Narine, Pollard deliver WI winning start in Tri-Nation series


West Indies 191 for 6 (Pollard 67*, Phangiso 3-40) beat South Africa 188 (Rossouw 61, Narine 6-27) by four wickets


Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, making their international comebacks, combined to give West Indies a four-wicket win against South Africa in their triangular series opener at the Guyana National Stadium.


Narine snaffled a career-best 6 for 27 to ensure West Indies bowled South Africa out for 188, before Pollard struck an aggressive, unbeaten 67 to take his team to the target.


The last time South Africa were dismissed for a lower total against West Indies was after readmission, in April 1992. Then, the West Indies quicks blasted them out.


This time, Narine had them in a spin with his variations. With the help of Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite and his captain Jason Holder, Narine reduced South Africa to 188, a total well below the first-innings average of 211 in Providence.


South Africa’s struggles were indicative of the difficulties in scoring freely on a slow Providence pitch, with West Indies also finding run-making tough. But with not enough to defend, a drizzle in the air and too many extras, South Africa had it up against them.


In the end, West Indies held their nerve to earn their third ODI victory over South Africa in the last decade.


Opening the batting together for the 50th time in ODIs, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla got South Africa off to a strong start. They marked the milestone with a 52-run stand, providing a strong foundation.


But Narine’s introduction stopped their charge.


Two balls after Brathwaite removed de Kock, who inside-edged a pull onto his stumps, Narine deceived Amla with a knuckle ball to trap him lbw. (ESPN Cricinfo)


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