Melbourne ODI: Australia beat West Indies by 17 runs

Zeenews Sports Bureau



WEST INDIES Overs: 49.5 II Score: 257/10 (Roach: 2 *)

West Indies lost the plot in the last five overs and the wicket of Pollard made the chase an impossible one for the Windies. After Pollard got out the rest of the batsmen including Sammy fell like a house of cards and Australia won the match comfortably in the end by 17 runs.

TL Best c sub (NM Coulter-Nile) b McKay 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)

DJG Sammy c Haddin b McKay 23 (18b 2x4 1x6)

SP Narine b Johnson 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)

KA Pollard c Finch b Faulkner 45 (62b 2x4 1x6)


WEST INDIES Overs: 45 II Score: 230/6 (Pollard: 43*, Sammy: 1*)

West Indies have lost another wicket and this time its Thomas who found himself short to a sharp fielding effort from Marsh at backward point. Pollard is the sole hope for West Indies now. He has done it in the past and West Indies will be counting on him to pull his team through again.

DC Thomas run out 19 (18b 1x4 1x6)


WEST INDIES Overs: 40 II Score: 192/5 (Pollard: 26*, Thomas: 1*)

Johnson Charles reached his maiden ODI ton with a boundary. Off the next he attempted a pull off McKay. He top edged it and Cutting cupped it at short fine leg. He scored 100 (121b, 4X8, 6X1). His departure brought Narsingh Deonarine to the crease. He scored a boundary off his third delivery and then edged the next from Cutting to wicketkeeper Haddin. He scored 4 (4b). WI need another 83 runs to win this ODI.

WEST INDIES Overs: 35 II Score: 171/3 (Charles: 94*, Pollard: 18*)

Eight runs came from the 31st over in which Pollard scored his first boundary. It was a short ball from Faulkner and Pollard pulled it through midwicket region for a four. Off the 32nd came just two runs while the 33rd over began with Pollard hitting Faulkner for another boundary. The 34th and 35th over saw WI collect five and two runs resp.

WEST INDIES Overs: 30 II Score: 148/3 (Charles: 86*, Pollard: 3*)

Australia have removed Dwayne Bravo. He fell to Mithcell Johnson in the 26th over that in the end turned out to be an eventful one. Off the first delivery, Bravo’s catch was dropped by Hughes. Bravo followed that with a maximum. Off the fourth delivery Johnson crashed one through his defences as he was bowled. He scored 13 (12b, 6X1). Charles is still going strong and is moving closer to his hundred.

WEST INDIES Overs: 25 II Score: 120/2 (Charles: 71*, DJ Bravo: 5*)

West Indies have lost their second wicket in Darren Bravo who was brilliantly caught by James Faulkner off Doherty in the 23rd over. Bravo shimmied down the track to a tossed up delivery and was caught by Faulkner as he looked to smash one through mid off region. His departure brings another Bravo to the crease. That was a century stand between Charles and Bravo. Off the previous over, WI collected 13 runs including a six and a boundary – both scored by Charles.

WEST INDIES Overs: 20 II Score: 92/1 (Charles: 55*, Bravo: 33*)

Johnson Charles has scored his maiden ODI fifty. Darren Bravo hasn’t shied away from sending ball beyond the fence when there was opportunity. Doherty tossed one up and Bravo came down the track and lofted him over mid off for a boundary in the 19th over.

WEST INDIES Overs: 15 II Score: 63/1 (Charles: 39*, Bravo: 15*)

22 runs in the past five overs without any boundary. WI need another 212 runs from 35 overs at a required run rate of 6.05. Spin in Doherty and pace in Faulkner currently in operation from Australian side. The current pair has added 56 runs.

WEST INDIES Overs: 10 II Score: 41/1 (Charles: 29*, Bravo: 6*)

11 runs came in the seventh over for WI as Charles and Bravo collected a boundary each. Off the tenth, Charles pulled a short one from Johnson to square leg region for a superb boundary. Seven runs added to the total. WI need 234 more to avoid a whitewash.

WEST INDIES Overs: 5 II Score: 15/1 (Charles: 10*, Bravo: 0*)

West Indies' chase is off to a bad start as they have already lost the wicket of Kieran Powell. Mitchell Johnson got Australia the first wicket off the final delivery of his first over as Powell went after a delivery that was outside off and ended up edging it to Finch at second slip. He scored 2 (4b).

