Pollard proves a point
Kieron Pollard believes he has now shown he's more than just a Twenty20 specialist with his knock of 94 against Ireland.
Last Updated: 11/03/11 9:41pm
Kieron Pollard believes he has shown he is more than just a Twenty20 specialist after starring for West Indies in the win over Ireland.
The big-hitting all-rounder hit five sixes and eight fours as he crashed 94 from 55 balls to help West Indies amass 275 all out in Mohali.
For Pollard it was his second meaningful contribution in the tournament with the bat, following a rapid half-century against the Netherlands.
His performance against the Irish was crucial, though, as he kick-started a West Indies innings that was struggling for momentum despite a maiden one-day century from opener Devon Smith.
"What's been said about me (being a 20-over specialist), that's just history for me," Pollard said after claiming the man-of-the-match award.
"I go out there and do my best. This innings is for the people who have supported me."
Pollard also played his part in the field, taking a quite stunning catch out in the deep to remove the dangerous Kevin O'Brien during Ireland's run chase.
The associate nation had looked in with a chance of causing another World Cup upset but from a promising position at 177-3, they collapse to 231 all out.
"It was a good catch," said a proud Pollard. "We needed something extraordinary at that stage because they were going well. So we needed to get O'Brien out. Then I came out with that catch."
Captain Darren Sammy, who claimed three wickets himself, praised his bowlers for sticking to the game plan as they clinched a win that puts them on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals.
"We bowled where we wanted to and that got us the victory," Sammy said.
"We did well to stick to the basics. It was a tough thing for us when Chris Gayle got injured. But in the end we got what we wanted - a victory."
Ireland captain William Porterfield, meanwhile, was left bemused by umpire Asoka de Silva's decision to give Gary Wilson lbw.
Not even a DRS review saved the Surrey batsman, who had eased his way to 61, despite footage seeming to show he had pushed outside the line.
After watching the replay on the big screen, Wilson argued the point with the umpires - an action that could earn him sanction from the ICC - before he was eventually forced to leave the field.
"The decision was crucial and cost us the game," said Porterfield, after a defeat that leaves Ireland with only an outside chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
"When you have the technology and advantage of TV replays, that is supposed to eradicate mistakes.
"I think it (the Decision Review System) is a good thing. The umpires are human, players make mistakes and umpires make mistakes - that's acceptable in the game.
"But in terms of the technology, once you've gone up to the technology then surely there can't be any mistakes from there. Something as clear as that, you've got everything in front of you
"The on-field umpires have watched the replay on the big screen, the third umpire has watched the replay and then it has come back to the on-field umpire and he's determined he wasn't playing a shot.
"How you can get that from that video footage I'm not sure - you'd have to ask him."
On the game itself, the Irish skipper added: "We were right in the game coming to the end. Wilson was playing really well. But a couple of wickets held us back and the power play did not go the way we wanted."