Pollard gets 70 as Windies make 249-8

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Big-hitting Kieron Pollard scored a quality half-century to haul West Indies out of trouble and lift them to 249-8 of their 50 overs in the fourth Digicel Pearls One-Day International against India on Monday.


The right-hander top scored with 70, an innings that was crucial after West Indies plunged to 103-5 in the 27th over at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds. He faced 72 balls and cracked six fours and two and anchored a 96-run, sixth wicket stand with Baugh who again played responsibly for 39.


Pollard was joined in the rescue effort by the in-form Lendl Simmons who hit 67 while flamboyant all-rounder Andre Russell got a cameo 25. Seamer Praveen Kumar snatched 3-37 to lead the Indian attack while leg-spinner Amit Mishra was again among the wickets with 2-56.


Sent in to bat, West Indies lost Hyatt in the day’s second over when he parried a lifter from seamer Ishant Sharma to Manoj Tiwary at point with the score on 3-1. Ramnaresh Sarwan then slashed his fourth delivery to Tiwary off Kumar at 12-2 in the fifth over, forcing Simmons and Bravo to mount a recovery in the form of a 53-run stand for the third wicket.


The left-handed Bravo hit two fours in his 36-ball stay but was never fluent and eventually holed out in the deep off Mishra, to give Tiwary his third catch of the innings in the 16th over. Samuels added 24 with Simmons but was adjudged leg-before at 89-4.


Simmons was in fine touch, facing 78 balls and striking three fours and three sixes, to record his second half-century in three ODI innings. He was run out attempting a quick single and his dismissal left Pollard to shoulder the burden of responsibility.



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