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Chanderpaul ton propels WI

March 24, 2007
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored an impressive unbeaten century as World Cup hosts West Indies beat surprise package Ireland by eight wickets in the final Group D match at Sabina Park on Friday.

Ireland scored 183 for eight in 48 overs after rain stopped play and under the Duckworth-Lewis rules West Indies were set a target of 190 which they knocked off comfortably with 9.5 overs to spare.

Chanderpaul's sixth one day century, his first in a World Cup, came from 108 balls and included 10 fours and four sixes. He was rarely troubled by a harmless Irish attack on a good batting wicket but the Guyana-born opener showed the full range of his shots in an innings of controlled aggression.

After the hosts lost Chris Gayle early on for 18, Chanderpaul was well supported by Ramnaresh Sarwan (36) and Marlon Samuels (27 not out) as the West Indies posted their third consecutive win in the competition.

Their reply was all about Chanderpaul who showed no mercy - crashing four consecutive fours off Boyd Rankin's fifth over and then he took on Andre Botha -- hitting him for two fours and one six in the South African seamer's fourth over.

Chanderpaul said that the lack of pressure and the need to take a good run-rate with them into the next stage had motivated his free stroke-play

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