Canberra ODI: Watson, Faulker shine as Australia defeat Windies by 39 runs
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WEST INDIES Over: 47.3 II Score: 290/10 (Roach: 1*)
Russell smashed two consecutive boundaries off McKay’s tenth over before being dismissed off the fifth delivery as he mistimed one high in the air and Wade took an easy catch. Sammy launched Johnson for a massive six over long-on in the next over. Bowling his penultimate over, Faulkner bowled Narine to claim his third wicket of the match. Faulkner sealed the victory for the Aussies as he bowled the Windies skipper off a fuller length ball. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 39 RUNS
DJG Sammy b Faulkner 8 (7b)
SP Narine b Faulkner 1 (3b)
AD Russell c †Wade b McKay 43 (31b)
WEST INDIES Over: 45 II Score: 270/7 (Russell 33*, Sarwan:9*)
Adding to their woes, Kieron Pollard was run-out in the 41st over. Andre Russell smashed a six off Faulkner’s 42nd over. Sarwan and Russell added 30 runs for the seventh wicket before Sarwan was bowled by Johnson. Skipper Darren Sammy is at the crease with Russell. West Indies now need 60 runs from the last 5 overs. They would want some big hits from Andre Russell.
KA Pollard run out 9 (7b)
WEST INDIES Over: 40 II Score: 129/2 (Russell 11*, Pollard: 9*)
James Faulkner bowled a brilliant sixth over where he first deceived Gayle off a superb delivery that knocked his stumps. Two balls later, he scalped the big wicket of Darren Bravo who gave himself room for that drive, but couldn’t connect on this occasion and was bowled! Even though Kieron Pollard is at the crease, the Aussies are back in the game.
DM Bravo b Faulkner 86 (96b)
CH Gayle b Faulkner 2 (5b)
WEST INDIES Over: 35 II Score: 195/3 (DM Bravo 70*)
Dwayne Bravo was dismissed by Starc in the 35th over which also ended the 114-run partnership for the third wicket. It was full length delivery from Starc that knocked Bravo’s resistance at the crease. Chris Gayle is the new batsman, and even though he is out of form, but the Aussies would do anything than to be complacent against the dynamic Jamaican.
DJ Bravo b Starc 51 (50b 5x4 0x6)
WEST INDIES Over: 30 II Score: 165/2 (DM Bravo 53*, DJ Bravo: 40*)
The two Bravo’s have added 36 runs in the last five overs. They both scored three boundaries off Johnson’s fifth over but have dealt mostly with singles since then. West Indies can see a partnership building here and Clarke would want to get rid of, one of these as soon as possible.
WEST INDIES Over: 25 II Score: 129/2 (DM Bravo 37*, DJ Bravo: 20*)
Six runs came in the 21st over bowled by Maxwell. It included a boundary past Maxwell off the bat of Darren Bravo. Dwayne began the next over (Clarke) by playing an inside out shot over extra cover for four. 10 runs came off that over. Spin is in operation from both ends. Off the next three the Bravo brothers added 14 runs to the total. Halfway down the innings WI need 201 runs from 150 deliveries at a run rate of 8.04.
WEST INDIES Over: 20 II Score: 99/2 (DM Bravo 29*, DJ Bravo: 6*)
Australia have made a crucial breakthrough in Kieran Powell who was caught by keeper Wade after attempting a paddle scoop that ballooned into the air. He scored 47 (49b, 4X6). He was set and going strong. Australia must be happy to have him removed. His departure brings Dwayne Bravo to the crease. Off this last five overs, WI have scored 24 runs and lost one wicket.
WEST INDIES Over: 15 II Score: 75/1 ( Powell: 43*, Bravo: 10*)
Since the fall of the first wicket, the scoring rate has dropped down a bit. The flow of boundaries stopped. However, in the 15th over, Powell broke the shackles and came down the pitch to loft Maxwell over extra cover for a boundary. Off the 11th, 12th and 13th over WI scored none runs - 3 in each. Off the 14th and 15th over they added 11 runs to the total.
