that's a crime to bowl to Pollard there, lofted it with absolute ease over long-on, the Irish are slipping up in the Powerplay

24 off two overs in the Powerplay, and those quiet periods amid some accurate bowling are being compensated for by the Windies

End of over 37 (12 runs) West Indies 166/3 (RR: 4.48)
KA Pollard    19* (19b 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    6-0-34-2
DS Smith    91* (119b 10x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    5-0-29-0

37.1

Botha to Smith, 1 run, driven down towards long-on for a single

37.2

Botha to Pollard, 2 runs, dropped, that was another chance missed, Pollard, trying to fkicl it over square leg, gets a leading edge and Wilson at long-on ran yards to his left to pouch that but wasn't able to clasp it in the end, dived forward but didn't judge it well

37.3

Botha to Pollard, no run

37.4

Botha to Pollard, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long-off for a single

37.5

Botha to Smith, FOUR, misfield at point by Stirling, an innings-turing phase this, short and wide and it's cut, he dived over it and conceded four

37.6

Botha to Smith, 2 runs, fullish on the pads, flicked away through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs

Ten runs off that over, taking the Powerplay tally to 34 in three overs now. Pollard has had two reprieves

End of over 38 (10 runs) West Indies 176/3 (RR: 4.63)
DS Smith    98* (122b 11x4 1x6)      AC Botha    8-0-43-0
KA Pollard    22* (22b 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    6-0-34-2

Rankin to bowl now, they've held back Dockrell

38.1

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard made a bit of room and the bowler chased him, he dabbed it behind point for a quick single

38.2

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, in the blockhole but outside off, dug out towards mid-off for a single

38.3

Rankin to Pollard, FOUR, short and it's punished, rocks back after picking the length early and hammers it over midwicket, raises the 50-stand in quick time

38.4

Rankin to Pollard, FOUR, bowled on a length and gets the same treatment, drilled down the ground for another four, made a bit of room and it was smashed back

38.5

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, banged in short again, pulled to deep square leg for a single

Smith on 99

38.6

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to point for a quick single, his maiden ODI hundred, the helmet comes off and his team-mates stand to applaud

Not the most convincing century. He took time to get things going, was dropped early in his innings, was scratchy for a while but all those interspersed a determined batting performance

End of over 39 (12 runs) West Indies 188/3 (RR: 4.82)
DS Smith    100* (124b 11x4 1x6)      WB Rankin    8-1-27-0
KA Pollard    32* (26b 2x4 2x6)      AC Botha    8-0-43-0

39.1

Botha to Smith, 1 run, pushed past the bowler in the direction of mid-off for a single

39.2

Botha to Pollard, FOUR, fatal fumble in the deep, tickled off the pads, Cusack gives chase from short fine leg, slips and then loses his balance again to concede four runs, are West Indies running away with it here?

39.3

Botha to Pollard, 2 runs, mistimes it, swung over midwicket for a couple of runs, Kevin o'Brien didn't pick it in the deep

39.4

Botha to Pollard, no run, fires it down the leg side, Pollard misses, the bowler is lucky to get away there, wasn't called a wide

39.5

Botha to Pollard, 1 run, short ball outside off, dabbed it in front of point for a single

39.6

Botha to Smith, 1 run, good length on the off, pushed in front of extra cover for a quick single

End of over 40 (9 runs) West Indies 197/3 (RR: 4.92)
DS Smith    102* (126b 11x4 1x6)      AC Botha    9-0-52-0
KA Pollard    39* (30b 3x4 2x6)      WB Rankin    8-1-27-0

57 runs in the Powerplay, the innings has some momentum now and Pollard is still there. West Indies have pulled things back. Kevin O'Brien to bowl

40.1

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, shortish on middle, whipped through square leg for a single

40.2

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, FOUR, four more, full outside off, cheekily done by Pollard there, third man is a little wide, opened the face at just the right time to beat that fielder

40.3

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, 1 run, full outside off and it was in the slot, that's blazed down to long-off for a single

40.4

KJ O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, tickled through square leg for a single

40.5

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, FOUR, four more, slower one bowled full and even though he mistimed it he found the gap, found the gap between long-on and deep midwicket with a slog

40.6

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, 1 run, they are maining the runflow even after the Powerplay's done, steered wide of third man for a couple more runs

End of over 41 (12 runs) West Indies 209/3 (RR: 5.09)
KA Pollard    49* (34b 5x4 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    7-0-46-2
DS Smith    104* (128b 11x4 1x6)      AC Botha    9-0-52-0

Meanwhile, news coming in of a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Just saw the visuals - terrible and terrifying. Thoughts go out to all there, and to everyone in coastal areas in Asia, please be on the alert.

41.1

Mooney to Pollard, 2 runs, Pollard gets to his half-century with a drive through midwicket, runs back for a couple, he's put his team on course for a big score now

41.2

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for a single

41.3

Mooney to Smith, 2 runs, good length outside off, sliced it wide of point into the deep for a couple of runs

41.4

Mooney to Smith, 1 run, short and wide, cut away uppishly towards deep point for a single

41.5

Mooney to Pollard, 1 wide, full and wide, reaches for it attempting to slice it over point, can't get to it, called a wide

41.5

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, low full toss, he gets an inside edge as he tries to drive it towards long-off, sneaks a quick single

41.6

Mooney to Smith, no run, They've called for a review. Landed on a good length on the off and was coming in with the angle, Smith moved well across to flick it square, was struck on the pads, but the impact was outside the off stump. The appeal is turned down, Ireland call for a referral and replays show the impact was outside off. No change in decision.

