West Indies Prove Too Strong For Plucky Ireland
West Indies 275 (Smith 107, Pollard 94) beat
Ireland 231 (Joyce 84, Benn 4-53) by 44 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Chandigarh
The West Indies made it three consecutive victories in the ICC Cricket World Cup after they produced a fine performance to beat Ireland by 44 runs in Chandigarh.
Devon Smith scored a century and Kieron Pollard 94 as the West Indies were bowled out for 275 but Ireland, despite half-centuries from Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson, were then dismissed for 231.
Smith hit 107 while Pollard hit his runs from just 55 balls, hitting five sixes in a brutal innings that set Ireland a stiff target - and one which they eventually fell short of as left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn returned four wickets.
Missing Chris Gayle at the top of the order, Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (35) opened up with an 89-run partnership before Kevin O'Brien dismissed both Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo with no further addition to the score.
Ramnaresh Sarwan then fell for ten before Smith and Pollard joined forces putting on 88 for the fourth wicket to lay the foundations for an excellent score.
Smith hit 11 fours and a six before he was bowled by O'Brien while in addition to his five sixes, Pollard hit eight fours and he was dismissed when he was caught by Boyd Rankin off John Mooney.
Darren Sammy (4), Devon Thomas (2), Andre Russell (3), Benn (2) and Kemar Roach (1) all fell cheaply in the pursuit of quick runs with O'Brien returning four for 71.
In reply, Ireland then lost their openers cheaply, William Porterfield falling to Sammy for 11 and Paul Stirling to Benn for five.
Joyce then stroked a classy 84 in 106 balls, sharing key partnerships with Niall O'Brien (25) and Wilson (61 in 62 balls) as Ireland pushed the West Indies hard before eventually succumbing.
Joyce hit nine fours before was bowled by Andre Russell while Wilson hit six fours and a six but his innings was ended when he was trapped in front by Sammy.
George Dockrell, batting at number ten, was the only other player to reach double figures, making 19, as the West Indies bowlers closed out the game in ruthless fashion.
Benn also dismissed O'Brien, Alex Cusack (2) and Dockrell to return four for 53 while Sammy took three for 31 with the wickets of Porterfield, Kevin O'Brien (5) and Wilson.
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