WEST INDIES Over: 10 II Score: 55/1 ( Powell: 34*, Bravo: 0*)
Devon Thomas departed after being caught by Phil Hughes. Thomas gets beaten by the change of pace and is into his shot a bit early. He ends up playing it to covers where Hughes completes an easy catch. He scored 19 (25b, 4X3). Darren Bravo is the new batsman in the middle. Earlier, off the sixth over, WI collected 13 runs with Powell scoring two boundaries off Starc. The run flow continued in the next as well with 10 runs added including a boundary. The eight over proved to be another productive one for WI as they scored boundary, a triple, a couple and two singles in it. Thomas fell in the next over while the 10th over from Faulkner was a maiden.
WEST INDIES Over: 5 II Score: 19/0 (Thomas: 5*, Powell: 14*)
After being watchful in the first three overs, the West Indian openers have scored four boundaries off the next two overs. The first of those came in Starc’s first delivery of the second over. Powell played his length delivery through covers to open his account and score the first four of the Windies innings. He collected five more runs in the over including another boundary to deep backward square leg. He began the next over from Johnson in a similar fashion by scoring a four off the first. Off the next he took a single that brought Thomas on the strike. Thomas hit a wide one from Johnson over cover point for his boundary. Nine runs came in the over.
WEST INDIES Over: 1 II Score: 0/0 (Thomas: 0*, Powell: 0*)
Kieran Powell and Devon Thomas have walked to the middle and will start the proceedings from the West Indian end. Clint McKay has the new ball and will bowl the first over. McKay starts off with a maiden. Sharing the new ball with him is man-in-form Mitchell Starc.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 50 II Score: 329/5 (Johnson: 8*, Wade: 4*)
Australia have posted 329 runs after electing to bat first on a flat track. Off the final overs, they scored eight runs. Dwayne Bravo’s first was a straight one and Faulkner swung and missed. The ball crashed on his leg stump. He scored 2 (3b). Mithcell Johnson played a paddle shot to score a boundary after missing his first two deliveries. Off the final two, he scored two doubles.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 47 II Score: 300/5 ( Bailey: 29*, Wade: 0*)
Last two overs have been quite eventful. Australia added another 22 runs to their total while Windies claimed crucial wickets of Phil Hughes and Glenn Maxwell. Hughes edged a slower one from Sammy to the keeper. He scored 86 (93b, 4X10, 6X1). George Bailey began the next over with a bang scoring a boundary and a six off the first two deliveries. Narine removed Maxwell off the fourth delivery having him caught at deep square leg by Pollard. He scored 4 (3b).
AUSTRALIA Overs: 45 II Score: 278/3 ( Hughes: 85*, Clarke: 13*)
Australian captain Michael Clarke departed`in the 41st over after a bizarre catch by Pollard off his own boiling ended his stay in the middle. It was a low full toss and Clarke played it back to the bowler who jumped early. The ball hit him on the wrist but Pollard managed to gobble it safely. However, Hughes continued as before scoring another boundary in the next over of Narien. That over added 10 runs to the Oz total. Off the 43rd over, Hughes and Bailey scored a boundary apiece. Off the next two came 14 runs – seven in each as Australia ,arched to a strong total.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 40 II Score: 240/2 ( Hughes: 62*, Clarke: 13*)
Seven runs came in the 36th over bowled by Russell. Hughes offered his bat to one in the over that went past the fielder at short fine leg for a boundary. Off the next over bowed by Pollard, Clarke scored a boundary off the second delivery. There was a shout for lbw off the fourth which was turned down by the on-field umpire. West Indies opted for a review which upheld the decision. Six runs came in the over. Hughes smashed his first six of the innings in the next over of Russell. In the next two overs came 10 runs – seven in 39th and just three in the 40th.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 35 II Score: 207/2 ( Hughes: 42*, Clarke: 1*)
Shame Watson has been removed after completing his seventh ODI century. He went after a short delivery from Roach but was caught at deep backward square leg region by Pollard. He scored 122 (111b, 4X12, 6X2). A brilliant century this from Watto! Off the next delivery of the over, Hughes scored a boundary by glancing it to fine leg. Watson’s departure brought Australian skipper Michael Clarke to the crease.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 30 II Score: 161/1 (Watson: 95*, Hughes: 25*)