End of over 42 (8 runs) West Indies 217/3 (RR: 5.16)
DS Smith    107* (131b 11x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    6-0-37-0
KA Pollard    53* (37b 5x4 2x6)      KJ O'Brien    7-0-46-2

The visuals from Japan are horrifying. Can't help but draw a comparison with what happened in Aceh in 2004. It looks really bad.

42.1

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, 1 run, a one-handed swipe to midwicket

42.2

KJ O'Brien to Smith, no run, lovely delivery, in the blockhole on middle, can only manage to dig it out into the leg side

42.3

KJ O'Brien to Smith, OUT, shuffles way too much in an attempt to flick it fine, it's fired full on the stumps and he misses, timber! The end of an innings Devon will remember for the rest of his life.

DS Smith b KJ O'Brien 107 (194m 133b 11x4 1x6) SR: 80.45

Darren Sammy comes in

42.4

KJ O'Brien to Sammy, FOUR, starts with a boundary, short ball on the pads and he has no trouble working it away to the fine-leg boundary

42.5

KJ O'Brien to Sammy, no run, the slower legcutter, nips away after landing short of a good length, Sammy chases it but can't connect

42.6

KJ O'Brien to Sammy, OUT, a wicket Ireland needed badly, though it's not Pollard. Sammy can step it up but he finds fine leg, short on middle and leg and he swivels to play the pull, gets a top edge and Dockrell makes no mistake in the deep

DJG Sammy c Dockrell b KJ O'Brien 4 (1m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

End of over 43 (5 runs) West Indies 222/5 (RR: 5.16)
     KJ O'Brien    8-0-51-4
KA Pollard    54* (38b 5x4 2x6)      JF Mooney    6-0-37-0

43.1

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, banged in short on middle, takes his eyes off as he pulls it, gets a single down to fine leg

43.2

Mooney to Thomas, no run, shortish outside off, pushed from the crease to point

Devon Thomas to face

43.3

Mooney to Thomas, no run, gets a big stride out as he tries to defend, gets an inside edge on the pads - they called for a referral have Ireland. Replays show there was a massive inside edge

43.4

Mooney to Thomas, no run, short of a good length on middle, pushed it back towards the bowler

43.5

Mooney to Thomas, 1 run, pushes it wide of mid-off for a single

43.6

Mooney to Pollard, 2 runs, full outside off, reaches for it and gets a thick outside edge to third man, a couple more, good couple of overs for Ireland

End of over 44 (4 runs) West Indies 226/5 (RR: 5.13)
KA Pollard    57* (40b 5x4 2x6)      JF Mooney    7-0-41-0
DC Thomas    1* (4b)      KJ O'Brien    8-0-51-4

44.1

Rankin to Thomas, no run, short of a good length outside off, nipping away, fishing for it and misses

44.2

Rankin to Thomas, 1 run, good length on the off, gets forward, taps it in front of mid-off for a quick single

44.3

Rankin to Pollard, no run, banged it short outside off, a touch too high or so it seemed, gears up for the pull but misses

44.4

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, good length on the off, made room to crack it down to long-on for a single

44.5

Rankin to Thomas, no run, a swing and a miss, Devon Thomas isn't doing much from the other end

44.6

Rankin to Thomas, OUT, gone, slightly back of a length and it rose up well, Thomas tried to dab it to third man, gets a thin edge straight to the keeper, Ireland have fought back in these last few overs

DC Thomas c †NJ O'Brien b Rankin 2 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 45 (2 runs) West Indies 228/6 (RR: 5.06)
     WB Rankin    9-1-29-1
KA Pollard    58* (42b 5x4 2x6)      JF Mooney    7-0-41-0

45.1

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, shortish outside off, makes room and chops it to point for a single

Andre Russell, a bowling allrounder, is facing

45.2

Mooney to Russell, no run, back of a length on middle, punched towards point

45.3

Mooney to Russell, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, dabbed it into the leg side for a single

45.4

Mooney to Pollard, FOUR, found the gap, shaped himself up for a pull pretty early there and received the right delivery, short outside off and he thrashes it over midwicket, almost fell away as he played it

45.5

Mooney to Pollard, SIX, follows that up with a ferocious six, short on the off and he targets the deep midwicket boundary again and clears it with ease

45.6

Mooney to Pollard, 1 run, drills it down the ground to long-off for a single

End of over 46 (13 runs) West Indies 241/6 (RR: 5.23)
KA Pollard    70* (46b 6x4 3x6)      JF Mooney    8-0-54-0
AD Russell    1* (2b)      WB Rankin    9-1-29-1

46.1

Rankin to Pollard, no run, almost a yorker there, dug it out towards extra cover, keeps the strike does Pollard

