Pollard leads Windies to ODI victory over South Africa


Kieron Pollard was on fire as West Indies kicked off their hosting duties of the one-day international tri-series with a four-wicket win over South Africa.

Set 188 for victory, Pollard produced an unbeaten 67-run knock to lead the Windies to 191-6 with 11 deliveries remaining at Providence on Friday.

Pollard and Darren Bravo (30) put on a crucial 74-run partnership after a 37-run opening stand from Johnson Charles (31) and Andre Fletcher (11) got the chase off to a solid start in Guyana.

The damage was done early by man-of-the-match Sunil Narine, who took a career best 6-27 to help limit the tourists to less than 200 runs, but that proved a tricky total to chase on a slow wicket.

Batsmen were provided no favours over the course of the day and every run had to be earned, but some sublime bowling from Narine had the South Africans on the back foot early.

The Proteas did well to contain the opening bowlers early on, with Quinton de Kock managing 30 before he was the first to go after being bowled by Carlos Braithwaite (2-35).

The total of 188 might have been even less had de Kock been caught on the third ball when Jerome Taylor (1-36) dropped a good caught and bowled opportunity.

In the end, Narine proved the Windies' chief destroyer as the right-arm spinner tore through South Africa's soft middle order, claiming the wickets of opener Hashim Amla (20) and Rilee Rossouw (61).

Rossouw ran hard between the wickets for his team's top score, which featured just two fours.

But his efforts were in vein as South Africa lost seven wickets for just 28 runs in 69 balls as they once again struggled to cope with spin bowling.

The Windies did not suffer such struggles, with Marlon Samuels one-run knock was a rare disappointment for the hosts as almost every batsmen contributed to the winning score.

Charles' opening 31 was a god start, while Bravo held down the fort as Samuels and Denesh Ramdin (10) went cheaply ahead of Pollard's entrance and from there the all-rounder took the game away from the visitors.

Aaron Phangiso (3-36) was the standout bowler for South Africa, earning the scalps of Bravo and Samuels both LBW, before claiming Brathwaite's wicket cheaply after just eight runs.

Captain Jason Holder hit the winning runs when he found the boundary to seal the victory.