Shane Watson is in the nineties. Off the 26th over bowled by Bravi came nine runs. A boundary was hit in the over by Hughes, his first of the match. The 27th over bowled by Chris Gayle saw Hughes add another boundary to his total hitting the second delivery through point. Six runs came in it. In the 28th over, Australia added another eight runs to the total with a boundary to Watto. Off the 29th came just five runs in five singles. In the 39th over came just four runs and that too thanks to a boundary off the first delivery by Watson.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 25 II Score: 128/1 (Watson: 77*, Hughes: 10*)
There was a chance of a catch at second slip as Phil Hughes went for a cut off Narine in the 23rd over. It flew to the right of Sammy but he was late to react.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 20 II Score: 105/1 (Watson: 61*, Hughes: 3*)
Darren Sammy struck for West Indies with the wicket of Aaron Finch in the 16th over of the innings. Finch opened the face of his bat to play one from Sammy to third man. He failed in his attempt as the ball took a thin edge and went safely into the gloves of the wicketkeeper. He scored 38 (41b, 4X5). He should be livid for throwing away his wicket on a flat track where he could have gone on to score a hundred. However, his departure didn’t affect Watson as he scored another boundary off the fifth delivery of the over from Sammy which was given a no ball for height.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 15 II Score: 88/0 (Watson: 49*, Finch: 38*)
Dwayne Bravo was introduced in the 11th over by Sammy. His first went for seven runs. Off the next over, Watson played the final delivery to midwicket to score his sixth boundary. To plug the leakage of runs, Sunil Narine was introduced into the attack. His first also went for seven runs with a boundary scored off his sixth delivery by Watson who has looked in good touch today. Off the next two overs came just seven runs. A solid start indeed!
AUSTRALIA Overs: 10 II Score: 59/0 (Watson: 33*, Finch: 25*)
So after 10 overs, Australia are off to a solid start putting up 59 runs on the scoreboard without losing any wicket. Watson and Finch collected 13 runs from the sixth over bowled by Russell. It included three boundaries – two by Watson and one from Finch. Off the next, came eight runs including a four, a couple and two singles. Windies skipper Darren Sammy introduced himself into the attack in the eight over and his first went for just a single. Off the next by Roach came eight runs. In the 10th over bowled by Sammy, Australia collected nine runs with two boundaries apiece to Watson and Finch.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 5 II Score: 25/0 (Watson: 13*, Finch: 6*)
Andre Russell is sharing the new ball with Roach. His first went for four runs which he conceded off his last ball as Watson cut him through point for his second boundary. The third over from Roach was a maiden. Finch opened his account in the next over with a boundary off Russell. Seven runs came in that over. Off the fifth over came just a single to Watson.
AUSTRALIA Over: 1 II Score: 8/0 (Watson: 7*, Finch: 0*)
Shane Watson and Aaron Finch have opened the innings for Australia while Kemar Roach has begun the proceedings for West Indies. Watson scores his first boundary off the fourth delivery sending one past long off. Eight runs came in the first over.
TOSS: Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first.
West Indies are on the verge of losing the five-match ODI series against the hosts Australia. This Canberra fixture is their last chance to stage a comeback and offer some resistance. At one stage, they were on top in the second ODI but a brilliant counterattacking batting from George Bailey brought Australia back into the game and with the help of in-form bowler Mitchell Starc, West Indies were condemned to another defeat. However, the Manuka Oval is considered a batting friendly track and will offer some hope to the West Indian batting lineup that has failed to perform so far in the series.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas(w), Darren Sammy(c), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine
Australia: Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke(c), George Bailey, Matthew Wade(w), Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay