27th Match, Mohali, Mar 11 2011, Group B, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49/50 ov, target 276)
West Indies won by 44 runs
Player Of The Match
West Indies
• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Pollard and Smith power Windies to victory

West Indies opener Devon Smith made a maiden century but his effort was overshadowed by Kieron Pollard's blitz as he bludgeoned a limited Ireland attack all around Mohali to muscle his side to a tall total

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
West Indies275(50 overs)
Ireland231(49 overs)
Ed Joyce84 (106)
Gary Wilson61 (62)
Daren Sammy3/31(10)
end of over 494 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 231/10CRR: 4.71 • RRR: 45.00 • Need 45 from 6b
Boyd Rankin5 (9)
Sulieman Benn10-0-53-4
Kemar Roach8-0-34-1

Right then, that about ends our live coverage of this game. Here's hoping Ireland don't keep getting tagged with the other Associates, who are clearly a cut below them in class and depth. Meanwhile, the action continues unabated from Chittagong, where England have closed in for an under-par score. Could be an interesting chase from Bangladesh. Do tune in for it. On behalf of Sid Talya, Sid Ravi and the rest of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Man of the Match easily goes to KP, West Indies version. "This innings is for the people who have supported me. Good game for us, important to keep the momentum going. What's been said about me [20 over specialist], thats just history for me, I go out there and do my best."

Sammy: "We bowled where we wanted to and that got us the victory. Partnerships do form, thats the nature of the game, and we did well to stick to the basics. It was a tough thing for us when Gayle got injured, and it was great the way Russell stood up, he has a good future."

Porterfield: "We will be speaking to the match referee before making any comments on that controversial decision. We batted, bowled and field pretty well, especially considering we missed Trent as well today. Pollard strike the ball pretty clean, it was a good innings and it got them some good momentum. We got nothing to lose, need to continue playing freely."

Devon Smith: "Very satisfied with my show today. Hope the 100 is the first of many to come. Someone had to play the sheet anchor role in Gayle's absence and I did that."

Jason: "Should be now be called Ashocker De Silva?"

Someone is as frustrated as the Irish. Two-faced Riddler: "Thank You for NEVER ever publishing my comments. So much for waking up at 5am to see your commentary"

James: "Wouldn't you just love to see Roach, Taylor and Edwards in harness together for West Indies? Really exciting pace bowling." Can't wait for that to happen.

A good win this for West Indies, they played their cards close to the chest, and exploded while batting through Pollard. Ireland missed a trick, by not trying Dockrell against Pollard - he is a nervy starter against spin. Pollard's blast-fest made all the difference in the end. Ireland were always up against it, but Joyce and Wilson played like heroes to get them close. And then, that umpiring call happened... West Indies are up to 6 points, and second in the Group B table. India 7, WI 6, England 5, SA 4 - SA have a game in their hand, mind you.

Benn to Dockrell, OUT
all over, after all those yorkers, Benn has got a wicket with orthodox left-arm spin. Tossed up delicately on middle and off, allowing it to dip on Dockrell who reaches out and swipes. He doesn't make contact as the ball grips and breaks past him. Off stump is disturbed on the way. Ireland are bowled out.
GH Dockrell b Benn 19 (22m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Benn to Rankin, 1 run
short of a length outside off, he looks to dab it fine but can't get it away
Benn to Rankin, no run
another one, looking to uproot the stumps, somehow Rankin keeps it out
Benn to Dockrell, 1 run
who's bowling the better yorkers - Benn or Roach? On middle stump at 108 kph, and somehow dug out to short fine leg for one
Benn to Rankin, 1 run
full toss on off stump as Rankin advances and he dabs into the covers for a single
Benn to Dockrell, 1 run
tossed up on off, driven solidly to Pollard at long off for a single
end of over 482 runs
IRE: 227/9CRR: 4.72 • RRR: 24.50 • Need 49 from 12b
George Dockrell17 (16)
Boyd Rankin3 (6)
Kemar Roach8-0-34-1
Sulieman Benn9-0-49-3
Roach to Dockrell, 1 run
he gets a single this time, dinking a single through backward point for one. He will now resume his battle of the slow left armers, with Benn.
Roach to Dockrell, no run
and now a bouncer at 144 kph. Roach is exactly the kind of bowler the West Indies have looked for since Walsh and Ambrose left. Dockrell stays out of harms way, and Thomas' gloves take a pounding.
Roach to Rankin, 1 run
slower ball, served up at 114 kph on the leg stump, flicked to the leg side for a single
Roach to Rankin, no run
yorker at 144 kph on off stump, Rankin almost looks proud that he managed to keep it out
Roach to Rankin, no run
back of a lengght and pacy again, Rankin plays it down the track unconvincingly
Roach to Rankin, no run
141 kph bouncer that blitzes past a weaving Rankin. He barely saw it. Meanwhile, England are collapsing in a heap in the batting Powerplay. They should ask for the batting Powerplay to be canceled while they bat.
end of over 479 runs
IRE: 225/9CRR: 4.78 • RRR: 17.00 • Need 51 from 18b
George Dockrell16 (14)
Boyd Rankin2 (2)
Sulieman Benn9-0-49-3
Kemar Roach7-0-32-1
Benn to Dockrell, no run
Dockrell jumps out with confidence and plays all around a loopy ball on middle and off.
Benn to Dockrell, FOUR runs
Dockrell steals another four, this must be really riling Benn up. Driving length outswide off, Dockrell steers it expertly this time and all the fielders square on the off side are inside the circle
Benn to Dockrell, no run
fired in on off, Dockrell digs it out to the off side
Benn to Dockrell, FOUR runs
ah, Dockrell gets four as Benn again tosses one up. What next? The bouncer? This time, Dockrell leans out to the flight and lofts it with finesse over the covers. Russell, running back, has rammed into the advertising boards after failing to stop it. He is now down, clutching the hamstring in pain. Substitute comes on.,
Benn to Dockrell, no run
Benn classically flights this one up and Dockrell defends into the covers carefully
Benn to Rankin, 1 run
speared onto middle and leg at 92 kph, dabbed to the leg side for a single
Best performances - batsmen
DS Smith
107 runs (133)
11 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
36 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
KA Pollard
94 runs (55)
8 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SJ Benn
KJ O'Brien
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossIreland , elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Player Of The Match
Kieron Pollard
Match numberODI no. 3126
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days11 March 2011 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Andre Russell
Shavir Tarapore
Asoka de Silva
TV Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Steve Davis
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsWest Indies 2, Ireland 0