Pollard drives Windies to 220

2013-02-08 09:36
Kieron Pollard (AFP)

Sydney - Kieron Pollard hit a belligerent unbeaten century to rescue the West Indies from another embarrassing total in the fourth one-day international against Australia on Friday.

Pollard scored 109 off 136 balls to lift the tourists to 220 before the innings ended with three balls left at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The towering middle-order batsman kept the West Indian innings from falling apart after it had tottered at 55 for six before a series of partnerships with the bowlers gave his side something to defend.

It was Pollard's third ODI century and his second against Australia and he had to temper his usual aggressive batting style as the West Indies threatened to repeat their total of 70 in the first ODI of the series in Perth.

Australia, who have already wrapped up the best-of-five match series with victories in Perth and Canberra, need 221 at 4.42 from their innings, under lights.

Johnson Charles, one of three team changes, lasted three balls before he became Mitchell Johnson's first of three victims when he had his offstump sent cartwheeling out of the ground.

His opening partner Kieran Powell followed in the eighth over, caught at point off a leading edge for nine with Johnson building up a head of steam and bowling with great rhythm.

Darren Bravo was out three balls later trying to fend a Johnson lifter only to be caught at second slip for four, leaving the West Indies wobbling at 17 for three.

Bravo's brother, Dwayne, lasted eight balls for his three before he was given out leg before wicket to Glenn Maxwell on review.

Narsingh Deonarine, in for injured Chris Gayle, got a thick edge off Ben Cutting to Aaron Finch at second slip for 10. Wicketkeeper Devon Thomas went for seven after a long review concluded that the ball carried to Finch at slip for Cutting's second wicket.

Andre Russell put on 35 runs with Pollard for the eighth wicket before he holed out to Maxwell at long-off off James Faulkner for 18 off 17 balls.

Sunil Narine joined in the best partnership of the innings with 64 before he was caught behind off Clint McKay for 23.

Tino Best was run out for one in a mix-up with Pollard in the final over.

Johnson finished with three for 36 off his 10 overs and Cutting captured three for 45 off 10.

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