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A brilliant all-round show by the West Indies helped them beat Australia by 27 runs in the one-off T20 International match on Wednesday.
Johnson Charles’ (57) quick-fire half-century, Darren Bravo’s composed 32, Pollard’s entertaining 26, and Sammy (7-ball-20) and Andy Russell’s (23 not out off 11 balls) cameos at the end helped West Indies put up a huge 191/6 in the allotted 20 overs.
The West Indies bowlers then showed discipline and restricted the Australians to 164/8 to win the match in their favour. Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as he took 2 wickets giving away just 19 runs in 4 overs. Pollard, who picked up 3 wickets, also bowled well.
Australia Over: 20 II Score: 164/8 Coulter-Nile 16*, McKay 6*
So overall it has been a good day for West Indies cricket. After their women's cricket team reached the final of the ICC Women's World Cup 2013, Sammy and his boys too put a formidable show against a depleted Australian side and won the match comprehensively by 27 runs.
Pollard took two wickets off consecutive deliveries in the 17th over and the batsmen to follow couldn't score runs as freely as Sammy and Russell did in the death overs in the first innings. The Windies have managed to show some teeth after being routed in the five-match ODI series 5-0.
Australia Over: 16 II Score: 136/5 Rohrer 15*, Faulkner 5*
Just 3 runs from the 13th over bowled by Pollard. Haddin then slogged Deonarine for 2 sixes and a four in the next over to make it a huge over for the hosts. 20 runs taken from the 14th over. Haddin was removed by Pollard who gave away 10 runs. Narine bowled the 16th over and as usual gave just 6 runs. After 16 overs, Australia were 136/5.
Australia Over: 12 II Score: 97/4 Rohrer 2*, Haddin 1*
Dwayne Bravo bowled a tight 9th over, giving away just 5 runs. Shaun Marsh was run out in the next over for 19-ball-21. It’s a good over for West Indies, just 7 runs from the over. Adam Voges, who just made his half-century (51) was also run out in the 11th over. But skipper George Bailey hit two consecutive fours to take 12 runs from the overs. Australia were 94/3. Narine bowled the 12th over and he took the wicket of Bailey for 15. An excellent over, just 3 from it. After 12 overs, Australia were 97/4.
Australia Over: 8 II Score: 70/1 Marsh 18*, Voges 45*
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine introduced into the attack in the 5th over of the innings. 6 runs from the over. Sammy bowled one short and Marsh made no mistake in putting it over the boundary for a 6. 11 from the 6th over. Russell came to bowl in the 7th over. Voges slammed him for a huge six. 9 runs from the over. Deonarine bowled the 8th over which cost West Indies 10 runs including a four by Voges. After 8 overs, Australia were 70/1.
Australia Over: 4 II Score: 34/1 Marsh 4*, Voges 23*
Tino Best, bowling around 150 kmph, bowled a fiery 1st over. Just 5 runs off the over. Sammy then bowled Aron Finch off the very first ball of the 2nd over for just 4. 5 runs from the over. Adam Voges slogged one from Best through the mid-wicket for a four in the next over. 10 runs came from the 3rd over. In-form Voges hit Sammy for a six over deep cover. A big over for Australia. Sammy’s over cost 14 runs. After 4 overs, Australia, chasing 192 for a win, 34/1.
West Indies Over: 20 II Score: 191/6 Russell 23*, Deonarine 6*
Three boundaries for the West Indies in the last over of the innings as they settled down to a score of 191/6. Russell remained not out on 11-ball 23 while Deonarine was unbeaten on 6.
The 18th over of the innings bowled by Hazlewood cost Australia 14 runs as both Russell and Sammy hit a four each. Sammy then heaved Faulkner for a huge six off the first ball of the next over. He again slammed one in the same over. But was holed out at long-on by Shaun Marsh for a quick-fire 7-ball 20 with 1 four and 2 sixes. Windies took 17 runs in the 19th over.
West Indies Over: 17 II Score: 143/5 Russell 1*, Sammy 1*
Pollard hit a six off Cutting off the first ball of the 16th over. It was a big over for the West Indies as they collected 13 from it. But Pollard was dismissed by Faulkner for an entertaining 17-ball 26 with 2 fours and a six. Dwayne Bravo was also removed in the same over for 13. A very good over. Just 4 runs and 2 crucial wickets for Faulkner.
West Indies Overs: 15 II Score: 126/3 (Pollard: 18*, Bravo: 6*)
23 runs scored and a wicket has fallen in the past three overs. Darren Bravo’s departure was a result of a big mix-up in the middle after Pollard played one from Cutting to mid-off and set off for a single. McKay picked it up and threw it to the strikers’ end as the duo went for a double. However, Bravo was caught stranded as Pollard was watching the ball. He scored 32 ( 27b, 4X3).
West Indies Overs: 11 II Score: 99/2 (Bravo: 31*, Pollard: 0*)
Johnson Charles departs after being bowled by Coulter-Nile! The pacer was hit for two fours in the over by Bravo and Charles. However, he picked up his first wicket off the finald delivery as Charles tried playing one to third man but instead got an inside edge that crashed on the stumps. He scored 57 (4X7, 6X1).
West Indies Over: 9 II Score: 76/1 Charles 44*, Bravo 23*
Charles looks to be in dangerous form and took a special liking for Coulter-Nile. He slammed Coulter-Nile for a six over deep mid-wicket. His 2nd over (7th over of the innings) cost 11 runs. Ben Cutting the 8th over, giving away 10 runs including a four to Bravo. Wily Clint McKay came back to bowl his 2nd over (9th over of the innings) but was hit for a scorching four by Charles over cover. Charles hits another boundary to end the over. The over cost 13 runs.
West Indies Over: 6 II Score: 43/1 Charles 23*, Bravo 11*
Charles hits two consecutive boundaries off Coulter-Nile’s 1st over which was 5th over of the innings. The over cost the hosts 11 runs. Faulkner then brought back a little sanity by giving away just 2 runs in the 6th over.
West Indies Over: 4 II Score: 30/1 Charles 12*, Darren Bravo 10*
Johnson Charles (12*) and Darren Bravo (10*) continued to play shots despite Gayle’s departure. Bravo hits a boundary in the 3rd over from Faulkner. The fourth over from Hazlewood costs Australia 8 runs.
West Indies Over: 1.3 II Score: 11/1
Mercurial West Indies opener Gayle goes for an eventful 7-ball-8 including a huge six over long-off off Josh Hazlewood off the 2nd ball of the second over. But Gayle was brilliantly caught at mid-on by Coulter-Nile off the very next ball when he wanted to hit one over deep mid-wicket. He, however, was dropped by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin in the first over from Clint McKay.
Toss: West Indies have won the toss and decided to bat first in the one-off T20 International match against Australia at Brisbane.
Team News: Ben Rohrer, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood are making their T20 debut for Australia.
And for West Indies, former skipper Chris Gayle has recovered from injury and is back in the squad.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, George Bailey(c), Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Josh Hazlewood
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Narsingh Deonarine, Devon Thomas (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Tino Best
First Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 13:48