West Indies' 44-run victory over Ireland

The West Indies romped home to a 44-run victory over Ireland in the World Cup on Friday.

The Indies’ Kieron Pollard was named the man of the match for a stunning catch to dismiss Kevin O'Brien for five as the Caribbean side bowled out the Irish for 231 off 49 overs.

"What's been said about me being a 20-over specialist, that's just history for me now," Pollard, 23, told the press

"I had an opportunity to prove myself and there cannot be a bigger stage than the World Cup to do that. My innings showed what I can do. I will use this as a positive."

Ireland-celebrated captain William Porterfield said his team were simply dazzled by Pollard's performance.

"We make plans for each player but Pollard is special," said Porterfield.

"When he is on fire you cannot do anything about it. I don't blame my bowlers at all. They bowled well to keep the runs down in the initial stages but Pollard played intelligent cricket."