WI vs Ire: Smith hits a ton as Windies beat Ireland by 44 runs

first_imgWindies opener Devon Smith scored a century as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Score Put to bat, West Indies scored 275 all out in 50 overs even as the Irish bowlers applied the brakes on batsmen who were going hammer and tongs at one stage.The most devastating apart from Smith was Kiron Pollard, who put an impressive 94 off just 55 balls.In reply Ireland fell 44 runs short of the target left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four wickets on the day.Early in the Irish innings, West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has been in form in the tournament, claimed opener Paul Stirling with his turner early in the game to reduce Ireland 6/1 in the second over of the innings. Then it was the turn of skipper William Porterfield to take a walk. And he did it in opposition captain Darren Sammy’s over, giving a catch at mid-on to substitute Ravi Rampaul. He fell for 12 and Ireland lost their second wicket on 42.Later, Ed Joyce, who was part of the England team during the 2007 World Cup, and Niall O’Brien decided to forge a partnership. Their partnership had amassed 44 runs when Benn struck again to despatch Niall O’Brien on 25. Ireland fell to 86/3 on the last ball of the 21st over.Then Joyce and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The two stayed at the crease for more than an hour putting 91 runs for the fourth wicket before a yorker from Andre Russell got the man the Windies wanted. Ed Joyce was completely beaten as the ball caved in mid-air from the off and wasted the batsman’s attempt to click it at last go. Before he could realise his stumps were gone. Joyce fell for 84 and Ireland to 177/4.advertisementMore celebrations followed as an over later West Indies skipper Darren Sammy despatched big game player Kevin O’Brien on five to reduce Ireland to 187/5. And slowly the West Indies got to the point where victory was in sight.Sammy then came back to send home Gary Wilson to seal any hopes that the Irish players had of a revival. Wilson fell for 61 and Ireland lost their sixth wicket on 199/6.Skipper Sammy ended his over and wisely put in left-arm spinner Benn and the result was there for all to see as the change of pace foxed Alex Cusack who fell on two.West Indies were now just three wicket away from victory and Andre Botha got run out in the next over to signal the Irish fall.Ireland could only manage to put 231 runs on board before getting out on the last ball of the 49th over.West Indies inningsIreland restricted West Indies to 275. The West Indies innings was dominated by opener Devon Smith and Kieron Pollard’s fine batting performances.While Smith completed his ton, Pollard missed his century by six runs. Among the Irish bowlers Kevin O’ Brien proved to be the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets despite the fact that he went for 71 runs in the nine overs that he bowled.Earlier, put to bat Shivnarine Chanderpaul, opening in place of regular opener Chris Gayle – rested owing to his abdominal strain, put on a fine 89-run for the first wicket with Devon Smith before Kevin O’Brien decided to break their stand. It turned out to be a soft dismissal with Chanderpaul edging a catch to skipper William Porterfield in the extra cover region. Chanderpaul scored 35.West Indies lost their first wicket on 89, but the second wicket too fell on the ssame score, with Kevin scalping Daren Bravo for a golden duck. He fell on very first ball that he played and Kevin ended with two wickets in the 25th over.In the 32nd over Ramnaresh Sarwan too fell. He attempted a big hit off George Dockrell, but ended up giving a catch to John Mooney at long-off. He fell for 11 and West Indies lost their third wicket on 130.But, opener Devon Smith was still at the crease and he was in form too. He continued to torment the Irish bowlers on way to his century. But as soon as Smith completed his ton he fell. A good one from Kevin caught him off guard and his stumps were uprooted. He fell on 107 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 218.Then Kevin went on to scalp skipper Darren Sammy cheaply to increase his victims tally to four. Late Boyd Rankin claimed Devon Thomas to reduce the Windies to 228/6 on the last ball of the 45th over.advertisementBut, Kieron Pollard wasn’t bothered, he went on a a charge right away and hammered a four and then followed it up with two massive over the fence shots in the 48th over of Kevin’s ball. However, it wasn’t Kevin who accounted for him but Mooney did that job with ease.On the first ball of the 49th over, Pollard went for a massive heave and ended up giving a catch to Rankin in the deep. He missed the ton by just six runs. His 94 came off just 55 balls and included eight fours and five sixes. With his wicket West Indies lost their seventh batsman on 267/7.Mooney then claimed Andre Russell on the very next ball but missed a hat-trick chance. Then Andre Botha claimed tail-ender Sulieman Benn on the second ball of the last over and then Kemar Roach on the last ball of the innings to restrict West Indies to 275.last_img

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