Cricket - Defiant Pollard century drives West Indies to 220

Kieron Pollard hit a defiant unbeaten century to haul West Indies almost single-handedly to 220 all out in the fourth one-day international against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Reuters

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson (3-36) ripped through the West Indies top order to put Australia well in charge in their quest for a fourth successive victory after wrapping up the Five-match series in Canberra on Wednesday.

Pollard, though, fought a one-man rearguard action with a brilliant but controlled innings of 109 not out to ensure there would be no repeat of the dismal 70-run effort with which West Indies opened the series in Perth.

Sunil Narine offered some support in a 64-run partnership for the ninth wicket but he departed for 23 before Pollard captured his third one-day century, reaching 99 with his second six and adding a single on the next ball.

Pollard's first six - he hit 11 fours - flew into the stands at long-on, hitting an inattentive security guard full on the head. He was left without partners when Tino Best was run out with two balls remaining in the 50 overs.

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