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Pollard: This is a stepping stone

Mohali, India – Kieron Pollard’s amazing 94 off 55 balls against Ireland was a superb match-winning knock for West Indies but also a personal triumph.

The 23-year-old six-footer performed his heroics ion the bottom of the Winides innings and boosted the total to 275 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.

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Pollard powers Windies to win over Irish

Mohali, India – West Indies played excellent allround cricket to beat Ireland by 44 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Ground on Friday.

The victory took the Windies to six points from four matches as they moved closer to a spot in the quarter-finals. Put into bat on a fresh surface at the early morning start, West Indies made 275 off 50 overs and then bowled out the Irish for 231 to win by 44 runs and move to second spot in the group.

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Gayle out, Russell in as Windies bat

Mohali, India – The Windies were asked to take first strike after Ireland won the toss.

The Caribbean team suffered a major blow, losing the services of power hitter Chris Gayle who is suffering from a slight abdominal strain. Fast bowling allrounder Andre Russell has come into the side for his first One-Day International, while Shiv Chanderpaul has moved up the order to partner Devon Smith.

West Indies are third in the Group B standings on four points from three matches while Ireland are fifth on two points from three matches.

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Presence of Sir Garry gives Windies a lift

Mohali, India – West Indies captain Darren Sammy walked into the main hall at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday and something immediately caught his attention.

There, in the room, was a larger-than-life photograph of West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers. Sammy paused, had a long look before taking his seat to speak to journalists.

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Dilshan stars with bat and ball in Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Brilliant centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 139-run win over Zimbabwe at the new Pallekele Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Dilshan hit 144 at better than a run-a-ball while the left-handed Tharanga (133) added 282 for the first wicket – the highest partnership for the opening wicket in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup, and the fourth highest ODI partnership of all time.

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