Kieron Pollard century not enough to prevent West Indies defeat against India in fifth one-day international

December 11th, 20115:03 pm @


Tiwary’s fifty arrived soon after with a driven single towards long-on and
Virat Kohli was also quickly into his stride, passing his half-century in 53
balls with three fours.

Tiwary followed that with a huge six to move within three runs of his hundred,
a target he reached in the 38th over with his 10th boundary before retiring
hurt with cramp one ball later on 104.

Kohli (80) was eventually beaten whe he smashed Martin straight to Marlon
Samuels at long-on but Rohit Sharma added 21 as India posted a challenging

The early swing found by Irfan Pathan accounted for Lendl Simmons, trapped in
front of leg stump from the first ball of the innings, and Kieran Powell
struck three boundaries but reached only 15 before edging Pathan onto his

Marlon Samuels (six) was adjudged to have edged Abhimanyu Mithun to keeper
Parthiv despite no contact being apparent and debutant Jason Mohammed made
just two from 21 balls.

Pollard finally provided some momentum, steering Mithun for two fours and then
hitting two sixes off Ravindra Jadeja.

The spinner regained his composure to trap Denesh Ramdin (14) lbw, although
the ball appeared to be slipping past leg stump.

A single from Pollard took the Windies to 100 for five before his partner
Andre Russell cut loose, savagely cutting Jadeja for four and lofting Rahul
Sharma for six.

Pollard’s 50 came up from 43 balls, without a glimpse of any slogging, when he
lifted the struggling Jadeja over the sightscreen.

Russell was dropped twice by Patel before reaching a 37-ball 50 with a
top-edged six followed by two singles, although he added only three more
before being superbly run out by Gambhir.

Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine fell cheaply, but Pollard moved past his ODI
best of 94 with back-to-back sixes off Pathan.

He and Kemar Roach were shackled, though, and Jadeja – who recovered well to
take three for 62 – bowled the latter with a superb delivery to leave 55
needed between last-wicket pair Pollard and Martin.

A boundary through Kohli’s hands took Pollard to three figures and he added
his 10th six as 11 came from Rahul Sharma’s last over.

It was too much to ask, though, and Pollard crashed Raina straight to Rahane
at long off as his side lost by 34 runs.

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