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04-Jun-2016 02:27:00 GMT
West Indies v South Africa, 1st match, Providence

Narine, Pollard Deliver West Indies Winning Start

Guyana: Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard made triumphant returns to the West Indies team in a comfortable victory over South Africa in the opening match in a triangular one-day international series on Friday.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine took a career-best six for 27 as West Indies dismissed South Africa for 188 off 46.5 overs on a slow pitch at Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana.

Pollard then did his job with the bat, using his power to hoist six sixes in a run-a-ball 67 not out as the Windies scored 191 for six to win by four wickets with 11 balls to spare.

The entertaining innings by the 29-year-old Trinidadian turned the match around after the West Indies had become bogged down and the run rate had slowed to a crawl.

All of his sixes came in an arc between long-on and straight hit. In the process he became just the fourth Caribbean player to hit 100 sixes in ODIs, joining Chris Gayle, Viv Richards and Brian Lara.

Pollard, who missed the World Twenty20 in March due to a knee injury, had not played an ODI international since October 2014.

It was also Narine’s first international outing since a suspect bowling action led to his banishment from the game last November.

He has been working to modify his action and made the most of his chance to play again on the international stage, bamboozling the South African batsmen with a variety of deliveries.

For South Africa, who were coming off a disappointing World Twenty20, it was another mediocre performance and the Proteas will be particulary disappointed by the way their middle order collapsed, the final seven wickets falling for only 28 runs.

Rilee Rossouw top-scored with 61 runs off 83 balls, while captain AB de Villiers eked out 31 off 49 balls in an obdurate innings that did not include a boundary as South Africa made a solid start.

The series continues on Sunday when West Indies play Australia, also in Georgetown.

Brief scores
South Africa -
188 (Rossouw 61, Narine 6-27)
West Indies - 191 for 6 (Pollard 67*, Phangiso 3-40)
Result - West Indies won by 4 wickets

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