46.2

Rankin to Pollard, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

46.3

Rankin to Russell, no run, short and wide, makes room to crash it through point, misses, there was a sound but no one went up

46.4

Rankin to Russell, no run, short and wide and he tries to dispatch that through the off again, misses, Pollard's the man, needs to give him the strike

46.5

Rankin to Russell, 1 run, short on middle, smacked towards long-on for a single

46.6

Rankin to Pollard, FOUR, edged and four, good length and it wasn't quite there for the blazing drive he was attempting through cover, he went at it hard and it flew off the edge to the third-man boundary

End of over 47 (6 runs) West Indies 247/6 (RR: 5.25)
KA Pollard    75* (49b 7x4 3x6)      WB Rankin    10-1-35-1
AD Russell    2* (5b)      JF Mooney    8-0-54-0

It's surprising Dockrell wasn't given a go. O'Brien to bowl

47.1

KJ O'Brien to Russell, 1 run, full outside off, mistimes a drive to long-off for a single

47.2

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, 2 runs, low full toss, reaches for it and drives it wide of extra cover, races back for the second as long-off runs to his left and cuts it off

47.3

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, FOUR, slower one dropped short outside off and it's hammered, swatted mercilessly to the long-off boundary

47.4

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, SIX, a crowd-killer, dropping short, they've done that too often against him and he murdered it over midwicket for a flat six

47.5

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, SIX, a one-handed six, his hand came off the handle, landed on a length on middle and he deposited it comfortably over deep midwicket, on course for a century now

47.6

KJ O'Brien to Pollard, 1 run, keeps the strike with a drive to extra cover

End of over 48 (20 runs) West Indies 267/6 (RR: 5.56)
KA Pollard    94* (54b 8x4 5x6)      KJ O'Brien    9-0-71-4
AD Russell    3* (6b)      WB Rankin    10-1-35-1

20 off the previous over, Ireland, even though the track is conducive to batting, have a tough chase.

48.1

Mooney to Pollard, OUT, Misses the century as he holes out to long-off, length ball and just the right delivery he needed to get to that landmark, but he didn't connect as well as he would have liked, lofted it straight to long-off

KA Pollard c Rankin b Mooney 94 (83m 55b 8x4 5x6) SR: 170.90

48.2

Mooney to Russell, OUT, bowled'im, full on middle and leg, Russell has a wild swing and not for the first time, misses. The leg stump is uprooted and the umpire just wants to check again if it was a no-ball. Replaus show it wasn't, an Russell, pretty unhappy with himself, has to go

AD Russell b Mooney 3 (15m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Mooney on a hat-trick

48.3

Mooney to Benn, 1 run, the hat-trick ball is a full toss outside off, steered towards deep point for a single

48.4

Mooney to Miller, 1 run, good length on middle, turned away towards deep midwicket for a single

48.5

Mooney to Benn, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, gets an inside edge as he tries to punch it through the off side

48.6

Mooney to Miller, 1 run, slower one short outside off, run down to third man for a single

End of over 49 (4 runs) West Indies 271/8 (RR: 5.53)
NO Miller    2* (2b)      JF Mooney    9-0-58-2
SJ Benn    2* (2b)      KJ O'Brien    9-0-71-4

49.1

Botha to Miller, no run, good length on th eoff, pushes it back to the bowler

49.2

Botha to Miller, 1 run, OUT, dropped, slower one bowled full on middle, smashed back to the bowler who spills it after not reacting in time, but as they attempt the second, Mooney returns a neat throw to the bowler who takes off the bails to find Benn short

SJ Benn run out 2 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Roach is the new man

49.3

Botha to Miller, 1 run, played down the ground to long-on for a single

49.4

Botha to Roach, 1 run, slower one bowled full outside off, steered behind point for a single

49.5

Botha to Miller, 1 run, shortish on middle, pushed towards cover for a single

49.6

Botha to Roach, OUT, swings hard but miscues it to point, was targeting long-off there but went far from it, West Indies have been bowled out

KAJ Roach c Stirling b Botha 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Kieron Pollard's surge in the Powerplay and after has boosted West Indies to a challenging score here. The openers began slowly and there wasn't much push in the middle overs either as Ireland began picking up wickets. But the batting Powerplay was a gamble and Pollard fed on some unthreatening medium-pace. Devon Smith will savour his century but it was Pollard who laid the stage for the total they've posted. Ireland shocked England in Bangalore and the pitch here isn't one they'll be too worried about either. It was expected to assist seamers - of the reasons Ireland opted to field - but batsmen won't mind it at all. Will they manage another upset? Join us in a while to see what transpires as Nitin Sundar takes you through the second half of the game. Siddarth Ravindran is updating his bulletin, it should be ready soon.

Pollard: "I've been backing myself. The team was in a bit of trouble. I came in the 32nd over and I just wanted to see how long I could bat. Devon Smith batted superbly. My arm is a bit stiff but I'm looking to have a bowl."

End of over 50 (4 runs) West Indies 275/10
     AC Botha    10-0-56-1
NO Miller    5* (6b)      JF Mooney    9-0-58-2

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Sulieman Benn and Darren Sammy celebrate

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