Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine bamboozle South Africa as West indies win by 4 wickets

The first game in the West indies Tri-series was played between host West indies and South Africa at Providence Stadium in Guyana. Kieron Pollard announced his comeback into one day side after a long hiatus from the format with a match winning innings of 67 runs and remained unbeaten till the end to take his side to win the game by 4 wickets.AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to bat first as Rilee Rossouw top scored with 61 runs. At one stage, the Proteas were placed in quite a good position with 160 runs on the board for loss of four wickets after 35 overs. The slide came courtesy of the efforts of the mystery spinner Sunil Narine who bamboozled the middle and lower order with spin and variation to see the side South Africa quickly fold for 188 runs in 46th over.

Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as he took 6 wickets for 27 runs to cause all of sorts of problems for South African batsmen. West indies in reply, got off to a good start but soon wickets fell when premier leg spinner Imran Tahir came onto the attack and nipped out both the openers. Dinesh Ramdin fell for 10 runs that saw West indies slump to 76 for 4 after 25.3 overs but Kieron Pollard joined Darren Bravo at the crease and put on a 74 run partnership that took the game away from the South Africans. Darren Bravo failed to convert his start into a big score as he was dismissed by left arm spinner Aaron Phangiso for 30 runs while Pollard continued his belligerent ways to bring up his half century in just 45 balls that included one four and five massive sixes in the innings.

Carlos Brathwaite came to the crease to join Kieron Pollard as they both put on a 24 run stand to get their side close to victory. It was befitting at the end to see Kieron Pollard score winning runs and take West indies to a four wicket win over South Africa in the first game of the Tri-series. Kieron Pollard also became West Indian batsman to hit 100 sixes in one day internationals.

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