Pollard and Smith power Windies to victory

A Kieron Pollard-inspired West Indies stifled a brave fightback by Ireland on Friday to win by 44 runs and put one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals.

updated: March 11, 2011 19:18 IST
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Mohali: West Indies opener Devon Smith made a maiden century but his anonymous effort was overshadowed by Kieron Pollard's blitz as he bludgeoned a limited Ireland attack in Mohali to muscle West Indies to a tall total and quell the criticism over his lack of performances at the international level. It was West Indies' third win in four matches and put them in prime position for a quarter-final spot.

A fluent Ed Joyce steered Ireland's sprightly chase but they lacked the spark needed to chase down the substantial score, though for the fourth match in a row they showed they aren't out of place at the top table. They kept fighting even when hopes of a victory were lost, reducing the margin of defeat to 44 runs and ensuring that their net run-rate didn't take too big a hit.

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