India manage to withstand hurricane Pollard

India manage to withstand hurricane Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard could not lead the West Indies to victory despite scoring his maiden ODI century

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India wrapped up a 4-1 series victory against the West Indies thanks to a maiden century from Manoj Tiwary, which enabled them to survive a brutal innings from Kieron Pollard.

Tiwary, who scored a 104 before retiring with cramps, and Virat Kohli who made a quick fire 80, gave India a respectable total of 267 to defend.

Tiwary, who was given the man of the match honours, said: “I enjoyed it. It wasn’t coming onto the bat, it made my game easier. Generally I play spin pretty well, so I made sure I took advantage of the loose balls.”

West Indies, set a target of 268 to win, started off in poor fashion as they were reduced to 78-5 at one point. But then Kieron Pollard made a last stand at the crease, blitzing his way to his first ODI century in just 110 deliveries.

However Pollard was lucky and should thank Virat Kohli for dropping him on 99, enabling him to press forward to make his century.

Pollard smashed 119 and Andre Russell hit a flamboyant 53 of 42 deliveries put together a critical 89 run partnership for the West Indies.

Pollard gave the West Indies a glint of hope by hammering 10 sixes in his innings, before being caught by Ajinkya Rahane.

West Indian Captain, Darren Sammy, said: “Congratulations to Pollard on his first one-day hundred. It was really good to watch. We have been paying some good cricket, we have been fighting throughout, but unfortunately we are not finishing things off.”

Rohit Sharma presented with the Man of the Series award for his consistent play throughout the series.

Indian Captain for this ODI series Virender Sehwag was very proud of the young talents in the Indian squad: “Satisfied with the young team…they were all eager to play. Good to see Manoj come in and score the century. It’s a good end to the season.”

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