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Windies too strong for Ireland

Devon Smith's patient century and Kieron Pollard's quickfire 94 guided the West Indies to a 44-run victory in their World Cup Group B match against Ireland in Mohali.

Opener Smith scored 107 off 133 balls to set up Pollard's 55-ball blitz, which helped the West Indies recover admirably from 130 for three in 32 overs to reach 275 all out.

Ed Joyce (84 off 106) and Gary Wilson (61 off 62) kept giant-killers Ireland in the hunt, but a late collapse saw them bowled out for 231.

Sulieman Benn (four for 53) and Darren Sammy (three for 31) shared seven wickets between them for the Windies.

The West Indies started steadily after being asked to bat first thanks to an 89-run stand between openers Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

A double strike from Kevin O'Brien then saw off Chanderpaul (35 off 62) and new man Darren Bravo (nought). Ramnaresh Sarwan (10) went cheaply but Smith and Pollard took the battle to the opposition with their blistering stand, which helped the Windies regain momentum.

The duo scored 89 runs off just 63 balls before O'Brien saw off a tired Smith seven runs after reaching his maiden one-day century.

West Indies scored 55 in the batting powerplay as Pollard completed his third one-day 50 off just 35 balls and added 36 off 20 for the seventh wicket with Andre Russell.

They were eventually bowled out for 275 off the last ball of the innings, O'Brien finishing with four for 71.

In reply, Joyce and Wilson kept Ireland in the game but they then lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 231 with six balls remaining.


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