AUSTRALIA Overs: 50 II Score: 274/5 (Voges: 112*, Faulkner: 31*)

Adam Voges slammed his maiden ODI ton as Australia recovered from the early shocks to post 274/5 after being invited to bat first by West Indies. At one stage Australia were 82/4 but a century stand between Voges and Haddin brought them back in the game and while the latter scored 43 before getting out, the former went on to return unconquered after notching up his maiden ODI century. Australia are looking to record their fifth straight win in the current series to complete a whitwash.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 45 II Score: 222/5 (Voges: 87*, Faulkner: 11*)

10 runs from this over from Pollard. A boundary each to Faulkner and Voges. Off the previous came 11 runs that include a boundary off the first delivery from Roach to Voges. Meanwhile, Windies have picked yet another wicket in Brad Haddin who was caught by Powell while pulling one from Roach. He scored 43 (45b, 4X5).

AUSTRALIA Overs: 40 II Score: 174/4 (Voges: 57*, Haddin: 37*)

A close call for lbw by Sunil Narine shot down by the on-field umpire. That hit the back pad of Haddin and umpire gave it as a leg bye. However, Windies went for the review. Replays suggested it would have hit the top of middle stump but decision goes in the favour of the batting team. That was the final delivery of the 40th over. Meanwhile, Voges has completed his third ODI fifty.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 35 II Score: 140/4 (Voges: 37*, Haddin: 25*)

Two boundaries added to the total in the overs between 30 and 35. The first of them came in the 31st from the bat of Voges off Roach through mid-on while the second came in the following over of Sammy to Haddin lofted over mid-on.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 30 II Score: 114/4 (Voges: 22*, Haddin: 16*)

A good 30 over for Australia. Two boundaries scored by Haddin off the first two deliveries. The first one was a good length delivery from Sammy and Haddin played it past mid-on region for four. The next was a fuller one and Haddin lifted it over mid-on region for another boundary. 10 runs came in the over. The current partnership is now worth 32.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 25 II Score: 88/4 (Voges: 11*, Haddin: 4*)

Dwayne Bravo strikes again with the wicket of Shaun Marsh! Bravo’s first delivery of the 25th over was moving outside the off stump and Marsh went after it. He ended up edging it to first slip. Devon Thomas dived to his left and completed the brilliant catch in front of his skipper. Marsh scored 40 (58b, 4X4). Brad Haddin is the new batsman.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 20 II Score: 66/3 ( Marsh: 32*, Voges: 2*)

West Indies removed Phil Hughes in the 19th over. Another brilliant catch from Pollard ends Hughes stay at the crease as he goes after a wide delivery from Bravo that goes over point region. However, Pollard leaps and catches it on the second attempt. Hughes scored 29 (61b, 4X4). Adam Voges is the new batsman in the middle. Just a single came from the next over bowled by Narine.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 15 II Score: 45/2 (Hughes: 25*, Marsh: 17*)

Two more boundaries in the over for Hughes. The first came off the first delivery between mid off and extra cover. The fifth delivery was a short one from Roach and Hughes plays it to deep square leg region for another boundary. Eight runs came in that 15th over.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 10 II Score: 23/2 (Hughes: 11*, Marsh: 9*)

Phil Hughes played 19 deliveries and it was not before the seventh over that he got off the mark. He just pushed one from Best through covers making use of the pace of the ball to send it past the fence. The next is a similar delivery and Hughes sends it past cover for another boundary. Eight runs came in that over. Off the next three overs came just six runs. So, after 10 overs Australia are two wickets down with just 23 on board.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 5 II Score: 9/2 (Hughes: 0*, Marsh: 6)

It has been a brilliant start for the Windies team. Tino Best has sent both the openers back in the pavilion. The second wicket to fall was that of Aaron Finch who also succumbed to the short stuff from Best. He went with the hook and ended it top edging to Sunil Narine at fine leg. He scored 1 (5b). Shaun Marsh is the new batsman at the crease. He scored the first boundary of the day in the fifth over when Tino Best offered him some width and he cut it past backward point region.

AUSTRALIA Over: 1 II Score: 1/1 ( Finch: 0*, Hughes: 0*)

OUT! And a fantastic start for West Indies as they draw first blood! Tino Best has bowled in-form batsman Shane Watson off the first delivery of the match. A short ball first up and Watson leaves it late to decide whether to go after it or not. The result is an inside edge and the ball crashes on the off stump. He goes for a first ball duck. A run and a wicket from the first over.

TOSS: West Indies have won the toss and asked Australia to bat first in the fifth and final ODI.

Australia: Shane Watson(c), Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty

West Indies: Kieran Powell, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Narsingh Deonarine, Devon Thomas(w), Darren Sammy(c), Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Kemar Roach